Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EU takes Ireland to court over Apple's missing tax millions; Zain deploys Openwave in Saudi Arabia; Proximus strikes FTTH deal.
UK incumbent BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has signed a data exchange agreement with Interpol, the international police organization, to help the global fight against cybercrime. The agreement is the first of its kind, according to BT, and builds on an existing cooperation framework between the two organizations. BT's "threat intelligence" experts will provide Interpol's innovation center in Singapore with assistance and insights into the ever-changing landscape of cybercrime.
The European Commission is to take the Irish government to the European Court of Justice for its failure to recover up to 13 billion (US$15.3 billion) of unpaid tax which the Commission says is due from Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL). As Reuters reports, Ireland was told last August that it had to claw back the missing money, and has failed to convince the Commission that it is making sufficient effort to carry out the order. In the Commission's eyes, the favorable tax rate applied to Apple's business in Ireland amounted to illegal state aid. (See Eurobites: Don't Pick On Apple, Says Irish Telecom Tycoon.)
And in another corner of the same ballpark, the EU has ordered Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN) to repay 250 million ($293 million) in back taxes for the same offense, but this time in Luxembourg, the BBC reports. Amazon denies it received any special tax treatment, and is considering an appeal.
Zain KSA (Zain Saudi Arabia) has deployed an NFV-based mobile data tariff management offering from Openwave, which, says the vendor, will allow Zain to "manage and monetize" a range of encrypted data, including streaming video.
Belgium's Proximus has agreed an FTTH wholesale deal with Edpnet, a domestic, independent telecom provider, under the terms of which EDpnet will use the Proximus fiber network to offer better connectivity to its business and residential customers.
Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) has acquired a 50.82% stake in LiteBox, a software developer startup that specializes in cloud-based cash register systems. The deal is worth 620 million Russian rubles ($10.7 million).
Pay-TV players Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) and Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) have told an Irish parliamentary committee that they would not pay public broadcaster RTE for the right to carry its channels, should RTE carry out its threat of imposing carriage charges. As Broadcast TV News reports, RTE says it is merely trying to "level the playing field for negotiations."
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.