Light Reading

Euronews: Kroes Plan Is Krazy, Say Telcos

Paul Rainford
10/4/2011
50%
50%

Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI), Nokia Networks and Hewlett-Packard Co. (NYSE: HPQ) make their presence felt in today's trot through the EMEA headlines.

  • Well, it didn't take long for the backlash to begin. Telcos were in uproar following Monday's speech by Neelie Kroes, the European Commission's vice president for the Digital Agenda, in which she outlined her plan to restrict by law the amount of money telcos can make from unbundling their copper networks. Telecom Italia CEO Franco Bernabe called the idea "simply crazy," reports Reuters, and most of the other major European telcos concurred. Steely Neelie has another fight on her hands. (See Euronews: Steely Neelie's Copper Clampdown.)

  • The decision by Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) and Siemens AG (NYSE: SI; Frankfurt: SIE) to give their joint venture, Nokia Siemens Networks, a €1 billion ($1.33 billion) cash injection has been deemed bad news for Nokia's credit rating by Moody's Investors Service , reports Business Week. (See NSN Gets $1.36B & New Leader.)

  • HP's acquisition of Autonomy Corp. , an enterprise software firm which grew out of research work begun at the U.K.'s Cambridge University, has been confirmed. Autonomy has more than 25,000 customer accounts worldwide. As an amusing sideshow, Autonomy CEO Mike Lynch has managed to get right up the schnoz of Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) CEO Larry Ellison, reports The Daily Telegraph. Who said software was boring? (Don't answer that...) (See HP's New CEO Sets a Spinoff Deadline and HP Shuts Down WebOS Device Biz.)

  • Sticking with the snout theme ... The Guardian reports that George Osborne, the U.K.'s strangely-nosed Chancellor of the Exchequer, has used the Conservative Party's annual conference to announce that he plans to use £150 million (US$230 million) in department "underspends" to enable mobile connectivity to reach 99 percent of the country.

  • Hundreds of thousands of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s business and residential broadband customers were left bereft for several hours on Monday, as a power failure at a major exchange in the U.K. city of Birmingham wreaked its havoc, reports the BBC. The operator is now checking to see if it paid its most recent electricity bill.

  • Gadget fetishism is alive and well as a mystery "special event" is planned for London's Covent Garden Apple Store to "celebrate" the launch of the iPhone 5 (or whatever it's going to be called), reports the Press Association. (See Apple Picking: Before the iPhone Launch.)

    In other Euronews:



    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    The New IP is actually bigger even than business. Like another hugely important tech that Light Reading is digging into right now, the New IP has the potential to change the world by fundamentally advancing what it is possible for people to achieve with communications.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Sonus NaaS IQ Real-Time Demo

    3|6|15   |   4:03   |   (0) comments


    Compass Networks Chairman and CEO Matt Bross and Ray Dolin, CEO of Sonus Networks, demonstrate their Sonus IQ SDN solution using a live video conference connection.
    LRTV Custom TV
    LRTV Talks Carrier WiFi & WiFi Calling With Aptilo Networks

    3|6|15   |   4:53   |   (0) comments


    We stopped by Aptilo Networks, a market leader in WiFi service management and offloading, to discuss the new possibilities with next-generation WiFi calling and why WiFi should be a natural part of any operator strategy.
    LRTV Interviews
    NGMN Chairman Outlines His 5G Vision

    3|6|15   |   5:10   |   (0) comments


    Bruno Jacobfeuerborn, chairman of the NGMN Alliance and Deutsche Telekom CTO, shares his thoughts on the challenges, opportunities and costs of 5G.
    LRTV Interviews
    In the Cloud With Telecom Italia

    3|5|15   |   7:10   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders sits down with Telecom Italia's Simone Battiferri at Mobile World Congress to discuss virtualization, agility and the economic advantages of the cloud.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    New Ways of Working

    3|5|15   |   4:24   |   (0) comments


    At the ICT Leaders Roundtable, hosted jointly by Light Reading and Huawei at the Hotel Renaissance in Barcelona just prior to Mobile World Congress, Hong Kong Telecom's Michael Yue explains how the transformation in its business has changed its customer relationships.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Bridging the Digital Gap

    3|5|15   |   4:03   |   (0) comments


    At the ICT Leaders Roundtable, hosted jointly by Light Reading and Huawei at the Hotel Renaissance in Barcelona just prior to Mobile World Congress, Boingo's Dr. Derek Peterson explains how ICT can help telcos bring the physical and virtual worlds closer together.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Making the Internet of Things Affordable

    3|5|15   |   2:42   |   (0) comments


    At the ICT Leaders Roundtable, hosted jointly by Light Reading and Huawei at the Hotel Renaissance in Barcelona just prior to Mobile World Congress, Telefonica's Dr. Mike Short explains how the Internet of Things demands a new low-cost approach to connectivity from telcos.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Evolution, Not Revolution

    3|5|15   |   2:00   |   (0) comments


    At the ICT Leaders Roundtable, hosted jointly by Light Reading and Huawei at the Hotel Renaissance in Barcelona just prior to Mobile World Congress, Heavy Reading's Patrick Donegan explains why telcos can't be too hasty in their efforts to transform themselves.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Management & Orchestration Enablement Strategies Required for NFV Commercial Success

    3|5|15   |   6:22   |   (0) comments


    NFV commercial success rests on successful service orchestration strategies which can span heterogeneous physical, virtual, legacy and next-gen networks. Network data and security integrity are additional key aspects. Nakina provides a suite of orchestratable network integrity applications built on an open, scalable MANO enablement platform.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    The Power of Five Convergences in OceanStor OS

    3|4|15   |   6:24   |   (0) comments


    OceanStor OS is Huawei's brand-new storage operating system. While inheriting the consistent high stability, reliability and performance from the company's previous storage products, OceanStor OS abounds in new converged storage features. Specifically, the new storage operating system achieves "five convergences" to lift storage convergence to a higher level.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    4K Brings Extreme Video Experience

    3|4|15   |   8:10   |   (0) comments


    4K video is a hot topic in the video industry. It will certainly bring an extreme video experience to end users. At the same time, however, it will also pose a big challenge to operators. Check out this Huawei 4K experts' discussion about how operators can achieve success in 4K video service.
    LRTV Interviews
    DT's Virtualization Vision for Europe

    3|4|15   |   10:23   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders talks virtualization, cloudification and standards with Deutsche Telekom's Axel Clauberg at Mobile World Congress.
    Upcoming Live Events
    March 17, 2015, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
    April 14, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City, NY
    May 12, 2015, Grand Hyatt, Denver, CO
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 8, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 9, 2015, Chicago, IL
    June 10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    Net neutrality, broadband services and the current outlook on data consumption, as presented by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.
    Hot Topics
    Internet Pioneers Decry Title II Rules
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/2/2015
    Wheeler: We'll Enforce Title II 'Case-By-Case'
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 3/3/2015
    New CenturyLink CTO in Major Overhaul
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 3/4/2015
    Verizon Takes Radio Dot to Detroit, VoLTE Overseas
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 2/27/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Light Reading CEO Steve Saunders talks transformation and virtualization – including Light Reading's independent testing of the vendor's virtualization solutions – with Cisco CEO John Chambers at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
    Check out Light Reading's interview with Jay Samit, the newly appointed CEO of publicly traded SeaChange International Inc. With a resume that includes Sony, EMI, and Universal, Samit brings a reputation as an entrepreneur and a disruptor to his new role at the video solutions company. Hear what he had to say about the opportunities in video, as well as the outlook for cable, telco, OTT and mobile service providers.