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 the complete FCS2020 below: