EE launched the first 4G network at the end of October 2012. This article explains EE’s campaign connected with the launch as well as the benefits of 4G, for example, increased uploading and downloading speeds and coverage of rural areas. Therefore 4G can help increase efficiency and productivity for a lot of businesses. A survey by EE and Arthur D. Little indicated that more than seven out of ten businesses will upgrade to 4G within 12 months.
France Telecom SA (FTE) predicted higher full-year sales than top analysts have estimated. France Telecom CEO, Stephane Richard, explains that business in the Middle East and Africa will make up for drops in Europe. A study by Arthur D. Little is quoted saying that the prices of phone packages in France have dropped by 8% over the past 5 ½ years and that the decline is expected to continue.
The amount of data processed in companies will double in the coming years. Therefore, using existing process-technology would be ever more time-consuming. The new storage technology “In-Memory” might solve this problem. Instead of saving the data on a hard disk drive, it will be located on the main memory. “It is important for software-firms to offer their software now, because the industry is still in its infancy”, says Dr. Klaus Schmitz, IT-consultant at global management consultancy Arthur D. Little. “We think a new big data-market will emerge that will be divided by the IT-companies”.
An article announcing Karim Taga, Managing Partner at Arthur D. Little, is a headline speaker at the upcoming Mobile Health Global as part of the Connected World Forum in Dubai in November. Karim is quoted as saying monitoring via technology is one of the best methods to cut costs in the healthcare industry. He also says technology is imperative in order to empower hospitals to deliver first-class service, broadband access and on-site ICT professionals.
The amount of mobile data transmitted has doubled since 2010. Mobile network operators can hardly keep up with this growth concerning their network capacity, especially in metropolitan areas like Frankfurt or Berlin where customers face problems with their mobile connection. “The increasing number of smartphone users within one single cell site forces the mobile network to go down more frequently ”, says Ansgar Schlautmann, TIME-expert at Arthur D. Little. Therefore, the 4G-capacity will be widened. Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom both announced they will invest several hundred million Euros in their networks.
Germany must consider an electricity capacity-based market model in order to encourage the development of offshore wind parks and reject the idea of a system based on selling into the spot market according to Michael Kruse, Principal at Arthur D. Little. In the article Michael says offshore wind parks are not really profitable anymore and they still require public subsidies and pricing incentives. He says the wind sector could learn from the nuclear industry by spreading development costs across a number of parties.
An article written by Michael Kruse, Principal at Arthur D. Little, about lessons that can be learnt from the experience of the nuclear sector. He says the biggest challenges for the offshore sectors are the rapid technology advancement of still immature offshore wind technology, the lack of standardisation, inadequate planning and a still-emerging supplier landscape. Michael explains how the nuclear industry had faced the same challenges and how they’ve overcome them. He suggests that the implementation of large capital projects in organisations should be brought closer together and that the offshore sector should become more open.
The grim economic environment forces the consulting industry to change. The demise of the European Economy for most consultancies means reduced turnovers. Therefore, “customers think twice before they engage new projects when the direct financial success is hard to be measured”, says Dr. Fabian Doemer, Arthur D. Little’s Managing Partner in Germany. There is high demand for consulting-services relating to cost-related topics such as electro-mobility, virtualization of several industries and the energy turnaround.
Expertise from the nuclear sector could be leveraged to help boost the offshore wind industry according to Michael Kruse, Principal at Arthur D. Little. In the article Michael says that offshore wind could follow nuclear’s “intelligent customer” model, created when tight regulation forced big energy companies to develop a deep understanding of the supply chain and power plant components. He also argues for a fresh approach to project management and for better linkages between utilities’ ad-hoc developers and their fleet management divisions.
The concept of Electro-mobility has stagnated and the realization that the targeted sales will not be achieved has brought many car manufacturers back down to earth. The big players are now cautiously trying to establish new innovations in the market. Customer interest in electric cars hase not reached the levels predicted by economic experts. “Electro-mobility stands at a crossroad”, says Carsten Kahner, partner at Arthur D. Little’s automotive practice. In the course of a study his team found out that there won’t be any short term breakthroughs for pure electric cars. Additionally, special sales appeals are the wrong way to strengthen the e-mobility market. “Government-funded investments in technological innovations would often be a better way to boost sales.” Especially in France the direct purchase of battery-driven electric cars is strongly supported. Subventions play a big role in the sales planning of French car maker Renault-Nissan.