Also in today's MWC-tinged EMEA regional roundup: Deutsche Telekom and SK Telecom form Quantum Alliance; BT heads for the TIP; Nokia re-brands Withings health devices; Vodafone rules in 4G roaming.
Orange (NYSE: FTE) has announced its intention to deploy LTE-M on its 4G networks in Belgium and Spain this year, with the rest of the company's European footprint to follow suit later. The French carrier is just one of several companies, Telefónica and KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) among them, using this week's Mobile World Congress to give their backing to LTE-M, an LTE variant designed for use with low-power, wide-area networks that form the backbone of the Internet of Things. As part of its contribution to the cause, Orange is creating an Open IoT Lab based on LTE-M technology at its campus in Chatillon, France. (See Tier 1 Operators Back LTE-M.)
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) and South Korea's SK Telecom (Nasdaq: SKM) have come together to form the Quantum Alliance, which sounds like the latest creaky reboot of the James Bond franchise but is in fact an agreement aimed at keeping communications secure in an age of "quantum computing." It is feared that, in the not too distant future, the mind-blowing processing power of quantum computing could render current cryptography methods virtually useless. In a related move, Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) has entered into an agreement with SK Telecom to cooperate in the quantum cryptography business, with the aim of achieving interoperability between Nokia's optical transport system and SK's Quantum Key Distribution System (QKD).
The Withings range of connected health devices will launch under the Nokia brand this summer. At the same time, Nokia will unveil a redesigned version of its Health Mate application, which collects data from scales, trackers and other connected devices in one place to provide an overview of a person's health. Nokia acquired Withings last year for €170 million ($179.8 million). (See Nokia to Acquire Withings for €170M.)
A new report commissioned by Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) from research firm Ovum Ltd. has concluded that Vodafone is the "clear leader" when it comes to 4G roaming. The study found that Vodafone leads the 4G roaming field in all 18 of the markets analyzed -- a list that included the UK, Spain, Italy, Portugal and the Netherlands.
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.