July 12th 1999: Cross-industry group The UMTS Forum has elected Thomas
Sidenbladh, Director of Government Relations at the Ericsson Group, as the
Chairman of its Regulatory Aspects Group (RAG). He succeeds David Barnes
(DTI), who was the founding RAG Chairman in 1996. Thomas has been active
in the UMTS Forum since its first start in May 1996. He was earlier Vice
Chairman of the RAG, and also chairman of the Forums ad-hoc Spectrum
Pricing Group. He edited the Forums first published report, A Regulatory
Framework for UMTS and assisted in the editing of several others.
Over the last two years, the UMTS Forum RAG has analysed the regulatory
situation for UMTS and other third generation systems, and produced two
reports regarding the regulatory framework and licensing conditions for
UMTS. These reports have had a significant impact on the decision-making
process within the various regulatory bodies across the world, and The
Forum has through RAGs work become an important co-operation partner
with the CEPT in third generation regulatory matters including the
promotion of global circulation of UMTS/IMT-2000 terminals.
Thomas Sidenbladh comments: Enabling the global circulation
of UMTS/IMT-2000 terminals is an important future work item for
RAG. In order to understand better global regulatory issues, RAG will
correlate its regulatory recommendations with the regulatory situation of
countries outside Europe. The group will be holding a series of regulatory
seminars and workshops in other world regions, starting with South East
Asia. Another work item is to follow the global licensing situation
closely, and also to assess the regulatory impact of convergence between
telecom, IT and broadcasting industries.
Thomas joined Ericsson in 1985, and has worked there in the field of
mobile communications systems in a number of different roles where he
has liased closely with national governments and regulatory agencies,
regional bodies such as the European Commission and with international
organisations including the ITU.
Prior to joining Ericsson, he worked for the Swedish Ministry of Industry
as Deputy Under-Secretary, responsible for government policy concerning
technological research and development, and high-tech industry. He was
chairman of the Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers between 1989
and 1994, and is now chairman of the E+T Förlag publishing house.