Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) generated revenues only slightly down from a year ago at nearly 1.57 billion ($2.1 billion), and reported earnings that were higher than expected due to one-time gains. The near stabilization of revenues is significant, as the operator reported a 6% year-on-year dip in sales for the first quarter, and the general trend among European incumbent operators is for a steady decline in group revenues. See this earnings release and this Marketwatch report for more details.
Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) and Belgacom have renewed their Partner Market agreement in Belgium and Luxembourg for a further three years. In addition to a standard roaming agreement, the partnership provides Vodafone Global Enterprise customers with international managed services through a single point of contact in those countries. The two companies also team up for joint mobile device procurement.
3 Group Europe, the regional mobile business that is part of the Hutchison Whampoa Ltd. (Hong Kong: 0013; Pink Sheets: HUWHY) empire, reported improved financials and customer numbers for the first half of 2014. The group, which has operations in Austria, Denmark, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the UK, had 22.6 million active customers at the end of June, and generated revenues of HK$31.1 billion (US$4 billion) in the first half of the year, up 3% year-on-year. Earnings before interest and tax (EBIT) improved 23% to HK$2.28 billion (US$294 million).
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Iliad: "Oops!" Iliad's bid clearly made no sense. Now the market is telling them so. Let's see how quickly can they issue another press release with some half-baked cover story for why they're backing out.
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.