Stephen Temple is an engineer by profession and has spent 25 years in the Civil Service (rising to a senior position in the Home Office and DTI) and 18 years in the private sector (rising to Director level including Board level).
Whilst at the DTI he was at the heart of digitalising Europe’s mobile and television networks. He led for the UK in the highly successful GSM initiative. Together with officials from France, Germany and Italy, he helped to create the mobile revolution (See WWW.GSMHistory.Com). He wrote the GSM Memorandum of Understanding that was one of the most important international documents in mobile phone history. He co-founded the DVB group that set Europe’s path to digital TV. He chaired the Technical Assembly of the European Telecommunications Standards Institute from 1988-92. Within Whitehall he fought open up the 1800 MHz bands for mobile radio that allowed Orange and T-Mobile to emerge. He wrote the visionary DTI Consultation Document “Phones on the Move” which has been widely recognised as triggering the transformation of the mobile phone into a consumer mass market product. Later he headed up one of the Sponsorship Branches set up by Michael Heseltine in a new approach to industrial policy. He was the driving force behind the UK adopting digital terrestrial TV (as a competitive counter-balance to the Sky platform) that later became Freeview.
In the private sector he was Director of Advanced Technologies at ntl (taking into trials their first cable modem service) and later Managing Director of the Networks Division. He then joined Vodafone at their corporate strategy group where he was Director of Strategic Projects which included developing Vodafone’s broadband strategy (the battle for the home) , innovation strategy and mobile TV. He discouraged the Board from going for mobile TV due lack of interest by regulators in making harmonised spectrum available across Europe and lack of an associated content strategy.
Since retiring from industry he advises on telecoms public policy and sat on the last Government’s Digital Britain Steering Group and wrote (or it would be more accurate to say re-wrote) the infrastructure section for the Digital Britain final report.
Currently he sits on the IET Communications Policy Panel, is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineers and is a visiting Professor at the University of Surrey 5G Innovation Centre (where he is Technical Secretary of their Strategic Advisory Board).