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03 August 2009

Mott MacDonald-led consortium successful on Ofcom framework

A Mott MacDonald–led consortium (including ATDI, TNO and WIK) has been appointed by Ofcom, the independent regulator for the UK communications industry, to the regulator’s new four-year consultancy services framework. Having successfully qualified across all three categories of the framework, this newly appointed consortium is in a strong position to provide strategic advice in the areas of telecoms and network strategy, as well as economic and technical advice across a range of issues over the next four years.

The high level objectives for suppliers on this framework are to provide strategic advice to Ofcom in accordance with its overall regulatory goals, covering market and technology trends in the industry and providing expert advice and support on particular technologies or sectors. Commissions are envisaged to cover: telecoms and network strategy; spectrum policy; technology; radio wave propagation; technical modelling and analysis; design and execution of numbering policy; as well as the technical implementation of competition policy.

A consortium of firms together can provide a comprehensive solution and give a blend of experience that can tackle complex issues and meet the challenges ahead in the most effective way.

Ofcom has a wide range of issues to address over the next four years including its future role in facilitating “Digital Britain”, ensuring a smooth transition and leverage of the digital dividend, monitoring continuing technical and commercial convergence and potential consolidation and ensuring the continued efficient use of spectrum in an ever changing landscape.

This new converged and technologically dynamic environment presents regulators with a range of challenges. In particular industry is seeking clarity and guidance whilst, at the same time, not seeking to see innovation and competition reduced. Key issues include:

  • Providing industry with clear timelines for actions such as spectrum allocations that will facilitate business planning
  • Provide certainty in times of open standards and interoperability
  • Promote creative, innovative quality content
  • Moving towards a converged policy and regulatory structure with traditional borders between telecoms and media eroded
  • Responsiveness, agility and flexibility during a time of continuous change.
Susan Sweet, Mott MacDonald’s ICT Policy and Regulation Practice Leader says, “We’re thrilled to be re-appointed to the framework and hope that it will give us the opportunity to help Ofcom develop successful spectrum and communications strategies based on our strong knowledge base of the market and associated technologies. We would like to thank ATDI, TNO and WIK for their support in helping us qualify on all three lots of the framework.”

Susan added, “Mott MacDonald’s Information Communications and Media (ICM) professionals will work in close collaboration with ADTI, an experienced radio planning and modelling consultant to Ofcom, TNO, a Dutch scientific technology research firm and WIK, a long established German consulting and research firm in the telecoms sector, to provide world class strategic consultancy services.”

ATDI managing director Cyprien de Cosson added, “Our partners are all outstanding in their field and together we make a formidable team. ATDI’s relationship with Ofcom goes back nearly 13 years and it is gratifying Ofcom has recognised the contribution that we and our consortium partners can make to the efficient and effective management of the radio spectrum.”

Martijn Poel, telecom and media expert at TNO, said: "We are looking forward to collaborating with our partners and with Ofcom. Because Ofcom is among the first regulators to address new technologies and new regulatory issues, TNO can benefit from participation in European research programmes on optic fibre, software defined radio, IPv6 and future internet."


Editors notes:

1. About Mott MacDonald

Mott MacDonald is a global management, engineering and development consultancy with more than 14,000 staff, £1 billion turnover and work in 140 countries for the public and private sectors. The employee-owned company is ranked 5th in the 2009Sunday Times 20 Best Big Companies to Work For survey. Mott MacDonald’s core business sectors cover buildings, transport, energy, water, environment, health, education, industry, oil and gas, communications and international development.

2. About ATDI

ATDI Ltd is a radio communications specialist focusing on four principal areas: standard software tools, custom software tools, software components and consultancy.

Specialising in radio planning, radio modelling and spectrum management ATDI offers a host of software tools, including RF planning tools, cartography and EW planning systems for military communications. As a telecommunication consultant, the company also addresses a wide range of radio network planning solutions and radio engineering services. While ATDI's standard tools are comprehensive and flexible, ATDI recognises that clients sometimes need something custom-designed. ATDI endeavours to understand and meet its customer’s requirements both through custom software and component development.

For more information contact: Sarah Sasson, Marketing Manager, ATDI Ltd, sarah.sasson@atdi.co.uk or tel. +44 (0)1293 522052

3. About TNO

TNO is a prominent, independent knowledge company whose expertise and research contributes significantly to the competitiveness of businesses and organisations, to the economy and to the quality of life as a whole.

Versatility and capacity to integrate this knowledge makes TNO unique.

TNO employs some 4300 professionals. TNO Information and Communication Technology is one of the five core areas of TNO. Clients include telecom operators, cable operators, media and ICT firms, users of ICT (such as hospitals and SMEs), the European Commission, national governments and telecom, spectrum and media regulators. For information and contact persons please visit www.tno.nl

4. About WIK

WIK-Consult is a research and consulting company based in Germany with more than 25 years of experience in the telecommunications sector and other network industries. Most notably, WIK has carried out numerous studies for the European Commission which have helped to form the basis of, and develop, the European regulatory framework for telecoms. In addition, WIK’s consultants have made available their expertise to a large number of governments, regulators and operators in numerous jurisdictions across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America and Asia. For more information about WIK go to: www.wik.org
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