Nokia has ratcheted things up a notch in its battle with Apple over so-called "nano-SIMs," reports the Financial Times. Both companies are trying to get their respective designs for the miniaturized SIM cards recognized by the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) , but Nokia is now threatening to withhold around 50 SIM-related patents from the ETSI, which, according to the FT, would prevent anyone from building a SIM card to Apple's design, were the Californian company to win the ETSI's approval.
The European Commission has reached a preliminary agreement on reductions in roaming charges across the European Union. Under the new rules, which are set to come into force on July 1, roaming mobile users in the EU will pay no more than 29 (€) cents a minute to make a call, 8 cents a minute to receive a call, 9 cents to send a text message and 70 cents per megabyte to download data. Also, mobile users will, if they so choose, be able to sign up with a different operator specifically for their roaming needs while retaining the same phone number. (See EC Rejigs Roaming Rules and Regulators Reshape Europe's Roaming Market .)
Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has lost its appeal against the €152 million ($202.7 million) fine imposed by European Union regulators in 2007 for wholesale-access-related monopoly abuses, reports Bloomberg.
News Corp. (NYSE: NWS) Chairman Rupert Murdoch has used the gift of Twitter to dismiss allegations that NDS Ltd. -- which he used ultimately to control -- leaked smartcard codes of ITV Digital to a pay-TV piracy website to hasten the Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) rival's demise. "Enemies many different agendas, but worst old toffs and right wingers who still want last century's status quo with their monoplies [sic]," he ranted.
What is the point of a smaller SIM? Even if you cut the size of the SIM in half of the current micro-sim, then it is too hard to insert and you need a tray for it anyway. Just for giggles, cut that size in half and what did you gain? A battery with less than 1% more power? It is not going to make the device smaller at all. If anything, the phones have been growing in size. They started off big and then got smaler and smaller and now they are getting bigger and bigger because of the screen.
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.