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Euronews: Make Big Data Less Scary, Says Kroes

Paul Rainford
3/19/2014
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Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgacom uses JDSU's SPIT offering; Telecom Italia lines up new chairman; how EMEA divides its screen time.

  • Thump that Eurotub! Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, will deliver a speech to the European Data Forum in Athens today in which she calls for a "European future that thrives on data." Kroes will tell delegates that cloud computing is the new engine of the digital industrial revolution, and "big data its new fuel," warning that issues relating to privacy and security must be overcome if the revolution is to happen. Click here for the full text of the speech.

  • Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) is to implement JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU)'s AriesoGEO SPIT platform across its Proximus mobile networks in Belgium. AriesoGEO collects data from OSS systems that is stored and run through an analytics engine to provide location-aware information about network performance. JDSU bought UK-based Arieso last year for $85 million. (See Belgacom to Deploy AriesoGEO for 4G Optimization, JDSU Buys Mobile OSS Vendor for $85M, JDSU Is Still an Optical Force, and JDSU Buys More 4G SPIT Smarts.)

  • Telecom Italia SpA (NYSE: TI) is turning to a former General Electric exec to help engineer a turnaround at the ailing incumbent, reports Bloomberg. Guiseppe Recchi is said to be the frontrunner for the chairman's job, replacing interim seat-warmer Aldo Minucci.

  • Russian giant Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) saw its fourth-quarter revenues rise 6.4% year-on-year to 104.7 billion Russian roubles ($2.9 billion) and its profits rise 16.2% to RUB19.7 billion ($546 million). Full-year revenues grew by more than 5%. Further growth was hampered by several factors, not least "macroeconomic uncertainty" in its Ukraine operations. Expect those uncertainties to increase as the current crisis in Crimea plays out…

  • MillwardBrown has produced a report that looks at screen usage in 30 selected countries, and in particular at how different screens are used in the multiscreen home. The table below looks at the average number of screen-time minutes per day spent on different devices, per person, in the EMEA countries covered in the survey. What does it tell us? Well, the Russians still love their laptops, and it's still hard to drag Brits away from that big screen. And expect those tablet numbers to rise by the time the next edition of the report is published.

    Table 1: Luigi, Put That Damn Thing Down! Average Minutes of Screen Time, Per Person, Per Day, in Selected EMEA Countries

    TV Smartphone Laptop Tablet
    UK 148 111 97 55
    France 134 79 83 30
    Germany 129 137 77 36
    Italy 89 109 85 34
    Russia 98 98 158 66
    Saudi Arabia 102 189 99 43
    South Africa 115 127 126 63
    Spain 124 122 97 53
    Source: MillwardBrown

  • The tide continues to turn against pricey roaming charges in Europe. Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has announced a 200MB data package, valid for 30 days in EU countries, costing 24 Swiss francs ($27.45), which works out at around 7 Swiss cents per megabyte.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    SachinEE
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    SachinEE,
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    3/27/2014 | 6:36:11 AM
    Re : Euronews: Make Big Data Less Scary, Says Kroes
    @ Kruz, it seems to be a rather plausible prediction about tablets. While smart phones are intruding into the tablets territory with ever more inches added to the display, revealing of latest Samsung galaxy tab of 12.1 inches with cutting edge hardware on board speaks to the contrary. Ever increasing hunger of mobile devices and technology will keep all these devices in the business.
    Sarah Thomas
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    Sarah Thomas,
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    3/25/2014 | 11:29:06 AM
    Re: Re : Euronews: Make Big Data Less Scary, Says Kroes
    It's in the fine print though. isn't our fault for never reading it?
    SachinEE
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    3/25/2014 | 7:06:13 AM
    Re : Euronews: Make Big Data Less Scary, Says Kroes
    @ mendyk, I completely agree with the proposition that end users are far more afraid of bid data than organizations. They are getting scarier and sicker with all kinds of data being collected by multiple players for various unknown uses. Unknown uses of big data are the scariest part for end users. It would be much less scary for the users if collecting organizations could come up clean on what they collect for what purposes.
    Kruz
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    Kruz,
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    3/20/2014 | 10:52:06 AM
    Re: TV
    what is also good to notice is that tv is here to stay, at least for a while, even with that myriad of devices.
    Sarah Thomas
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    Sarah Thomas,
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    3/20/2014 | 10:23:30 AM
    Re: TV
    That's how I feel about my personal use. I got a Kindle too, so now my reasons for using the tablet are increasingly limited.
    Kruz
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    3/20/2014 | 10:17:56 AM
    Re: TV
    I guess tablets are on the decline in general. With phones gaining inches and being easily around when needed, there will soon be no need to have that extra device.
    Sarah Thomas
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    3/19/2014 | 4:16:05 PM
    Re: Boo!
    How did you get when I was born, what my favorite holiday is, what I like to do, and where I spend my time from this basic interaction? Those are the kinds of questions people will be asking about big data.The know operators know some things, but how they got this far is where it gets dicey.
    mendyk
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    3/19/2014 | 4:13:39 PM
    Re: Boo!
    Based on your response posted on this message board, you may be interested in the following movies: The Conversation. The Net. Nineteen Eighty-four. Ernest Saves Christmas. From your friends in the LR Analytics Department.
    Sarah Thomas
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    Sarah Thomas,
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    3/19/2014 | 3:52:34 PM
    Re: TV
    The relative percents don't surprise me though. It makes sense when you think about what a person does any given day -- commute, work, and relax. Tablets seem to be a secondary screen in that entire schedule.
    Sarah Thomas
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    Sarah Thomas,
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    3/19/2014 | 3:50:36 PM
    Re: Boo!
    I'm not scared of big data; just the analytics part and what they do with said analyzed big data.
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