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Euronews: EU Wants More Say Over the Internet

Paul Rainford

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: KPN boss sees M&A ahead; Vodafone's Indian row will run and run; and so will Nokia's.

  • The European Commission wants what it perceives as an imbalance in Internet governance to be redressed, with Europe playing a greater role and the US a lesser one. The Commission has put forward several proposals, chief among them the "establishment of a clear timeline for the globalisation of (ICANN ," the body that coordinates the functions of the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) ). Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes rejected the handing over of key Internet controls to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) , saying instead the existing "multi-stakeholder" approach must be adapted and improved. The issue of Internet governance flared up in late 2012, and has now been reignited by the Snowden revelations regarding online snooping. (See Europe Wants a Piece of ICANN and Is Internet Freedom in Danger?)

  • KPN Telecom NV (NYSE: KPN) CEO Eelco Blok has seen the future of telecom in Europe -- and it's all about M&A, reports the Financial Times (subscription required). Blok, whose company's E-Plus Service GmbH & Co. KG business in Germany is soon to merge with Telefónica Deutschland GmbH , said: "The first wave will be in-country mobile consolidation and then later wider-scale consolidation -- in a few years' time there could be [just] three, or four or five big groups in Europe." (See Euronews: KPN to Sell E-Plus for €8.1B.)

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD)'s six-year-old tax dispute with the Indian authorities looks like dragging on for a few more months if not years yet, as India's finance ministry is preparing to pull out of talks with the mobile giant, reports The Guardian. The two parties were arguing over a "retroactive" $2 billion tax bill relating to deals already completed. (See India to Vodafone: $2.5B Please.)

  • Also having tax-related troubles in India is Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK), which, as Reuters reports, has said it will fight a Delhi court ruling that it intends to block the transfer of certain Nokia assets -- including a handsets plant in Chennai -- to Microsoft Corp. (Nasdaq: MSFT).

  • Sweden's Transmode Systems AB has launched a range of Coherent Metro 100G plug-in units which together form its Metro 100G Solution. (See Transmode Intros Coherent 100G Metro 100G Plug-Ins.)

  • And finally: If you can read this YOU'RE TOO CLOSE!!! The "connected cars" concept has moved a step closer to reality with the completion of a basic set of standards by two European standards organizations, European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) and CEN. The EU has to date invested more than €180 million ($246 million) in research projects related to connected cars. (See EC Connected Cars Standards Ready.)

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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    User Rank: Blogger
    2/26/2014 | 10:25:28 PM
    Internet governance
    Surprised this didn't come up sooner after the spying controversy. As I recall, a number of countries were adamant about ending US dominance. So, I guess the idea is to let Europeans dominate it instead?
    User Rank: Light Beer
    2/25/2014 | 11:32:21 PM
    a standard for connected cars?
    They can't even decide which side of the road to drive on. 
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/14/2014 | 4:37:31 AM
    Indian take-away
    I wonder if, massive potential markets notwithstanding, the likes of Vodafone and Nokia wish they'd never set foot in India.
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/13/2014 | 2:36:44 PM
    Re: Connected cars
    Classic 8 Track would be awesome -- especially for cuts that get interrupted halfway through for a track change. Good times.
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/13/2014 | 1:23:58 PM
    Re: Connected cars
    The vinyl has to be scratched though, or it doesn't count.
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/13/2014 | 1:18:10 PM
    Re: Connected cars
    Sirius/XM satellite radio has a channel called Classic Vinyl -- so anything is possible.
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/13/2014 | 10:23:59 AM
    Connected cars
    Connected cars: That's all very well, but will they be interoperable with my 8-track cartridge?
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