Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange appeal against Bouygues' spectrum refarming rejected; ZTE sticks it to Vringo; UK fracas over Freeview's future.
Shares in BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) were up 2.3% Thursday morning following pronouncements from UK regulator Ofcom on how BT prices its "superfast" broadband, reports Reuters. Ofcomrejected a complaint from broadband rival TalkTalk , which had claimed that there was too small a gap between the wholesale price BT charged other operators and the retail price it charged customers. Ofcom has also proposed a new set of requirements that it hopes will address the broadband pricing issue in the future. The rules, if implemented, would mean that BT has to maintain a "sufficient margin" between its wholesale and retail broadband price, but they stop short of imposing a price cap on BT, which is what the likes of TalkTalk were after.
Zain Group 's Kuwait unit has turned to Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) for help with its OSS travails. Under the terms of the contract, Nokia will provide its NetAct Advanced Monitor fault management platform along with associated offerings to provide a more centralized approach to OSS for the operator.
UK broadcasters BBC and ITV are on a collision course with Arqiva , the company responsible for Britain's terrestrial TV masts, reports the Daily Telegraph. The broadcasters apparently want to adopt technology developed by Freesat, the free-to-air satellite TV service, for Freeview Connect, the planned Internet-connected successor to digital TV platform Freeview. Arqiva is thought to be resisting the plan because it is not a shareholder in Freesat and fears being squeezed out of the action.
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has signed a deal with trade credit insurance firm Euler Hermes to cover its European mobile business against payment default. Huawei says its consumer mobile business contributed nearly a quarter of its overall global revenue in 2013.
Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
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.