Feeds

Vodafone chief gripes at Google dominance in online ad market

Search and destroy

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Vodafone boss Vittorio Colao today bitched to his peers about Google's growing power in the online ad and search market, claiming such dominance could stymie the flow of cash through the mobile telecoms system.

Colao, who was speaking at the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, told mobile phone execs that the industry needed to come up with new biz models to deal more effectively with the demand for data services and phone apps, reports Reuters.

The Vodafone chief didn't name Google, or indeed Yahoo!, in his speech. Instead he showed the audience a slide that detailed the two firms' 70 or 80 per cent dominance over online advertising and search.

Colao didn't call on regulatory action to bring an end to that power, however.

Instead he warned consumer choice could be under fire and said it needed to be "looked at". He urged watchdogs to give the industry breathing space to experiment with new business models.

He added that not enough competition existed in several fixed line markets in Europe, claiming the lack of rivalry in those regions could hamper the supply of faster data speeds.

Colao said operators could consider charging punters more for higher or guaranteed bandwidth. He also said applications should be compatible across a range of smartphone devices.

"Let us work together to deliver truly competitive, truly open and truly sustainable technology," he said. ®

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup

More from The Register

next story
Canadian ISP Shaw falls over with 'routing' sickness
How sure are you of cloud computing now?
Don't call it throttling: Ericsson 'priority' tech gives users their own slice of spectrum
Actually it's a nifty trick - at least you'll pay for what you get
Three floats Jolla in Hong Kong: Says Sailfish is '3rd option'
Network throws hat into ring with Linux-powered handsets
Fifteen zero days found in hacker router comp romp
Four routers rooted in SOHOpelessly Broken challenge
New Sprint CEO says he will lower axe on staff – but prices come first
'Very disruptive' new rates to be revealed next week
PwC says US biz lagging in Internet of Things
Grass is greener in Asia, say the sensors
Ofcom sees RISE OF THE MACHINE-to-machine cell comms
Study spots 9% growth in IoT m2m mobile data connections
O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge
No, the spooks love US best, say rival firms
Ancient pager tech SMS: It works, it's fab, but wow, get a load of that incoming SPAM
Networks' main issue: they don't know how it works, says expert
Trans-Pacific: Google spaffs cash on FAST undersea packet-flinging
One of 6 backers for new 60 Tbps cable to hook US to Japan
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.