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Euronews: BT CEO Calls for Clarity on Data Security

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Orange may be dunroamin; AlcaLu scores subsea deal; WDM-PON in Austria.

  • At the World Economic Forum in snowy Davos, BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA) CEO Gavin Patterson has called for greater clarity on what is and isn't allowed when it comes to the collection of subscribers' "private" data, reports The Guardian. "It's just too murky at the moment -- it needs to be transparent and [there] needs to be clear guidelines about what's acceptable and what isn't," he said, adding that the legislation has to "catch up" with the real world. He also admitted that 100% privacy for subscribers was "unlikely." (See British Spooks Tap the Global Net.)

  • Orange (NYSE: FTE) CEO Stephane Richard has been telling the group's Spanish unit that he plans to drop roaming charges within a matter of months, according to a report in French newspaper Les Echos. Richard, who was in the forefront of protests against the European Commission 's attack on roaming charges, told those present: "We want to the be the first operator to offer fully European communications everywhere we have a presence." (See Continental Shift and Euronews: Single Telecom Market Is Go!)

  • It's a busy week for Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU). The vendor has landed the contract to upgrade the EASSy subsea cable system, which runs 10,000km, from South Africa to Sudan. AlcaLu will deploy 100G technology that it says will enable the system to carry capacity in excess of 10 Tbit/s. Closer to home, AlcaLu is to carry out an upgrade of the IT infrastructure at the UK's National Physical Laboratory, which specializes in the development of measurement standards for science. The new network will include a 10Gbit/s IT backbone serving 700 boffins and support staff. (See Alcatel-Lucent Boasts Subsea Deals.)

  • ADVA Optical Networking has launched a WDM-PON trial in Austria with utility firm Energie AG, with the aim of offering "uncontended gigabit connectivity" to the residential-subscriber guinea pigs. The rural municipality of Allhaming is hosting the trial, chosen because of its current poor broadband access. (See ADVA, Energie AG Group Launch WDM-PON Trial .)

  • Saudi Arabia's Etihad Etisalat Co. (Mobily) has turned to Nokia Networks for an upgrade of its networks in the kingdom's central region, including the capital, Riyadh. Under the terms of the deal, NSN is providing Mobily with its Single RAN platform, which based on its Flexi Multiradio 10 basestation.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Phil_Britt 1/22/2014 | 10:21:31 AM
    Look in the Mirror A good rule of thumb for BT would be to consider what private information execs would like to be collected by others.
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