Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Europeans get a taste for vacation roaming; VeloCloud appoints UK manager; Uber back in court.
A new study, carried out by Accenture on behalf of the European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) , concludes that traditional telcos in Europe can make up for the ground it has lost to "digital disruptors" in the last decade by focusing on three "cornerstones," namely: the creation of an ecosystem centered on the Internet of Things (or Internet of Everything, as ETNO prefers to call it); investment in software-defined, low-latency networks; and the provision of "solutions for digital identity management, transaction security and full transparency and control over data use." The full report, "Lead or Lose – A Vision for Europe's Digital Future," is available to download here.
Google (Nasdaq: GOOG)'s latest move in its ongoing metaphorical chess match with the European competition watchdogs is to offer to ring-fence its online shopping business, in theory keeping it commercially separate from its search engine parent. As the Daily Telegraph reports, Google hopes that this ruse will placate the European Commission, which believes -- to the tune of a €2.4 billion (US$2.8 billion) fine -- that the search giant has abused its dominant position in search to promote its online shopping sideline. (See Eurobites: EU Crunch Time for Google and Eurobites: Google's Q2 Gouged by EU Mega-Fine.)
And on the subject of online behemoths getting into difficulties in Europe, Facebook has been told by the Russian authorities that it will have its social networking platform blocked next year unless it complies with a law that requires websites to store the data of Russian citizens on servers located in Russian. As Reuters reports, the threat has been made by communications regulator Roskomnadzor, which has form in this area: last November it blocked access to LinkedIn for the same offense.