Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson doubles up in Romania; Swisscom goes contactless; mHealth advances in Africa.

Eurobites: Red-Letter Day for Roaming Charges

Paul Rainford
7/1/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Ericsson doubles up in Romania; Swisscom goes contactless; mHealth advances in Africa.

  • It's a good day for connected European travelers; but not such a good one for the region's mobile operators perhaps. The latest round of intra-EU roaming price cuts come into force today, more than halving the price cap on mobile data roaming to a maximum of 20 euro cents per megabyte. The caps on making and receiving calls have also come down, by 21% and 28.5% respectively. Also, as from today European mobile operators can allow consumers to choose a local mobile provider for data services in the country they are visiting. But this isn't the end of it: Neelie Kroes, the European Commission 's perma-tweeting vice president for the Digital Agenda, hopes that by the end of the year there will be an agreement to end all roaming charges within the EU. (See Continental Shift.)

    Table 1: Roaming Charges Head South

    Type of mobile activity in the EU 2013 caps (before VAT) 2014 caps (before VAT) Decrease
    Making a call 24 cents per min 19 cents per min 21%
    Receiving a call 7 cents per min 5 cents per min 28.50%
    Sending a text message 8 cents 6 cents 25%
    Downloading data/browsing 45 cents per MB 20 cents per MB 55.50%
    Source: European Commission

    The European Commission employs a timely soccer motif to make its point. Grass could do with a cut, though.
    The European Commission employs a timely soccer motif to make its point. Grass could do with a cut, though.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) has landed a seven-year managed services deal with Romanian operators Romtelecom S.A. and Cosmote, both of which are subsidiaries of Greece's OTE S.A. Ericsson will assume responsibility for network operations and maintenance of wireline and wireless access, transmission, core and IP domains, as well as network operations for operations support systems, for both companies. Around 730 employees will join Ericsson's Global Services organization under the terms of the deal. No financial details were disclosed.

  • Ericsson has also launched an online "crowdsourcing" project to map ICT-related initiatives in cities in Northern Europe and Central Asia. The aim of the "Get Your City Networked" project is to collect up-to-date location-based information about the cities that will serve as a tool to explore the opportunities offered to cities and their inhabitants by the connected world.

  • Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has launched Tapit, a smartphone app that allows users to make contactless payments, collect loyalty points, and access buildings. Swisscom customers are the first to be able to use the app -- the service will be available to Orange and Sunrise customers later this year. (See Swisscom Launches Tapit.)

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has sold its 49% stake in Vodafone Fiji to the Fiji National Provident Fund for FJ$160 million (US$87.9 million), though the mobile giant expects to maintain a presence in Fiji through a partner market agreement.

  • ZTE Corp. (Shenzhen: 000063; Hong Kong: 0763) has signed an agreement with Portuguese conglomerate Domingos da Silva Teixeira to foster further collaboration on communications solutions for the transportation and public utilities sectors. The pair signed an initial cooperation agreement in 2012, and the first phase of their joint project, the construction of a north-south backbone network across Portugal, was completed earlier this year. (See ZTE Teams With DST on Utilities, Transport.)

  • The GSM Association (GSMA) has announced an mHealth partnership operating across sub-Saharan Africa, with the focus on maternal and child health. Initial partners in the initiative include Gemalto , MTN Group Ltd. , and Samsung Corp. , and the partnership plans, among other things, to offer discounted Samsung handsets and tablets to consumers and health workers in the region and pre-embed a "smart health" application on 80 million Samsung handsets.

  • The CEO of Comtek Network Systems (UK) Ltd. , a UK telecom repair and support company, has issued a statement expressing his belief that new regulations from Ofcom , which are intended to speed up line repairs and installations for UK phone and broadband customers, should apply to all network providers, and not just BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA)'s Openreach . "My only disappointment is that these regulations only apply to Openreach, rather than all of the UK's wholesale network operators, as this level of service is required by all phone and broadband customers," writes Askar Sheibani.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (2)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    7/2/2014 | 4:15:28 AM
    Re: 80 million devices
    You're not wrong. A great 'cause' and a great market headlock. It's a win-win!
    nasimson
    50%
    50%
    nasimson,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    7/1/2014 | 11:57:30 AM
    80 million devices
    80 million devices! Samsung has landed on a goldmine. Through this mhealth deal, it has effectively deterred the entry of other players like Huawei, LG and other low cost device makers. Very smart of Samsung, I must say.
    Educational Resources
    sponsor supplied content
    Educational Resources Archive
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    It's clear to me that the communications industry is divided into two types of people, and only one is living in the real world.
    LRTV Interviews
    From 4G to 5G: Alcatel-Lucent's Dave Geary

