Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Huawei trials small cells with Vodafone; Google must implement "right to be forgotten"; Moody's upgrades Nokia.
Russian operator Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) has tapped into Nokia Networks technology to complete what is claimed to be the world's first live voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) call using a cloud infrastructure. To enable the live VoLTE tests, MTS's Nokia-supplied LTE network was complemented with cloud-based voice core technology, including NSN's IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Telephony Application Server (TAS) and Home Subscriber Server (HSS).
Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. has set up a 4G indoor small cell trial at its UK headquarters with partner Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), using the operator's 2.6GHz spectrum. Staff and visitors on site can hook up to the small cells at speeds up to 82 Mbit/s downlink and 42 Mbit/s uplink, according to the vendor. Vodafone plans to offer a 4G small cell services, using Huawei's Lampsite small cell technology, to its medium and large business customers. (See Know Your Small Cell: Home, Enterprise, or Public Access?)
The Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) HQ is on the move next week, from central Paris to les banlieus -- though it's not actually setting up shop in a low-income housing project, but in Boulogne-Billancourt, an affluent suburb about five miles away from the center. The company just announced its first quarter financials, which suggest the vendor is inching its way towards greater stability. (See Alcatel-Lucent CEO: We Can Go It Alone and IP, Optical Prop Up Alcatel-Lucent's Q1.)
Fierce competition in its domestic mobile market dented Telecom Italia (TIM) 's first-quarter numbers. Underlying revenues dropped 6.2% year-on-year to €5.18 billion (US$7.10 billion), while underlying EBITDA (earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization) was down 5.7% to €2.20 billion ($3.01 billion). (See Eurobites: Sawiris Eyes Telecom Italia Investment.)
The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) must amend some search results at the request of members of the public to comply with the "right to be forgotten" principle, reports the BBC. The case stems from a Spanish man, Mario Costeja Gonzalez, who was unhappy that a Google search using his name brought up newspaper articles from 16 years ago about the sale of property to recover money he owed. Google has responded by saying that what it's being asked to do amounts to censorship.
Sky (NYSE, London: SKY) and Virgin Media Inc. (Nasdaq: VMED) have reached a five-year deal for the distribution of Sky's sports content to Virgin's TV customers. Under the terms of the agreement, Virgin customers will be able to access their Sky channels on several devices, including PCs, selected tablets, and mobiles via the Virgin TV Anywhere app.
Kenyan operator Safaricom Ltd. has benefited from the data deluge, seeing full-year profits soar 31% to $264 million despite a decline in traditional voice-only business, reports Bloomberg. Vodafone owns 40% of Safaricom.
Another VoLTE "first" I thought ZTE and China Mobile were the first to show off a VoLTE call, but I guess the difference here is NSN did in the cloud? Any idea what the differences were in terms of quality and ease of deployment?
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.