Annual licence fees for mobile operators

Ofcom has today set the annual licence fees that mobile operators will pay for 900 and 1800 MHZ spectrum, from 31 January 2019.

The operators use these spectrum bands to provide mobile voice and data services, using a mix of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies.

In June, Ofcom published a consultation on the proposed licence fees that should apply for these spectrum bands. Following consideration of the responses, they have concluded that the appropriate ALFs for these bands (expressed in April 2018 prices) are:

  • 1.093m per MHz of 900 MHz spectrum; and
  • £0.805m per MHz of 1800 MHz spectrum

Ofcom are also consulting on the level of annual licence fees that should apply for the 40 MHz of spectrum in the 3.4 GHz band, and 80 MHz in the 3.6 GHz band, that are licensed to UK Broadband, which is owned by Hutchison 3G UK Limited.

Ofcom have proposed that the fees for both 3.4 GHz and 3.6 GHz spectrum would be £0.358m per MHz.  The consultation runs until 11 February 2019.

Fonix listed in FT Future 100 UK as recognition for its disruptive mobile technology

Fonix has announced today that it has been listed in the FT  Future 100, a compilation of British companies making an impact either on society or their industry.

This is the first year that the FT Future 100 has run and to make it on to the list, companies had to excel in one of four categories: boosting diversity, consistent growth, disruption and those seeking to make a positive impact via their environmental, social and governance policies (ESG policies).

Fonix received recognition for its dedication to disruption. In this category, judges took into account measures such as research and development spending as a proportion of revenue, as well as the company’s own pitch as a disrupter. Fonix also received recognition for its consistent revenue growth, which is based upon its two consecutive listings in the FT 1000.

CEO of Fonix, Rob Weisz commented “We’re absolutely thrilled to have been listed in the FT Future 100, as we know what a prestigious listing this is. Fonix is at the heart of driving the mobile payments space in the UK – to be recognised for our disruptive technology really rubber stamps this!

The team have worked incredibly hard to get us to where we are today and being listed in the FT Future 100 is testament to this effort. They are all so dedicated to the Fonix journey and their passion for disruptive tech is what drives us forward. This is such an exciting time for Fonix and we can’t wait to see what happens next!”

You can view the full FT Future 100 UK list here.

World Telemedia Invites Entrepreneurs to pitch to investors

The telemedia industry has long been driven by entrepreneurs and has thrived on turning great ideas and technology into money making services – and the World Telemedia Show has always been the showcase for unveiling these developments.

Now in its 29th year, the show is looking to further drive this entrepreneurial spirit by running a series of lunches at the next event in Marbella in October where those with great ideas or businesses that need to take that next step can pitch to Investors.

Focusing on value added services (VAS), buyers, sellers, investors and mentors will all be introduced to each other over a 5-star lunch.  A total of six companies will be given the opportunity to privately pitch their ideas.  Investor pitch proposals should be submitted in writing to Jarvis Todd jarvis@wtevent.co.uk by 21 July 2018

“We believe that the people who attend World Telemedia are the early adopters and adaptors of new technology who are focused on the and look for the practical money making application of technology within the Value Added Services Sector,”  says Jarvis Todd, CEO, World Telemedia Ltd. “By connecting those with great new ideas or existing fledgling businesses with those with the knowledge and business acumen to take their ideas to the next level, World Telemedia is driving VAS both now and into the future.”

World Telemedia looks forward to another successful event in Marbella on 8-10 October.  An enlightening series of seminars and country updates, a deal-making expo hub and the most glamourous business networking around has been planned as the backdrop for serious deal making on-site.  A must attend event since 1989, World Telemedia is focused on Driving Value Added Services and Monetising Content.

World Telemedia Event

World Telemedia is for any business that wishes to engage and commercialize “connected consumers” whilst they use mobile devices and telephones; to interact with value added service and content propositions.

The only European event that showcases how carrier billing and other alternative payment platforms are evolving (in partnership with Service Providers and Aggregators) to create a dynamic “Telemedia” value chain which is typically driven by minutesmessages and traffic.

A key destination for Media & Marketing Groups, SPs, Aggregators, Network Operators, Convergent Technology and Billing Specialists who want seamless micropayment solutions and engagement tools to drive sales and convert customers across a globally expanding range of media, affiliate and advertising networks.   www.wtevent.co.uk

 

Chief Scientific Adviser, Dr. Mike Short appointed by Department for International Trade

We are pleased to provide the following press release from the Department of International Trade. Dr. Mike Short has been a strong supporter of aimm’s activities in the charity text environment.

