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Oct 15, 2015

European Policies

Tirole: Brussels must level the playing field for online platforms
Euractiv (Oct 15, 2015) Online platforms have become the “gatekeepers” of the digital world, the 2014 Nobel laureate in Economics, Jean Tirole told the FT-ETNO summit on 13 October.     read more...
ETNO CEO Statement on Achieving Europe’s Digital Single Market
ETNO (Oct 13, 2015) European telecom operators are investing heavily for citizens and for the economy: by 2020, our industry will allocate €86bn to broadband deployment.     read more...
Europe faces €106bn funding shortfall for digital goals
The Financial Times (Oct 12, 2015) European regulators’ ambitious targets for mobile and broadband coverage across the region will struggle to be met given a €106bn investment shortfall from private and public funds.     read more...
Europe faces funding gap for digital goals
Out-Law (Oct 13, 2015) Meeting the EU's goals will cost around €216 billion to implement, but research commissioned by professional services firm Boston Consulting Group found that only €110 billion is likely to be available from public and private funds.     read more...
Oettinger erwartet neuen Mobilfunkstandard in fünf Jahren
Frankfurter Allgemeine (Oct 10, 2015) Der künftige Mobilfunkstandard 5G für schnellere Datenverbindungen dürfte nach Einschätzung von EU-Digitalkommissar Günther Oettinger 2020 eingeführt werden. Die Europäer seien dabei im weltweiten Vergleich vorne dabei, sagte der CDU-Politiker der Deutschen Presse-Agentur in Brüssel.     read more...
European regulators take tough line on telecoms M&A
Reuters (Oct 13, 2015) The European Commission poured cold water on a call by telecoms companies on Tuesday for a more relaxed approach to mergers in the sector, fuelling fears that proposed deals in Britain and Italy may be derailed by competition authorities.     read more...
EU data privacy reforms speed up
Euractiv (Oct 9, 2015) The Council of Ministers approval of the data protection directive gives a push to the broader EU data protection reform, which negotiators have said they want to finish by the end of this year.     read more...

US & Global Policies

Safe Harbour ruling: MEPs called for clarity and effective protection
European Parliament (Oct 15, 2015) On Wednesday night, MEPs debated the impact of the recent European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling that the Safe Harbour agreement on data transfers to the US is not safe with Commissioner Jourova and Mr Schmit from the Luxembourg EU Presidency.     read more...
European court ruling reveals trust issue for U.S. tech
Mercury News Editorial (Oct 12, 2015) The European Union's highest court struck down the transatlantic agreement that allows tech companies to transfer Europeans' personal data to the United States, saying there aren't adequate provisions here to protect Europeans privacy.     read more...
The ‘safe harbor’ wake-up call
Politico (Oct 14, 2015) Last week the ground-breaking ECJ ruling, Schrems vs Data Protection Commissioner, nullified the safe harbor scheme that had governed the transfer and storage of our data in the U.S. since 2000.     read more...
Behind the European Privacy Ruling That’s Confounding Silicon Valley
The New York Times (Oct 9, 2015) On Tuesday, when Max Schrems won a landmark privacy case in the European Court of Justice, Edward J. Snowden told him on Twitter that he had “changed the world for the better.”     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Oettinger Speech at FT-ETNO: Broadband, the next investment wave and EU policies
European Commission (Oct 13, 2015) The vision of a Digital Union can only become a reality if we have unconstrained connectivity.     read more...
Negotiating the Data Protection Thicket: Life in the Aftermath of Schrems
LSE Media Policy Project Blog (Oct 12, 2015) The Schrems judgment of the ECJ has implications for the viability of the commercial practices of Internet giants (and minions), for the legality of state surveillance practices and for the future sustainability of an Internet that is global rather than parochial.     read more...
Taking on myths and misconceptions about European data protection reform
Ericsson (Oct 12, 2015) There are many myths concerning the European data protection reform flourishing in Brussels. One is particularly damaging if a serious deliberation is to take its course in reaching a progressive data protection regulation in Europe.     read more...
Digital Privacy, in the U.S. and Europe
The New York Times (Oct 13, 2015) Judicial decisions rarely solve complex legal problems. That is the work of the lawmakers. However, it is absolutely vital that courts protect fundamental rights.     read more...

