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The Changing Face of Telecommunications Career Paths

The Telecommunications Industry is evolving quicker than any other UK high growth sector, causing the industry definition to becoming broader and harder to define. The historical industry boundaries, which divided the technology providers are disappearing rapidly. Telcos are increasingly offering a wider range of services and products to stay ahead of this fiercely competitive market including fixed, wireless, and Next Generation products and services. Additionally, the convergence of high tech IT and telecommunications companies has caused the lines between these industries to blur. Demand for talent and innovation is driving investment leading to IT and technology firms actively seeking out qualified, highly trained professionals across the skills range, network designers, infrastructure engineers, RF surveyors and planners, solutions architects the list goes on a far cry from the images representative of engineers in the 70’s and 80’s, erecting telegraph poles and laying cable in seemingly random holes.

 

Today, the signs of an industry in its maturity are clearer, the accelerated growth experienced from the introduction of the first cellular networks, dial-up internet to broadband over copper line in the late 90’s led to telco companies overbuilding access network infrastructure, creating overcapacity during the dot-com boom. Tech companies integrating wireless technology into mobile phones coupled with mass production made the devices affordable to the public and as such saw the rise and rise of digital, today telecoms is the 4th utility critical to modern living and changing exponentially.

Ubiquitous wireless connectivity is demanded, the future industry is limited only to imagination with the race for 5G upon us AI, IoT is advancing at an unrecognisable rate.

All this has led to the rise to a new a breed of telecoms engineer …….

The Multi-Faceted Unified Telecoms Engineer 

Telecoms engineers choose one of two career paths – fixed line on design, planning, installing and splicing fibre optics or wireless as cellular, microwave, RF, Wi-Fi planners, designers or field engineering. However, the two technologies are not on diametrically opposed parallel paths never to meet, in fact it is quite the opposite as in modern telecoms systems the one cannot exist without the other.

However, the industry, when recruiting and training treats them as totally exclusive entities and employs people skilled in either fibre optic or wireless technologies, it seems never the twain shall meet. Given the synergy and divergence of these two mutually interoperable technologies it is time to take a fresh look at how we should be developing the skills to meet the requirements for a constantly restless industry that is seeing a three-year technology life cycle.

We bring you the Multi-Faceted engineer capable of seamlessly working in both technologies. A career path and development programme that creates engineers who are capable of crossing the boundaries into either technology, provides recognised qualifications and CPD points.

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