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Oct 8

European Policies

New CERRE study: Concentration in the mobile communications industry generates a true economic trade-off
ETNO ThinkDigital Blog Post (Oct 7, 2015) Europe is experiencing a wave of merger activity in the telecommunications industry that may lead to the consolidation of the EU’s telecommunications market.     read more...
Orange va bientôt expérimenter la 5G
La Tribune (Oct 2, 2015) L'opérateur vient d'être autorisé à lancer des expérimentations sur la future technologie mobile 5G pendant plusieurs mois. Il assure qu'il livrera les résultats de ses mesures à tous pour permettre l'accélération des innovations dans ce domaine.     read more...
Telecoms rules must support investment in digital infrastructure and not burden businesses, says UK government
Out-Law (Oct 6, 2015) Telecoms regulations should not "create burdens" for businesses looking to invest in the next generation of digital communications infrastructure, the UK government has said.     read more...
EC to hold public hearing on review of telecoms rules
Telecom Paper (Oct 5, 2015) The European Commission has announced a public hearing to be held on 11 November in Brussels to cover the whole range of issues put forward in the recent public consultation reviewing the regulatory framework for electronic communications networks and services.     read more...
Major French telecom groups are applying for 4G mobile spectrum auction
Venture Capital Post (Oct 5, 2015) France will soon get a boost in internet speed as its telecoms regulator ARCEP announced on Tuesday that it had received applications for the upcoming 4G mobile spectrum auction.     read more...
La France veut encourager la protection des données
Les Echos (Oct 6, 2015) Le gouvernement est bien décidé à s'engouffrer dans la brèche de la protection des données personnelles.     read more...
EU Antitrust Chief Cautions Against 4-to-3 Mobile Telecom Mergers
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 2, 2015) European Union antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager fired a warning shot at telecom executives Friday, saying mobile-phone mergers in the region could lead to higher prices without boosting investment in networks.     read more...
EU antitrust chief: We're not biased against US companies
The Hill (Oct 2, 2015) Europe’s top antitrust regulator forcefully pushed back Thursday night against claims that its pursuit of companies including Google and Amazon was motivated by anti-American bias.     read more...
Operators urged to be positive as EU formally approves end of roaming charges (Oct 5, 2015) The Council of the EU has formally approved new rules to end mobile roaming charges in the EU in ‘mid-2017’ according to its official online journal Consilium Europa.     read more...

US & Global Policies

Small Firms Worry, as Big-Data Pact Dies
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 7, 2015) Technology giants hardly flinched when news broke on Tuesday that the European Union’s highest court had struck down the 15-year-old agreement that allowed U.S. businesses to transfer Europeans’ personal information to the U.S. But many smaller companies were caught flat-footed.     read more...
'Safe harbour' ruling illustrates growing chasm between US and EU
The Guardian (Oct 6, 2015) The Atlantic Ocean just got a little wider. The European Court of Justice’s latest ruling has determined that the US “does not afford an adequate level of protection of personal data”.     read more...
Europe-U.S. data transfer deal used by thousands of firms is ruled invalid
Reuters (Oct 6, 2015) The EU's highest court struck down a deal that allows thousands of companies to easily transfer data from Europe to the United States, in a landmark ruling on Tuesday that follows revelations of mass U.S. government snooping.     read more...
Snowden hails ECJ
Politico (Oct 6, 2015) Tuesday’s ruling by the top European court against a transatlantic data agreement drew praise from Edward Snowden, the U.S. whistleblower whose revelations about the extent of online espionage lie at the origins of today’s decision.     read more...
Safe harbour ruling: RELAX, Facebook and Google will be FINE!
The Register (Oct 6, 2015) The European Court of Justice’s decision to rule the EU-US safe harbour agreement invalid is causing panic among some companies dependent on keeping data flows going ... but Google and Facebook are probably prepared for it.     read more...
T-Mobile US ‘incredibly angry’ at Experian over data breach
The Financial Times (Oct 2, 2015) The world’s largest credit checking company Experian suffered its biggest one-day fall in more than a year after hackers stole the personal details of up to 15m T-Mobile US customers.     read more...
Cisco’s Chambers Slams U.S. Lack of Progress on Digital Transition
Eweek (Sept 30, 2015) In a wide-ranging discussion, the executive chairman of Cisco said other countries are leaving the U.S. behind when it comes to moving to a digital economy.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

