European Telecoms Dial Up Silicon Valley for Next-Generation Data Communications Technologies

By Blau, John | Research-Technology Management, May/June 1999 | Go to article overview

European Telecoms Dial Up Silicon Valley for Next-Generation Data Communications Technologies


Blau, John, Research-Technology Management


Two of Europe's largest telephone companies are establishing a joint research and development arm in Silicon Valley to identify and exploit emerging new communication technologies. Deutsche Telekom AG and France Telecom SA have founded ThinkOne Inc. in Brisbane, California, in a move that reflects the needs of both operators to go beyond their domestic R&D activities to tap software expertise in the fast-paced North American information technology sector.

Although each carrier maintains extensive research operations in its domestic market, European high-tech companies are generally viewed as lagging behind their U.S. counterparts in the development of next-generation Internet, network computing and broadband wireless data technologies. With ThinkOne, the German and French operators now hope to bridge that gap. And they hope to do so fast.

"Our research in the United States isn't fundamental or applied but something more short-term, something that will give us results anywhere from three months to three years," says Lionel Pelamourgues, executive manager of ThinkOne.

The Germans and French join a list of well-known international telephone companies, including Japan's National Telegraph and Telephone Corp. (NTT) and Telecom Italia SpA, that have launched similar R&D ventures in Silicon Valley in recent months. "I think most networking experts agree," says Joachim Claus, senior executive director of innovative management at Deutsche Telekom, "that when it comes to next-generation data communications technologies, like the Internet Protocol and packet switching, the U.S. is where the music is being played, particularly in Silicon Valley, which is a breeding ground for innovative high-tech startups."

Claus notes that in the past, when most of Europe was dominated by telephone monopolies, incumbent operators-called PTTs-could afford to wait for U.S. innovation to blow across the Atlantic. "We were always a couple of years behind the United States on the Internet," he says, but is quick to add that Europe has been on the cutting edge of digital cellular technology and broadband switching.

Battling Competition

Now competition is changing all that. Most European telecoms markets have been open to full competition since the start of 1998. To give just one example of how quickly the tides can turn: Deutsche Telekom lost more long-distance market share in one year-30 percent-than British

Telecommunications PLC (BT) surrendered in a decade.

Deutsche Telekom and France Telecom aim to defend their positions through new, innovative services and products, some of which they expect to develop in the United States. They are already aligned with Sprint Corp. through their international telecoms alliance Global One. The European carriers, which have taken an equity stake in each other, also own 20 percent of Sprint.

Although the U.S. carrier is not part of ThinkOne, with its own R&D operations in Silicon Valley for years, it maintains close R&D links with its major European shareholders. Sprint operates what is believed to be one of the most advanced fiber optic networks in the United States and is among the first carriers to move away from traditional circuit-based switching technology to packet-based systems, which are used extensively in data networks, such as the Internet.

This is not to say the Europeans have been standing idly on the sidelines watching U. …

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
One moment ...
Default project is now your active project.
Project items

Items saved from this article

This article has been saved
Highlights (0)
Some of your highlights are legacy items.

Highlights saved before July 30, 2012 will not be displayed on their respective source pages.

You can easily re-create the highlights by opening the book page or article, selecting the text, and clicking “Highlight.”

Citations (0)
Some of your citations are legacy items.

Any citation created before July 30, 2012 will labeled as a “Cited page.” New citations will be saved as cited passages, pages or articles.

We also added the ability to view new citations from your projects or the book or article where you created them.

Notes (0)
Bookmarks (0)

You have no saved items from this article

Project items include:
  • Saved book/article
  • Highlights
  • Quotes/citations
  • Notes
  • Bookmarks
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

(Einhorn, 1992, p. 25)

(Einhorn 25)

1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited article

European Telecoms Dial Up Silicon Valley for Next-Generation Data Communications Technologies
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger Reset View mode
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn, 1992, p. 25).

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences." (Einhorn 25)

"Portraying himself as an honest, ordinary person helped Lincoln identify with his audiences."1

1. Lois J. Einhorn, Abraham Lincoln, the Orator: Penetrating the Lincoln Legend (Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 1992), 25, http://www.questia.com/read/27419298.

Cited passage

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.