There's potential bad news for BT as U.K. regulator Ofcom submits plans to regulate the carrier's wholesale leased line services to the European Commission. According to an Ofcom statement, BT has been found to have "significant market power" in this sector.
Neelie Kroes, the European Commission's vice president for the Digital Agenda, has her eye on Spain, which is planning to merge its telecom regulator with other government agencies in a cost-cutting exercise, reports Reuters. The Commission's fear is that the merger could undermine the independence of the regulator, and legal action against Spain could be on the cards.
Speaking on the sidelines at Mobile World Congress, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao has been insisting that the operator would not have to sell its stake in Verizon Wireless before making further investments in Europe, Reuters reports.
Smartphones in space: It isn't as cool as pigs in space, but then what is? Those cra-zeee researchers at the U.K.'s University of Surrey have blasted (from India) a smartphone into orbit, to test out the old adage that "in space, no-one can hear you scream." As the BBC reports, the phone will play out a series of pre-loaded screams and see if anything happens. On a more useful note, the launch will also test the durability of the phone's components.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
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.