A survey on Internet consumers and digital
Orange (Oct 6, 2015) On September 11th, ETNO, the Association representing Europe’s largest telecom operators, and ComRes, the leading research consultancy, issued a new consumer survey on the digital habits and expectations of Europeans in nine major EU markets.     read more...
The economics of platforms in the digital transformation: ARCEP views - An interview of Sébastien SORIANO, Chairman of ARCEP for Communications & Strategies n° 99
Arcep (Oct 5, 2015) Whether or not an economic activity should have specific regulation is a matter of two cumulative factors: an economic factor (are there market failures?), and a political one (is this activity having a structural impact on our society and economy?)     read more...
Cooking or eating digital technologies
Policy Blog Telefonica (Oct 5, 2015) In terms of the options they face to make the most of the digital revolution in their respective countries could place them in a position of cooks or eaters.     read more...
Why is Europe lagging on next generation access networks?
Bruegel (Oct 1, 2015) Fibre-based next generation access (NGA) roll-out across the European Union is one of the goals of the European Commission’s Digital Agenda strategy, however, there remains considerable uncertainty about how the roll-out goal can best be achieved.     read more...

Digital Economy

Worldwide digital economy worth £3.2 trillion by 2025
IT Pro (6 Oct, 2015) The enterprise will account for more than £1 trillion of this total as the industry moves towards automated digital transformation     read more...
Google launches ‘instant articles’ for mobiles
Politico (Oct 7, 2015) Smartphone users will be able to access news articles instantly thanks to a new publishing tool unveiled by Google Wednesday that is designed to eliminate lagging page-load times.     read more...
Nokia presents post-merger leadership team
Telecompaper (7 Oct, 2015) Nokia on Wednesday said its planned merger with Alcatel-Lucent is progressing well and announced the names of the executives who will lead the combined company, a list that is dominated by current Nokia staff.     read more...
Vodafone signs with CityFibre for connectivity for UK network
The Financial Times (Oct 6, 2015) CityFibre, the British fibre broadband group, will provide the connectivity to Vodafone’s UK network in the latest sign that mobile groups are seeking alternatives to BT’s fixed-line infrastructure.     read more...
Vivendi raises stake in Telecom Italia to 19.9 pct
Reuters (Oct 6, 2015) French media group Vivendi confirmed on Tuesday that it has raised its stake in Telecom Italia to 19.9 percent, in a move that tightens its grip on the Italian phone company at a time of industry consolidation.     read more...
Bouygues targets 10% sales growth on 2m new customers
Total Telecom (Oct 6, 2015) Bouygues Telecom expects the growing demand for fixed and mobile broadband to have an impact on its business in the coming years.     read more...
Telenor's VimpelCom Exit Gives Fridman Chance to Boost Control
Bloomberg (Oct 5, 2015) Telenor ASA decided to give up on its Russian investment after 16 years, handing billionaire Mikhail Fridman a chance to consolidate his control of wireless carrier VimpelCom Ltd.     read more...
T-Mobile NL introduces Device Flexibility option
Telecom Paper (Oct 5, 2015) T-Mobile Netherlands has introduced the concept of 'Device Flexibility. With a Stel Samen & Stel Bij Sim Only subscription, customers can elect not to get a new handset right away when they renew their subscription.     read more...
U.K. Tussles With EU Over Telecom Competition Probe: Compliance
Bloomberg (Oct 5, 2015) Britain’s antitrust regulator triggered a possible tug of war with the European Union over who should probe CK Hutchison Holdings’ plan to acquire Telefonica SA’s O2 unit in the U.K.     read more...

