France Telecom – Orange is launching 4G services in the Opera district of Paris in what it says is the first stage of its plan to cover the entire city with 4G by the end of the year. Fifteen other French cities, including Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Chartres and Orleans, will also get the 4G treatment this year, says the operator.
Portugal Telecom has scotched rumors that it is planning to attempt to take control of Brazilian operator Telemar Norte Leste S.A. (Oi). In a statement, PT said that it had "no plans" for such a deal. The statement follows a report in a Portuguese newspaper which said a merger between PT and Oi was being considered by both parties.
Vodafone Group plc, Telefónica SA
and France Télécom are among those being criticized by Access, a New York-based lobby group, for their tardiness in producing promised proposals for standards for operating in politically sensitive countries without violating human rights. The Daily Telegraphreports that, in the wake of criticism of how Vodafone conducted itself during the Egypt uprising and other issues, the operators in question formed The Industry Dialogue on Freedom of Expression and Privacy with a view to setting out guidelines on future operator behavior in such circumstances by the end of 2012. However, no such guidelines have yet emerged. (See Euronews: Feb. 4, Egypt Unplugs From the Internet and Euronews: Jan. 31.)
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
re: Euronews: DT Considers FON Stake FON is really gaining momentum now (a tie-up with KPN was announced only recently), most likely a sign that its technology is widely trusted and that telcos now realize how important a role Wi-Fi can play in their services strategies.
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.