Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone Egypt opts for Openwave Mobility video knowhow; Nokia's 5G riposte to Ericsson; Intel sees chance of EU fine reprieve.
Mobile operator Safaricom Ltd. is considering expansion beyond Kenya for the first time, with neighboring countries in east Africa at the top of its hitlist, the Financial Times reports. According to Safaricom Chief Executive Bob Collymore, ecommerce and mobile payment platforms are largely untapped markets in many African countries, and it is these that would form the focus of any such expansion.
Vodafone Egypt , which has 40 million subscribers in the Middle East, has gone with Openwave Mobility Inc. 's NFV-based software to improve its users' mobile video experience. Openwave Mobility's cloud-based platform manages HTTPS, Google's QUIC and Facebook's 0RTT video delivery protocols.
The European Commission has been dealt a blow by the European Court of Justice, which has ordered that a €1.06 billion (£970 million) fine for chip giant Intel Corp. (Nasdaq: INTC), issued by the Commission in 2009 for alleged antitrust infringements, be re-examined. As the Daily Telegraph reports, Intel was accused of bullying manufacturers into buying their chips from Intel rather than its rivals.
Swiss operator Salt SA says its "4G+" technology now reaches 45% of the population, with numerous antenna sites having been updated over the summer. The technology is based on the aggregation of at least two different radio frequencies and allows data transmission rates of up to 300 Mbit/s, says the operator.
The European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) is to host the second in its series of NFV interoperability Plugtests events in Sophia Antipolis, France, from January 15-19, 2018. Supporting open source communities include ETSI OSM (Open Source MANO), OPNFV, OpenStack and Open Baton.
The GSM Association (GSMA) is predicting a 1.8 trillion Internet of Things (IoT) revenue opportunity by 2026, basing its forecast on figures published by analyst firm Machina Research. The Americas region will account for about a third of that revenue, says the GSMA.
UK mobile operator EE has unveiled the first of four new-style stores, which, the operator claims, will offer customers a more "immersive" shopping experience. The "Showcase" stores will, among other retail bells and whistles, trial an in-store video calling service which will put customers in touch with experts elsewhere to deal with issues that are beyond the wit of those employed in the store. The first Showcase store is located in London.
If this guy can't help you, better get on the video phone.
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.