This article from Sheila McNulty discusses the financing of renewable energy and the investment in technology. Ben Thuriaux is quoted, commenting on the large increase in technology investment by national oil companies.
Peking's censorship politics has led to the fact that Google offers its services only from Hong Kong in the future. Besides, the Chinese competitor Baidu gives the Californian company a hard time. "In every market there is basically room for only one dominant search engine", eludes Klaus von den Hoff. According to Arthur D. Little's manager, the world market leader has only two alternatives in the long-term: either Google tries a joint-venture with Baidu or Google stays out. On top of that, the censorship politics of China is not compatible with Google’s company philosophy. Hence, a retreat from the market could affect Google's i
Recently published annual Exane BNP Paribas - Arthur D. Little report says that mobile operators won't have to invest massively again in networks to keep data traffic growth up.
Microsoft, Google and Apple are not only the top dogs of the international IT industry, they also endanger the established business models of many German enterprises with their aggressive online strategies. About seven percent of Germany's economic performance might become increasingly under pressure by theses three giants. This is the result of a topical analysis by Arthur D. Little. The analysis also says, that in extreme cases, in the telecommunication and music industry as much as 20 percent of the turnover might be lost. Now Google even wants to build a high speed fixed network of its own. "If the Californians should fail with their plan, it is not due to Google's business model, but it is a result of their own hubris", comments Arthur D. Little’s TIME Director Klaus von den Hoff. Google is in fact already perceived as unpleasant and as obsessed with power as Micro
Raymond Amour, Senior Advisor for Arthur D. Little has been interviewed on subcontractors. He says that companies that use subcontractors have a moral obligation towards them. A French law recently passed (LME - Loi de Modernisation de l'Economie) has even imposed a reduced payment to 60 days after the invoice date (instead of 90 as previously) to their customers in order to improve their cash flow situation. It would have been of great help if the current financial crisis they are going through had not prevented them from investing as they should to remain competitive.
A study carried out by EXANE-BNP Paribas and Arthur D. Little is questioning the fact that because traffic is expanding extremely rapidly, mobile operators will have to invest again in their networks in the short-term.
Smartphone’s success has helped mobile broadband develop in Europe. This will continue in 2010 but terminals will not be ready until 2013. Transition to 4G (aka Long-Term Evolution – LTE) does not need to be done now. The Exane BNP Paribas – Arthur D. Little report adds that the funds required for that technology would not be available in the short-term.
After the worldwide economic crisis, a new hardship threatens the car industry. Young consumers are not as interested in purchasing a car of their own as the former generation was. Instead, alternative mobility draughts are demanded. In particular car sharing projects are getting more popular. "The common use of vehicles without owning them itself has trebled in the last year,” says a topical study by Arthur D. Little.
This UK national newspaper covered the recent Arthur D. Little and Exane BNP Paribas report on mobile phone internet usage. Discussing how even though voice revenues at European operators will continue to decline beyond the recession, the top line should improve and mobile internet usage will accelerate further in 2010 and
In Germany, Japan and the USA more and more young people lose the desire to own a car. This development forces the car manufacturers to undergo a radical change in their business model. Therefore the car industry will alter slowly but surely into a mobility industry, forecasts Marc Winterhoff, co-author of Arthur D. Little’s study "Winning on the E-Mobility Playing Field."