Light Reading
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.

Euronews: EU Wants More Say Over the Internet

Paul Rainford
2/13/2014
50%
50%

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

    (7)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    DOShea
    50%
    50%
    DOShea,
    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?
    sfisher836
    50%
    50%
    sfisher836,
    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. 
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    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.
    mendyk
    50%
    50%
    mendyk,
    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.
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    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.
    mendyk
    50%
    50%
    mendyk,
    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.
    PaulERainford
    50%
    50%
    PaulERainford,
    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?
    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 Custom TV
    Using Service Quality to Drive WiFi Monetization

    10|22|14   |   6:51   |   (0) comments


    Live from the SCTE conference: Heavy Reading's Alan Breznick explores the forces shaping the WiFi opportunity in an interview with CableLabs' Justin Colwell and Amdocs' Ken Roulier.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed Access Architectures – 2

    10|21|14   |   8:51:00 AM   |   (0) comments


    ARRIS CTO Network Solutions Tom Cloonan discusses why many if not most MSOs will continue with integrated CCAP, while addressing why some are also looking at two futuristic, distributed access architectures: Remote PHY and Remote CCAP.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Distributed Access Architectures – 1

    10|21|14   |   9:01   |   (0) comments


    SCTE Sr. Director of Engineering Dean Stoneback discusses the pros and cons of distributed access architecture (DAA) and its various forms, which range from basic Remote PHY to full CMTS functionality in the node.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The WiFi Road to Riches – 2

    10|21|14   |   3:58   |   (0) comments


    ARRIS Senior Solution Architect Eli Baruch talks about how MSOs can enable public and community WiFi through 1) outdoor access points, 2) businesses seeking to offer WiFi to customers, and 3) residential WiFi gateway extensions.
    LRTV Custom TV
    The WiFi Road to Riches – 1

    10|21|14   |   10:15   |   (0) comments


    SCTE Director of Advanced Technologies Steve Harris discusses WiFi deployments, drivers, challenges and advances, including 802.11ac, carrier-grade WiFi, community WiFi, Hotspot 2.0, Passpoint, WiFi-First and voice-over-WiFi.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Advantech Accelerates 100G Traffic Handling

    10|17|14   |   7:56   |   (0) comments


    Paul Stevens from Advantech explains why handling 100GbE needs a whole new platform design approach and how Advantech is addressing the needs of equipment providers and carriers to give them the flexibility and performance they will need for SDN and NFV deployment.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Holland's Imtech Traffic & Infra Discusses Huawei's ICT Solution and Services

    10|16|14   |   4:49   |   (0) comments


    Dimitry Theebe is from the business unit at Imtech Traffic & Infra which delivers communications solutions for transportations. His partnershp with Huawei began about a years ago. In this video, Theebe speaks more about this partnership and what he hopes to accomplish with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Comprehensive Storage Solutions Vital for SVR

    10|16|14   |   6:16   |   (0) comments


    SVR Information Technology provides cloud services for academic and special sectors. With Huawei's support, SVR and Yildiz Technical University has established Turkey's largest and most advanced High Performance Computing system. CSO Ismail Cem Aslan talks about what he hopes Huawei's OceanStor storage system will bring for him.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Mexico's Servitron's Impression of Huawei at CCW 2014

    10|16|14   |   6:35   |   (0) comments


    Servitron is a network operator in Mexico that has been in the trunking industry for the past 20 years. Its COO, Ing. Ragnar Trillo O., explains at Critical Communications World 2014 that his company has been interested in the long-term evolution of LTE technology and its adoption for TETRA.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Building a Better Dubai

    10|16|14   |   2:06   |   (0) comments


    Abdulla Ahmed Al Falasi is the director of commercial affairs, a telecommunications coordinator for the government of Dubai. Their areas of service span across multiple industries, including police, safety, shopping malls and more. In this video, Abdulla talks about his department's work with Huawei.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei Lights Up Malaysia Partner Maju Nusa

    10|16|14   |   1:59   |   (0) comments


    Malaysia's Maju Nusa is an enterprise partner to Huawei in networking, route switches and telco equipment. At this year's Critical Communications World in Singapore, CTO Pushpender Singh talks about what Huawei's eLTE solutions mean to his company and for Malaysia.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Evolving From HFC to FTTH Networks

    10|15|14   |   2:19   |   (0) comments


    Cisco's Todd McCrum delves into the future of cable's HFC plant, examining how DOCSIS 3.1 and advanced video compression will extend its life and how the IP video transition will usher in GPON and EPON over FTTH.
    Upcoming Live Events
    October 29, 2014, New York City
    November 6, 2014, Santa Clara
    November 11, 2014, Atlanta, GA
    December 2, 2014, New York City
    December 3, 2014, New York City
    December 9-10, 2014, Reykjavik, Iceland
    February 10, 2015, Atlanta, GA
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    WhoIsHostingThis.com presents six of the world's most extreme WiFi hotspots, enabling the most epic selfies you can imagine.
    Hot Topics
    Google: Carriers & Cloud Providers Need to Cooperate
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/16/2014
    Could Data Be the New 'Currency'?
    Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-chief, 10/16/2014
    iPad Air 2 Lets Users Switch Carriers Any Time
    Mitch Wagner, West Coast Bureau Chief, Light Reading, 10/17/2014
    CBS Takes OTT Plunge
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 10/16/2014
    NYC Subway Wireless No Cure for Ebola Fears
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 10/16/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed