Saudi operator Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily) has perked up the order books of both Ericsson and Huawei, handing the pair contracts worth a total of US$256 million for a radio access network (RAN) expansion and upgrade project, reports Reuters. Ericsson's contract is believed to be worth about $150 million, while Huawei's is valued at $106 million. Mobily intends to implement 4G within a year, according to Chief Executive Khalid al-Kaf.
France Télécom – Orange has been outlining its expansion plans in Africa, reports Reuters, citing Libya, Algeria, Benin, Togo, Burkina and Mauritania as potential growth areas. The operator, which has been shedding European assets as it focuses on emerging markets, already has a presence in 21 Middle East and African countries. (See Euronews: France Telecom to Sell Euro Assets.)
Neelie Kroes, the European Commission's vice president for the Digital Agenda, has signaled her intention to create a more level playing field across the European telecom market and encourage industry consolidation, reports Reuters, citing the Financial Times. "We're working on a range of measures to create common and stable conditions across the EU for telecoms competition, investment and growth, which should also make cross-border consolidation more attractive," said the steely one. (See Regulators Reshape Europe's Roaming Market.)
BT has launched an iPhone app called SmartTalk that enables BT fixed-line customers to place calls from their smartphone that are then billed to their BT fixed-line accounts as if the calls were being made from their domestic fixed line, even if they are overseas. BT says the app works best over Wi-Fi connections but points out it will also work over mobile broadband connections. (See
BT Unveils SmartTalk App.)
Cable & Wireless Communications plc has agreed to sell its 51 percent stake in the Macau unit, CTM, to CITIC Telecom for $749.7 million. C&WC says this represents a step in its strategy to "reshape its portfolio, reduce geographic spread and grow its business in the Central American and Caribbean region." The company had already agreed to dispose of its Monaco & Islands operation. (See
C&WC to Sell Macau Telecom.)
Wholesale telecom market revenues may be holding steady in Europe but carriers need to diversify more into non-voice services if they are going to offset the inevitable slide in voice revenues. That is the conclusion of a new report from Ovum Ltd., which found that the European wholesale market was worth $48.4 billion in 2011, down 0.5 percent on the previous year .
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.