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December 10

European Policies

Commission takes first steps to broaden access to online content and outlines its vision to modernise EU copyright rules
European Commission (Dec 9, 2015) Making EU copyright rules fit for the digital age. The Commission presented a proposal to allow Europeans to travel with their online content and an action plan to modernise EU copyright rules.     read more...
ETNO Think Digital Blog Post: A modern and balanced copyright framework fit for the Digital Age
ThinkDigital (Dec 10, 2015) "Online content can reach people in a way that could never have been imagined before, new business models are emerging every day. It is time to look at the new reality and create a modern and balanced copyright framework"     read more...
IDATE & ETNO unveil new Annual Economic Report on the European telecoms sector
ETNO (Dec 9, 2015) The report describes the state of the art of the European telecoms sector and includes consolidated figures from 2014, as well as projections for 2015 and the coming years.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital Blog Post - Three ingredients for successful reform
ThinkDigital (Dec 7, 2015) "If our industry continues investing at the current pace, the good old Digital Agenda targets will be missed by a €106bn investment gap. A real leap in investment is what we need to be working for collectively.", Steven Tas, ETNO Executive Board Chairman #ThinkDigital     read more...
EU explores whether Google, Yahoo should pay for showing online news snippets
Reuters (Dec 9, 2015) The European Union is looking into whether services such as Google News and Yahoo News should pay to display snippets of news articles, wading into a bitter debate between the online industry and publishers.     read more...
Data Summit: unlocking the potential of digital
Telefonica via Politico (Dec 3, 2015) This dichotomy loomed large over POLITICO’s Annual Data Summit on November 17, presented by Telefonica, where policymakers and stakeholders came together to discuss how to get the balance right.     read more...
ETNO statement on the Framework Review Consultation
ETNO (Dec 8, 2015) Last night, the European Commission closed its Public Consultation on the review of the Telecoms Framework.This is the first step in a historic reform process, that will lead to the review of Europe’s current rules on electronic communications networks and services.     read more...
EU reißt Grenzen im Internet ein
Handelsblatt (Dec 4, 2015) Abonnenten dürfen Filme und Fußball im EU-Ausland gucken. Netflix, Spotify oder Sky sollen ihr Angebot demnächst auch im EU-Ausland für ihre Abonnenten bereitstellen.     read more...
EU lawmakers, countries agree on bloc's first cyber-security law
Reuters (Dec 7, 2015) EU lawmakers and member states struck a deal on the bloc's first cyber-security law on Monday that will require Internet firms such as Google and Amazon to report serious breaches or face sanctions.     read more...

US & Global

US privacy chief reveals EU authorities only referred four Safe Harbour complaints
Euractiv (Dec 4, 2015) A chief US privacy regulator said that European authorities barely forwarded her office any complaint cases about the Safe Harbour data sharing agreement during its 15-year run.     read more...
In Net Neutrality Hearing, Judge Signals Comfort With F.C.C.’s Defense
The New York Times (Dec 4, 2015) But standing out from a hearing on Friday over net neutrality regulations were comments from an influential judge who seemed to indicate more comfort with the Federal Communications Commission‘s legal defense of the rules.     read more...
U.S. appeals court hears challenge to net neutrality rules
Reuters (Dec 4, 2015) A U.S. appeals court heard arguments on Friday over the legality of the Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality rules, in a case that may ultimately determine how consumers get access to content on the Internet.     read more...
‘Red zone’ time for cyber bill
Politico Morning (Dec 8, 2015) Sen. Susan Collins is tweaking language in the Senate’s cybersecurity information sharing bill that trade groups say is a major barrier to a final deal, and she isn’t confident she can get industry to drop its objections.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Now that Deezer, HelloFresh and others have shelved their listings, what next for European tech IPOs?
Tech Eu (Dec 4, 2015) One of the many problems with the European technology scene has historically been a lack of exits. Things are getting better, as we highlighted in a recent in-depth report on the topic, but huge challenges remain.     read more...
New EU data protection laws could spark debate over liability for data breaches, says expert
Out-Law (Dec 3, 2015) New EU data protection laws could spark debate between businesses over the extent of their responsibility for data breaches if proposals that look like being finalised are included in the new laws, an expert has said.     read more...
Should we be worried if our homes are soon smarter than we are?
The Guardian (Dec 6, 2015) Coming our way are houses run by networked kits . But this will have grave implications for privacy and security     read more...
Net neutrality on trial in USA and what it means for the rest of us
Disruptive News (Dec 8, 2015) To many it may seem yet another boring piece of paper from the European Union, but not for mobile, cable and telecom operators. Regulation can have a major impact on those which develop innovative digitally connected services.     read more...

