Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: ADVA revenues up; way cleared for Slim's Austrian takeover; Ericsson shuffles its units; Nokia hangs on to Indian plant.
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), in partnership with Toshiba Corp. (Tokyo: 6502), ADVA Optical Networking (Frankfurt: ADV) , and the UK's National Physical Laboratory , is trumpeting what it says is the successful trial of Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) technology over a live, lit fiber network. The idea of QKD is that it provides another layer of data security by transmitting data encryption "keys" across a network in a quantum state, which means that any attempt to intercept the key can be identified, an increasingly important attribute in the post-Snowden era.
Talking of ADVA, it has just posted its first-quarter results, and revenues are up by 1.4% year-on-year to €78.1 million (US$107.9 million), though profits were halved at €0.4 million ($0.55 million) due to lower gross margins, higher amortization charges, and other factors.
Fresh off its southbound first-quarter results, Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has announced a restructuring, with its existing Networks business unit being split into two new units, namely Radio and Cloud & IP. And these two units combined shall henceforth be known as Segment Networks, just to complicate matters. Executive Vice President Johan Wibergh will assume the new role as head of Segment Networks while remaining a member of Ericsson's Executive Leadership Team. (See Ericsson Creates Cloud & IP Unit and Ericsson Looks to Future as Q1 Sales Slump.)
Belgian mobile operator Mobistar SA has had a disappointing first quarter, reports Reuters, with core profits down 36% year-on-year to €64.5 million ($89.1 million) in the face of stiff competition and business-damaging regulatory measures.
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.