Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: UPC Switzerland throws Salt over, goes with Swisscom for mobile; pay-TV market set to soar in sub-Saharan Africa; Nvidia to bring AI to VW; key Spotify exec departs.
Sweden's Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has landed a "smart cities" contract in Dallas, Texas, promising to offer the city and the areas surrounding it the ability to aggregate and analyze a range of real-time data from traffic sensors and cameras to "dynamically" control traffic lights and illuminated signage. The implementation of Ericsson's advanced traffic management system (ATMS) is expected to be completed by 2020.
Swiss cable operator UPC is ditching Salt SA 's network in favor of Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM)'s for its mobile offer, which to date has attracted more than 100,000 customers since its launch in spring 2015. UPC's switchover to the new network is scheduled for early 2019.
The pay-TV market is set to soar in sub-Saharan Africa over the next six years, according to a new report from Digital TV Research. The number of pay-TV subscribers in the region, predicts the report, will increase by 74% to 40.89 million between 2017 and 2023, while revenues will climb 41% to $6.64 billion. The report reckons that Nigeria will have the most pay-TV subscribers by 2023, outstripping South Africa, the current market leader for the region.
The chief content officer of Spotify , Sweden's market-leading music streaming service, has resigned. As Recode reports, Stefan Blom was in charge of Spotify's largely unsuccessful attempt to branch out into video, and he leaves as the company prepares for a much-trumpeted IPO.
A CSP's digital transformation involves so much more than technology. Crucial – and often most challenging – is the cultural transformation that goes along with it. As Sigma's Chief Technology Officer, Catherine Michel has extensive experience with technology as she leads the company's entire product portfolio and strategy. But she's also no stranger to merging technology and culture, having taken a company — Tribold — from inception to acquisition (by Sigma in 2013), and she continues to advise service providers on how to drive their own transformations. This impressive female leader and vocal advocate for other women in the industry will join Women in Comms for a live radio show to discuss all things digital transformation, including the cultural transformation that goes along with it.