Technology Trends

Microsoft is making its first-ever laptop
The Washington Post (Oct 6, 2015) Under the leadership of chief executive Satya Nadella, the message out of Microsoft has been one of collaboration rather than competition. But Microsoft showed that its competitive spark is alive and well Tuesday with the announcement that it is making its first laptop.     read more...
Singapore Post tests drone mail service
Reuters (Oct 7, 2015) Oct 8 Singapore Post said it has used a drone to deliver mail to an island community, joining other postal services such as Finland which are testing unmanned aerial vehicles to deliver packages. The test flight took five minutes and carried a letter and a T-shirt for a total distance of two kilometres (1.24 miles), Singapore Post said.     read more...
Self-driving cars will change ridesharing forever, and Wadeeny is ready
The Next Web (Oct 7, 2015) Just as BlaBlaCar is helping long-distance car drivers make more of their trips by taking other people along for the ride, Wadeeny is launching today in the UK and Ireland with the aim of doing the same for short trips within cities.     read more...
Jet, the new Amazon rival, ditches its $50 annual fee in bid for more customers
Digital Trends (Oct 8, 2015) The New Jersey-based Amazon competitor garnered a lot of attention when it launched in July, promising members prices 8 to 15 percent cheaper than elsewhere, with even greater discounts possible via its Smart Cart feature where choosing certain already-discounted items unlocks even greater savings on other products.     read more...

Focus on

Policies and Regulation in the Digital Age: The New Wave
Brussels (13 Oct, 2015)
Don’t miss the FT-ETNO Summit next week. Last chance to register now. You may also catch the live streaming on the dedicated event website.     read more...


Why does Safe Harbour ruling threaten Facebook data transfers? Interview to BBC News, technology expert Rory Cellan-Jones
(Oct 6, 2015)

Press Releases

BEREC publishes its draft Work Programme for 2016 for public consultation (Oct 5, 2015)
BEREC has now launched a public consultation on its draft Work Programme for 2016. The draft will also be on the agenda of BEREC’s forthcoming Stakeholder Forum, to be held in Brussels on 15 October, and the consultation will close on 30 Octo

Nouvelle organisation au sein d’Orange (Oct 1, 2015)
Avec son plan stratégique Essentiels2020, Orange a défini ses priorités pour les cinq prochaines années. Pour conduire cette feuille de route et accompagner Orange dans sa transformation, l’organisation du Groupe évolue en phase avec ce plan stratégique,

Telenor Group announces intention to divest shares in VimpelCom Ltd (Oct 5, 2015)
elenor Group today announced its intention to divest all its shares in VimpelCom Ltd., where the company has an economic stake of 33 per cent. Telenor Group will now fully focus on creating value in core operations.

Ericsson enhances Preemptive Services with big data analytics (Oct 5, 2015)
Ericsson announced it has enhanced Ericsson's Preemptive Services capability with big data analytics to help operators uncover new network insights, predict issues and root causes of imminent network incidents.

TeliaSonera executes on new strategy – Teo and Omnitel join forces (Oct 6, 2015)
TeliaSonera executes on its new strategic focus by combining its two Lithuanian subsidiaries. The fixed line operator Teo and the mobile operator Omnitel have decided to join forces, which strengthens TeliaSonera’s core business in the Nordics and Baltics


Data-Driven Innovation-Big Data for Growth and Well-Being
OECD (Oct 6, 2015)

Telecoms Country Price Benchmarking Germany: July 2015
Strategy Analytics (Oct 2, 2015)

Digital Transformation Powers Your Business
Verizon (Oct 2015)

Market Guide for Social Customer Service Applications
Gartner Research (Sept 2015)


The Importance of Mobile Marketing in 2015

Source: JBH, Smart Insights

Next Week

FT-ETNO SUMMIT 2015 (Oct 13, 2015)

ITU Telecom World 2015 (Oct 12-15, 2015)

5G-IoT (Oct 13-15, 2015)

Datacloud Nordic (Oct 15, 2015)

MVNOs Industry Summit ASIA (Oct 13-14, 2015)


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

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

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

Digital Customer Care in Telecoms
London (Oct 27 - 29, 201)

Big Data Telecoms Nordics
Stockholm (Nov 24 - 25, 20)

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