FCS News

The Cancellation of the BR / VTi 2022 Event

The BR / VTi Event has for some years provided the sole opportunity for the Business Radio and Vehicle Installer Community in the UK to meet with colleagues from all sides of the industry and discuss the matters of the day. During the 2022 Event planning, the FCS has...

Comms Business Awards 2022

We are delighted to announce that our CEO Itret Latif has been nominated for the Services To The Channel – Hall of Fame award at the Comms Business Awards 2022 taking place in London on 21st July. Cast your vote here

One Touch Switching (OTS) Working Groups

FCS have attended a series of One Touch Switching (OTS) Working Groups this week, including the process design walkthrough. We have also attended the first in a series of Gaining Provider Led (GPL) Business Switching Process meetings to ensure business switching for...

Ofcom Consultation – Future Approach to Mobile Spectrum

FCS has reviewed the detail of this Ofcom consultation on the Future Approach to Mobile Spectrum Our responses on what we have assessed to be the key areas are detailed in red here If members have additional input they wish to be considered, please let us know on...

Electronic Communications Regulations

The consultation on the draft Electronic Communications (security measures) Regulations and draft code of practice went live at 9:30am this morning. The consultation will last 10 weeks and close on 10 May, all consultation responses, and any questions on the...

Openreach – WLR Withdrawal in Salisbury and Mildenhall

Openreach have sent out requests for a simple view of how CPs in trial areas expect their Salisbury base to behave up to the point of WLR withdrawal in April 2023. It’s really important that CPs respond and submit a forecast so Openreach know that CPs are engaged and...

FCS Board Meeting with Openreach

FCS board met last week with Openreach CEO Clive Selley and Managing Director Katie Millgan. It was a very good session and we look forward to the next one in June 2022.

Channel Live 2022

Channel Live, the UK’s largest ICT Channel event, returns to the NEC over 30-31 March 2022. Channel Live connects IT resellers, MSPs and Channel partners face-to-face with vendors, distributors, service providers and expert speakers from across the sector - all...

Telecomms Security Bill Update

FCS have attended a meeting with DCMS and industry regarding the Telecomms Security Bill. The bill is now at the report stage in the House of Lords. The report stage gives all members of the Lords a further opportunity to examine and make amendments to the bill. After...

Ofcom decision on Openreach FTTP pricing offer

Update from Ofcom: Ofcom has today published its decision on a new fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) pricing offer that Openreach intends to introduce from 1 October 2021. Under our wholesale fixed telecoms market review rules, Openreach must notify us of certain offers 90...

UC Today Partner Awards 2021

FCS is proud to have our CEO Itret Latif as part of the judging panel for the UC Today Partner Awards 2021! View more information and the judging panel here

Ofcom Statement on the ‘One Touch Switch’ process announced

The Ofcom Statement with regards to switching is out today. Whilst we welcome the One Touch option, we have some concerns in relation to the delivery date of April 2023 and that there is still no decision on switching for business. View the Ofcom Statement here If you...

Future of Porting

FCS recently attended the first meeting to discuss the requirement of a central number data base for the future of porting. We are currently engaging on behalf of members with industry workgroups and will attend further workshops. We will be sending out a document...

Criminal hacking organisation (REvil) planned and organised attacks

We have been informed that a criminal hacking organisation calling themselves REvil appear to be carrying out sophisticated planned and organised distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks against VoIP companies in the UK. Early reports indicate that at least a...

FCS and Openreach Board to Board

This month FCS had our board to board with Openreach. In a very interactive and constructive session we discussed the following topics on behalf of our members: ​ Re-imagining the FCS members' relationship with Openreach in the IP world, and the contact strategy with...

Ofcom Open Consultations

Ofcom is currently seeking views on the following topics: Consultation: Mobile phone repeaters – closing date 28 July 2021 Consultation: Proposals for the regulation of advertising on video-sharing platforms – closing date 28 July 2021 Consultation: Request for change...

Latest Tenders 

Body Worn Cameras – Wakefield

Wakefield Council Published date: 7 April 2022 Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract. Contract summary   Industry Emergency and security equipment -...

Handheld Radio System – Gloucestershire

FORESTRY COMMISSION Published date: 26 April 2022 Open early engagement - This means that a procurement idea is currently active, it is in the early stage of development and judging interest from potential suppliers. Contract summary   Industry Radio, television,...

Acoustic Camera System – Bath

University of Bath Published date: 22 April 2022 Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract. Contract summary   Industry Acoustic devices - 32342400...

Wide Area Network Replacement Project – Northumberland

Northumberland County Council Published date: 13 April 2022 Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract. Contract summary   Industry Wide area network...

Network Connectivity 2022 – Hampshire

Abri Published date: 15 April 2022 Last edited date: 15 April 2022 Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract. Contract summary   Industry Networks -...

Supply of Audio-Visual Installation and Support – West Midlands

Coventry University Published date: 22 April 2022 Open opportunity - This means that the contract is currently active, and the buying department is looking for potential suppliers to fulfil the contract. Contract summary   Industry Audio-visual equipment -...