Former Nokia Siemens Networks chief Simon Beresford-Wylie has been appointed CEO of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited, a joint venture set up last year to help speed up the deployment of 4G services.
Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL) is responsible for ensuring viewers continue to receive Freeview TV when new 4G services are launched. 4G at 800MHz can interfere with Freeview services, unlike higher frequency 4G bands, such as 1800 MHz and 2.6 GHz.
The not-for-profit organisation will be funded by the successful bidders for 800MHz spectrum in the forthcoming 4G auction.
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.’
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.’
Beresford-Wylie 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.
Author: Carol Millett