Digital Economy

Telefonica’s Online Telco plan has echoes of Orange Essentials2020
Rethink Search (Dec 4, 2015) Telefonica has outlined a five-year plan to become an ‘Online Telco’, under the new slogan ‘We choose it all’.     read more...
Deutsche Telekom to offer ‘secure’ cloud storage out of US reach
The Financial Times (Dec 7, 2015) Deutsche Telekom is taking on Amazon, Google and the other US leaders in cloud computing, armed with a unique advantage — Germany’s tough data security laws.     read more...
Telefónica sube la apuesta por el 5G en España
Cinco Dias (Dec 9, 2015) Telefónica ha firmado un convenio con el Ministerio de Industria, IMDEA Networks, Ericsson y la patronal AMETIC para apoyar el desarrollo de las tecnologías, productos y servicios 5G en el marco del programa de infraestructura avanzada de redes 5G para la Futura Internet.     read more...
Nokia Networks creates OpenFastPath Foundation to enhance SDN development
Telecoms (Dec 4, 2015) Software defined networking could get a boost as Nokia Networks, ARM and Enea have formed the OpenFastPath (OFP) Foundation to speed the progress of SDN.     read more...
AT&T “aggressively” pursuing mobile video streaming service for next year
Mobile News (Dec 9, 2015) CEO Randall Stephenson indicated AT&T is planning to launch a mobile video streaming service with a launch possible as soon as January.     read more...

Technology Trends

X Marks the Spot That Makes Online Ads So Maddening
The New York Times (Dec 6, 2015) Ads pop up and play automatically, daring readers to shut them down with feats of fine motor control. The ads commandeer the screen. They expand and contract. They cover the text and refuse to budge.     read more...
Executives seek more excitement in latest plans for smartphones
The Financial Times (Dec 8, 2015) Smartphone makers are facing something akin to a mid-life crisis. The excitement of the early days when people were clamouring for the latest technological marvel is long gone. Almost everyone has a phone in their pocket and, to a great extent, these devices look and act the same.     read more...
Uber launches feature which is basically a very small bus
The Guardian (Dec 9, 2015) Minicab company Uber has launched a new service in Seattle which allows riders to save money and time by waiting for their cab in a pre-arranged location, sharing it with strangers, and being dropped off at any point along a predetermined route.     read more...
8 Tech Trends to Watch in 2016
Harvard Business Review (Dec 8, 2015) In order to chart the best way forward, you must understand emerging trends: what they are, what they aren’t, and how they operate. Such trends are more than shiny objects; they’re manifestations of sustained changes within an industry sector, society, or human behavior.     read more...
Alphabet’s Life Sciences Business Has a New Name: Verily
The New York Times (Dec 7, 2015) V is for Verily. Alphabet, the company formerly known as Google, revealed a new name for the company’s Life Sciences division: Verily.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO statement in view of the Telecoms Council
As the Telecommunications Council gathers in Brussels, ETNO welcomes the European ministers’ discussion on the upcoming review of the EU telecoms rules.
(Dec 10, 2015)
We believe the review of the EU telecoms framework is a key milestone in achieving the Digital Single Market. With the right reforms in place, we can unlock new opportunities for European consumers, as well as for SMEs and businesses at large.     read more...


Nobel Prize laureate 2014 Jean Tirole talks about online platforms

Press Releases

Deutsche Telekom targets growth with security solutions (Dec 8, 2015)
Cyber security will remain a megatrend in 2016 – affecting nearly every Internet user. Malware is increasingly distributed through advertising banners on popular web portals.

Deutsche Telekom launches highly secure public cloud based on Cisco platform (Dec 7, 2015)
Public cloud service from German data center for Europe will support a highly secure Internet of Things

Swisscom TV Air free: TV with Replay and recording function free of charge for mobile and tablet users (Dec 9, 2015)
TV on the go is very popular. 544,000 customers use Swisscom TV 2.0 on their laptops, tablets or smartphones – making Swisscom TV Air one of the most popular web TV services in Switzerland.

Albtv, the most complete tv platform in fixed and mobile network in Albania (Dec 4, 2015)
ALBtelecom is the largest provider of IPTV services in Albania. The company has made the largest and most serious investments in optical fiber network, being ranged as one of the most modern networks in Balkan.


ETNO & IDATE Annual Economic Report 2015 on the European telecoms sector
ETNO (Dec 10, 2015)

Telia Sense: Tomorrow's car is your car
TeliaSonera (Dec 3, 2015)

ITIF Report: Europe Can Benefit from US Experience in Creating a Real Single Market for Mobile Communications
ITIF (Dec 3, 2015)

One-fifth of Americans report going online ‘almost constantly’
Pew Research Center (Dec 8, 2015)

Insurers Accelerate Digital Transformation Strategies to Improve Customer Experience and Drive Revenue Growth
Accenture (Dec 7, 2015)


4G to surpass fixed broadband in 2016.

Source: IDATE-ETNO Annual Economic Report

Next Week

The Internet of Things(IoT): Navigating the Future of Information Technology (Dec 14-15, 2015)

Transforming Europe towards the digital age (Dec 15, 2015)

Public debriefing from the 25th BEREC plenary (Dec 16, 2015)

WebRTC Conference & Expo Paris (Dec 16-18, 2015)


The 2016 European Automotive Forum
Brussels (Jan 14, 2016)

Mobile World Congress
Barcelona (Feb 22 - 25, 2016)

FTTH Conference 2016
Luxembourg (Feb 16 - 18, 2016)

MobileTech Conference Spring 2016
Munich (Mar 14 - 17, 2016)

Internet of Things Forum 2016
Cambridge (Mar 9 - 10, 2016)

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