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.
Telecom Italia (TIM) 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
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.
SachinEE, User Rank: Light Sabre 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.
SachinEE, User Rank: Light Sabre 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.
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, User Rank: Light Sabre 3/19/2014 | 4:13:39 PM
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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.
Light Reading founder Steve Saunders talks with VMware's Shekar Ayyar, who explains why cloud architectures are becoming more distributed, what that means for workloads, and why telcos can still be significant cloud services players.
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