Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom pushes IoT at CeBIT; Openreach turns to VR for recruitment help; RAD promotes rowing titan; Proximus sells off real estate.
The Scottish government is to pump an additional £15.6 million (US$19.3 million) into the country's "superfast" (more than 24 Mbit/s in this context) fiber broadband network, extending the technology to very remote regions. The rollout forms part of the Digital Scotland Superfast Broadband project, which saw stronger than expected take-up, according to the government's press release. In a separate announcement, the government unveiled a new "digital growth fund," which will see £36 million ($44.5 million) being made available to Scottish businesses over the next three years for the training of staff in areas such as cybersecurity and data analytics.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is using this week's CeBIT show in Hanover to buff up its credentials in the Internet of Things market, showing off its plans for smart parking management in Hamburg and promoting the value of machine-learning software in the battle against the likes of the Stuxnet worm (you know, the one that affected nuclear power plants in Iran and Russia).
Openreach , the network access unit that is soon to be "legally separated" from current parent company BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), says it plans to use virtual reality technology to help it hire 1,500 trainee engineers. Potential candidates will be able to don a silly-looking VR headset to, among other things, experience the thrill of climbing up a telephone pole without have to leave the safety of ground level. Interesting, certainly, but it's not exactly Wichita Lineman, is it?
'Wait -- you want me to climb up that?'
Israel-based RAD Data Communications Ltd. has appointed Ilan Tevet as its new vice president of marketing and business development. Tevet has been with RAD for 20 years. And -- get this desk jockeys! -- he was Israel's national rowing champion from 1987 to 1991.
Advances in telco technology bring many benefits -- not least the ability to do more things in less space. Now, thanks to new technology, Belgium's Proximus says it can sell its telecom exchange on the Meir in the port city of Antwerp to property developers and move to a smaller site. The Meir is Antwerp's main shopping street, so it's a site that is presumably worth a fair few euros. Proximus sees such potential in this that it has set up a subsidiary, Connectimo, specifically to sell off superfluous real estate of this kind.
British retail icon Mark and Spencer has become the latest company to pull its advertising from Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) platforms because of the danger that it will end up appearing next to extremist content. As the BBC reports, the UK government said last week that it intended to remove its ad campaigns from YouTube after it discovered that they had suffered exactly this fate.
Six different communications service providers join to debate their visions of the future CSP, following a landmark presentation from AT&T on its massive virtualization efforts and a look back on where the telecom industry has been and where it's going from two industry veterans.
Kicking off BCE 2017, Light Reading founder Steve Saunders lays blame for NFV's slow ramp-up and urges telecom to return to old-fashioned standards building and interoperability testing.
Think of this as the video sequel to the recent columns he's written about NFV and the prospect of a telecom app store. (See
Coopetition has always been part of telecom, but the ecosphere now includes data centers, vendors, apps developers, cloud service providers and Internet content providers. This BCE 2017 panel explores the new attitudes among network operators as to the value and variety of ...
For virtualization to happen, the telecom industry first has to grapple with key functional aspects of SDN and NFV that need to be universal, such as onboarding of virtualized network functions and federation of software-defined networks.
Aamir Hussain leads the Product Development and Technology organization at CenturyLink, which includes the company's information technology function. He is an experienced senior technology executive with more than 25 years of proven success in the implementation of global technology operations, operationalization of complex technology, infrastructures and business ...
The 80-year-old telco has already gone through several transformations, including every time it made an acquisition, but its purchase of Level 3 coupled with changes in technology and customer expectations necessitates its biggest transformation yet.
Nir Shalom, general manager and VP of application development at AT&T Israel, talks about the key service developments undertaken at the AT&T R&D facility in Tel Aviv and how the team there has adopted new ways of working.
Mike Capuano, vice president of marketing at Infinera, discusses the advancement from Instant Bandwidth to new Instant Network capabilities, which include Bandwidth License Pools, Moveable Licenses and Automated Capacity Engineering (ACE).
The auto industry is facing some big transformations as electric vehicles, autonomous technology and connected cars are seen as the future of the industry. During the much-anticipated NY international auto show, there was an emergence of new technology and mobility service on the show floor. Aside from performance, brands like Lincoln, Hyundai, Honda, Mercedes and ...
In a brief discussion at MWC 2017, Heavy Reading analyst Adi Kishore talks to Pardeep Kohli, CEO, Mavenir Systems about the creation of the 'new Mavenir' and some of the key challenges facing operators in today's market. A key theme of the discussion centers around operator need for software-only, virtualized solutions and how they will need to adapt to ...
At Mobile World Congress 2017, the biggest mobile industry gathering of the year, Huawei showcased its new innovations and solutions with the theme "Open Road," which focuses on cloud, 5G, operation transformation, videos and consumer-oriented products. Its campaign has been recognized by three awards given by GSMA.
Lynn Comp, senior director of market development of Intel, is joined by Chong Zhang, storage engineer at Inspur and Ou Li Yan, architect for technology strategies of China Telecom, for a discussion of what NFV brings.
Khamis Abulgubein of IoT market development at Nokia demonstrates IMPACT (intelligent management platform for all connected things), a software solution with a horizontal approach to managing any device on any application.
Playing it safe can only get you so far. Sometimes the biggest bets have the biggest payouts, and that is true in your career as well. For this radio show, Caroline Chan, general manager of the 5G Infrastructure Division of the Network Platform Group at Intel, will share her own personal story of how she successfully took big bets to build a successful career, as well as offer advice on how you can do the same. We’ll cover everything from how to overcome fear and manage risk, how to be prepared for where technology is going in the future and how to structure your career in a way to ensure you keep progressing. Chan, a seasoned telecom veteran and effective risk taker herself, will also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air.