Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Altice accused of jumping the gun on PT Portugal acquisition; Connected Baltics brings IoT to Estonia; Telefónica teams up with Project Loon in Peru.
Also in the Commission's crosshairs is Altice , which it accuses of jumping the gun on its acquisition of PT Portugal in 2015. In today's Statement of Objections, the Commission "takes the preliminary view that Altice actually implemented the acquisition prior to the adoption of the Commission's clearance decision, and in some instances, prior to its notification." If Altice is found to be guilty of the Commission's charge, it could face a fine of up to 10% of its annual worldwide turnover. Ouch.
Connected Baltics, a provider on the Sigfox Internet of Things network, has begun offering IoT services across Estonia. The service is now available in the most densely populated areas of the country and covers more than half of the population. The remaining areas will be covered later this year. Connected Baltics is currently carrying out IoT commercial pilot projects with different partners, system integrators and device makers.
The regulator's delay in introducing mandatory cuts in wholesale "superfast" broadband prices could mean UK consumers are being overcharged by around £140 million ($182 million), claim BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s rivals. As the Financial Times reports (subscription required), the imposition of cuts -- up to 40% by 2021 -- to superfast broadband prices was delayed by a year while Ofcom considered a wider review of the telecom market.
Telefónica 's Peruvian subsidiary has been working with Project Loon, the Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) -led program that uses balloons to bring Internet connectivity to less connected parts of the world, to provide emergency mobile Internet to areas of the country devastated by floods in March and April of this year. Telefónica and Project Loon provided basic connectivity to more than 40,000 sq km of the country, providing over 160GB worth of data -- enough to send 2 million emails. (See Google's Internet Balloon Project Takes Flight.)
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.