Colt Technology Services Group Ltd (London: COLT), the UK-based network services provider, is expanding its Asia-Pacific network with the deployment of Ciena Corp. (NYSE: CIEN) 's 6500 Converged Packet Optical Platform, which, says the vendor, is capable of delivering 100Gbit/s and 200Gbit/s services.
Telefónica has integrated its SealSign digital signature platform with Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT) 's Azure Key Vault, an online safe-storage facility for passwords and digital signatures. The announcement was one of several made by the operator at its Security Innovation Day on Thursday -- see this release for more details.
UK regulator Ofcom is having another dig at the thorny old issue of broadband advertising, and in particular the often unrealistic and downright misleading promises made for potential download speeds. Ofcom wants to revise its existing Codes of Practice, forcing providers to offer customers an estimated range of speeds they are likely to receive in the real world, as well as the right to exit their contracts without incurring a penalty if their speed of service falls below a minimum level. It also wants companies to give more of an indication of the slower speeds customers are likely to receive at peak times.
This is the sort of information that Ofcom would like to see presented to potential broadband customers before they sign on the dotted line.
EE , the UK mobile operator that is part of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), has signed a renewable energy deal with utility company npower. Under the terms of the five-year deal, npower will supply EE with 680 gigawatts of electricity from renewable sources such as wind farms and solar plants. BT is hoping to buy 100% renewable electricity for its operations by 2020, "where markets allow."
The Welsh government is considering reducing business rates levied on mobile operators' infrastructure in a bid to encourage said operators to invest more in their networks and thereby expand coverage. As the BBC reports, the relaxation of planning restrictions, allowing for taller masts, is also up for discussion.
Sky (NYSE, London: SKY), the UK-based pay-TV operator, is adding a voice-control feature to its high-end Sky Q set-top box, allowing viewers to manage their viewing via the deployment of such phrases as "change channel to Sky Atlantic" or "what is this over-produced American rubbish -- is there anything else on?"
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.