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Thursday Sept 24, 2015

European Policy

EU’s internet rules don’t discriminate against U.S., says digital chief
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 20, 2015) Günther Oettinger, the European Commissioner in charge of digital affairs, says U.S. concerns about protectionism are unfounded.     read more...
Tough telecom questions in Digital Single Market push
BNA (Sept 18, 2015) As the European Commission forges ahead on its Digital Single Market initiative, battle lines have formed among telecom players who are pushing for different regulatory answers to some thorny policy questions.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview: “I cannot predict the future, but we can only expect exciting new digital developments.”
ETNO (Sept 23, 2015) Luis Jorge Romero, ETSI’s Director General explains how standardisation creates a healthy business environment and benefits consumers in the latest #ThinkDigital interview.     read more...
Digital Single Market, Tas (ETNO): ‘Nuove regole per rilanciare gli investimenti’
Key4biz (Sept 22, 2015) ETNO Chairman Steven Tas: 'You have to create the right incentives for investment in new networks'.     read more...
FT-ETNO Summit 2015: il Nobel Jean Tirole, Andrus Ansip e Gunther Oettinger tra gli ospiti dell’evento del 13 ottobre
Key4biz (Sept 23, 2015) The event, hosted by the Financial Times and organized by ETNO, will be attended by opinion leaders, politicians, managers, representatives of regulatory authorities and investors.     read more...
Lawmakers rebuke US 'digital protectionism' charges
Euractiv (Sept 24, 2015) EU lawmakers have spoken out against accusations that Europe is promoting protectionism aimed at damaging American technology firms.     read more...
BT fights critics with plans to improve UK broadband
Financial Times (Sept 22, 2015) BT chief executive Gavin Patterson has hit back at rivals who want the former national monopoly broken up.     read more...
EU launches public consultation on standards for Digital Single Market
Xinhuanet (Sept 23, 2015) The European Commission announced the launch of a public consultation on standards for the Digital Single Market.     read more...
Télécoms: le régulateur prêt pour la neutralité du net
Les Echos (Sept 22, 2015) ARCEP will have an increased role in the application of European provisions.     read more...
France rejects Google request on scope of right to be forgotten
Financial Times (Sept 21, 2015) France’s privacy watchdog has rejected Google’s attempt to reverse a ruling that the “right to be forgotten” should be applied to all of its websites across the world rather than just in Europe.     read more...

