George Tsirtsis

George Tsirtsis is senior director of technology at Qualcomm Technologies International, Ltd. He is based in the UK and is responsible for promoting and accelerating the option of technology platforms, systems-on-chips (SoCs), modems, chipsets, and software in the UK and elsewhere in EMEA – with a focus on 5G. He works with mobile network operators, customers, and other partners from across the ecosystem to support the delivery of excellent mobile devices using Qualcomm Technologies’ highly integrated and feature-rich solutions. While 5G launches continue across the region, Tsirtsis is now focused on bringing Mixed Reality and 5G ecosystems together for the European consumer as well as to industry/enterprise.

Previously, Tsirtsis held several roles at Qualcomm’s R&D division. He helped standardize the Evolved Packet Core (EPC) in 3GPP. He worked, and eventually led, the Cellular D2D project, which was eventually standardized in 3GPP R12. Tsirtsis also led Qualcomm’s research on Cellular Vehicle-to-Everything (C-V2X) communications, which became a standard in 2016/R14 3GPP, and is now being trialled for commercialization.

Prior roles were held at British Telecom Labs where he worked on IP networks research and IETF standards in the areas of IPv6, IP address management, and mobility.  He then moved to Flarion Technologies, which was acquired by Qualcomm in 2006, where he was responsible for the design of the mobility management system of the company’s pre-LTE system Flash-OFDM. 

Tsirtsis studied electronics in Greece and, in 2006, earned a MSc in Telecommunications and Information Systems from Essex University in the UK.