UCL Innovation and Enterprise


Telefonica O2 R&D Lecture

16 May 2009

Mike Short

Dr Mike Short, Vice-President of Research and Development
at Telefónica O2, outlined the latest challenges in digital communications in a lecture at UCL on 16 March 2009.

Developing UCL Relationship with O2 Telefonica

Prof. Bernard Buxton
, UCL Dean of Engineering Sciences and Prof. Alwyn Seeds, Head of UCL Electronic and Electrical Engineering, hosted an important Business Partnership lecture on Monday 16th March 2009. This was given by Dr Mike Short, VP of Group Research and Development at Telefonica O2, recent Chairman and current Honorary President of the Mobile Data Association and current Chairman of the UKTI ICT Sector Advisory Board, and Vice President of IET.

Attended by UCL staff, students and alumni, as well as IET members, the lecture is another positive development in the relationship with Telefonica O2, initiated by Dr Anna Clark, UCL Director of Corporate Partnerships.

Mike Short’s lecture focused on Third Generation Mobile, Mobile Data Applications, and New Trends in Bridging Digital Divides, including greater connectivity in transport, assisted healthcare, machine to machine (M2M) and consumer-oriented connected appliances.

O2 Lecture

Mike Short considered that the global mobile communications industry was one of the most robust sectors in the world economy, with rapid growth in India, Latin America and China. With more than 4 billion handsets worldwide (predicted to be 5 billion by 2011), and with massive growth in data usage (texting), it will be one of the ‘catalysts for recovery’ in the current market downturn.

With one of the largest European research and development budgets and with one of the market’s most rapid growth rates, Telefonica O2 is continuing to place emphasis on innovation and partnerships. It is not anticipating a reduction in graduate internships.

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