Energy & Utilities UK | The Energy Industry Times | 04 June 2015

A triple lock approach

As the UK prepares for a new generation of nuclear power plants, The Energy Industry Times analyzes its preparation and what others might learn from a country that boasts a long and solid nuclear history.  The article discusses how the UK hopes that its detailed approach will not only guarantee the implementation and operation of safe designs but will also help avoid the construction delays and cost overruns seen at the Olkiluoto 3 (OL3) plant being built in Finland by Areva. Michael Kruse, Partner and Head of the Central European Energy & Utilities Practice at Arthur D. Little is quoted as saying, “At OL3 not all issues – such as I&C for example – had been fixed, which caused delays due to the Finnish regulator STUK not accepting the design. There have been challenges in managing the design requirements. During the construction phase, new design and safety requirements have been imposed on Areva. Also the safety and design criteria, as well as relevant technical standards, were not clarified early enough. There was a lack of transparency on how requirements at plant level would be translated into the design of systems, structures and components, which caused acceptance issues after they were installed. It was also not clear which regulatory approvals would be needed during the project (hold points), and which were known and understood by the licensee and vendor.” Kruse noted that for the owner it is crucial to have an “agile” organisation that is able to cope with design changes and manage the regulator supply chain interface to prevent the schedule slipping.

Energy & Utilities Germany | Handelsblatt | 29 May 2015

Nuclear power stations maintain a risk

The ideological battles for the future of nuclear power are over. The nuclear power phase-out has already been decided. Critics worry about the provisions of German energy service providers. The estimated costs for the dismantling of nuclear power facilities and equipment are €70 billion, whereas companies have calculated €38 billion only. However, Michael Kruse, Arthur D. Little’s energy expert, points out that storage of the radioactive materials, rather than the dismantling itself, is the main problem. A radioactive waste repository has not been found so far.

This problem will prevail for at least a century. Experts demand that the costs of the dismantling be socialized and decommissioned into public stock. This may be the only sustainable solution for the financial issue. The financial burden is too big for energy providers alone. Energy service providers have already announced that they are planning to go to court against the government’s nuclear power phase-out decision in order to receive compensation. Public stock might be an acceptable compromise for both sides.

TIME Austria | medianet | 28 May 2015

Escaping from the OTTs’ stranglehold

Data-consuming OTTs such as Netflix and Spotify challenge both internet service providers and traditional media with their new online streaming offers. Telecommunication companies complain that they are investing into modern networks while OTTs are making the profit. However, the new study by Arthur D. Little and Exane BNP Paribas predicts that the upcoming OTT boom will provide opportunities for internet service providers as well. ADL and Exane experts expect demand for fast broadband connections to grow more quickly, enabling providers to develop new offerings to make larger profits. OTTs will also challenge traditional media such as radio, TV and Pay TV. Arthur D. Little projects that prices for content will increase. Traditional TV channels may react by developing their own OTT offerings. In Austria the convergence between media and telcos has just started: market leader ORF has acquired Flimmit, and T-Mobile has partnered with Netflix.

Technology & Innovation Management Sweden | InnovationManagement.se | 27 May 2015

Systemizing Breakthrough Innovation: Study Results

Most companies recognize the need for breakthrough innovation – it can change the fundamental bases of competition, “rewrite the rules” of an industry and transform the prospects of the successful innovator. There is no one-size-fits-all model for how best to respond to this challenge. Arthur D. Little surveyed over 80 large organizations to explore how to deliver a consistent pipeline of radically new products, performance features, business models and market space. In this article, Ben Thuriaux- Alemán, Fredrik Härenstam and Richard Eagar of Arthur D. Little, discuss how serial breakthrough innovation is real and achievable for any company.

