Following Monday's news that Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) is to acquire Spanish cable operator ONO , there is much speculation about what Vodafone will do next with its cash pile. Bloomberg suggests that the logical next step will take it to Italy, where a deal involving Fastweb SpA (Milan: FWB) might be on the cards. The Guardian cites Paul Marsch, an analyst at German bank Berenberg, who runs the idea of Vodafone buying BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) up the flagpole. The Daily Telegraph sums up current thinking neatly: "With billions still burning a hole in his pockets, ONO is unlikely to be Mr Colao's last big deal." (See ONO Says Yes to Vodafone.)
Meanwhile, away from the M&A action, Vodafone has announced a global partnership with pharmaceuticals giant AstraZeneca to use "mHealth" services to improve outcomes for patients with cardiovascular conditions.
The privatization of Telekom Slovenia by the end of the year looks likely, according to a Reuters report. The operator has a market capitalization of €860 million ($1.19 billion). In contrast, the proposed privatization of Russia's Rostelecommay be postponed due to the ongoing ructions in Ukraine.
CoSwitched , a startup that has developed a managed machine-to-machine (M2M) service based on GSM connections and a centralized management and monitoring platform, has launched its offering in Europe. CoSwitched has offices in Portugal, France, and the UK. (See CoSwitched Launches M2M Service in Europe.)
ONF + ETSI NFV ISG =... ONF + ETSI NFV ISG = a combination that cooud help identify some of the major pain points for telcos as they figure out how to address the introduction of SDN and NFV. Both parties have the desire to make this work and are groups/orgs set up/created with a specific purpose.
BUT.... what do you call the collaboration team? Can the letters ONFETSINFVISG make a compelling new word?
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.