A total of 650 new jobs are to be created in the UK telecomms industry as GPT and AT&T announce major expansion initiatives.
GPT, the UK?s largest telecomms equipment maker, wants to recruit around 400 systems designers and integrators, test analysts, software developers and field engineers, to be based in the Midlands and the north.
The reason for the recruitment drive is increased demand for GPT?s synchronous digital hierarchy (SDH) technology, which many operators are installing to meet high bandwidth usage, said the company.
AT&T said it will create 250 new jobs, bringing its total UK workforce to 2,750. The employees will cover a variety of tasks including customer care, network operations, and sales and marketing.
The expansion is a result of the growth in usage of the US carrier's network. Calling volume on the AT&T network in the UK has grown tenfold in the past year, and now stands at more than one million calls a day. Since the launch of its full service nework in January 1996, the company has attracted 2,000 business customers and thousands of residential users. It claims to control 15 per cent of UK-based multinationals, and is now the largest distributor of AT&T/Unisource services in Europe.
AT&T also plans to open a global network operation centre and customer care facility. The operation centre will support the telco?s national UK network, which is also linked to its global intelligent network. The London-based centre will also house an AT&T customer care centre.
The company is also implementing additional switching capacity and a national fibre-based SDH ring, which will link its switching centres.
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