Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europe's cable operators strategize; UK spooks licensed to spy on Facebook et al; Telefonica's new doubles partner.
Was Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) blackmailed over Symbian? That's the claim being made by Finland's MTV news channel, which says that in 2007 -- when Nokia ruled the handsets world -- the vendor paid millions of euros to a blackmailer to prevent an encryption key to the Symbian operating system being revealed to the world. And just like in all the best movies, the ransom money was apparently left in a bag in a parking lot. According to the news channel, Finland's National Bureau of Investigation has confirmed that the case in still unsolved, though Nokia, not surprisingly, has declined to comment.
Back to the present day, and Nokia has signed a contract with Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Co. (du) to deploy its IMS (IP Multimedia Subsystem), enabling du's customers to experience HD voice and HD video, amongst other mobile wonders. At the last count (Q1 2014), more than 7.5 million customers were on du's books.
Cable Europe, the lobby group that connects broadband cable TV operators and their national trade bodies throughout the European Union, has called for the formulation of a pan-European spectrum strategy for the cable industry. Speaking at the 9th Annual European Spectrum Management Conference in Brussels, Cable Europe Executive Chairman Matthias Kurth urged all sides of the spectrum debate to work together on, amongst other things, "future-oriented planning." (At Eurobites Towers we always find that future-oriented planning works so much better than the retrospective kind.)
Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) has made a binding offer of €295 million (US$400 million) for Mediaset Spain's 22% stake in pay-TV firm Digital+, which last month Telefónica acquired for €750 million ($1.02 billion). Meanwhile, the Spanish giant has signed up indestructible tennis phenomenon Rafa Nadal as its new "global ambassador." As a result of this sponsorship, the "Rafa Nadal Academy By Movistar" will be brought into being in the star's native Majorca, promoting the benefits of sport in general and tennis in particular to children.
Brilliant, super-fit, and a babe magnet: César Alierta has it all.
A study by UK regulator Ofcom has found that the availability of high-speed broadband in cities is affected by the affluence of the particular area. In Glasgow, for example, Ofcom found that in the lowest income area, 57.8% had access to high-speed broadband, markedly lower than the city average of 67%. Go figure.
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.