Simon Beresford-Wylie has been appointed chief executive officer of Digital Mobile Spectrum Limited (DMSL). DMSL is responsible for ensuring people continue to receive Freeview TV when new 4G (LTE 800) mobile services are launched. The not-for-profit organisation was formed on an initial basis in October 2012 by EE, Telefónica O2, Three and Vodafone. DMSL’s ultimate ownership will be based on the successful bidders in the 4G spectrum auction, to comply with the licence conditions.
With the switch-over of TV services to digital, a band of frequencies previously used by TV is being made available for new, public, mobile communication services. This 800 MHz band is currently being auctioned by Ofcom to companies that wish to provide 4G services.
From 2009 to 2012, Beresford-Wylie was CEO of smart meter company Elster Group, overseeing its initial public share offering in 2010 and its subsequent acquisition by Melrose Group in 2012. Prior to this, he led the formation of mobile broadband specialist Nokia Siemens Networks as its chief executive from 2007 to 2009, having been head of the networks division for Nokia since 2005.