ECB sticks with Verizon in wake of U.S.-German spying clash

Central bank upholds framework for provision of internet-related services, business continuity

Reuters

FRANKFURT (Reuters) - The European Central Bank (ECB) has no plans to end its business relations with U.S. telecoms firm Verizon Communications Inc, ECB President Mario Draghi said in response to a query from a member of the European parliament on Thursday.

The German government said in June it had canceled a contract with Verizon as part of an overhaul of its internal communications, prompted by revelations last year of U.S. government spying.

In the letter to Fabio De Masi, Draghi wrote that the ECB "takes the threat of economic espionage very seriously".

TV and the second screen: social media, innovation and regulation

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, November 27, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 10:00pm

United Kingdom:

Delegates at this conference will assess latest developments in the links between broadcasting and the second screen.

They will consider challenges and opportunities as broadcasting and social media integrate in editorial and production processes - as well as the implications of the changing commercial relationships between content producers, distributors and ISPs, particularly for investment, innovation and competition.

Orange's network investments help ward off low-cost rivals in France

Financers bet on recovery from French price war touched off by low-cost player Iliad

Reuters

PARIS (Reuters) - Telecoms operator Orange's investment in faster fiber and mobile broadband networks in its French home market has started to pay off, as its high-end focus insulates it from cut- price fixed plans offered by rival Bouygues.

As France's largest carrier reported second-quarter results in line with forecasts on Tuesday, it said that some 60 percent of new mobile customers were signing up for high-end plans that include 4G and that 50,000 new customers had signed up to its fiber broadband offers, taking the total to 415,000.

Vodafone revenue dragged lower by Spain and South Africa

Operator hoping for a broader improvement in the second half of its financial year

Reuters

LONDON (Reuters) - Vodafone reported another big quarterly drop in its main revenue measure, as weakness in South Africa and Spain offset stabilization elsewhere in Europe, and said a broader improvement is not expected until later in the year.

The world's second-biggest mobile operator is ramping up spending on new, faster 4G networks to satisfy customers' growing appetite for data.

Nokia's fortunes brighten on heavy network spending

Numbers follow similar positive surprises from its bigger rivals, Sweden's Ericsson and China's Huawei

Reuters

HELSINKI (Reuters) - Nokia surprised investors with strong quarterly earnings and raised its full-year profit margin forecast as network operators install more powerful systems to cope with surging mobile data traffic.

The Finnish company sold its once-dominant phone business to Microsoft in April, leaving it more reliant on a mobile network equipment business that shrank by 8 percent in the April-to-June quarter.

Ericsson's networks unit recovers, shares rally

In China, Ericsson is selling equipment for a massive rollout of fourth-generation mobile networks

Reuters

STOCKHOLM (Reuters) - A recovery in Ericsson's <ERICb.ST> network equipment business pointed to strong results for the rest of the year, propelling its shares toward their biggest daily gain in more than three years.

In China, Ericsson is selling equipment for a massive rollout of fourth-generation mobile networks. In developed markets, it is benefiting from capacity upgrades as network operators cope with a surge in mobile data traffic.

Ericsson expects recent contract wins to boost revenue during the second half of the year.

Telecoms for Smart Grids

Date
Start Date: 
Monday, September 22, 2014
End Date: 
Tuesday, September 23, 2014

United Kingdom:

Future developments including the onset of M2M communications technology with challenges and risks in delivering fit-for-purpose, secure telecoms systems will be examined in this highly-focused event. This year will bring leading utilities, government and communication technology authorities for an in-depth discussion on current pilot projects, challenges and solutions.

CIO Event UK

Date
Start Date: 
Thursday, October 9, 2014
End Date: 
Friday, October 10, 2014

England:

We constantly hear industry commentators talk about the engine of IT change – this year it’s cloud computing, social business, mobile computing and, big data or analytics. We also hear talk about how customers’ expectations are changing and how businesses need to deliver better joined-up, high-quality customer experiences. 

Broadband World Forum

Date
Start Date: 
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
End Date: 
Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Netherlands:

Broadband World Forum, 21-23 October 2014 is one of the world’s largest telecoms, media & technology events with over 7,800 senior executives from across the globe converging on Amsterdam every year to identify the Next Big Thing.

DataCloud Central & Eastern Europe 2014

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
End Date: 
Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Germany:

Datacenter and Cloud Transformation for Digital Enterprises
A new conference for IT Infrastructure executives in CEE markets

Enterprises and third party operators across central and eastern European markets are transforming to cloud datacenters, fast becoming the indispensable infrastructure for computing, storage and management of big data. Enterprises require simple and scalable ways to create interoperability among many siloed data and endpoints, which offer highly available, multi-tenant and elastic integration cloud to support high density computing.

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