Critical communications sector mourns Phil Kidner
We are sad to report that former TCCA chief executive officer Phil Kidner has died, following a short illness. He passed away in early January.
“He had many, many career highlights, among which was the signing of the 3GPP Partnership Agreement in 2013, the formal document that made TCCA the Market Representation Partner for critical communications in 3GPP. He worked closely with ETSI to help deliver the first Mission Critical Push-to-Talk Plugtests in 2017. These have now evolved into the MCX Plugtests.”
The statement continued: “Phil enhanced the profile and stature of TCCA and transformed its TETRA World Congress event into the Critical Communications World event of today, the leading conference and exhibition globally for the critical communications ecosystem. Phil’s regional TETRA roadshows introduced the technology to many new countries and made a huge contribution to the strength of the TETRA standard today.”
Speaking of his memories of Phil, chair of the TCCA Board, Mladen Vratonjić, said: “Phil was unique in his knowledge, expertise, passion and commitment. He had time for everyone and was a highly valued mentor to many.
“His contribution to the critical communications sector is unmatched. I was proud to work with him and proud to call him a friend. On behalf of TCCA, I extend sincere condolences to Phil’s family – such an immeasurable loss.”
Phil retired from TCCA in 2017.