The telecommunications sector is experiencing a period of unprecedented transformation under the combined effect of new entrants (service providers such as Google or Apple, MVNO virtual operators, etc.) and the explosion of data needs that requires world class broadband networks.
Furthermore, the move by the EU to harmonise the European Telecommunications landscape will speed up the trend towards operator concentration, promoting the development of engineering companies that have demonstrated their ability to deliver transnational turnkey Telecom projects. To meet these wants and needs, ALTEN has set up a dedicated European organisation with over 2, 000 specialist Telecom engineers.
The technological issues and comprehensive infrastructure deployment needs are considerable, starting with the implementation of fourth generation radio networks and equipment (4G). More generally, all the issues related to very high-speed broadband (LTE – Long Term Evolution), interoperability between operator networks, offloading between radio and Wi-Fi networks and the development of new services to cash in on network investments will be key Telecom challenges to be met in the coming years. They are producing engineering requirements in all areas, from the design and testing of products and equipment to the control of network deployment, areas where ALTEN is ideally positioned.