2018 has been one of the most challenging years in the LPRA’s 28 year history. The level of uncertainty caused by the prospect of the UK’s exit from the EU and the escalating use of tariffs has contributed to a global environment of caution. These elements, combined with the practicalities of the implementation of the Radio Equipment Directive make the LPRA’s role even more vital and we are proud to be rising to the demands of protecting the interests of our members. Despite all these difficulties our members continue to be at the forefront of innovation in our industry, through their creativity, resilience and adaptability.
A very major part of our activities remains the policy/advocacy and standards work that we do within the EC, CEPT and ETSI to ensure that the interests of our members and the SRD industry are properly represented. Members of the LPRA council remain in senior positions in the relevant Technical Committees and Task Groups within ETSI as well as attending many of the important meetings in CEPT.
We are delighted that LPRA Member Nedap have generously agreed to again sponsor and host the LPRA's Radio Solutions Conference and Networking Event RS2019. The Council, Secretariat and Nedap are determined to build on the success of RS2017 to make it an even better event for our members and to continue to raise the profile of the LPRA. We have now had confirmation from 8 of the 15 speakers and hope to complete the line-up in January next year. RS2019 will give our members the rare opportunity to ask the questions that matter to your business and relate to your unique products directly to Regulators and prominent industry figures.*
Once again I should like to thank members of the Council and Secretariat for all of their hard work over the past year. The activities of Council Members are entirely voluntary so I should like to say how much I appreciate their efforts.
The LPRA Council and Secretariat are all committed to working together to strengthen the Association and continue to protect the interests of our members.
Finally on behalf of the LPRA Council I would like to wish you a very Happy Christmas, Happy Holidays and a safe and successful New Year.