The Chinese Commerce Minister, Chen Deming, made what sounds very much like a veiled threat to the European Commission over the Commission's plan to take legal action related to alleged state aid for, and price "dumping" tactics deployed by, Huawei and ZTE, reports China Daily. Pointing out the European telecom firms have been doing good business in China for many years, Chen said that it was in everyone's interests for the current "win-win situation" not to be disturbed. The Commission believes the two Chinese vendors have been receiving illegal state subsidies, allowing them to undercut European rivals. (See Euronews: EC Sharpens Knives Over Huawei, ZTE.)
Italian broadband provider Fastweb SpA (Milan: FWB) is to close down its pioneering IPTV service by the end of the year, after failing to attract enough customers to make the service pay. Fastweb has instead signed a deal with Sky Italia to bundle Sky (NYSE, London: SKY)'s satellite television service with its broadband offer.
ST-Ericsson has had a bit of a reshuffle: Mats Norin has been appointed executive vice president and chief technology officer, while Dan Redin, who was head of modem and common IP development, will return to Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC). All R&D activities of the company become the responsibility of Ronen Ben-Hamou, and Marc Cetto heads up a new division called Smart Platform Solutions.
NTT Communications Corp. (NYSE: NTT) has acquired 85 percent of Gyron, a U.K. data center service provider. Gyron currently operates a data center near London and has plans to build two more. Its client list boasts big names such as Adobe, Symantec and Spotify.
The Nigerian unit of UAE's Etisalat has pledged to invest another $1 billion on its infrastructure over the next two years, Gulf News reports. Etisalat Nigeria and several other operators were fined earlier this month by the country's regulator for poor service quality.
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) has sold its French apps development unit to Osiatis, an IT services company. The business was worth €1.84 million ($2.27 million) as at 31 March 2012.
In other BT news, the U.K. giant has encountered an unexpected obstacle in its London fiber rollout: The wealthy residents of Kensington & Chelsea, probably the city's poshest borough, have decided that the new street cabinets associated with the project are just too big and too ugly, and they don't want them, reports the BBC. A BT spokesman said, rather snootily perhaps, "We will… re-focus our engineers' efforts in other areas where planning authorities have taken a positive approach and are keen to ensure their residents and businesses can benefit from this technology." In other words, they don't wanna go to Chelsea.
We mainly hear about how Long Term Evolution (LTE) is pushing on in Scandinavia, but Telenor ASA (Nasdaq: TELN) is trumpeting the fact that by the end of this year, 90 percent of Norwegians will have 3G coverage. Around 3,000 new 3G stations will be built as part of the upgrade.
Euronews is taking a couple of days' holiday in honor of the British Queen, Elizabeth II, having spent 60 years on the throne. (Why do they make those thrones so damn comfortable?) Power through accident of birth -- it's the way forward! See you all on Wednesday June 6.
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.