TIME Germany | Heise online | 24 May 2015

Dobrindt: No more dead spots from 2018

Alexander Dobrindt, the German minister of transport, asserts that areas with no reception will disappear in the next three years. This week the Bundesnetzagentur (Federal Agency for Networks) will start a new auction to sell frequencies for mobile services. The 700 MHz frequencies have been used by public service broadcasting authorities for decades and will soon be used to improve mobile networks. Dobrindt wants telcos to purchase the frequencies in order to develop networks quickly, so that mobile internet is available on highways and trains, and especially in rural areas. Arthur D. Little experts are confident that the auction will be a milestone for broadband in Germany. They expect earnings of up to 2 billion euros. Critics point out that the UMTS auction in 2000 provided earnings of around 50 billion euros – compared to these dimensions the forecasted public broadband subsidies seem small.

TIME UK | Computer Business Review | 20 May 2015

‘Optimism’ returns to telcos as OTT windfall approaches

An article about Arthur D. Little and Exane BNP Paribas’ latest report, ‘How to ride the OTT wave,’ which predicts that the telcos sector will return to growth from 2017. Bertrand Grau, Principal at Arthur D. Little is quoted as saying, “While in the short-term, we believe that traditional players will be ready to meet the challenge posed by OTTs, a select number of OTTs could reach the scale necessary to compete with pay-TV on premium content.”

TIME UK | European Communications | 20 May 2015

Telcos could benefit from battle between media, OTT players

An article about Arthur D. Little and Exane BNP Paribas’ latest report, ‘How to ride the OTT wave,’ which polled 110 media, OTT and telecoms industry executives. The research predicts that telcos can benefit from the intensifying battle between traditional media players and OTTs by offering services to both parties. Arthur D. Little warns that it is feasible that a few global OTTs could eventually own the whole TV market, and the battle between them and traditional players would continue to inflate overall content costs.

Technology & Innovation Management UK | Outsource Magazine | 11 May 2015

Breakthrough innovation: enhancing efforts and creating competitive advantage

Recently Arthur D. Little conducted a survey of over 80 large organizations to explore best practices for how to deliver a consistent pipeline of breakthrough (or radical) innovations – meaning radically new products, performance features, business models or market space. The results were both expected and unexpected, and yielded a lot of valuable insight. In this article, Ben Thuriaux- Alemán and Richard Eagar of Arthur D. Little, explain why it is increasingly important for companies to be able to deliver constant breakthrough innovation in order to respond to emerging competition, disruptions to core business, and increasing customer power.

Energy & Utilities Germany | VDI Nachrichten | 08 May 2015

Technologically out of the game

The European nuclear power industry is suffering hardship. Industry leaders such as French company Areva faced serious financial losses in 2014. The German withdrawal from the nuclear energy program is one aspect of the current crisis. Michael Kruse, leader of the Arthur D. Little Energy Practice, points out that demolition and disposal are the main future topics of the nuclear industry in Germany. Those fields are still lucrative, as they represent a market volume of more than €120 billion. Experts highlight that German companies are not going to be part of the global nuclear mainstream, and therefore will not benefit much from the challenges ahead. Kruse believes that the German nuclear industry faces two main problems: Over-aging of experts and lack of young nucleonics experts. With those issues it will hardly be possible for local enterprises to play major roles in the global nuclear security business of the future. The leading technological position may soon be lost.

Austria | Die Presse | 04 May 2015

And tomorrow humans won’t be necessary anymore

Experts predict that the next industrial revolution is at the gates. Adaptive and highly efficient computers will change the economy. Ansgar Schlautmann, Associate Director of Arthur D. Little, explains that industry 4.0 (smart production) means that not only will particular machines be connected, but also all parts of the supply chain. Currently new technologies are only widespread among global players such as VW and Apple, which have the capital to implement new solutions. The situation in Austria is more complicated because the country is dominated by medium-sized businesses. A survey by Festo 200 shows that 55% of Austrian entrepreneurs are not even familiar with the ideas of industry 4.0. Schlautmann points out that the new connected and smart technologies will change job descriptions significantly in the future. Therefore, it is important to adapt to the new economic trends.

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