Twenty-five years in the mobile revolution:
CPS Global celebrates ‘an unbelievable ride’
Scott Munro was perched on a hill on his farm, cradling a laptop computer and watching his son play rugby – live-streamed from Kenya.
“He was playing a sevens tournament on the other side of the world,” Scott recalls, “and there I was, up the back of the paddock, watching it live.”
It was 2014. Out there at Humula, on the South West Slopes of NSW, far from the demands of Scott’s Sydney job, it was one of those moments he had to pinch himself. In a few short decades, the mobile telecommunications revolution had changed the world. It had utterly transformed the way we worked, played and connected.
And Scott had been part of that revolution from its earliest days. “I fell into it,” says the country boy who started his working life as a stock and station agent, then moved to the city and sold CBD skyscrapers.
In 1990 he took a contract job with Telstra, managing site acquisitions for its mobile base stations while he studied law at night. Two years later, Scott founded his own company, and this year it is celebrating 25 years of growth beyond his initial imagining.
“It’s been an incredible ride,” says Scott, managing director of CPS Global.
Today the company provides network infrastructure services for the mobile telecommunications sector. It has served all of Australia’s major carriers and has supported the NBN rollout. The ever-expanding industry goes to CPS Global for its multi-disciplined team, from property specialists and town planners to designers and engineers. Their work can be found across the Australian landscape, from city rooftops to rural highways to airports and beyond.
Scott remembers the early days. “I recall wading waist-deep in water at the bottom of the Sydney Harbour Tunnel.” He recalls “walking amongst a labyrinth of rooms” at the new Parliament House, plotting its mobile networks. And he remembers knocking on farmers’ doors while scouting for sites for mobile base stations.
“We did it the old-fashioned way, wearing out some shoe leather. Perhaps you’d get bitten by the dog.”
“Once upon a time,” Scott adds – he’s talking about the 1990s – “you’d work with topographical maps. You’d have to select the right heights on the topo maps, then we’d have to fly along the highway in light planes, inspecting the sites we’d selected. Nowadays, you can do all that from the boardroom, using Google maps.”
How rapidly the world changed.
“The oddity,” says Scott, “is we never expected that our part in the industry would last more than a year or 18 months.”
Back then, mobile phones merely allowed people to speak to one another. Scott and colleagues expected demand would soon reach 100 per cent of the population, and so there would be little need to keep building more network capacity.
But then came the data revolution. Soon the phones in our pockets became our portal to the world. The carriers had to meet an exponential growth in network demand.
“Until recently, data traffic has been doubling every year,” says Scott Munro.
And the next big surge in demand is coming. “It’s likely to driven by ‘the internet of things’. Massive amounts of data will be sent from machine to machine.”
He lists some of the data demands of the not-so-distant future: driverless cars; farmers monitoring their livestock remotely; vigilant consumers tracking how and where their food is grown; the management of power, smart cities, transport and air quality. It will require evermore network capacity.
Scott prefers to keep some critical elements of the business down to earth and face to face.
“It’s still about the people,” he says. “You can do your research and due diligence via the internet, but when it comes to sorting out the commercial arrangements, it is much better to have those discussions sitting across the table.
“Our people are really important to us. We create a happy working environment where our staff can be their best, where they can excel. We are rewarded for that because we get outstanding performance.”
On Friday the 2nd we had our inaugural ‘Silly Shirt Friday’! Each employee wearing a silly shirt donates a gold coin to charity. Lots of fun and laughs on a Friday!
Did you know that CPS Global has a little sister and her name is cpsEmnion?
Established in 2015, cpsEmnion services the Telecommunications and Infrastructure sectors. It was started as a collaboration between two experienced and proven industry leaders, Jim McGreevy and Scott Munro.
Drawing on the wide experience and leadership of Jim and Scott, cpsEmnion has the capacity to fill industry and market voids and create delivery models that facilitate successful projects.
It has quickly established itself as reliable, innovative and flexible provider of delivery outcomes.
cpsEmnion specialises in asset survey validation audits, asset proving audits, design scoping, construction management, asset audit services, program logistics management, site access and planning permits.
cpsEmnion operates throughout NSW and is certified with international Quality, OHS and Environmental Management Systems.
- Your mobile phone has more computing power than the computers used for the Apollo 11 moon landing.
- In 1983, the first mobile phones went on sale in the U.S. at almost $4,000 each.
- Apple sold 340,000 iPhones per day in 2012.
Mobile phones have 18 times more bacteria than toilet handles.
In Japan, 90% of mobile phones are waterproof because youngsters use them even in the shower.
The first mobile phone call was made in 1973 by Martin Cooper, a former Motorola inventor.
- Nomophobia is the fear of being without your mobile phone or losing your signal.
- 100,000 mobile phones are dropped down the toilet in Britain every year
- More People In The World Have Mobile Phones Than Toilets
- China has more internet users on mobile devices than on PCs.
To continually improve our company and its’ services, it is essential that CPS Global keeps on top of the latest developments in management systems. Two key, globally recognized quality and environmental management system standards have recently undergone a major review. ISO 9001:2008 quality management systems and ISO 14001:2004 environmental management systems have been updated to incorporate a wide range of changes.
There are several benefits that the ISO 9001:2015 quality management system will bring to the business including enhancing continuous improvement, greater emphasis on leadership, a risk based compliance program, effective performance measurement and self-governance and greater integration between management systems.
The ISO 14001:2015 environmental system has greater focus on stronger leadership involvement, communication and participation, protecting the environment and lifecycle thinking.
CPS Global strives to be the best at what we do and being one of the first companies to achieve these certifications will help provide unparalleled services to our clients.