Craig Ehrlich is currently Chairman of Beijing-based Global TD-LTE Initiative (GTI), a global organization to promote TD-LTE and LTE TDD/FDD, its evolution towards 5G, and 5G cross-industry collaboration.
Craig Ehrlich is the former chairman of the GSMA, the world's largest trade association for the mobile industry, a position that he held for seven years. He is also former chairman of Carmel Ventures Asia, a leading venture capital company. Ehrlich currently serves as the lead independent director of Bharti Airtel, the world's fourth largest telecom company, and has sat on public boards in Hong Kong, India, the Philippines and the United States.
In the Philippines, Ehrlich is vice chairman of publicly listed ISM and formerly a board member of publicly listed Philweb, the country's leading gaming company. He served as chairman of Taiwan's largest cable television company, KBRO, which was sold in December 2010. The company was primarily owned by the Carlyle Group. Ehrlich is also chairman and co-founder of Novare Technologies Inc., an onshoring and outsourcing software development company, based in Hong Kong that serves clients around Asia.
Ehrlich has been involved in Hong Kong's communications industry since he first settled in Hong Kong in 1987. He joined Hutchison Cablevision as managing director in October 1987 and was a founding member of the team that launched STAR TV, Asia's first satellite delivered multichannel television network. After four years with Hutchison Whampoa, he became the group operations director at Hutchison Telecommunications and was responsible for the company's operations in 10 countries.
In 1993, Ehrlich left the Hutchison group and established companies involved in the introduction of cable television and paging services. He sold these companies in September 1996 and started Hong Kong mobile operator, SUNDAY Communications Ltd., in November 1996. Ehrlich was formerly a board member of ECI (NASDAQ) Hutchison Telecom Group, Roamware, and ITU Telecom. He is also a member of UCLA/Peking University Joint Research Institute Advisory Committee and the board chair as well as a founding member of the Center for Global Management at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. In 2015, Ehrlich became a member of UCLA Foundation Board.
Ehrlich holds a B.A. degree from the University of California, Los Angeles, a master's degree from Occidental College, and a postgraduate fellowship with the Coro Foundation. He resided in Hong Kong for 28 years and now splits his time in Los Angeles.
Founded in 2011, GTI has been dedicated to constructing a robust ecosystem of TD-LTE, speeding up the commercialization of TD-LTE and promoting the convergence of LTE TDD and FDD. Today, GTI has become an influential cooperation platform with global presence among operators and key vendors, and has completed the GTI 1.0 mission by building an end-to-end TD-LTE ecosystem and achieving global commercialization of TD-LTE and converged LTE TDD/FDD.
LTE TDD/FDD is a priority investment at Huawei, enabling operators to combine TDD spectrum with more "traditional" FDD spectrum to boost capacity and downlink speeds. As a key partner in the GTI, Huawei continues to work closely with the GTI to jointly hold global events and other activities that promote industry development.
At the 2016 Global Mobile Broadband Forum in Tokyo, Mr. Ehrlich will inform and engage many operators, key industry decision makers, and policymakers on GTI 2.0 which aims to continue to promote the global development of TD-LTE, encourage convergence with FDD, and, foster a cross-industry innovative and a synergistic 5G ecosystem.
Presenting a keynote speech at this year’s forum in Tokyo, Mr. Ehrlich will highlight how, through promoting industry cooperation, GTI aims to unleash the power of Internet of Things, including the Internet of Vehicles and Industrial Internet, with 5G as a key enabler.