U.K. regulator Ofcom has announced the results of the long-delayed 4G spectrum auction, with the four main mobile players all gaining their slice of the action. Vodafone paid the most, shelling out nearly £791 million (US$41.2 billion) for spectrum in two bands. Politically, the main talking point has been just how far short of the government's hoped-for windfall the successful bids have fallen: The auction raised slightly over £2.3 billion ($3.5 billion), when the U.K.'s Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne, had been banking on £3.5 billion ($5.3 billion) for the state coffers. (See
UK 4G Auction Falls Short,
Ofcom Announces 4G Auction Results,
Vodafone Gets UK 4G Spectrum
UK Kicks Off 4G Auction Process.)
The most interesting feature of the auction results is probably the £186 million ($284 million) acquisition of three chunks of spectrum in the 2.6GHz band by BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures, which it may use to form part of a wireless broadband offer to enterprise users. This is the first time BT has held a wireless spectrum license since it sold BT Cellnet (now O2) back in 2001. (See BT's Hot for 4G and BT Secures 2.6GHz License.)
Com Hem AB, the Swedish pay-TV operator that has just hooked up with Verimatrix Inc. to help secure its multi-screen offer, announced its fourth-quarter results today. Revenues were down slightly year-on-year at 1.14 billion Swedish kroner ($181 million), though fourth-quarter EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) rose 14 percent to SEK577million ($91 million). (See Com Hem Gets Secure With Verimatrix.)
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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.