Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Nokia lands Irish RAN contract; Rocket fires up IPO; Mail.ru feels the heat in Russia.
Norway-based Opera Software ASA has signed a licensing agreement with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) under the terms of which Opera mini will become the default web browser for Microsoft's range of feature phones. People who use the current browser for these phones, Xpress, will be encouraged to upgrade to Opera Mini, while new devices will have Opera Mini pre-installed.
Following its recent acquisition of O2 in Ireland, 3 Ireland has chosen Nokia Networks to upgrade its 2G and 3G networks as part of a €300 million (US$398 million) network investment plan. The Finnish vendor will provide its Single RAN platform based on its Flexi Multiradio 10 basestation, and will modernize the core network with its Liquid Core-based Open Mobile Softswitch (MSS) and Open Media Gateway (MGW). (See NSN Hangs Its Future on the Liquid Net.)
German venture capital firm Rocket Internet is to launch an IPO in the first half of September, according to a Reuters report. Rocket is hoping to raise €800 million ($398 million), sources said.
Further evidence of the effect of Russia's current political instability on the country's communications industries comes from Mail.ru, the operator of social networks and online games, reports Bloomberg. The company has reduced its full-year sales growth forecast from 22-24% to 14-18%, as display advertising revenue continues to plummet.
Monday is a public holiday in the UK, so Eurobites returns, suitably refreshed, on Tuesday. Stay tuned.
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.