Samsung has hired the CEO of at800 to act as a global executive advisor to its network business.
Simon Beresford-Wylie has been in charge of at800 since it was launched in March. The company is a joint venture between Britain's four operators and was tasked with minimising disruption to Freeview signals amid the rollout of 4G.
Beresford-Wylie will be replaced by Ben Roome, who has worked in at800's management team since its inception. He was formerly global head of press relations at Nokia Siemens Networks.
Andrew Pinder, at800 chairman, said: 'Since joining the company, Ben has played a key role in strategic decisions about at800’s approach and organisational structure in addition to running its marketing and communications activities. His excellent technical knowledge, belief in putting viewers’ needs first and experience in the mobile telecoms industry make him the right person to lead the organisation.'
Roome added: 'I want to ensure we provide the best possible service to UK viewers so they can continue to watch Freeview TV with minimal disruption from 4G at 800 MHz. We’ve achieved a lot in a short space of time and will continue to evaluate the extent of the problem and refine our approach as networks offering 4G at 800 MHz expand across the country.'
The company said that since 4G was launched widely at 800MHz during the summer, disruption to Freeview signals was not as widespread as feared.
Author: Graeme Neill