US & Global Policy

China’s president courts U.S. CEOs
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 23, 2015) Business leaders are optimistic in meeting with Xi, but cybercrime concerns loom large.     read more...
Court advocate says EU states can block data transfers to US
Telecompaper (Sept 23, 2015) The advocate-general of the EU Court of Justice has recommended that member states of the EU be allowed to suspend the transfer of personal data to the US by companies operating in the EU if they find that individual privacy may be threatened.     read more...
5.6 million fingerprints stolen in U.S. personnel data hack
Reuters (Sept 23, 2015) Hackers who stole security clearance data on millions of Defense Department and other U.S. government employees got away with about 5.6 million fingerprint records, some 4.5 million more than initially reported, the government said.     read more...
Bush would roll back net neutrality if elected
The Hill (Sept 22, 2015) GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush unveiled policy proposals that call for rolling back major Obama administration rules, including net neutrality.     read more...
Xi defends China's right to regulate the Internet
The Hill (Sept 22, 2015) Chinese President Xi Jinping pushed back against concerns that new Chinese regulations and restrictions are meant to censor online speech and keep foreign businesses out of the country.     read more...
FCC reauthorization bill on hold without bipartisan backing, lobbyists say
Communication Daily (Sept 22, 2015) The Senate’s FCC reauthorization legislation hit a roadblock, at least for the moment, officials from the telecom and media industries told us.     read more...
Dig once: The no-brainer Internet policy the White House just endorsed
The Washington Post (Sept 22, 2015) The White House is out with a thick stack of proposals for spreading Internet access far and wide, and for speeding up the Web in places where competition is still lacking.     read more...
Apple hit by rare malware attack in China
Financial Times (Sept 21, 2015) Apple has owned up to a rare incursion of malicious software into its App Store, forcing it to pull some of the most widely used mobile apps in China from the service.     read more...
US and China reportedly working on cybersecurity peace treaty
Digital Trends (Sept 20, 2015) U.S. and China reportedly working on cybersecurity peace treaty.     read more...
A clear path for Altice-Cablevision deal?
Politico (Sept 18, 2015) FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler is promising a speedy review of Cablevision’s proposed sale to European-owned Altice.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Q&A: Can the U.S. stop Chinese hackers?
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 23, 2015) Is there anything the U.S. can do to stop Chinese hackers from getting into sensitive computer networks? The short answer, according to former Federal Bureau of Investigation cyber sleuth Austin Berglas, is not really.     read more...
The Italian who runs European tech
Politico (Sept 22, 2015) Every night around midnight, Roberto Viola sits down at his electric piano and plays for hours. Like the silent piano, Viola doesn’t make a lot of racket around Brussels.     read more...
The first transatlantic framework for data protection has been finalized
BlogActiv (Sept 20, 2015) For the first time ever, the EU citizens will be able to know which minimum rights and protection they are entitled to, with regards to data share with the US in the law enforcement sector. These are the words of P. Michou, chief negotiator in charge of the negotiation process of the so called EU-US 'Umbrella Agreement'.     read more...
Ansip' Blog: Building tech bridges on both sides of the Atlantic
European Commission (Sept 18, 2015) It has been at least 30 years since Silicon Valley became a byword for U.S. high-tech companies and startups.     read more...
IANA transition has been postponed: What happens next?
The Digital Post (Sept 18, 2015) Stefano Trumpy, the former delegate for Italy in the Governmental Advisory Committee of ICANN, explains why the transition process of IANA functions has been delayed and what to expect in the following months.     read more...

Digital Economy

Belgian mobile operators offer free mobile internet in Oct
Telecompaper (Sept 23, 2015) Belgian mobile operators Proximus, Mobistar and Base announced plans to offer subscribers free mobile internet in October.     read more...
DT in smart home deal with major euro telco
Lightreading (Sept 21, 2015) Deutsche Telekom is set to unveil details of the first telecom operator outside Germany that will launch smart home services based on its Qivicon platform.     read more...
L'Internet mobile est en passe de chambouler le marketing
Le Figaro (Sept 21, 2015) In some countries users use more mobile than other media to go online.     read more...
Telecom to place focus on CA technology
Telegeography (Sept 21, 2015) Chinese full service provider China Telecom is planning to make carrier aggregation (CA) technology a core component of its network development plans.     read more...
Hrvatski Telekom plans quad-play services
Telecompaper (Sept 21, 2015) Croatian operator Hrvatski Telekom is considering the possibility of expanding its offer of bundled services to quad-play.     read more...
What lies behind the boom in mobile adblocking?
The Guardian (Sept 18, 2015) Apple enabled mobile adblockers in the newest version of Safari, and they’re taking the world by storm.     read more...
Stéphane Richard : 4G, VoLTE, FTTH, Internet des objets et une box « géniale » en approche
Next Impact (Sept 18, 2015) Orange will soon propose new services on the mobile, a network dedicated to the Internet of Things, and a new box will be fixed for the "brilliant" promised Stéphane Richard.     read more...
Orange France to build LoRa-based national IoT network
Telecompaper (Sept 18, 2015) Orange has announced plans to cover all of metropolitan France with a Low Power Wide Area (LPWA) network using LoRa (Long Range) technology as a supplement to its cellular infrastructure.     read more...
Turkcell to consider bid for TeliaSonera stake in Fintur
Telecompaper (Sept 18, 2015) Turkcell said it will look at buying out its partner TeliaSonera in their Fintur joint venture in Eurasia.     read more...
O2 to become public company again after merger with Three
Financial Times (Sept 20, 2015) O2 is being lined up to become a public company again under plans by CK Hutchison, after it has completed its £10.3bn acquisition to create the UK’s largest mobile telecoms group.     read more...

Technology Trends

Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent to show Broadband World Forum how virtualization is done
Telecoms (Sept 23, 2015) Kit vendors Ericsson and Alcatel-Lucent are to use Broadband World Forum in London’s Excel Centre to demonstrate the practicalities of SDN and virtualized functions.     read more...
Small Cell Forum unveils new 5G initiatives
Telecoms (Sept 23, 2015) The Small Cell Forum has come up with six new development programmes designed to feed the carriers’ demand for more bandwidth as we head towards 5G.     read more...
The tech behind how Volkswagen tricked emissions tests
The Washington Post (Sept 22, 2015) Volkswagen isn’t hiding from its emissions cheating scandal, which the company now says affects some 11 million diesel cars worldwide.     read more...
Apple’s App Store was infected with malware from China
The Washington Post (Sept 21, 2015) Apple confirmed that malicious code has found its way into apps being sold in the App Store     read more...
The best alternatives to the cable bundle are being offered by cable companies
The Washington Post (Sept 18, 2015) The best alternatives to the cable bundle may be coming from the cable companies themselves.     read more...

Focus on

Thought leaders to discuss digital laws at FT-ETNO 2015
Brussels (Oct 23, 2015)
There are limited places left at this year’s Summit. We encourage you to register as soon as possible. Does the telecoms industry require liberalisation from rules that are – arguably – no longer fit for purpose in the digital age? Join us for a frank and high-level discussion.     read more...


Watch full live streaming of Digital Single Market debate
(Sept 22, 2015)

Press Releases

Deutsche Telekom and Inmarsat partner to deliver European Aviation Network (Sept 21, 2015)
World’s first combined LTE-based ground network and satellite network dedicated to aviation passenger connectivity in Europe.

Telefónica Open Future seeks best worldwide startups for Wayra (Sept 21, 2015)
UK, Spain, Peru, Venezuela, Chile, Argentina and Mexico open their doors to new startups who wants to join the Wayra Family.

Telenor Culture Prize 2015 to Jo Strømgren (Sept 21, 2015)
Telenor Group’s annual Culture Prize, “Boundless Communication” 2015, will be awarded dancer, choreographer, theatre and film director Jo Strømgren.

Introducing eir: the changing face of Ireland’s largest telecommunications company (Sept 16, 2015)
Introducing eir… the new name for Ireland’s largest telecommunications company.

Telekom Austria Group and ANTIK Telecom pick EUTELSAT 16A satellite for new “ANTIK Sat” TV platform in Slovakia and Czech Republic (Sept 11, 2015)
Telekom Austria Group doubles capacity on EUTELSAT 16A from four to eight transponders.


Global broadband growth slows sharply: 4 billion still offline
Broadband Commission (Sept 21, 2015)

Report for BT International benchmarking report
Analysys Mason (Sept 21, 2015)

The growing market for OSS-as-a-Service in telecommunications
Telecoms (Sept 18, 2015)

Worldwide and U.S. Internet Ad spend report, 2Q 15
IDC (September 2015)

Broadband opportunity Council report and recommendations
The White Hourse (August 20, 2015)


The rise of mobile vs desktop

Source: ERS

Next Week

BSS & OSS Latin America (Sept 28-29, 2015)
Rio de Janeiro, BZ

LTE Voice Summit 2015 (Sept 28-30, 2015)
London, UK

Internet of Things (Sept 29, 2015)
Amsterdam, NL

Carriers World (Sept 29-Oct1, 2015)
London, UK

IPX Summit 2015 (Sept 30-Oct 1, 2015)
London, UK


Brussels (Oct 13, 2015)

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

Beijing, CHN (Oct 13-15, 2015)

Discover who will speak at ETNO-GeSI conference “Driving our Sustainable Future through ICT”
Brussels, BL (Oct 28, 2015)

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

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