Leading industry expert Dr. Mike Short brings over 40 years of technical expertise to the department

The Department for International Trade (DIT) continues to bolster its team of experts with the appointment of Dr. Mike Short CBE as its new Chief Scientific Adviser.

With over 40 years’ experience in the Electronics and Telecommunications sectors, the former Vice President of Telefonica will take up his post next month.

As Head of the Science and Engineering Profession at DIT, Dr. Short will play a key role in ensuring the department’s policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice and will advise on the technical aspects of future trade deals.

He will also work closely with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to promote British scientific and engineering exports around the world.

Science and technological exports are key sectors for UK trade, with, for example, Pharmaceutical products accounting for more than £25 billion (or 8.3%) of UK goods exports in 2016 alone, making it the UK’s 4th largest goods export.

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said:                                                

“As an international economic department, having the best people with the right expertise will guarantee we create and deliver a world class trade policy, whilst at the same time deepening our existing trade relationships around the world.

“An industry leader, Dr. Short’s many decades of experience in technology, innovation and public policy will ensure that cutting-edge scientific and technical know-how is firmly at the core of DIT’s work.”

 

Chief Scientific Adviser, Dr. Mike Short said:

“Joining the department as Chief Scientific Adviser during a period of such great global opportunity is tremendously exciting.

“I look forward to working closely with businesses, research institutions and industry to drive UK economic growth, through a trade policy which champions the best in scientific research and innovation.”

 

Permanent Secretary, Antonia Romeo said:

“Dr. Short brings an impressive breadth of technical and commercial expertise to the department.

“The UK’s science, technology and engineering sectors generate billions in exports and inward investment per year, and I look forward to working closely with Dr. Short in the promotion of our outstanding scientific industries across the globe.”

 

Dr. Short possesses a rich knowledge in research collaboration, global business and international technical standards. Vice President of Telefonica for 17 years, Dr. Short managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technology in the UK and is a leader in 5G innovation research.

In recent years, he has led business development and university collaborations on technological innovations including Smart Cities, digital healthcare, cybersecurity and driverless vehicles.

Dr. Short’s announcement follows this summer’s appointment of internationally-recognised expert Crawford Falconer, who joined the department in August as Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser and Second Permanent Secretary, with over 25 years of trade and foreign policy experience.

Leading industry expert Dr. Mike Short brings over 40 years of technical expertise to the department

 

The Department for International Trade (DIT) continues to bolster its team of experts with the appointment of Dr. Mike Short CBE as its new Chief Scientific Adviser.

With over 40 years’ experience in the Electronics and Telecommunications sectors, the former Vice President of Telefonica will take up his post next month.

As Head of the Science and Engineering Profession at DIT, Dr. Short will play a key role in ensuring the department’s policy is informed by the best science, engineering and technical advice and will advise on the technical aspects of future trade deals.

He will also work closely with the UK’s research, development and academic communities to promote British scientific and engineering exports around the world.

Science and technological exports are key sectors for UK trade, with, for example, Pharmaceutical products accounting for more than £25 billion (or 8.3%) of UK goods exports in 2016 alone, making it the UK’s 4th largest goods export.

International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox said:                                                

“As an international economic department, having the best people with the right expertise will guarantee we create and deliver a world class trade policy, whilst at the same time deepening our existing trade relationships around the world.

“An industry leader, Dr. Short’s many decades of experience in technology, innovation and public policy will ensure that cutting-edge scientific and technical know-how is firmly at the core of DIT’s work.”

 

Chief Scientific Adviser, Dr. Mike Short said:

“Joining the department as Chief Scientific Adviser during a period of such great global opportunity is tremendously exciting.

“I look forward to working closely with businesses, research institutions and industry to drive UK economic growth, through a trade policy which champions the best in scientific research and innovation.”

 

Permanent Secretary, Antonia Romeo said:

“Dr. Short brings an impressive breadth of technical and commercial expertise to the department.

“The UK’s science, technology and engineering sectors generate billions in exports and inward investment per year, and I look forward to working closely with Dr. Short in the promotion of our outstanding scientific industries across the globe.”

 

Dr. Short possesses a rich knowledge in research collaboration, global business and international technical standards. Vice President of Telefonica for 17 years, Dr. Short managed the launch of 2G (GSM) and 3G mobile technology in the UK and is a leader in 5G innovation research.

In recent years, he has led business development and university collaborations on technological innovations including Smart Cities, digital healthcare, cybersecurity and driverless vehicles.

Dr. Short’s announcement follows this summer’s appointment of internationally-recognised expert Crawford Falconer, who joined the department in August as Chief Trade Negotiation Adviser and Second Permanent Secretary, with over 25 years of trade and foreign policy experience.