Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone trials GSM-LTE Dynamic Spectrum Sharing with Huawei; Iraq blocks comms channels as militants run amok; shareholders say "ciao" to Telecom Italia.
We told you M2M was hot! Yesterday we heard about Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD)'s intention to buy automotive technology firm Cobra; today comes word of Vodafone and NTT DoCoMo Inc. (NYSE: DCM) expanding their existing partnership agreement to address the delivery of M2M services to the global enterprise sector. In a statement, Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao said the agreement "will help both organisations develop their enterprise business, as we enable our customers to apply M2M throughout the world in new and innovative ways." (See Eurobites: Vodafone Revs Up M2M Strategy.)
The ongoing carnage in Iraq has prompted the authorities there to block VPNs in the hope that this will impede the progress of the Sunni militants, who have been using the secure communications channels to coordinate their campaign of terror, reports Reuters. Iraq Telecommunications and Post Company (ITPC) had already blocked several social media platforms, including Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, and Skype, according to the report.
Three major shareholders in Telecom Italia (TIM) have now bailed out of the operator's largest investor group, reports Bloomberg. Mediobanca SpA, Intesa Sanpaolo SpA , and Assicurazioni Generali SpA have exercised their right to seek a demerger of Telco, the investment vehicle which owns nearly a quarter of Telecom Italia's shares.
Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM)'s bid of 214 Swiss francs per share for media firm PubliGroupe has won the approval of PubliGroupe's board, reports Reuters. Swisscom is hoping to get its hands on PubliGroupe's online directory platforms.
Orange (NYSE: FTE) has combined with French banking group BNP Paribas to offer customers in Africa the ability to transfer money to their Orange Money accounts directly from their BNP Paribas accounts. The service kicks off in Ivory Coast and will be extended to other African countries where both Orange and BNP Paribas have a presence.
YouView, the UK Internet TV platform that has had its share of problems since its initial inception, now has another: It may well have to change its name following a court ruling that it has infringed another company's trademark, reports the BBC. British service provider Total registered the YourView name for a billing platform it launched in 2006. Total is now seeking an injunction, while YouView TV Ltd. is looking to appeal.
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.