Who we represent

Business Radio

Business Radio suppliers handle the uniquely flexible and resilient business of voice and data traffic over the UK’s radio spectrum.  This includes providing vital communications for ports, energy and blue light services.  FCS policy work on behalf of the business radio channel is based around five fundamental principles:

Free and competitive markets:  Fighting to raise standards of mast-site engineering practice to ensure buyers are comparing like-with-like packages Ensuring the SME supplier agenda is fully understood by public sector buyers.

Transparency of competition:  Ensuring Ofcom is aware of poor on-site practice and is enforcing against a common standard

Equivalence of Access:  Brokering common standards to allow accredited installers access to third-party mast sites.  Representing SME suppliers with government officials framing initiatives like the PSN procurement framework and BDUK voucher scheme.  Campaigning for industry-managed spectrum licensing and band-planning, and separated ‘utility’ model for shared mast sites.

Regulation which recognizes the distinct nature of the business-to-business market place:  Building pan-industry consensus on the need for reserved spectrum for emergency services and critical national infrastructure.  Furthering policy-makers’ understanding of the unique and cost-efficient characteristics of low-latency, one-to-many radio communications.

Industry best practice, where the industry itself sets the appropriate performance/quality levels:  Hosting MPT radio industry codes of practice.  Administering SEAS accreditation scheme for on-site engineering to and FCS1331 Code of Practice. Providing a benchmark to address quality of on-site engineering practice and accompanying issues of interference and poor customer experience. Brokering common approaches to end-of-life and recycling/reuse obligations.


The FCS 5-Level Scheme to Assess Resilience

The FCS is convinced that the Business Radio approach to operational radiocommunications remains the only credible way to meet most professional operational needs for communications in Business-Critical, Mission-Critical and Safety-Related applications.  

However, there are frequent cases where claims of such compliance from proponents of other approaches are made.  These sometimes are successful in misleading users into thinking they have bought a Resilient Solution.  However, they find they have have not.

The FCS has therefore created a 5-Level Scheme whereby Resilience may be assessed.  With this scheme, users may specify the level of resilience that they need in each of the categories that affect resilience.

You can download your copy of the MATRIX below:

FCS Business Radio ‘17: Thursday 16th November, Chateau Impney

The Business Radio industry Conference, BR17, is the premier event of the year.  This unique summit for the whole business radio industry sets out to encompass all the things we do today, the things we need to do tomorrow & the emerging opportunities for the future. It provides announcements, speeches and briefings from experts on the essential news and developments within the Business Radio segment as well as a prime exhibition space where all the main actors will be present. Some industry participants will host specific seminars and demonstrations of equipment and systems at this event, perhaps these would be to invited audiences if they thought that appropriate. Register your place now.

Following the conference and exhibition is the FCS Business Radio Gala Dinner featuring a sumptuous 3 course meal, music from our live jazz band Jitterbug and after dinner entertainment by Steve Owen-Williams as well as the presentation of the prestigious Gerald David OBE Award for Innovation in Business Radio products and services.