I love December. The decorations, the lights and the fact that everybody is in a slightly better mood than usual makes it my favourite time of the year. The only slight trepidation I feel about December is the annual work Christmas party. To make sure that our party ran smoothly, we asked our clients for their accounts of previous Christmas parties and their tips on how to enjoy the Christmas party without jeopardising your career.
Technology is allowing businesses to be more flexible around how individual workers fulfil their role. It allows people to work from their own devices, work in any of a number of company or client offices, allows employees to work from home and gives them access to their work from almost anywhere at any time.
According to a recent article in Forbes, over $50 billion was invested in start-ups by U.S. venture capitalists in 2014. The article goes on to outline how established businesses are trying to out-innovate start-ups. These include spending huge sums on R&D, acquiring start-ups and running incubators.
Recent years have seen the banking industry dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century. With mobile phones, broadband internet and the inception of the internet of things, people want more than waiting in long queues to talk to a disinterested member of staff behind two inches of glass. With the banking sector set to continue changing, we take a look at how this might affect the recruitment of telecoms professionals in the sector.
Last week the European Parliament voted on and passed a resolution urging anti-trust regulators to “unbundle search engines from other commercial services”. While the resolution itself does not mention any specific company and is not related to any specific legal action, it follows four years of European officials investigating Google for reasons of anti-trust concerns and further illustrates the European stance on net neutrality.
A new report from Juniper Research has indicated that global expenditure for mobile operators is now in excess of $800 billion. With costs increasing and pressure on operators to offer bigger and better deals, are companies looking to cut costs any way they can?
The over-the-top video-on-demand (OTT VOD) market has boomed over the past few years. Many have suggested that these OTT VOD services are having a negative effect on the fortunes of established pay TV services like Sky. While this may be the case, the scale of the impact is (in my opinion) far less than people think.
A coalition of some of the biggest names in telecommunications have complained to Ofcom about BT’s ‘monopoly’ over business broadband services. The group have asked the regulator to allow companies to lay their own cables in BT ducts and to use their own equipment to control BT cables to increase competition and innovation in the market.
Born in July 2006 from the merger of NTL, Telewest and Virgin Mobile, Virgin Media was the first provider in the UK to offer ‘quad play’ services (as it has now become known). This is to say that for the first time in the UK you could get your fixed line broadband, home phone, TV package and mobile from one provider.
There has been a lot of news recently about operators losing out to OTT services such as WhatsApp, Skype and Facebook. One area that could offer a salvation to the beleaguered operators however is the Internet of Things. There are already a number of operators moving to break into the space, but the question is how will operators distinguish themselves and avoid playing second fiddle to OTT services again?