Nokia's erstwhile head of product marketing for smartphones has left the company, reports Bloomberg, just weeks after the company had to apologize for misleading advertising of its flagship Lumia 920 phone. Ilari Nurmi, who been with Nokia for 15 years, announced his departure on Twitter, though he gave no reason for his exit, and Nokia declined to comment. (See Euronews: Nokia Fakes Lumia 920 Ad.)
Telefónica Digital, the hyperactive, opportunity-seeking unit of the Spanish giant, has itself launched a new global unit, Telefónica Dynamic Insights, to exploit "anonymised" mobile network data it collects from its smartphone users. Its first product is Smart Steps, a system for retailers wanting to better manage and keep tabs on footfall in their outlets. (See Telefónica Creates 'Big Data' Unit, Telefónica: Digital Dreamer? and Telefónica to Hatch Startups .)
MegaFon, Russia's second-largest mobile operator, is planning an initial public offering (IPO) on the London Stock Exchange, reports Reuters. When the share sale was first mooted last month, analysts estimated that it could raise around $3 billion. The IPO is scheduled to be completed in the fourth quarter.
Shares in South African operator MTN Group Ltd. have been hit by the dramatic fall in value of Iran's currency, reports Reuters. MTN, which derives nearly a tenth of its revenues from Iran, saw its shares drop 3.7 percent in Monday afternoon trading in Johannesburg.
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.