Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: EC approval for Vodafone/ONO deal; Vodafone plugs into Irish electricity network; Tele2 in M2M tie-up.
Nokia Networks has bought a 3D geolocation solution from NICE Systems , which it intends to use to enhance the planning and optimization of mobile networks. The technology can be used to plan networks, offering guidance on where to locate basestations for optimum performance, and then to analyze network usage and adapt or add to the network to best serve traffic patterns. Nokia intends to establish a competence center in Israel to develop its 3D modelling portfolio. No financial details of the deal were disclosed. (See Nokia Networks Buys 3D Geolocation Solution.)
Vodafone has signed a joint venture agreement with Irish utilities firm ESB, which will allow the mobile giant to deploy fiber on ESB's existing poles and ducts, initially reaching 500,000 premises in 50 towns across Ireland. The pair plan to invest €450 million (US$614 million) in creating an FTTP broadband network, offering speeds from 200 Mbit/s to 1,000 Mbit/s.
Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) has struck a deal with cloud services provider Salesforce.com Inc. , which will see DT's T-Systems International GmbH unit become the primary reseller for Salesforce in Germany and the data center provider for Salesforce's planned German data center. The partnership will allow DT's corporate customers to receive Salesforce solutions directly from the Telekom Cloud.
BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) is collaborating with WAN optimization specialist Ipanema Technologies to examine the potential of the vendor's ip|engine as a virtual network function. "NFV has real potential as a technology, which is why we have a wider program in place to determine exactly which network functions can be virtualized. Effectively managing and controlling application performance remains absolutely critical to BT's enterprise customers, so we welcome the opportunity to explore the future uses of virtual ip|engines from Ipanema," said BT's managing director of Research & Innovation, Dr Tim Whitley, in a prepared statement. According to Ipanema, the two companies will seek to demonstrate the potential of virtualized WAN optimization and application performance functionality. Ipanema first announced the virtualization of its technology in March 2013. (See Ipanema Goes Virtual.)
UK mobile joint venture EE has launched a suite of apps it thinks will help small businesses improved their productivity. The launch comes on the back of a survey EE commissioned which, says the operator, found that more than 5 million small business employees in the UK think that they would be more productive with "apps tailored to their job." Probably not this then.
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.