Telefónica has used the World Economic Forum in Davos to set itself some worthy and ambitious-sounding targets, including plans to support more than 1,000 startups through its Wayra Academies program in Europe. It's all part of the plan by Neelie Kroes, the European Commission 's vice president for the Digital Agenda, to create a "Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs" that will involve, it is hoped, many of Europe's top telcos. In a statement about the Grand Coalition, Kroes said: The digital skills gap is growing, like our unemployment queues. We need joint action between governments and companies to bridge that gap." Kroes also name-checked Nokia Corp., Cisco Systems Inc., Alcatel-Lucent and Telenor ASA as Grand Coalition partners. (See
Seeking the New Silicon Valley.)
Stephane Richard, CEO of France Télécom – Orange, had his home raided on Thursday as part of the long-running investigation into IMF chief Christine Lagarde's part in the payment of compensation to businessman Bernard Tapie, reports Reuters. Richard was Lagarde's chief of staff at the time of the payout.
The Internet eh? Can't live with it, can't live without it. Well, the latter is the verdict of a German court, which has ruled that customers have the right to claim compensation from ISPs if their Internet access is disrupted, reports Reuters. The Federal Court of Justice in Karlsruhe ruled that the Internet is an "essential" part of life, and that the "loss of use of the Internet is comparable to the loss of use of a car."
India's Tata Communications is upgrading its TGN-Atlantic (TGN-A) subsea cable system, which runs from New York to London, to 100G, using Ciena's GeoMesh offering.
Also on the 100G front, Russian service provider Kvant Telecom has chosen France's Ekinops to provide coherent 100G transmission capabilities between Moscow and the Ukrainian city of Kharkov.
The European Commission is challenging a second "telecom tax" in Hungary, which raises money for government coffers from phone calls and texts, reports Reuters.
— 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.