Light Reading
Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Kroes crows about single-market progress; GSMA focuses on M2M; Deutsche Telekom nears Greek deal.

Euronews: Merkel Moots US Data Bypass

Paul Rainford
2/17/2014
50%
50%

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Kroes crows about single-market progress; GSMA focuses on M2M; Deutsche Telekom nears Greek deal.

  • German Chancellor Angela Merkel has used her weekly podcast to moot the possibility of a Europe-only communications network that would obviate the need for emails and other data to be routed via servers in the US, reports the BBC. Back in October it was reported that Merkel personally telephoned President Obama to demand an explanation for what appears to be clandestine monitoring of her phone calls. Germany's main operator, Deutsche Telekom AG (NYSE: DT), has already suggested that, in the wake of the Snowden revelations about the National Security Agency (NSA) shenanigans, a Germany-only email system and a Schengen Area Internet might be no bad thing. (See Euronews: Merkel's Mad as Hell at NSA and Euronews: Prism a Wake-up Call, Says DT.)

    The NSA stands by as Merkel prepares to hit the 'send' button.
    The NSA stands by as Merkel prepares to hit the "send" button.

  • Neelie Kroes, the European Commission 's vice president for the Digital Agenda, has been telling the Financial Times (subscription required) that she has seen "real progress" in her mission to create a "single market" for European telecom. The apparent conversion of Orange (NYSE: FTE) to a future free of roaming charges within the European Union has been one of the factors fueling her optimism. (See Euronews: Single Telecom Market Is Go!)

  • In the run-up to Barcelona's Mobile World Congress at the end of the month, the GSM Association (GSMA) is cranking up its M2M propaganda machine, predicting that the number of M2M connections worldwide will reach the 250 million mark this year and announcing that it will use the gathering to once again show its Connected City, a collection of interactive exhibits that is intended to show that the future is very much about different devices bleeping at each other for the good of mankind and potential profit of telcos. AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), Deutsche Telekom, KT Corp. , and Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) are all participating in the showcase. (See GSMA Unveils Connected City Details and GSMA Predicts 250 Million M2M Connections in 2014.)

    Never mind Las Ramblas and fish-head soup -- Barcelona's getting a Connected City...
    Never mind Las Ramblas and fish-head soup -- Barcelona's getting a Connected City...

  • And, still in M2M corner, Telekom Austria AG (NYSE: TKA; Vienna: TKA) has teamed up with telematics specialist CEplus to launch six industry-specific products in the M2M space. Cars, trucks, construction machinery, agricultural/forestry vehicles, and refrigerated logistics are the verticals being addressed in these latest launches. (See Telekom Austria Expands M2M Portfolio.)

  • Deutsche Telekom is close to taking a further 10% stake in Greece's OTE S.A. , taking its total stake to 50%, according to a Reuters report citing Greek newspaper To Vima. The 10% in question is currently controlled by the debt-laden Greek government.

  • Vodafone shareholders are set to receive an average of 3,500 ($5,855) each in cash and Verizon shares on March 4 following the mobile giant's sale of its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless , reports the Daily Telegraph. UK-based shareholders own around a third of the stock market value of the group. (See Vodafone Agrees to $130B Verizon Stake Sale.)

    Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (3)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
    nasimson
    50%
    50%
    nasimson,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/23/2014 | 9:38:05 AM
    pan-Shengen communications network
    With the advent of European Union, EU has replaced USD with Euro, US trade partnerships with inter-Euro trade, tourism-with-US to inter-Euro-tourism. Now having a pan-Europe or pan-Shengen communications network would threat the likes of Amazon & Google.

    US IT Industry will loose out with this move.
    DHagar
    50%
    50%
    DHagar,
    User Rank: Light Sabre
    2/17/2014 | 9:13:05 PM
    Euronews: Merkel Moots US Data Bypass
    Very interesting.  Between the advancement of technology, and the leadership of Merkel, this could happen.  It would be interesting in that the European market represents a significant opportunity for growth.  This will be interesting to watch.

