Vodafone is bolstering its legal and government affairs team with a senior appointment, as regulation and dealing with Ofcom and the Government become increasingly critical.
Former Telefonica executive Justine Campbell will join the operator on 1 July as legal and government affairs director, following the move by existing legal and regulatory director, Jonathan McCoy, to Vodafone Group deputy general counsel.
Campbell has worked in the telecommunications industry for more than ten years, most recently as general counsel and a director on the Telefonica Europe board. Prior to this, she was chief counsel, competition law at O2, following two years at BT as competition and regulatory counsel.
Vodafone and O2 are currently under pressure from Ofcom, the Government, and other operators to give up some of their 900MHz spectrum to be used to provide universal broadband to all, as part of communications minister Stephen Carter’s plans for a ‘Digital Britain’.
Currently, the Government is considering whether to allow O2 and Vodafone to keep the 900MHz spectrum that they were granted in the 1980s, but could ban them from taking any of the spectrum that will become available when analogue TV is switched off in 2012.