Ronan Dunne, chief exec of Telefonica O2, the UK's second largest mobile operator has joined the IT & Telecoms Board of e-skills UK.

Dunne said, "Skills are a top priority for all businesses today, with the fast moving mobile arena being a particular driver for change. At O2 we are encouraging all of our employees to help young people succeed with our 'Think Big' initiative. I look forward to working with e-skills UK to help equip young people with the skills that will support innovation, competitiveness and economic growth in the UK."

The announcement comes as the education and skills debate in the UK grows more fierce with education minister Michael Gove using the opening of the BETT education IT show today to calling for a radical shakeup of ICT teaching.

Welcoming Dunne to e-skills UK, Phil Smith, CEO Cisco UK & Ireland and chair of e-skills UK IT & Telecoms Board said, "mobile IT devices play an ever more significant role in business. e-skills UK research shows we can expect an increase in demand for people with the right skills to develop and support new methods of communication.

"Ronan's knowledge and experience in this field will be an invaluable contribution to our work on behalf of the UK's IT and Telecoms industry."

In November O2 began a trial of a 4G LTE network in London. The network will be available over the until June 2012 over 25 4G sites across London, from Hyde Park in central London to The O2 events venue in Greenwich.