UK radio regulator Ofcom is facing an uncertain future. But, while it is waiting for the radical changes that a potential new government is promising, it is surrounding itself with expertise.
A general election in the UK is less than nine months away and the Conservative Party, now riding high in the opinion polls, intends to slim down and streamline Ofcom if it comes to power. Specifically, Conservative leader David Cameron says any government he forms will strip away Ofcom’s policy functions and leave it just as a licenser of spectrum and upholder of the rules.
“Ofcom as we know it will cease to exist,” he comments. “Its remit will be restricted to its narrow technical and enforcement roles. It will no longer play a role in making policy. And the policy-making functions it has today will be transferred back fully to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.”
In the meantime, Ofcom is moving forward using the best assistance it can find. The organisation has announced a list of experts, including ATDI, it will turn to for guidance.
“We are very proud to be members of this rather exclusive club,” says ATDI managing director Cyprien de Cosson. “ATDI’s relationship with Ofcom goes back nearly 13 years and it is gratifying Ofcom has recognised the contribution we can make to the efficient and effective management of the radio spectrum.”
ATDI is included on the list as part of a consortium led by Mott MacDonald and comprising TNO and WIK Consulting. “Our partners are all outstanding in their field and together we make a formidable team,” Cyprien comments.
The consortium is on a shortlist of approved contractors who Ofcom will use in a number of areas of operations. The areas in which ATDI’s expertise has been included are: telecoms and network strategy, spectrum policy, technology, radio wave propagation, technical modelling and analysis, design and execution of numbering policy, and technical implementation of competition policy.