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Oct 1, 2015

European Policies

Oettinger signs 5G agreement with China
Euractiv (Sept 28, 2015) The EU signed an agreement with China for joint research to develop 5G mobile networks expected to be available for use in Europe by 2020.     read more...
Bruxelles met les bouchées doubles dans la course à la 5G
La Tribune (Sept 30, 2015) L’Union européenne a signé un accord de coopération avec la Chine pour peser davantage dans le développement de la prochaine génération de haut débit mobile. Après avoir pâti d’un gros retard dans le déploiement de la 4G, Bruxelles mise sur ce type de partenariat pour jouer les premiers rôles dans la normalisation de cette technologie, fondamentale pour les entreprises du Vieux Continent.     read more...
Council adopts net neutrality rules and mobile roaming ban
Politico (Oct 1, 2015) The Council of the EU formally approved a mobile roaming charge ban and open Internet access rules today.     read more...
Télécoms: Bruxelles freine la consolidation en Europe
L'Opinion (Sept 13, 2015) Les scandinaves TeliaSonera et Telenor renoncent à fusionner leurs filiales danoises en raison d'un probable veto de la Commission européenne. Celle-ci va maintenant se pencher sur les rapprochements entre opérateurs de télécoms britanniques.     read more...
Italy's Renzi faces uphill struggle over Google Tax plan
Reuters (Sept 30, 2015) Under pressure to find resources for his promises of sweeping tax cuts, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi is hoping to raise billions of euros by forcing multinational Internet firms to pay taxes on profits generated in Italy.     read more...
Ed Vaizey delivers blow to rivals’ hopes of BT broadband split
The Financial Times (Sept 30, 2015) The UK minister overseeing the telecoms sector has poured cold water on the idea of separating BT from its broadband network, dismaying rival companies who want to break up the former national monopoly. BT has come under attack from competitors such as Sky, Vodafone and TalkTalk over its ownership of the Openreach network.     read more...
Irked tech companies set out 'red lines' on upcoming privacy law
Euractiv (Sept 25, 2015) A group of large tech companies published a list of 'red lines' they say the data protection regulation now in negotiations risks overstepping.     read more...
L'heure de vérité dans les télécoms françaises
Le Figaro (Sept 27, 2015) The week will be rich for telecoms. An important step in the allocation of frequencies 700 MHz, inherited from TNT, will be crossed.     read more...
L’hypothèse d’une taxation de la bande passante n’a plus la cote
Les Echos (Sept 25, 2015) A confidential study by the telecoms regulator Arcep, mandated by Bercy, advanced technical infeasibility of such a tax.     read more...
Ofcom gives nod for Qualcomm 1400MHz spectrum trade to Vodafone UK, Three UK
Telegeography (Sept 24, 2015) UK telecoms regulator Ofcom has published a decision confirming it will allow the UK subsidiary of Qualcomm to transfer two tranches of spectrum in the 1400MHz band to Vodafone UK and Hutchison 3G UK (Three UK), respectively.     read more...

US & Global Policies

EU to Rule on European, U.S. Data Pact Next Week
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 29, 2015) The European Union’s highest court on Tuesday said it would decide early next week on a highly publicized case that could invalidate a data-transfer agreement between the EU and the U.S. that is crucial to thousands of businesses.     read more...
Relax Schrems, EU-US Safe Harbour ruling coming soon
The Register (Sept 30, 2015) Next Tuesday, Europe’s top court will decide whether the much-discussed and sometimes controversial EU-US data sharing deal provides enough privacy protection for citizens. Less than two weeks after the opinion of the European Court of Justice's Advocate General (AG), Yves Bot, became public, the body will rule on the Max Schrems case, which hinges on the implementation of the so-called Safe Harbour agreement.     read more...
Pourquoi l’accord Safe Harbor sur les données personnelles cristallise les tensions
Le Monde (Sept 25, 2015) A judge of the Court of Justice of the European Union challenges the validity of the agreement called "Safe Harbor", which governs the flow of commercial personal data between Europe and the United States for fifteen years.     read more...
German Perspective: EU and U.S. Data Protection “Umbrella Agreement”
The National Law Review (Sept 30, 2015) The Umbrella Agreement covers all personal data exchanged between the European Union and the United States. n Germany, first reactions by political commentators on the agreement are moderately optimistic and an important step to rebuild trust after the National Security Agency (NSA) spying revelations.     read more...
Silicon Valley Lawyer, Gary Reback, Takes Antitrust Fight to Europe
The New York TImes (Sept 27, 2015) The Federal Trade Commission recently opened an inquiry into whether Google uses its Android operating software to bolster the dominance of products like its search engine.     read more...
US attacks EU judge’s ‘inaccurate assertions’ on net surveillance
The Financial TImes (Sept 28, 2015) The US has accused Europe’s highest court of “inaccurate assertions” after a recent opinion called into question a transatlantic data deal relied on by groups such as Facebook and Amazon.     read more...
Net neutrality could become the biggest face-off on corporate speech since Citizens United
The Washington Post (Sept 28, 2015) Do Washington's net neutrality rules run roughshod over the First Amendment?     read more...
Google and Microsoft agree to lawsuit truce
BBC News (Sept 30, 2015) Eighteen lawsuits had been active between the companies, relating to uses of technologies in mobile phones, wifi and other areas. Details of the deal were not shared, but in a joint statement the firms said they would "collaborate on certain patent matters"     read more...
How Modi’s visit to Silicon Valley can spark India’s tech economy
The Washington Post (Sept 25, 2015) Silicon Valley often hosts world leaders, but rarely gives them the rock-star reception that it is planning for India prime minister Narendra Modi.     read more...
Analysts: 600 MHz incentive auction could generate $60 billion, but per-MHz prices could be lower than AWS-3 auction
FierceWireless (Sept 30, 2015) Despite Sprint's announcement that it will not participate in the FCC's planned incentive auction of TV broadcasters' 600 MHz spectrum next year, analysts still expect the event to generate as much as $60 billion in total bids.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

