Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: LTE-Advanced in Angola; Transmode slips in Q4; Euro launch for Google's Moto X.
The European Commission is launching an antitrust investigation into the cross-border provision of pay-TV services, with a particular focus on licensing agreements between several major US film studios and European pay-TV broadcasters. Broadcasters such as Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) in the UK, Sky Italia in Italy and Canal+ in France will all be watching with interest, but European cable operators could be affected too if the existing licensing arrangements are deemed anti-competitive. (See Ericsson Boasts LTE-Advanced Breakthrough.)
LTE-Advanced has arrived in Africa, courtesy of Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) and Angolan mobile operator Unitel. The pair say they have successfully tested the technology on both 1800MHz and 900MHz bands on Unitel's commercial network. Unitel has more than 9.5 million customers, and claims to provide coverage to more than 95% of the Angolan population. (See Unitel Tests LTE-Advanced With Ericsson.)
Transmode Systems AB , the Swedish vendor of packet-optical networking technology, has announced that its fourth-quarter sales in 2013 fell below anticipated levels. Preliminary sales in the quarter were down 11.1% year-on-year to 223 million Swedish kroner (US$34.5 million). In a statement, CEO Karl Thedιen said that the slide was largely attributable to late orders not being recognized as revenue during 2013.
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) is to launch its high-end Moto X smartphone in the UK, France, and Germany next month, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). The Moto X was Google's first handset launch following its acquisition of Motorola Mobility in 2012.
Finnish website Yle reports that a group of businesses in the former Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) stronghold of Salo are hoping to attract a Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) campus to the town. Representatives from the group are due to meet up with Microsoft bigwigs in Espoo next month.
SSE Telecoms has expanded its contract with JANET to cover an additional part of the UK's research and education network in the south of England, replacing JANET's existing infrastructure. SSE will provide a dark fiber core network using 280km of underground fiber routes, allowing JANET to deliver high-bandwidth services to 70 additional educational institutions. (See JANET Extends With SSE Telecoms .)
Microsoft in Finland It would be good if Microsoft felt some moral pressure to start putting some jobs back into Finland after the uncertainty caused by its acquisition of Nokia. Let's hope the business folk of Salo can make it happen.
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.