Light Reading

Euronews: Prism a Wake-up Call, Says DT

Paul Rainford
1/29/2014
50%
50%
Repost This

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Vodafone cuts German jobs; VimpelCom shares slump; Samsung's standalone stores plan.

  • Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT) is looking to accentuate the positive in the wake of the Edward Snowden revelations. In a new report, "Data Privacy and Data Security," the operator, which has been mooting the idea of Germany-only email systems and a Schengen Area Internet, describes the Snowden revelations as "a wake-up call, a thunderbolt, an earthquake," and calls the scandal a "starting point for a positive development." (See Prism in a Big Data World.)

  • You can't keep Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) out of Euronews this week. Today's helping sees the mobile giant announcing up to 600 redundancies in Germany, reports Reuters, as competition there really begins to bite. On a more positive note, the operator has landed a five-year unified communications deal with the UK's Premier Foods, manufacturer of all-conquering and E-number-enriched brands such as Bisto and Mr Kipling.

  • It's proving a chilly winter for Russia's VimpelCom Ltd. (NYSE: VIP), which has seen its shares drop 13% to $10.14, reports Bloomberg, following disappointing third-quarter revenues and earnings. The operator is still saddled with $27.6 billion of gross debt following a series of acquisitions.

  • Samsung Corp. has done a deal with the British mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse Group plc (London: CPW) (company motto: "We don't sell carphones, and we don't operate out of warehouses") under the terms of which the retailer will run more than 60 standalone Samsung stores across Europe, reports Retail Week.

  • Ericsson AB (Nasdaq: ERIC) is renewing its broadcast services deal with France 24 for another five years. The contract includes round-the-clock operations management and the integration of new kit, not least HD systems, for five studios to improve the broadcaster's quality of service.

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) has launched an online service that allows people to remotely top up the credit of someone else's phone in more than 100 countries. The service, Orange Top-Up, is aimed at migrant communities or those who are looking for an easy way to send mobile credit to their faraway and impecunious loved ones. See this press release for more details.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (5)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    DOShea
    50%
    50%
    DOShea,
    User Rank: Blogger
    1/30/2014 | 10:47:15 PM
    In-country Internet
    Have any other countries or telcos pursued the idea of having a controlled in-country or local area Internet? Sounds crazy enough to work.
    mendyk
    50%
    50%
    mendyk,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    1/29/2014 | 10:07:28 AM
    Re: Jeez - 51 pages
    51 pages? Sounds like one of OUR reports. One of the shorter ones, that is...
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    1/29/2014 | 9:22:35 AM
    Re: Jeez - 51 pages
    Luckily, the bit I was interested in was on page 1.
    pdonegan67
    50%
    50%
    pdonegan67,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    1/29/2014 | 8:38:28 AM
    Jeez - 51 pages
    Jeez, this new Deutsche Telekom report on "Data Privacy & Data Security" is 51 pages long. You s'pose they're taking it seriously ?
    pdonegan67
    50%
    50%
    pdonegan67,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    1/29/2014 | 8:22:42 AM
    First Vodafone, then BT, Now DT
    A bit like a No 10 bus, you wait ages for a telco statement on whether they are reviewing how they cooperate with governments on wire-tapping post Snowden and then you get three come along at once.

    In Europe, Vodafone went first the week before last, then came BT. Now Deutsche Telekom. "A wake-up call, a thunderbolt, an earthquake," and "starting point for a positive development" indeed.

    Unlike its British telco counterparts, reassuring foreign governments that it isn't too cosy with the NSA is unlikely to feature among Deutsche Telekom's motivations for publishing this report. Not after the NSA bugged Chancellor Merkel anyway.

     
    Flash Poll
    LRTV Custom TV
    Optimizing SDN & NFV Architectures Through Application Awareness

    4|23|14   |   6:24   |   (0) comments


    Jerome Tollet, CTO at Qosmos, explains how network equipment vendors and operators deploying SDN and NFV can take advantage of network intelligence delivered by DPI to strengthen products and services.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Wind River Demonstrates Carrier-Grade Software for NFV

    4|22|14   |   5:00   |   (0) comments


    Wind River VP of Product Management, Glenn Seiler, takes a look the industry's first and only complete NFV software platform designed specifically for the unique carrier-grade and high-performance needs of telecom networks.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Cable Eyes Big Technology Shifts

    4|16|14   |   03:02   |   (4) comments


    US cable engineers are facing a lot of heavy lifting in the coming years, notes Light Reading Cable/Video Practice Leader Alan Breznick.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Maximizing Customer Experience & Assuring Service Delivery in an IP World

    4|15|14   |   4:57   |   (0) comments


    Steven Shalita, VP of Marketing, NetScout Systems, Inc., discusses the challenges cable/MSO operators face in assuring the delivery of new IP-based services. Key points include the value of proactively managing performance, and using rich analytics and operational intelligence to better understand service and usage trends, make smarter business decisions and ...
    LRTV Documentaries
    Bye-Bye DVD: Consumers Embrace Digital Video

    4|10|14   |   04:17   |   (7) comments


    Veteran video analyst Colin Dixon, founder and principal analyst of nScreenMedia, says research shows 56% are using digital video already.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Video: TW Cable Puts Multicast Gateways to the Test

    4|8|14   |   04:13   |   (1) comment


    Tom Gonder, a chief architect at Time Warner Cable, explains how its trial of multicast gateways is impacting IP-based video plans.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Managing & Monetizing Big Data in Operator Environments

    4|7|14   |     |   (1) comment


    At Mobile World Congress, Gigamon's Director of Service Provider Solutions, Andy Huckridge, and Heavy Reading Analyst Sarah Wallace discuss the 'big data' issues facing carriers and operators today.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Data Center Energy – Build Your Data Center in a Modular Way

    4|7|14   |   2:13   |   (0) comments


    Dr. Fang Liangzhou, VP Network Energy Product Line, shared his thoughts about the challenges for data centers during CeBIT 2014.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Agile Network Solution – An Overview of Huawei's Agile Network Solution

    4|7|14   |   2:31   |   (0) comments


    Ajay Gupta, Director of Product Marketing, Networking Product Line, gives an overview of the Agile Network Solutions during CeBIT 2014.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei’s eLTE Voice Trunking, Video and Data Applied for Railways

    4|7|14   |   1:38   |   (0) comments


    Gottfried Winter is the Sales Director at Funkwerk, a German specialist in GSM-r terminals and a long-time partner of Huawei. At CeBIT 2014, Winter talks to Light Reading about this partnership and the integration of enhanced voice trunking, video and data functions.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    LeaseWeb Speaks Highly of Huawei's Datacenter Products

    4|7|14   |   1:37   |   (0) comments


    Rene Olde Olthof, Operations Director LeaseWeb, talks about the next data center transformation during CeBIT 2014.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Comcast: Reshaping the Cable Network Architecture

    4|3|14   |   07:11   |   (8) comments


    Shamim Akhtar, Comcast's architect and senior director of network strategy, explains why the cable company is moving to a more distributed network architecture.
    Today's Cartoon
    Hot Topics
    WhatsApp Threatens Carrier VoLTE
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 4/18/2014
    The Hungry, Hungry Cloud
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/22/2014
    Who's Ready to Play Broadband?
    Carol Wilson, Editor-at-large, 4/21/2014
    What's the Magic of Private Equity?
    Carolyn Mathas, 4/22/2014
    AT&T Turns Up Gig Heat in 21 New Metros
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 4/21/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed