EU Justice Commissioner Viviane Reding takes center stage in Brussels today to set out her eight principles for a post-Prism "data protection compact for Europe." Among the must-haves are: data protection reform on the EU statute book; data collection that is targeted and limited to what is "proportionate to the objectives that have been set"; and a more sparing use of national security as the excuse for data-snooping. (See Euronews: Prism Prompts EU Data Rethink and Prism in a Big Data World.)
There are some worrying tidbits for operators in a new report by UK regulator Ofcom . The report, "Cost and Value of Communications Services in the UK," found that the average monthly average UK spend on mobile services declined by 23% in real terms between 2003 and 2012 (from £24.99 to £19.13 -- roughly US$41 to $31), while the equivalent sum for a fixed broadband connection decreased by 48% over more or less the same period. On a brighter note for the industry, the average UK residential fixed-line broadband speed has increased from 3.6 Mbit/s in November 2008 to 14.7 Mbit/s in May 2013.
Middle East operator Zain Group is treading water, profits-wise, its fourth-quarter earnings inching up to 51 million Kuwaiti dinars ($180.6 million) from 50.5 million dinars ($178.7 million) a year earlier, reports Reuters. Its customer base, however, rose 8% to 46.1 million over the same period.
GC Europe, a Belgium-based manufacturer of dental care products, has chosen Interoute Communications Ltd. 's Virtual Data Centre cloud storage offering to help host and transfer large data files across its global corporate network.
Clash of the Titans ONO! A battle between Vodfone and Liberty Global over the remainikng independent European cable systems? Just what the continent needs. This could befascinating, tho. They both have plenty of money. But I'd never bet against Liberty Global. John Malone usually gets what he wants.