Digital Economy

Huawei's Ping: 'Europe has the opportunity to lead on 5G development'
Euractiv (Oct 14, 2015) The world is on the cusp of a digital revolution where machines will be talking to machines. Huawei's Guo Ping believes that Europe can take a leading role in 5G and the internet of things, but points to risks ahead for manufacturing in the country he knows best, China.     read more...
EU regulation could threaten telecoms market recovery – report
Telecoms (Oct 14, 2015) The outlook for Europe’s telecoms service industry has gone from negative to stable, says Moody’s Investors Service in a report published today. It predicts that collective revenues will grow by one to two per cent in the next 12-18 months as customers increase their demand for broadband and spend more. However the EU regulation of mergers could threaten the recovery, it warns.     read more...
Digital economy far from full potential, OECD warns
Euractiv (Oct 14, 2015) The potential for information technologies to boost growth across all industrial sectors is still huge, according to OECD - but it calls on governments to think "strategically" in terms of education and employability.     read more...
Nokia Networks Wins Key LTE-A Contact from China Mobile Zacks Equity Research
Zacks Equity Research (Oct 14, 2015) Nokia Networks, a division of Nokia Corp. recently won a key contract to supply its latest TDD-LTE-A technology to China Mobile Ltd. Notably, China Mobile is the largest wireless operator in the world in terms of subscriber count.     read more...
Profits at Three climb by a third ahead of £10bn O2 merger
The Financial Times (Oct 12, 2015) Pre-tax profit at Three, the UK’s smallest mobile telecoms group, climbed more than a third last year ahead of a £10bn deal that will make it the largest in the market.     read more...
Jusqu'où l'uberisation de la société va-t-elle aller ?
Capital (Oct 8, 2015) De meilleurs services pour un prix plus bas... On a du mal à y croire mais la récente baisse de tarifs du service VTC d'Uber, en réaction aux nouvelles offres commerciales des compagnies de taxis parisiens G7 et Taxis bleus qui cherchent à reconquérir les clients perdus.     read more...
BT urges Ofcom to investigate role of pay-TV
The Financial Times (Oct 9, 2015) BT will turn the tables on its rivals that have demanded it be broken up with a call on Ofcom to look at Sky’s “dominance” in pay-television as part of its sweeping review on the British communications market.     read more...
France names the date for 700 MHz sale
Total Telecom (Oct 14, 2015) France's telecoms regulator has revealed that bidding in its planned auction of 700-MHz spectrum will commence on 16 November.     read more...
Course à la 5G: la recherche française se mobilise
La Tribune (Oct 13, 2015) L’Institut Mines-Télécom et France Brevets ont étendu leur partenariat dans leurs travaux visant à développer des brevets concernant la prochaine génération d’ultra-haut débit mobile.     read more...
First Large-Scale Field Trial of 5G Mobile Delivers Speed of 3.6Gbps
ISPreview (Oct 8, 2015) Chinese firm Huawei and Japanese telecoms giant NTT DOCOMO have conducted the world’s first large-scale field trial of next generation 5G mobile broadband technology using the sub-6GHz band, which has been able to achieve an impressive peak speed of 3.6Gbps     read more...

