For decades, governments prioritized digitalization in their agenda by setting ambitious national broadband plans that covered both dense urban environments and rural areas, with the aim of ensuring equality in social and economic development to all citizens.
In this new age of digitalization and globalization - where new digital ideas and business schemes arise - the whole idea of the nation (the central identity of a people based on shared culture, history, language or ethnicity) is evolving more than ever. Nations’ boundaries are becoming more permeable, their markets open to the international economy, and their citizen are moving from rural to urban environments at an unprecedented pace. All of these trends are driving a need for smarter communities.
Over the past ten days we've been able to meet and talk with four of our key customers, updating them on the Alcatel-Lucent 5G vision and listening to their feedback. At these meetings I’ve used the picture of the three girls below to illustrate for whom the new 5G network is for, and what their needs and expectations might be.
2014 will be remembered as the year of cyber-attacks.
We witnessed hackers stealing millions of credit and debit card account numbers at the retail point of sale. In the U.S. alone, the November 2013 security breach at Target was repeated in 2014 at Staples, Home Depot Sally Beauty Supply, Neiman Marcus, United Parcel Service, Michaels Stores and Albertsons, as well as the food chains Dairy Queen and P. F. Chang. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security estimated that 1,000 American merchants in total were hacked.
As 2015 gets going, all eyes in the industry turn towards Barcelona and Mobile World Congress again. Arguably the most important show of the year for the ecosystem, many (including myself) have been known to refer to it as “the circus”. While this may seem discourteous at first, let’s not forget the #1 reason people go to the circus: entertainment, excitement and good times.
Talk of “cyber armies” working on behalf of nations might once have been the work of Hollywood, but recent events have demonstrated the opening of a new front in the global war on terror: cyber security.
Hi, this is Agata Lanecka and Rebeccah Heeran. We are two 16 year old school students in Ireland, and we attended the 2015 BT Young Scientist Competition in Dublin, working on the Bell Labs stand. It was a great chance to check out some of the amazing science projects from Irish school kids, but most importantly to help Bell Labs promote their brand and hand out the all-important (for the school kids anyway) free giveaways.