China, EU, 5G and the Internet of the future
Euractiv (Sept 28, 2015) The road to 5G may be long and contain hurdles and a detour or two but European commissioner's visit to Beijing provides perfect opportunity to jumpstart the collaboration, writes Luigi Gambardella.     read more...
BT and Broadband: Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications
London School of Economics (Sept 30, 2015) Ofcom’s consultation on their Digital Communications Review closes on 8 October. It will shape the development of digital infrastructure for the next decade and beyond, and have a massive impact on the private companies that provide it.     read more...
Evidence shows an urgent need to reform the rules on telecom markets
Telefonica (Sept 17, 2015) The survey reveals major changes in EU consumers’ communication habits; consumer concerns on the use of their personal data; consumer priorities on the options offered by smartphones, apps and Operating systems; and a consumer high satisfaction with regards to the telcos’ overall quality of service.     read more...
Europe – any thoughts of adopting a failed GDPR must go!
Ericsson (Sept 28, 2015) Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and the UK embody the digital change that Brussels wants to see in other European Union (EU) member states … but these top European ICT performers must lead and show Brussels the way forward in order to create a vibrant European digital and data driven innovation economy!     read more...

Digital Economy

Telcos vs the web giants: Is the playing field a fair one, and does it matter?
ZDNet (Sept 28, 2015) The telcos say the playing field between them and providers of free over-the-top services like WhatsApp or Skype is not a level one, and they're calling for the same regulatory regime to traditional and newer-school comms companies.     read more...
Vodafone’s talks with Liberty Global over tie-up collapse
Financial Times (Sept 28, 2015) Talks between Vodafone and Liberty Global about a merger of European businesses have ended after several months.     read more...
Netflix lanza servicio en España el 20 de octubre a partir de 7,99 eur/mes
Reuters (Sept 30, 2015) La plataforma de televisión por Internet Netflix dijo el miércoles que sus servicios estarán disponibles en España desde el 20 de octubre a partir de 7,99 euros al mes para una sola conexión.     read more...
How to get from here (4.3 billion people with no Internet access) to 60% coverage some time in the future
TelecomTV (Sept 28, 2015) The United Nations Broadband Commission shows that the World Wide Web is still nothing of the sort. Even today some 57 per cent of the earth's population remain either unable to access the Internet at all or can do so only rarely.     read more...
Telefonica, China Unicom strike data centre deal
Total Telecom (Sept 29, 2015) Under the partnership, Telefonica will provide access to three of its data centres to China Unicom customers, while its own customers will gain access to three China Unicom data centres.     read more...
Les « fréquences en or » convoitées par tous les opérateurs de téléphonie mobile
Le Monde (Sept 29, 2015) Les quatre opérateurs de téléphonie mobile français ont déposé un dossier de candidature afin de participer aux enchères d’attribution des fréquences de la bande 700 MHz, a annoncé mardi 29 septembre l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des Postes (Arcep).     read more...
Business Insider buyer Axel Springer just lost its case against Adblock Plus
VentureBeat (Sept 29, 2015) Digital publishing house Axel Springer, based in Berlin, Germany, is in the news today for spending $343 million to purchase an 88 percent stake in Business Insider, bringing its total ownership to 97 percent (Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos owns the remaining 3 percent).     read more...
Samsung to launch mobile payment service in US
Financial Times (Sept 27, 2015) Samsung Pay, the mobile payment service of Samsung Electronics, has debut in the US.     read more...
Virgin Media announces Vivid 200Mbps broadband
Telecoms (Sept 30, 2015) Virgin Media today launched its Vivid 200Mbps broadband service with an offer to upgrade existing customers free. The Vivid brand will cover all its ‘ultrafast’ broadband services, including its 100Mbps offering.     read more...
Four Thai telecom groups to join bids for 4G licences
Reuters (Sept 30, 2015) Thailand's four leading telecom operators have submitted proposals to join bids for new two licences of fourth-generation (4G) mobile services, the regulator said, a key step in supporting the digital economy policy of the military government.     read more...