Technology Trends

Tesla rolls out self driving car software
The Financial Times (Oct 14, 2015) Tens of thousands of Tesla owners will get their first taste of autonomous driving technology this week when the electric carmaker pushes out its “Autopilot” software update.     read more...
Dell makes $67bn bet on EMC in tech history's largest acquisition
The Guardian (Oct 12, 2015) American computer company Dell is buying digital storage giant EMC for $67bn in the largest tech acquisition in history and a move that marks another transformation for the once pre-eminent maker of consumer PCs.     read more...
Uber challenges couriers in on-demand delivery
The Financial Times (Oct 14, 2015) Uber is making a big push into on-demand delivery, taking on local courier services as it seeks to expand beyond its original mandate of passenger transportation.     read more...
Israeli engineer designs grounded drone delivery service
Reuters (Oct 14, 2015) Israeli industrial designer Kobi Shikar has come up with the concept of a parcel delivery drone that will never get off the ground - and that's just fine with him. The Transwheel Delivery Drone is a sensor-packed motorized unicycle that Shikar says could be an earthbound alternative to Amazon's futuristic plans to use drone multicopters to deliver packages to your front door.     read more...
Google tracks everything you do: here's how to delete it
Wired (Oct 14, 2015) t's no secret that Google knows a lot about you. This week it made headlines when the internet realised that every time someone speak to Google, it records their voice. And you can listen back to it. But that isn't the only bit of Google data that users with the right know-how can track down.     read more...

Focus on

Speaker update: Driving our Sustainable Future through ICT
Brussels (28 October, 2015)
ETNO and GeSI are pleased to invite you to a conference on the growth opportunities offered by ICT accelerating climate action, which will take place in Brussels on Wednesday 28 October 2015. The event will analyse the role of information and communication technologies (ICT) in enabling greenhouse gas reductions and resilience building across all sectors, with insights into how current markets will change, and what new services will be needed.     read more...


Connectivity: The key to growth in Europe. Interview to Steven Tas
(Oct 14, 2015)

Press Releases

Deutsche Telekom and Samsung improve cell-edge experience (Oct 9, 2015)
Deutsche Telekom (DT) takes the first step towards user-centric networks. In Lingen, DT has demonstrated consistent user experience on its test LTE network.

Swisscom is equipping its mobile network for the future (Oct 8, 2015)
Every year, the data volume that customers use over the Swisscom mobile network doubles. Three innovative approaches should also help manage this growth in future: Swisscom is increasing network capacity in urban areas with microcells.

Telenor Group announces changes to its Executive Management team (Oct 12, 2015)
Telenor Group has today made changes to the structure of its Executive Management team. All 13 markets will be represented to ensure faster execution of the Group strategy and a closer connection to the customers.

Orange partner of the Women’s Forum 2015 (Oct 14, 2015)
The partnership is additional proof of Orange’s strong commitment to equal opportunity. Orange’s presence at the Women’s Forum illustrates the importance the operator places on developing women's leadership within its organisation.

'Europe Needs to Build Its Tomorrow Today' Huawei Rotating CEO Guo Ping at FT-ETNO SUMMIT (Oct 14, 2015)
Guo said Europe needs to invest heavily in its digital infrastructure and explore changes to its regulatory policies in order to maintain a competitive edge.


Moody's: Expected revenue growth stabilises outlook for Europe's telecoms service providers into 2016
Moody's Investors Service (Oct 14, 2015)

Global telecommunications study: navigating the road to 2020
Ernst & Young (Sept 2015)

PwC Global State of Information Security Survey 2016
PricewaterhouseCoopers (Oct 7, 2015)

Global Consumer Survey: 68 Percent of Respondents Not Using Mobile Financial Services
Ovum (for Amdocs) (Sept 29, 2015)

E-Commerce Trends Driving Distribution Center's Need For New Mobile Technology, Voice Applications To Provide Accurate, On-Time Delivery
Honeywell and YouGov (Oct 13, 2015)


The evolution of mobile

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Next Week

The Internet of Everything: What’s in it for Europe? (Oct 22, 2015)

Broadband World Forum (Oct 20-22, 2015)

ICT 2015 Innovate, Connect, Transform (Oct 20-22, 2015)

Flight Twitter's mobile developer conference (Oct 21, 2015)
San Francisco

Apidays New Zealand - The Future of Digital Business (Oct 19 - 20, 2015)


Driving our Sustainable Future through ICT - A joint ETNO-GeSI event
Brussels (Oct 28, 2015)

Digital Customer Care in Telecoms
London (Oct 27 - 29, 2015)

IoT World Forum 2015
London (Nov 18-19, 2015)

Big Data Telecoms Nordics
Stockholm (Nov 24 - 25, 2015)

Mobile Convention Brussels
Brussels (Nov 24, 2015)

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