SMI Telecoms joins FAST to support IP enforcement
The Federation Against Software Theft (FAST) has announced that SMI Telecoms, a provider of sector-leading software, consultancy and technology-enabled outsourcing, has become its latest member. In joining FAST, SMI Telecoms will help to support its efforts to drive the pro-Intellectual Property (IP) agenda.
Established in 1984, FAST is a not-for-profit organisation limited by guarantee and wholly owned by its members. It was the first organisation to protect software publishers’ rights and advances its mission through education, enforcement and policy initiatives, together with promoting standards and best practice in the professional management of software. FAST advocates IP for growth.
SMI Telecoms provides software, including OSS and IT service management solutions to the global communication service provider marketplace. Although it was founded in 2011, the company’s software IP dates back to 2004 having been created by SMI Telco and its CTO Gary Brooks. The IP was transferred to SMI Technologies, which subsequently became SMI Telecoms. It now serves a broad range of organisations, including traditional wireless operators, media companies, cloud service providers, and government and defence agencies.
Kevin Williams, VP Sales at SMI Telecoms, said: “Software and IP theft continue to plague a variety of organisations, and our business is no different. We have spent years developing our software and investing in our IP, and are naturally keen to protect it. FAST has the know-how and contacts to offer guidance on how best to do that, and the clout to make an impact, making them a good fit for our business. Since its founding, FAST has made a significant contribution to the software industry, raising the issues of software theft and IP protection to the highest levels of government and helping software developers to safeguard their creativity. As such we are very pleased lend them our support and look forward to working closely with them on these issues.”
Alex Hilton, FAST’s CEO, added: “FAST has made some real headway in championing the protection of software businesses specifically and IP more broadly. It’s important that we continue to stand up for the rights of established software publishers and resellers, as well as the growing number of start-up software developers, and believe that by combining our efforts with businesses to come up with real and practical solutions that will pay dividends. We are pleased to welcome SMI Telecoms to FAST and look forward to working closely with them to achieve our mission.”