I must start by congratulating all involved with the Get Connected charity auction held earlier this month, which raised a record-breaking £270,000 for young people facing difficulty and distress. The generosity displayed by guests at the Carphone Warehouse-sponsored event, held at the UnderGlobe on London’s Bankside, was truly amazing.
More than £40,000 was raised for the privilege of a three-night cruise in the Mediterranean on Carphone Warehouse founder Charles Dunstone’s super yacht, Hamilton II. Dunstone matched the highest bid of £20,500. Other memorable auctions on the night included an £8,000 bidding war for a private box to see Jay-Z and Kanye West.
Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe, a long-standing supporter of the charity, was in the audience and helped boost the final total. I was also impressed to hear that Carphone’s UK MD Matt Stringer is due to run the London Marathon next month to help raise cash. So good luck Matt, but more importantly you can sponsor him at www.justgiving.com/mattstringermarathon.
It was interesting to see Vodafone CEO Guy Laurence’s reaction this week to the decision by Ofcom to allow Everything Everywhere to potentially bring 4G to the UK this year. Laurence criticised the regulator for giving its rival an ‘undeserved competitive advantage’ in allowing it to refarm its 1800MHz spectrum for 4G use.
Everything Everywhere has responded by quoting the Prime Minister’s desire for the UK to catch up with the US and other European countries that already have 4G capacity in place. Whatever happens, I think it’s vital there are no further delays.
And finally, I’d like to announce that the Mobile Industry Awards 2012 are now in full swing. Distributors and dealers can make their submissions by using the links on www.MobileToday.co.uk. We want our awards to reflect the vibrancy of this amazing industry, so make sure you have an input in this year’s event. I’ll keep you updated.