Ontix hires Huawei exec to be COO as it continues small-cell

Ontix hires Huawei exec to be CCO as it continues small-cell plans

10 January 2022 | Alan Burkitt-Gray

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Ontix, a company building small-cell networks across parts of London, has hired Andy McKinnon from Huawei as chief commercial officer.

McKinnon (pictured) was senior managing consultant at Huawei in the UK for seven years until leaving to take up his new role this month.

McKinnon said: “The team shares a commitment to a vision of developing and deploying the highest quality and most up to date connectivity quickly and cost-effectively wherever it is required, outdoors and in, and the company is in a great position to help its customers as they begin their digital transformation journeys.”

His appointment comes four months after Ontix appointed Patrick Bradd as CEO. McKinnon has a similarly diverse background in the wireless industry: he has worked at a number of companies, including Motorola and Nokia before joining Huawei in 2014.

Bradd said: “Andy’s leadership and broad experience will be essential in supporting our growth as we continue to provide gigabit-speed wireless connectivity in places where previously it may have been thought impractical or impossible.”

Ontix is working with Mavenir and other companies to install open virtualised radio access network (open vRAN) mobile networks, particularly in central London for the city of Westminster local authority. Digital 9 Infrastructure, the investment fund that owns Aqua Comms, is expected to buy Ontix at some point, according to Thor Johnsen, who manages the Digital 9 investments, speaking to Capacity last year.

“I am delighted to begin 2022 in a new role at Ontix – a fast-growing and innovative business whose technologies are vital to the world today,” said McKinnon.