Telecoms engineering is a fast-paced sector where graduates can work with cutting edge technology and have a global impact.
The main objective of the telecoms industry is to allow people to communicate, whether they’re talking on traditional fixed-line telephones, or using mobile devices to send and receive data. Employers include Ericsson, Alcatel-Lucent, Huawei, Nortel, Vodafone, Orange and Telekom, as well as IT consultancy providers such as Accenture and IBM.
The sector is broadly split into vendors and carriers: vendor companies like Ericsson sell the hardware and software products that carrier companies such as Vodafone, Telekom and AT&T use in their networks.
Activities vary by company and industry sector, but generally include research and development of hardware or software, technical sales and marketing, and installation and technical support. Companies that run large networks and data centers are also involved in infrastructure and networking activities.