Simon Beresford-Wylie has been appointed chief executive officer of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL). DMSL is responsible for ensuring people continue to receive Freeview TV when new 4G (LTE 800) mobile services are launched. The organisation was formed on an initial basis in October 2012 by EE, Telefónica O2, Three and Vodafone. DMSL’s ultimate ownership will be based on the successful bidders in the 4G spectrum auction, to comply with the licence conditions.
The chairman of DMSL, Andrew Pinder, said, “Ensuring Britain’s terrestrial TV continues uninterrupted while Britain benefits from 4G at 800 MHz is a huge responsibility. The appointment of a highly experienced leader with a deep understanding of mobile telecoms and complex project delivery is an important step for the successful introduction of 4G on this new spectrum band in the UK.”
With the switch-over of TV services to digital, a band of frequencies previously used by TV is being made available for new, public, mobile communication services. This 800 MHz band is currently being auctioned by Ofcom to companies that wish to provide 4G services. 4G is a technology that delivers broadband connections to mobile devices.
In certain circumstances, it is possible that new 4G services at 800 MHz could interfere with some existing terrestrial digital TV signals. DMSL’s role is to ensure that people will receive their existing Freeview TV services when 4G is provided at 800 MHz. 4G services operating in higher frequency bands, such as 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz, do not have the potential to impact Freeview.
Beresford-Wylie said, “I look forward to working closely with broadcasters and mobile network operators to ensure everyone continues to be able to receive their current TV service. DMSL plans to pre-empt the majority of potential interference issues caused by 4G at 800 MHz and existing TV services. We’re focused on being able to provide anyone who may be affected with the information and equipment they’ll need to ensure they continue to receive free-to-air TV.”
Beresford-Wylie has a successful track record of leading complex organisations in demanding markets. From 2009 to 2012 he was CEO of smart meter company Elster Group, overseeing its initial public share offering in 2010 and its subsequent acquisition by Melrose Group in 2012. Prior to this, Beresford-Wylie led the formation of mobile broadband specialist Nokia Siemens Networks as its chief executive from 2007 to 2009, having been head of the networks division for Nokia since 2005.
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