Ofcom appoints new spectrum lead
Written by: Richard Hook | Published:
Ofcom HQ building viewed from riverside Lloyd will arrive at Ofcom HQ in May (credit: Ofcom)

Communications regulator Ofcom has hired former TPG Telecom group executive Dan Lloyd to manage what it described as “the lifeblood of the UK’s wireless industry”.

Lloyd will bring more than two decades experience from across 10 countries when he takes up his new role as director of Ofcom’s Spectrum Group in May.

In his new position, Lloyd will be tasked with ensuring the efficient use of the UK’s wireless spectrum including overseeing the sale or release of spectrum for new services such as 5G mobile and climate mapping.

Lloyd will join from TPG Telecom in Australia, where he led both the wholesale team and the spectrum strategy group covering brands including TPG, Vodafone and Lebara. Before moving to Australia, he held senior management positions with Vodafone Group in the UK and Vodafone India.

Commenting on his appointment, Lloyd said: “It is truly a privilege to be joining Ofcom. The spectrum group has a critical role in managing exponentially increasing demand for innovative wireless services. The breadth and depth of expertise in Ofcom’s spectrum group and senior management team is simply world-class, so it is a great pleasure to be joining.

He will take over from Helen Hearn, Ofcom’s senior spectrum director who has led the Spectrum Group on an interim basis since January and will continue in place until the summer to handover to Lloyd

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Dame Melanie Dawes, Ofcom's chief executive, added: “The role of group director for Spectrum needs a global outlook, as we work with other countries on spectrum policy and management. Dan has the international, commercial and spectrum experience Ofcom needs in this role, and I’m very much looking forward to working with him.”

The appointment comes a week after Ofcom published its first Spectrum Roadmap, which sets out how the regulator claims it will prepare to “ensure that everyone in the UK can benefit from the rapid advances in cutting-edge wireless technology”.

Proposed future areas of work in the roadmap are grouped into three themes, which cover: network evolution and convergence, accelerating innovation and spectrum sharing, and better data for improved spectrum management. Ofcom has invited feedback to be sent on the roadmap by 20 May.

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