Has BT thrown its hat into the ring to acquire 4G spectrum in the U.K.'s upcoming auction? A report in the Financial Times (subscription required) suggests so. The paper reports that Ofcom has received applications from at least five operators to participate in the bidding, which is due to start in Jan. 2013. Among the applicants, not surprisingly, are the U.K.'s four mobile operators 3 , EE , Telefónica UK Ltd. and Vodafone UK , but the article also notes that BT has expressed initial interest in acquiring spectrum in the 2.6GHz frequency band. Ofcom has said that it will announce the qualified bidders by the end of this year or early next year. (See UK Kicks Off 4G Auction Process.)
BT has completed the sale of its remaining 9.1 percent stake in India's Tech Mahindra for 10.1 billion Indian Rupees (US$186 million). At one time BT held a 23 percent stake in the IT services and network applications specialist. (See Euronews: BT Offloads SPIT Shares.)
Ericsson is building its first LTE network in Africa, for MTN South Africa. The LTE market-leader, which has had a hand in more than 50 live LTE networks worldwide, is supplying the Evolved Packet Core, Home Subscriber Server (HSS) for user-data management, OSS, project management and services. (See Ericsson Builds LTE Network in Africa.)
The British government is going to rewrite the Communications Data Bill following widespread disquiet over the initial draft's implications for personal-data security, reports the BBC. The bill, should it become law, will give the police and security services new powers to monitor Internet and mobile phone activity.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading
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.