Also in today's finely tuned EMEA regional roundup machine: Vodafone avoids corporation tax; will Trump dent the Privacy Shield?; think tank targets BT's dominance; ZTE in German tie-up.
Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) is to demonstrate how drones can be used to set up an instant LTE network to provide the connectivity required by first responders' rescue operations. The demo will take place at the Drones for Good (not to be confused with Bikers for Christ) show in Dubai, which starts today, and is intended to show how drones can stream video and other sensor data in real time from the site of a disaster to a control center over an LTE network. The network uses Nokia Ultra Compact Network, a portable basestation that Nokia says is small enough to fit into your average backpack.
His administration may indeed be a finely tuned machine, but President Trump's executive order seeking to clamp down on illegal immigration into the US could have ramifications for the so-called Privacy Shield arrangements that currently govern the transfer of personal data from Europe to the US. According to Reuters, EU privacy watchdogs fear that the exemption of non-US residents from the "protections of the Privacy Act regarding personally identifiable information" could drive a coach and horses through the data pact, and they say they will write to the US authorities "pointing out their concerns and asking for clarifications on the possible impact of the Executive Order." Good luck with that. (See Eurobites: Trump Won't Trash Privacy Shield, US Officials Predict and Eurobites: Privacy Shield Gets EU Go-Ahead.)
In other politically charged shenanigans, the UK's right-wing pressure group, the Centre for Policy Studies, has used its latest Economic Bulletin to warn of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s domination of the mobile market, pointing out how BT/EE now controls 45% of the UK's available mobile spectrum. It believes that regulator Ofcom 's proposed cap on spectrum holdings is "so high that it will not tackle the problem of mobile phone providers owning exclusive rights to spectrum but not using it," and it fears that the lack of any constraints in the 5G auction could allow BT to acquire all of the 5G-comptible spectrum and "put it in an even more dominant position in the mobile phone market, adding to its disproportionate influence in the broadband market with its ownership of BT Openreach."
China's ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) is making further inroads into the European market with the signing of a partnership with NetCologne , a regional network operator in the greater Cologne-Bonn area of Germany. The pair plan to collaborate on projects involving GPON and G.fast.
Norway's Telenor ASA (Nasdaq: TELN) has partnered with Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) to roll out Rich Communications Services (RCS) to Telenor's subscribers in Europe and Asia, Reuters reports. Subscribers would gain access to RCS services automatically through an app update, Google said.
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.