U.S. cloud vendors, Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) and EE stand in line in today's EMEA news queue.
U.S. cloud-computing firms may find themselves unable to bid for Dutch government contracts, according to a report on the CIO website. The worry for the Dutch is that, under the terms of the U.S. Patriot Act -- or, the Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism Act, to give it its full name -- the U.S. companies in question would be obliged, if properly requested, to share any data they held on their customers with the U.S. government. And those Netherlanders don't like the sound of that.
Sales of tablet devices are expected to grow from 17.6 million in 2010 to 253 million in 2016, with Western Europe accounting for about a third of the total market by that time, according to estimates from Juniper Research Ltd. Sales in the Central & Eastern Europe and Middle East & Africa regions, though, will be negligible, according to the forecast. (See iPad Envy: The Year in Tablets.)
Nordic carrier Telia Company is planning to increase its stake in Kazakhstan mobile operator GSM Kazakhstan LLP, which trades under the Kcell brand. Currently, GSM Kazakhstan LLP is majority owned by Fintur Holdings, in which TeliaSonera holds a 58.55 percent share. (See TeliaSonera to Increase Kcell Stake.)
Operators active in the U.K. mobile broadband market need to start seriously thinking about offering differentiated services tailored to the individual's Internet usage and particular needs. That's one of the conclusions of a report by messaging specialist Acision BV , which found that 77 percent of U.K. users had experienced "quality of experience" problems with mobile broadband.
Swisscom is attempting to enhance managed collaborative services with the launch of its Collaborative Whiteboard. According to the operator, the product makes it possible to hold virtual meetings between several locations via the magic of video conferencing, while at the same time allowing those in the meetings to discuss and annotate documents together on a digital whiteboard and then save them on their own network.
Olaf Swantee, the new CEO of Orange UK /T-Mobile (UK) joint venture EE , has hinted in an interview with the Financial Times (subscription required) that the T-Mobile element of the operation may be differentiated as more of a "value" brand. (What we used to call "cheap" in the old days.) (See CEO Quits Everything Everywhere.)