Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson extends UK managed services deal; Vodafone cozies up to SoftBank, chooses Huawei's OpenStack offering; ETSI forms augmented reality group.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has landed a major customer analytics deal with MTN Nigeria, and the operator will deploy Nokia's laboriously named Cognitive Analytics for Customer Insight offering in combination with Nokia Service Quality Manager (SQM) software. MTN Nigeria, which services the needs of some 52 million customers, hopes to use Nokia's analytics combo to speed up the identification of service problems such as poor voice call and data session quality.
Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has extended its managed services deal with MBNL, the UK mobile joint venture between EE and 3 Group , for another two years, from June 2018 to May 2020. The Swedish vendor will continue to provide central operations, network performance and optimization, field services and multivendor spare parts management for the JV. MBNL says it based its decision on network performance as measured against "key performance indicators" (KPIs) and the perceptions of 3 and EE subscribers.
Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has entered into a mobile services group hug with SoftBank Corp. in a deal that is intended to offer enhanced "commercial and operational support" for Vodafone's multinational enterprise customers operating in Japan.
In separate Vodafone news, the operator has chosen Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd 's FusionSphere OpenStack platform to support the operator's global rollout of NFV and SDN. According to Huawei, FusionSphere offers standard OpenStack interfaces and open access to third-party VNFs.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) has formed a new Industry Specification Group (ISG) focused on augmented reality, which will aim to synchronize industry efforts and identify key opportunities for developing an AR framework with appropriate components and interfaces. The group is being headed up by Muriel Deschanel of b<>com (yes, they really write it like that), a French research institute that specializes in hypermedia, network security and e-health. For more details, see this story on our sister site, Telecoms.com. (See also Mobile AR to Rocket Past Other Immersive Formats.)
Ireland expects that Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) will begin paying what the European Commission says it owes in back taxes to the country in the first quarter of 2018, according to a Reuters report. Apple has been ordered to pay 13 billion (US$15.4 billion) in back taxes after having been deemed to have received unfairly favorable tax treatment from the Irish government over a period of several years. (See Eurobites: Don't Pick On Apple, Says Irish Telecom Tycoon.)
Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.
During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.
She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.