AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson comes to Europe several times a year bearing a message: The region would do well to learn from the Americans in developing new mobile technology. Problem is, Europe isn’t particularly interested in the lesson.
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said that more rules need to be in place to govern online spying on user data as she pushes through a package of reforms meant to increase Internet and mobile use.
A package of telecommunications rules being considered by Europe’s parliament this week is crucial to keeping the region’s phone companies competitive, according to European Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes.
Vodafone Group Plc Chief Executive Officer Vittorio Colao said Europe’s phone carriers aren’t investing enough in new technologies because they struggle to make money, calling for more consolidation in the industry.
AT&T Inc. Chief Executive Officer Randall Stephenson took advantage of the World Economic Forum this week to discuss potential European acquisitions with the region’s top telecommunications official, according to a person with knowledge of the matter.
SAP AG and Atos are accelerating an effort to help European governments protect citizens’ data, in the biggest push by the region’s software providers to counter spying threats since leaks about the U.S. National Security Agency’s data-collection programs.
AT&T Inc. remains interested in a potential acquisition of Vodafone Group Plc even after giving up the option to bid for the U.K. carrier for six months, according to people familiar with the situation.
AT&T Inc., responding to speculation over a possible takeover bid for Vodafone Group Plc, said it doesn’t plan to make an offer for the U.K. wireless carrier. Vodafone shares fell the most in four months in London trading.
Earlier this month, Neelie Kroes, vice president of the European Commission, announced that she would soon release a proposal to create a single market for data communications in Europe. The goal, Kroes says, is to “deliver a competitive, connected continent. Where operators can smash barriers and think big. Plan, bid and invest on a large scale.”