Helping you find a career in the telecomms industry
The telecoms sector contributes over £30 billion to the UK's economy and developments in telecoms technologies impact nearly every sector in the rest of the economy. From mobile banking apps to healthcare, and from retail payments to advertising, innovations from the telecoms sector have revolutionised how customers access and use services throughout the country.
Businesses operating in the telecoms sector can be a whole range of sizes, from smaller organisations providing specific services to other businesses, to giant multi-platform PLCs (Public Limited Companies) which provide a whole range of services to consumers and operate at a large-scale (e.g. BT, Vodafone, etc.). Most of the telecoms industry is based in London and the South East of England, although there are roles and businesses operating across the country.
Currently the industry is preparing for the auction and rollout of 5G networks in the early 2020s, which will be considerably faster (it is estimated that you will be able to download a full HD feature-length film in under a minute!) and will drive innovation and commercial opportunities in much of the sector for a decade.
The telecoms sector can be fast-moving, with new products and services being developed all the time. Innovation in smartphone technology has driven lots of change already. Future smartphone innovation will mostly be invisible to the consumer, rather than related to handsets or physical technologies: sensors, connectivity and software; one of the key drivers of innovation in smartphone technology is the need to enhance user experience.
There is a full range of ‘corporate' roles available in telecoms - from finance & accounting to human resources to sales & marketing, while engineering and research & development (R&D) are critical to driving innovation and product/service development for businesses in the Telecoms industry. We are going to focus on roles in Engineering and Research & Development in the rest of this sector guide.