Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone and Proximus stay friends in Belgium and Luxembourg; UK government angered by Twitter data block; Sky's OTT service launches in Ireland.
Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has stuck its neck out and said that the first four Swiss regions will be fully converted to IP from the start of 2018. The operator has been migrating customers away from traditional fixed-line telephony over the past four years, and has converted the telephony systems of more than 1.6 million customers to date. Each month, 40,000 customers are being added to the total, claims Swisscom.
Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) and Proximus have agreed to renew their partnership in Belgium and Luxembourg, an arrangement that enables the companies to offer joint products and services to multinationals across their networks in the two countries. Services offered include Vodafone Spend Analytics, which provides visibility of a company's telecom spend.
And in other Vodafone news, the group's UK arm has raised its contract prices for those customers who have come out of their initial contract and hundreds of thousands of customers could see their monthly bill rise by as much as £3.50 (US$4.50), according a Financial Times report (subscription required). The price hike, which comes into effect in June, comes just weeks after Vodafone announced it was abolishing roaming charges in 40 countries.
The UK government isn't happy about the fact that Twitter Inc. has blocked the intelligence services from accessing user data as part of their fight against terrorism, the BBC reports. According to the report, while some private companies can still access the data in question, the Home Office -- the government department that deals with terrorism matters -- has been denied access to it.
Now TV, the over-the-top, contract-free video streaming service offered by Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) to people reluctant to give the pay-TV giant too much of their money, is to launch in Ireland. According to Sky, Now TV has proved a "big hit" in the UK since its launch, though its most recent trading statement doesn't break out separate numbers for the service.
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.