Deutsche Telekom is looking to implement DSL vectoring as a cheaper alternative to full-on fiber in 2013, reports Bloomberg. According to Niek Jan van Damme, head of the carrier's German unit, implementation of the technology will be dependent on certain conditions being in place. "We need a facts-orientated discussion," he said. Yep, they're always good. (See BBWF 2012: Vectoring's Potential.)
Just as Deutsche Telekom plans an upgrade to its copper plant, a new report into FTTH (fiber-to-the-home) service availability in Europe suggests it might be another 92 years before every home in the European Union's 210 million households will have a fiber broadband connection. But bandwidth-hungry Europeans don't necessarily have to wait that long… (See Euro FTTH Switch Could Take 92 Years.)
Telenor ASA (Nasdaq: TELN) can relax after it was revealed that Russia's competition watchdog is to drop its case against the Nordic operator for raising its stake in VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP), reports Reuters. The regulator had wanted the Russian operator to be free of foreign control, but withdrew its case once Altimo , another Russian company, overtook Telenor to be the main shareholder in VimpelCom. Got that? (See Antimonopoly Service Files Against Telenor.)
U.K. regulator Ofcom is beginning a consultation process on its proposals for how "white spaces" will be used for rural broadband access, machine-to-machine (M2M) applications and more. Ofcom is hoping that its "framework" will ensure that existing licensed users of the spectrum, which include digital TV and wireless microphone users, do not find that their signals suffer interference from these proposed white-space applications. (See TV White Space: Niche Play or the Next Big Thing?)
Zain Group has switched on its LTE network throughout Kuwait, becoming, it claims, the first operator to offer nationwide 4G coverage there. (See Zain Kuwait Launches 4G.)
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.