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?
Vodafone have made a number of big announcements in recent weeks, so we have jumped at the chance to take a closer look at one of our key clients.
During the opening of the 2012 London Olympic Games, Tim Berners-Lee (the inventor of the World Wide Web) appeared on stage and tweeted the words “this is for everyone” which was then displayed in LCD lights around the stadium. However, concerns about whether or not the internet will be allowed to remain “for everyone” has reached another turning point this week as President Obama joined the debate on net neutrality.
According to research and analytics firm Ovum, the telecommunications industry will lose a combined $386 billion between 2012 and 2018 due to more and more consumers using OTT (over-the top) voice applications. This has led to a number of global telecommunications companies being forced to rethink their revenue streams.
As part of the launch of our revamped LinkedIn page, Vine Resources ran a competition offering a pair of tickets to see England play Slovenia live at Wembley to one of our lucky LinkedIn followers. The draw has now been made and we are delighted to announce that the winner.
Congratulations Mr Oli Pyke!
Mobile payments is not a new concept to the telecoms community, however the entry of Apple into the arena with ‘Apple Pay’ earlier this year has intensified the fight for mobile payments supremacy. The news that McDonalds will be partnering with Apple to accept payments through Apple Pay in all its US stores has set a precedent for organisations partnering with individual payment providers as opposed to adopting a more pluralistic approach.
Tech giants Facebook and Apple have recently announced that female employees may now take advantage of a brand new benefit; they will both offer $20,000 to female employees who wish to freeze their eggs and delay starting a family. While this has been lauded by many as offering women a chance to progress their careers without the worry of a ticking biological clock, I for one can’t help but think that they’ve missed the point.
Recruitment has changed. With the economy recovering there are a greater number of jobs available meaning that candidates can afford to be more discerning about the roles for which they apply. With this in mind, the most talented individuals are now cherry picking the organisations that they want to work for and rejecting roles with organisations that they do not know or do not wish to work for.
The economic recovery has brought about an increase in demand for contractors as companies look to make the most of improving financials to implement change programmes, invest in new systems or undertake mergers and acquisitions. This increase in demand means that the best contractors now have a number of career options open to them and organisations need to do more to attract and retain the contractors they need.