Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU study detects roamaphobia; Vodafone complains in Spain; BT CEO jumps off tall building.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) has landed a brace of FTTx contracts, one in Switzerland and the other in Tunisia. In Switzerland, AlcaLu is helping Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) deploy high-speed (up to 1 Gbit/s) broadband to 1 million households in urban areas of the country. In Tunisia, it will provide the wherewithal for Tunisie Telecom to upgrade tens of thousands of existing voice lines to high-speed broadband using VDSL2 vectoring technology. (See Alcatel-Lucent Wins P2P FTTH Deal and Tunisie Telecom Invests in FTTX With AlcaLu.)
The European Commission has been busy supplying grist to the mill for its planned future free of intra-EU roaming charges by producing a study that shows how much said roaming charges are cramping Europeans' style when using their mobiles abroad. The study found that 47% of those asked would never use mobile Internet while abroad within the EU; only one out of 10 would use emails with the same carefree abandon that they did at home; more than a quarter would simply switch off their mobiles; and millions of them would divert to using text messages rather than pay for calls. (See Continental Shift and Euro Haiku.)
While we're on the subject, Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is claiming that it will soon offer 4G roaming in more countries than any other operator, this year adding a host of new territories, from Australia to Switzerland, to its 4G roaming roster. Click here for all the countries in between.
Vodafone has also been keeping its lawyers busy, filing a complaint against Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) in which it alleges that Telefónica is abusing its dominant position in Spain, reports Reuters. Specifically, Vodafone believes that Telefónica's deal with Jazztel has made it virtually impossible for Vodafone to access fiber networks and thereby compete on an equal footing in the high-speed broadband market.
French TV networks are getting very nervous about the impact of US OTT video competitors on their patch, reports the Daily Telegraph. The heads of TF1, Canal+, and M6 want a meeting with their Culture Minister about Google (Nasdaq: GOOG), Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) and Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) and they want it maintenant!.
The battle between Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) and BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) over the wholesale price of premium sports content has taken another turn, reports Reuters, with the UK's Court of Appeal ruling that a lower court should look again at how much BSkyB charges rivals for its top-of-the-range soccer action. In recent times, BT has been spending a fortune to compete with established market leader BSkyB in pay-TV sports, launching two dedicated sports channels as part of its BT Vision package. (See BT's Got Balls.)
Don't look down! BT CEO Gavin Patterson is to lead the way on a charity abseil down the 138-meter-high BT Tower on March 10. Among those following him down the iconic landmark will be posh survivalist Bear Grylls, former swimming champ Mark Foster, and England rugby world cup winner Ben Kay. Money raised will go to Sport Relief and the Royal Marines Charitable Trust Fund.
Re: BT Tower Well obviously I'm far too young to have experienced anything like that in the 70s. But it's just stuff I've heard from my grandparents. I don't think they had to climb up the tower using ropes - there were stairs and possibly even elevators.
BT Tower Abseiling down the BT Tower for charity is to be applauded, but it would be nice to think that one day the public would be given access to the tower again. In the old days there was a revolving restaurant at the top so you could admire the vistas as you polished off a chicken kiev. Glory days...
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.