Dr Samuel Edeagu

Lecturer in Communications and Networks

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Dr Samuel Edeagu is a Lecturer in Communications and Networks at the School of Technology, Business and Arts. He has extensive professional engineering experience in telecommunications and information technology spanning industry, academia and government. He previously held roles as a manager and engineer at Huawei and NEC Technologies building and deploying large-scale telecom network infrastructure projects for international mobile network operators. He has also held lectureship and research positions at several universities in Africa and Europe. Prior to joining the University of Suffolk, Dr Edeagu was a patent examiner at the Intellectual Property Office, an executive agency of the UK Department for Science, Innovation and Technology. In this role, he performed end-to-end examination (technical and legal aspects) of patent applications in telecommunications and supported the UK’s innovation ecosystem and economic growth through the granting of patents.

Dr Edeagu holds a BEng (Hons) in Electronic Engineering from the University of Nigeria, an MSc in Microwave Engineering (Specialisation in Nanoelectronics) from the Technical University of Munich and a PhD in Electronic Engineering from the University of Kent. He is a Chartered Engineer (CEng) with the Engineering Council, United Kingdom, a Registered Engineer (REngr) with the Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria and a member of the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE).

Dr Edeagu has extensive teaching experience on undergraduate, postgraduate and apprenticeship programmes, both face-to-face and online. He was previously a lecturer at the University of Nigeria where he taught electronic engineering modules, introduced the use of open-source technologies for module teaching, supervised 46 undergraduate student projects, and led the development of an optoelectronics and optical communication specialisation in the BEng (Hons) Electronic Engineering programme. He was also a sessional demonstrator in the School of Engineering at the University of Kent where he led laboratory modules in communication networks and electronic engineering.

Dr Edeagu teaches network engineering modules on the BSc (Hons) Digital and Technology Solutions Professional Degree Apprenticeship (Network Engineering) programme. He is the module leader for Advanced Mobile Technologies, Advanced Internet Technologies, Routing Technologies, Managing Network Projects and Delivering Network Capability. He is also a Personal Academic Coach (PAC) for computing apprentices.

Research Interests
Dr Edeagu’s research interests include optical access technologies for fronthaul transport networks, Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN), future network architectures and Standard Essential Patents (SEP). He has collaborated with researchers at universities in Europe, Asia and Africa. He is a reviewer for Elsevier’s Optical Fiber Technology journal.


Journal Articles and Conference Proceedings
Selected publications

S.O. Edeagu, R.A. Butt, S.M. Idrus and N.J. Gomes, “A Hybrid Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation Scheme operating with IACG and Cooperative DBA for Converged Fronthaul,” Optical Fiber Technology, vol. 75, pp. 103199, January 2023. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.yofte.2022.103199

W.O. Okafor, S.O. Edeagu, C.C. Ogbonna and O.N. Iloanusi, “Data-Driven Demand Side Orchestration in a Smart Grid Environment,” 8th IEEE International Conference on Adaptive Science and Technology (ICAST 2021), Accra, Ghana, 25 – 26 November 2021. https://doi.org/10.1109/ICAST52759.2021.9682049

S.O. Edeagu, R.A. Butt, S.M. Idrus and N.J. Gomes, “Performance of PON Dynamic Bandwidth Allocation Algorithm for Meeting xHaul Transport Requirements,” 25th International Conference on Optical Network Design and Modeling (ONDM 2021), Gothenburg, Sweden, 28 June – 1 July 2021. https://doi.org/10.23919/ONDM51796.2021.9492364

N.P. Chukwu, S.O. Edeagu, V.C. Chijindu, J.N. Eneh, I.O. Ndu, M.A. Ahaneku and O.N. Iloanusi, “Challenges of Security and Privacy with IoT in Healthcare: An Overview,” Proceedings of 2020 LGT-ECE-UNN International Conference, Nsukka, Nigeria, 21 September 2020.

S.O. Edeagu, “Passive Optical Networks in 5G Mobile Fronthaul,” 2nd PhD and ECI Meeting Report of Activities and Proceedings, European Network for High Performance Integrated Microwave Photonics (EUIMWP) COST Action CA16220, Thessaloniki, Greece, 9 September 2019.

Conference and Invited Talks
Recent talks

“The Subsea Industry: A Fresh Perspective,” Invited Speaker, Submarine Networks EMEA 2022, London, UK, 17 – 18 May 2022.

“5G Open Radio Access Networks,” Invited Speaker, XCHANGING IDEAS #15 Global 5G Evolution International Virtual Conference, 8 June 2021.

S. Edeagu, et al., “SubOptic DIB Mentoring Program,” Submarine Cable Workshop: Submarine Poster Session, Pacific Telecommunications Council Annual Conference (PTC ’21) Conference Proceedings, Hawaii, USA, 17 – 20 January 2021.

“Understanding 5G Technology,” Invited Keynote Speaker, 13th International Seminar on Theoretical Physics and National Development (ISOTPAND 2020), Nsukka, Nigeria, 27 August 2020.

S.O. Edeagu, “Passive Optical Networks for 5G xHaul Transport,” School Research Conference 2020, School of Engineering, University of Kent, Canterbury, UK, 8 January 2020.

Dr Edeagu is a member of the UK Telecoms Innovation Network (UKTIN) and was an elected committee member for the UK’s national optical society (Optical Group, Institute of Physics) from 2017 to 2021.


Dr Edeagu has experience in building and implementing an international mentoring programme and professional development initiatives for the optical subsea telecommunications industry as a member of the SubOptic Association. He is also a member and active participant in several International Telecommunication Union Telecommunication Standardization (ITU-T) focus groups such as Focus Group on Autonomous Networks, Focus Group on Testbeds Federations for IMT-2020 and beyond, Focus Group on Quantum Information Technology for Networks (2019 – 2021), Focus Group on Machine Learning for Future Networks including 5G (2018 – 2020) and Focus Group on Technologies for Network 2030 (2018 – 2020).

Chartered Engineer (CEng), Engineering Council, United Kingdom

Registered Engineer (REngr), Council for the Regulation of Engineering in Nigeria

Member, Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)

Member, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)

Member, Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE)