Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telefónica passes M2M milestone; Vodafone offers small cells to rural folk; XMOS attracts $26.2 million Series D funding.
Netflix Inc. (Nasdaq: NFLX) expects its international losses to soar to US$42 million in the third quarter, from $15.3 million in the second quarter, as it launches its service in Germany, France, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, and Luxembourg during September. "This launch into markets with over 60 million broadband households will significantly increase our European presence and raise our current international addressable market to over 180 million broadband households, or 2x the number of current U.S. broadband households," said Netflix CEO Reed Hastings in a letter to shareholders as the OTT video giant announced second-quarter revenues of $1.34 billion, up nearly 37% from a year earlier, and a global subscriber base that has topped 50 million (more details in that shareholders' letter). (See Eurobites: Netflix Takes 1Tbit/s in Paris.)
We have seen the future, and it's smart-arse fridges. Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF) is trumpeting the fact that it now has more than 250 M2M partners in Europe and the US, including device manufacturers, solution providers, and distributors. One of the particular areas of M2M focus for Telefonica is the connected car, and earlier this year it signed an agreement with carmaker Tesla to bring connectivity to its Model S in Europe. (See Telefónica Boasts More Than 250 M2M Partners and Telefónica: Safety Is Top Connected Car 'App'.)
Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has launched a rural femtocell program in the UK, calling on poorly connected communities to apply for 3G access via Vodafone's Open Sure Signal technology. A trial of the technology has seen the connection of 12 rural communities across the UK, from the Shetland Islands in the north to Devon in the south.
A study by Swiss mobile network interconnection services specialist Starhome MACH has found that the recent reduction in European roaming charges has had little effect on whether users choose to turn on their services when roaming. According to data gathered over the past year from its Unity real-time analytics service, 58% of roamers in the European Union are still "silent," while 68% of global roamers are silent too. Funnily enough, Starhome has introduced a Silent Roamers solution that it says will help operators "identify and awaken their roamers." (See Starhome Mach Analyzes Roaming Stats.)
EE , the UK mobile joint venture, annoyed the hell out of some of its subscribers over the weekend, bombarding them with marketing texts as the result of a technical hitch, reports the BBC. One woman got texted 40 times in three days telling her she could add a "magic number" -- that's serious customer experience mismanagement. On a more positive note, The Drum reports that EE has created a bundle specifically aimed at so-called "pop-up" retailers, offering an instant 4G connection for 30 days and other potentially useful products such as the iZettle payment card reader. (For the uninitiated, pop-up retailers open temporary outlets that take advantage of a particular opportunity, then disappear into the night.)
Whither the landline? UK regulator Ofcom 's latest research found that only 12% of 16- to 24-year-olds considered a landline essential. Conversely, 53% of this demographic thought that Internet access via a smartphone was essential, while NO-ONE aged 75 and over agreed. Surely there was one hipster silver surfer out there in love with Facebook access via his/her mobile?
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.