Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: SFR upgrades with AlcaLu; more Huawei-related security rumblings in the UK; Vodafone's FTSE boost.
Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) is reportedly back in talks with a number of potential buyers regarding the sale of its enterprise unit, according to unnamed sources cited by Bloomberg. Chief among the potential suitors, says the report, is Unify, the joint venture between German industrial giant Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE) and private equity firm The Gores Group. The unit is one of a number up for sale as the vendor slims down its portfolio and cuts costs. AlcaLu previously tried to sell all its enterprise-related assets in 2011 but only managed to offload its Genesys customer relationship management unit. (See Alcatel-Lucent Builds Future Around IP, Euronews: AlcaLu Confirms $1.5B Asset Sale and AlcaLu's Spare Limb.)
In other Alcatel-Lucent news: French operator SFR is upgrading its network with the deployment of AlcaLu's 1830 Photonic Service Switch converged Packet/Optical platform in combination with its 5620 Service Aware Manager (SAM); and France's industry minister has been leaning on AlcaLu in an attempt to get it to reduce the number of job cuts it will implement as part of its Shift Plan, reports Reuters. (See Alcatel-Lucent to Cut 10,000 Jobs.)
Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) is having a bit of a reshuffle in the Balkans, moving Dejan Turk from Slovenian subsidiary Si.mobil d.d. to Serbian unit Vip Mobile, where he will be CEO and CMO as from March 1. Vip Mobile is the third-largest mobile operator in Serbia.
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.