    DHagar
    SarahReedy
    50%
    50%
    SarahReedy,
    User Rank: Blogger
    2/17/2014 | 8:03:41 PM
    GSMA's Connected Home
    I plan to check out the Connected Home at MWC and take pics of some of the cooler or actually useful plans for M2M. If there's a connected bed for napping between show meetings, I will also check that out.
    Flash Poll
    From The Founder
    Is your network built on 'The Old IP,' or are you part of 'The New IP' revolution?
    LRTV Documentaries
    A Cultural Shift for an OTT World

    9|26|14   |   01:41   |   (3) comments


    Telcos need to embrace a new approach to partnerships if they are to generate extra revenues quickly and give customers what they want.
    LRTV Documentaries
    New Skills Needed as Telecom, IT Collide

    9|26|14   |   4:07   |   (1) comment


    As telecom and IT collide, new technologies are emerging, new skills are needed and new opportunities for women are arising.
    UBB Forum News
    Do IP Networks Need An Overhaul?

    9|25|14   |   02:01   |   (0) comments


    As traffic levels ramp, do IP networks need new technologies and topologies?
    LRTV Documentaries
    Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley

    9|25|14   |   3:09   |   (11) comments


    Anne-Louise Kardas, Sprint's connection to startups in the Valley, explains how telcos can be innovative and find new opportunities with partners.
    LRTV Documentaries
    SDN, NFV & The Future of XO's Network

    9|25|14   |   3:47   |   (0) comments


    XO Communications COO Don MacNeil explains how cloud, SDN and NFV are altering its network requirements as well as changing data centers of the future.
    UBB Forum News
    The OTT Conundrum

    9|24|14   |   01:39   |   (0) comments


    What is holding back prosperous partnerships between telcos and the OTT players?
    LRTV Documentaries
    Putting Broadband to Work

    9|24|14   |   01:26   |   (0) comments


    High-speed broadband network rollout is key to telco strategies, but it's what happens after the network is built that counts.
    Light Reedy
    Light Reading's Women in Telecom Recap

    9|24|14   |   0:55   |   (4) comments


    Our first Women in Telecom breakfast was a huge success, and we hope you'll join us in London for the next event on November 6.
    UBB Forum News
    Monetizing Ultra-Broadband

    9|24|14   |   01:43   |   (2) comments


    Ultra-broadband networks need to be built, with fiber-to-the-premises the ultimate goal, but they need to be monetized, too.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Sales Director of INIT on Plug & Play Switch Devices

    9|19|14   |   3:21   |   (0) comments


    INIT Italy uses both the Huawei S5700 and S7700 series switches for the campus LAN environment. Sales Director Andrea Curti says their company chose these Huawei devices over others because of their performance, flexible scalability and plug-and-play features.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Saudi Arabia Upgrades Vocational Training System

    9|19|14   |   3:31   |   (0) comments


    The Technical and Vocational Training Corporation (TVTC) has 100,000 students, 150 government-owned institutions and oversees 1000 private institutes. The CIO of TVTC explains that Huawei devices have allowed them to manage multiple datacenters using just one software program, scientifically tracking the progress of students and teachers, saving them millions.
    LRTV Huawei Video Resource Center
    Huawei's Media Solutions Are Here to Stay

    9|19|14   |   4:35   |   (0) comments


    The current media revolution requires rapid upgrades in technology. New formats (HD, 3D, 4K etc.) and the subsequent explosion of file sizes demand sophisticated network and storage architecture. Social media and the multiple distribution channels require a robust asset management system. Gartner analyst Venecia Liu speaks about the current technological trends in ...
    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
    June 9-10, 2015, Chicago, IL
    Infographics
    Half of the world's population will be connected to the Internet by 2017, but not just by smartphones and desktops.
    Hot Topics
    Facebook Pokes Around LTE Direct
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/25/2014
    Sprint Wields Its Influence in the Valley
    Sarah Reedy, Senior Editor, 9/25/2014
    Is Redbox Instant Shutting Down?
    Mari Silbey, Independent Technology Editor, 9/30/2014
    US Ignite Cultivates Gigabit Apps
    Jason Meyers, Senior Editor, Utility Communications/IoT, 9/25/2014
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed