Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Anti-capitalist protest hits MWC attendees; Telefónica goes loco on NFV; Deutsche Telekom launches encryption app.
It's the first day of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and hordes of would-be attendees are reportedly unable to make it to the showground because of an anti-capitalism protest in the city center. So that's a good start. The team from Nokia Networks is there, however, and it's using the MWC stage to announce a £250 million (US$416 million) multi-year antenna and network security contract with EE for the next stage of the UK operator's 4G rollout, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). NSN is also upgrading EE's 2G network, partly to improve its energy efficiency.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is looking to benefit from the post-Snowden data security anxiety/paranoia (delete where applicable) by launching an app that encrypts voice and text messages, reports Reuters. The app will initially only be available on Android, but an iOS version will follow. Deutsche Telekom has been quite a vocal proponent of a more circumscribed version of the Internet, as has been the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. (See Euronews: Merkel Moots US Data Bypass.)
Orange (NYSE: FTE) is planning to launch the new Nokia X range of "affordable" smartphones -- which can run Android apps -- across the EMEA region, kicking off in Romania, Poland, and Egypt. For more details, see this Orange press release.
UK electronics retailer Dixons is in merger talks with leading independent phone seller Carphone Warehouse Group plc (London: CPW), in a deal that would bring together two companies with a combined market value of around £3.6 billion ($6 billion), reports Bloomberg.
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.