The Shock of the New - Land Mobile

Posted on 30/06/2017

Head of business radio for the Federation of Communication Services, Tim Cull speaks to Philip Mason about the threats and opportunities facing the industry in an increasingly data-aware business communications landscape.

For anyone with a background in the UK business comms sector, there are few more respected names than Tim Cull, the current head of business radio for the Federation of Communication Services (FCS).

Having initially begun his career as an R&D engineer in civil defence, he moved on to design devices for Motorola, working on a variety of projects for the company, including the Channel Tunnel operational radio systems.

He has been with the FCS since 2010, where his task is to influence public policy on behalf of the organisation’s members. There is no one better qualified to give their opinion on the current state of the UK’s business radio landscape – or on the opportunities and threats facing it as we move into an increasingly data-driven future.

Licensing assignment system

Speaking of his time at the Federation of Communication Services, Cull says his function is simply to help members optimise their business, through the organisation’s work carried out with regulatory bodies such as Ofcom. One of the best and most recent examples of this is the FCS’s work to help reform the business radio licensing assignment system.

“Right now, the business radio assignment system for licences is based on an assumption that there could be interference if you had two people working on the same channel in the same physical area,” says Cull. “Following an analysis – and taking into account skill on the part of contemporary providers – we believe that number is too low. Things are basically reaching saturation, particularly in places like London, where no more licences were being assigned in the UHF2 band. Soon, that will be the case in quite a few other metropolitan areas too.”

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