Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Belgacom uses JDSU's SPIT offering; Telecom Italia lines up new chairman; how EMEA divides its screen time.
Thump that Eurotub! Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, will deliver a speech to the European Data Forum in Athens today in which she calls for a "European future that thrives on data." Kroes will tell delegates that cloud computing is the new engine of the digital industrial revolution, and "big data its new fuel," warning that issues relating to privacy and security must be overcome if the revolution is to happen. Click here for the full text of the speech.
Belgacom SA (Euronext: BELG) is to implement JDSU (Nasdaq: JDSU; Toronto: JDU)'s AriesoGEO SPIT platform across its Proximus mobile networks in Belgium. AriesoGEO collects data from OSS systems that is stored and run through an analytics engine to provide location-aware information about network performance. JDSU bought UK-based Arieso last year for $85 million. (See Belgacom to Deploy AriesoGEO for 4G Optimization, JDSU Buys Mobile OSS Vendor for $85M, JDSU Is Still an Optical Force, and JDSU Buys More 4G SPIT Smarts.)
Telecom Italia (TIM) is turning to a former General Electric exec to help engineer a turnaround at the ailing incumbent, reports Bloomberg. Guiseppe Recchi is said to be the frontrunner for the chairman's job, replacing interim seat-warmer Aldo Minucci.
Russian giant Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) saw its fourth-quarter revenues rise 6.4% year-on-year to 104.7 billion Russian roubles ($2.9 billion) and its profits rise 16.2% to RUB19.7 billion ($546 million). Full-year revenues grew by more than 5%. Further growth was hampered by several factors, not least "macroeconomic uncertainty" in its Ukraine operations. Expect those uncertainties to increase as the current crisis in Crimea plays out…
MillwardBrown has produced a report that looks at screen usage in 30 selected countries, and in particular at how different screens are used in the multiscreen home. The table below looks at the average number of screen-time minutes per day spent on different devices, per person, in the EMEA countries covered in the survey. What does it tell us? Well, the Russians still love their laptops, and it's still hard to drag Brits away from that big screen. And expect those tablet numbers to rise by the time the next edition of the report is published.
Table 1: Luigi, Put That Damn Thing Down! Average Minutes of Screen Time, Per Person, Per Day, in Selected EMEA Countries
The tide continues to turn against pricey roaming charges in Europe. Swisscom AG (NYSE: SCM) has announced a 200MB data package, valid for 30 days in EU countries, costing 24 Swiss francs ($27.45), which works out at around 7 Swiss cents per megabyte.
— Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading