French cable operator Numericable-SFR and its parent Altice are preparing to offer Vivendi 11 billion (US$15.2 billion) in cash as part of an offer that would see Numericable merge with French telco SFR , according to this Bloomberg article. Numericable isn't the only company interested in SFR's fixed and mobile services business, as Iliad (Euronext: ILD) (best known for its Free brand in France) and Bouygues Telecom are also believed to be considering an offer.
IHS Holding Ltd., which manages and leases mobile towers across Africa, has raised $490 million -- through the sale of equity ($420 million) and securing debt ($70 million) -- to fund its expansion. The company, which has raised $1.5 billion during the past 12 months, further expanded its network in December 2013 through the acquisition of 1,228 towers in Rwanda and Zambia from MTN Group Ltd. , and will use its new funds for further acquisitions and to build new towers. (See France Telecom Outsources African Towers.)
Telia Carrier is adding two new points of presence (PoPs) to better meet growing demand for connectivity to and from the Middle East and Africa. One PoP is in Dubai, in a facility run by datamena, a carrier-neutral datacenter set up in 2012 by Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) . TIC has also forged a partnership with Ooredoo, which will operate and manage a PoP in Doha, Qatar, for TIC.
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.