Technology Trends

Google and Huawei join forces on flagship smartphone
The Financial Times (Sept 29, 2015) The chill that has kept two of the most prominent US and Chinese tech companies out of each others’ markets has thawed, with Google and Huawei joining forces on a flagship smartphone.     read more...
Amazon enters 'gig economy' with Uber-for-packages service
The Guardian (Sept 29, 2015) Amazon has made its first serious foray into the so-called “gig economy”, advertising for part-time delivery drivers in Seattle as part of a programme called “Amazon Flex”. The drivers will be paid between $18-$25 an hour to work for the company, but they have to provide their own car and Android phone.     read more...
Google Unveils New Devices to Connect Smartphone and TV
The New York Times (Sept 29, 2015) Google on Tuesday revealed two new Chromecast streaming devices — one for televisions, another for speakers — along with a new tablet computer and a pair of new devices from the company’s Nexus line of Android mobile phones.     read more...
2.5 mln EU households to have smart home controllers by 2019
Telecompaper (Sept 28, 2015) A total of 2.5 million Western European households will have a smart home controller by 2019, according to a research by Parks Associates. Smart home systems will need the flexibility to deliver multiple value propositions within the household, researchers said.     read more...

Focus on

FT-ETNO Summit 2015
Policies and Regulation in the Digital Age: The New Wave
Bruxelles (13 October 2015)
The FT-ETNO Summit will bring together thought leaders, top policymakers, business executives, regulators and investors for a collective discussion about what it will take to ensure European telecoms can flourish and achieve global competitiveness. The Summit, now in its 6th successful year, will feature opinions from leading voices from across the sector. Chaired by the Financial Times, and organised in association with ETNO, there will be a strong emphasis on frank and high-level discussion.     read more...


ITU Interview: Lead author Phillippa Biggs speaks about State of Broadband Report 2015
(Sept 21, 2015)

Press Releases

Telenor adopts global 6-month paid maternity leave policy (Sept 29, 2015)
The new policy will take effect from January 1, 2016. Approximately 36% of Telenor’s global workforce of 33,000 people is women.

Merger of Telecom Italia Media S.p.A. into Telecom Italia S.p.A. Registration of the deed of merger (Sept 29, 2015)
The merger will be effective as per the end (11:59 pm) of the day of 30 September 2015.

Changes in TeliaSonera’s management team (Sept 28, 2015)
TeliaSonera is combining the units Group Commercial and Group Technology into a new unit. Malin Frenning will leave TeliaSonera and Emil Nilsson will head Region Eurasia.

Telefónica participates in the launch of I-LINC, the European platform for ICT learning and inclusion (Sept 29, 2015)
The project has been funded under the European Commission’s H2020 Programme and will last for 3 years.


The State of Broadband 2015 Report
ITU (Sept 21, 2015)

Digital Consumer Survey
ComRes for ETNO (September 2015)

Poor Wi-Fi Management to Cost Mobile Operators $18bn
XCellAir (Sept 24, 2015)

ETNO response to the Consultation on Directive 2010/13/EU on audiovisual media services (AVMSD) - A media framework for the 21st century-
ETNO (Oct 1, 2015)

Coverage Error in Internet Surveys
Pew Research Center (September 2015)


A Marketer's Guide To Going Mobile

Source: Marketo

Next Week

Internet of Things World Europe (Oct 5-7, 2015)
Berlin, Germany

LTE Asia 2015 (Oct 5-7, 2015)
Suntec City, Singapore

Mobiconf 2015 (Oct 1-2, 2015)
Krakow, Poland

Mobile Quality Night Vienna (Oct 8, 2015)
Wien, Austria

Next Generation Optical USA 2015 (Oct 5-7, 2015)
Dallas, USA


Brussels (Oct 13, 2015)

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

Beijing (Oct 13-15, 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)

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