    11|25|14   |   09:09   |   (0) comments


    Dave Geary, President of Wireless at Alcatel-Lucent, talks about the evolution of the 4G market, small cells, partnerships, 5G and the IoT.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Building a Secure Telefonica Network With Huawei's High-End Firewall

    11|24|14   |   4:37   |   (0) comments


    Andrew Davies, IP architect of the Telefonica, a leading digital communications company, discusses the Huawei security gateway solution and putting the solution into the testbed.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Partners with Spirent to Verify CE12816's 10GE Port & TRILL Networking Capabilities

    11|24|14   |   2:50   |   (0) comments


    Spirent Communications is the world's leading supplier for telecom testing appliances and solutions. Spirent has been in a close partnership with Huawei for a long time.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Saudi Airlines & Its ICT Transformation

    11|24|14   |   2:07   |   (0) comments


    In this video, Saudi Airlines discusses its network problems and how Huawei's Agile Network is its all-in-one solution.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Agile Switch Benefiting Saudi Arabia's Yamamah Hospital

    11|24|14   |   2:40   |   (0) comments


    Saudi Arabia's Yamamah Hospital speaks about how Huawei's Agile Switch has improved the medical service's network infrastructure.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    FanPlay & Huawei Build a Wireless Agile Smart Stadium

    11|24|14   |   2:13   |   (0) comments


    FanPlay is a cloud-based white label service, which is effectively a football fan engagement platform underpinned by mobile payment technology.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Building an Agile Stadium

    11|24|14   |   3:54   |   (0) comments


    Stadiums may be thousands of tons of concrete and steel, but they now need to be agile. Being at the stadium may not be as alluring as it once was. Sports franchises and stadium operators discuss how to get fans back.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Helps ChinaCache Tackle Challenges in the Internet Industry

    11|24|14   |   3:09   |   (0) comments


    ChinaCache is China's largest content distribution network supplier. Huawei's CE12800 has provided ChinaCache with very strong support in its establishment of an infrastructure network.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Cefinity on Managed Security Services & Next-Generation Firewall

    11|24|14   |   7:05   |   (0) comments


    Cefinity is a cloud management service provider in Southeast Asia. Ivan Zhang, CEO of the company, discusses the implementation of security service management in the cloud era.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Agile Gateway in the Eyes of Cefinity

    11|24|14   |   2:11   |   (0) comments


    Cefinity is a managed service provider for enterprise networks. The company currently uses Huawei's AR series routers for the most complete range of functions. CEO Ivan Zhang speaks about the advantages of the AR series routers.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    CTO of Bus-Online Talks About Huawei's Agile Gateway

    11|24|14   |   2:53   |   (0) comments


    Bus-Online covers around 100 million users everyday. In addition to providing mobile TV, and advertising services to the public, Bus-Online has also entered the field of mobile Internet.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Amsterdam ArenA as an Agile Campus

    11|24|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


    The Amsterdam ArenA, home of the Ajax soccer team, can be a crowded space. ArenA has partnered with Huawei to work on bringing ample bandwidth to 53,000 people at the same time.
    Upcoming Live Events
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 8-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
    April 14, 2015, New York City, NY
    May 6, 2015, McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, IL
    May 13-14, 2015, The Westin Peachtree, Atlanta, GA
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    Irish Telecom outlines the rise of VoIP technology, including its adoption within businesses and their perception of its quality.
    Hot Topics
    Bell Labs Chief Slams 'Toy' Networks
    Robert Clark, 11/19/2014
    $38.3M: Ain't That a Kik in the SMS
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/20/2014
    Do You Have a 2020 Vision?
    Dennis Mendyk, Vice President of Research, Heavy Reading, 11/21/2014
    Operators Should Block Ads to Get Their Cut, Startup Says
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 11/24/2014
    $35B+ Spectrum Auction Dings Verizon, Shines Dish
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/24/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed