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Thursday Sept 10, 2015

European Policies

ETNO ThinkDigital Blog Post - A safer internet: unleashing opportunities for the young too
ETNO (Sept 7, 2015) ETNO's Child Protection Task Team Chair Pedro Gonçalves, Manager, International Relations at Portugal Telecom, elaborates on the role of telcos in creating a safer Internet for all.     read more...
European telcos set to reverse revenue decline
Total Telecom (Sept 4, 2015) Ratings firm forecasts pockets of revenue growth in 2015-16 thanks to improving economic and industry trends.     read more...
UK signals support for media companies on DSM
Politico (Sept 9, 2015) The U.K. government will oppose any attempt by European policymakers to make British media companies license films and TV programs at a pan-European level, the minister responsible for media policy said.     read more...
Europe risks going back to the future on telecoms M&A deals
Total Telecom (Sept 9, 2015) New European Commission showing signs of taking a harsher stance on in-market consolidation, analysts note; Denmark decision will provide industry with better visibility.     read more...
Commission mulls new measures in divisive inquiry of online giants
Euractiv (Sept 8, 2015) Eyeing the growing influence of online platforms, and the risk they'll abuse their dominant positions, the European Commission is considering whether new measures are needed to limit firms that could include Google and Facebook, or Apple's app store.     read more...
Angry Austrian's Facebook safe harbour case to be seen by Bot
The Register (Sept 8 , 2015) The top advisor to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) will give his opinion on the so-called Europe versus Facebook case on 23 September.     read more...
Le projet de loi numérique sera mis en ligne le 21 septembre
NextImpact (Sept 7, 2015) After nearly three years of repeated delays, the French government is set to unveil the "beta option" of Axelle Lemaire digital bill.     read more...
Parliament calls for stricter controls over surveillance tech exports
Euractiv (Sept 9, 2015) The European Parliament gave the green light to a non-binding resolution calling for safeguards to ensure technology isn't implicated in human rights abuse.     read more...
Brexit won't affect roaming charges, vows UK government
Euractiv (Sept 8, 2015) British consumers can rest assured they'll benefit from EU plans to drop roaming charges in 2017—regardless of the outcome of the UK referendum on EU membership.     read more...
IFA 2015: Oettinger betont Wichtigkeit des Europäischen Binnenmarkts
InfoSat (Sept 4, 2015) 'We would be, if we had a digital single market, the largest, most attractive marketplace in the world.'     read more...

US & Global Policies

Justice department says other nations may access customer data stored in U.S.
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 9, 2015) Agency lawyer discloses government’s view during court case over emails held by Microsoft in Europe.     read more...
China flexes tech muscle with Seattle forum
The Hill (Sept 9, 2015) China is organizing a technology forum in Seattle to demonstrate its influence over the U.S. industry.     read more...
Electronic warranty bill passes House
The Hill (Sept 9, 2015) The House overwhelmingly approved legislation that makes it easier for device makers to fulfill their obligation to provide warranty information to customers.     read more...
Indian telcos buoyed by new spectrum trading rules
Financial Times (Sept 9, 2015) Shares in Indian telecommunications companies surged on Wednesday after the approval of long awaited guidelines that allow them to trade valuable spectrum, easing the path to sector consolidation.     read more...
Russian-speaking hackers tap satellite internet connections
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 9, 2015) Russians. Hackers. Satellites.The three elements anchored the plot of the James Bond movie Goldeneye Russian computer-security firm Kaspersky Lab ZAO said.     read more...
Overnight cybersecurity: cyber bill faces more delays
The Hill (Sept 8, 2015) What lies ahead for Congress, the administration and the latest company under siege? Whether you're a consumer, a techie or a D.C. lifer, we're here to give you big stories.     read more...
China flexes tech muscles before a state visit
The New York Times (Sept 8, 2015) As President Xi Jinping of China prepares for his first state visit to the United States this month, Washington has warned that it could hit Chinese companies with sanctions over digital attacks for trade secrets.     read more...
Apple and other tech companies tangle with U.S. over data access
The New York Times (Sept 7, 2015) In an investigation involving guns and drugs, the Justice Department obtained a court order this summer demanding that Apple turn over, in real time, text messages between suspects using iPhones.     read more...
Microsoft email case tests power of search warrants
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 7, 2015) A federal appeals court must decide whether a U.S. search warrant can reach data stored in Europe.     read more...
Geheimoperation 'Glotaic': CIA hatte direkten Zugriff auf deutsche Telekommunikation
Der Spiegel (Sept 4, 2015) The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA),was involved in a secret operation with the Federal Intelligence Service (BND) and unfiltered access to telecommunications data from Germany.     read more...

Blogs and Opinions

Digital book burning? Free speech and the right to be forgotten
The Telecom Blog (Sept 9, 2015) French regulators recently began to push to extend the EU’s so-called “Right to be Forgotten” across the globe, allowing people to strike information from the digital record.     read more...
Four ways telcos can profit from the growth of the connected car market
Telecoms (Sept 9, 2015) On average we spend 6.5 hours a week in our cars and by 2018 most new cars sold around the globe will have onboard digital connectivity, writes Karthikeyan Natarajan, Head of Automotive at Tech Mahindra.     read more...
Speech by Vice-President Ansip at Bruegel annual meeting:
European Commission (Sept 7, 2015) 'The subject of this morning's conference intrigued me: productivity, innovation and digitalisation. Do they represent a global challenge?'     read more...
The future of traditional telecoms services?
Telecoms Tech News (Sept 7, 2015) With new players entering the field on a weekly basis, the business model of communication service providers (CSPs) will never be the same again, writes Timo Ahomäki, Chief Technology Officer, Tecnotree.     read more...
China, Europe and 5G, the Internet of the future
Broadband4Europe (Sept 4, 2015 ) Interview with Luigi Gambardella, President of ChinaEU in view of the visit of Commissioner Oettinger to China     read more...

Digital Economy

NEC and Telenor Group ink global framework agreement
Telegeography (Sept 10, 2015) Japan’s NEC Corporation has signed a global framework agreement with Telenor Group, with Juniper Networks and Infinera also playing a role in the deal.     read more...
Cisco invests $10M into Monk’s Hill as ‘first’ investment in Southeast Asia
TechinAsia (Sept 9, 2015) Cisco announced US$10 million investment into Monk’s Hill Ventures’ innovation fund for startups in Southeast Asia.     read more...
European Telco M&A expected to continue, says Deutsche Bank
Bloomberg (Sept 8, 2015) European telecoms M&A is expected to continue as operators look to synergize mobile broadband, fixed-line telephone and broadband, and content offerings, Deutsche Bank said.     read more...
TeliaSonera, Telenor offer to sell Danish network stake to new player
Reuters (Sept 8, 2015) TeliaSonera Telenor have offered to sell up to 40 percent of a network infrastructure unit, part of their proposed Danish mobile deal to win over EU antitrust regulators worried about a lack of competition resulting from their deal.     read more...
Orange CEO says sector consolidation may return in 2016
Reuters (Sept 7, 2015) Orange Chief Executive Stephane Richard said that consolidation could return to focus in the telecoms sector next year following the sale of new 4G frequencies.     read more...
Telefonica to start European trial of AT&T's smart home tech
Telecompaper (Sept 7, 2015) AT&T and Telefonica have announced plans to begin a limited trial of AT&T’s home security and automation service in Europe.     read more...
BH Telecom provides bonuses with Ultra Start packages
Telecompaper (Sept 7, 2015) Bosnian operator BH Telecom has introduced a new offer for its Ultra Start packages.     read more...
Vivendi n'exclut pas de monter dans Telefonica
Agefi (Sept 7, 2015) Vivendi Ceo Arnaud de Puyfontaine said on the sidelines of the Ambrosetti economic forum in Italy, he does not exclude the French group to increas its stake in Telefonica.     read more...
Orange n'exclut pas une consolidation des télécoms en 2016
Reuters (Sept 7, 2015) The consolidation of the French telecom sector could resurface in 2016 after the sale of new frequencies for 4G, according to Orange CEO Stéphane Richard, who also recalls its wish for a European single market.     read more...
Palo Alto Networks posts biggest revenue rise in 10 quarters
Reuters (Sept 9, 2015) Cyber security company Palo Alto Networks Inc (PANW.N) reported its strongest revenue growth in 10 quarters and forecast better-than-expected growth in the current quarter.     read more...

Technology Trends

Apple wants to sell you an iPhone for $32 a Month
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 9, 2015) Thinking of upgrading to a new iPhone? Add another option to the already overwhelming array of choices.     read more...
LTE-enabled IoT wearables trialled by Ericsson, Sony Mobile, SK Telecom
Telecoms (Sept 9, 2015) Ericsson has announced lab trials are underway with SK Telecom and Sony Mobile to run IoT devices and wearable technology over dedicated LTE channels.     read more...
AT&T wants to turn your car into a WiFi hotspot
The Washington Post (Sept 8, 2015) AT&T revealed recently that its biggest source of growth is coming not from new cellphone subscriptions — a crowded and saturated market — but from providing Internet access to next-generation cars.     read more...
Verizon launches trial of mobile video service in test for telecom industry
NDTV (September 8, 2015) Verizon Communications just launched a trial version of its new mobile video service, aiming to prove that telecom players can compete with mobile ad industry titans Google and Facebook.     read more...
Nokia Networks extends security portfolio with new protection capabilities
Networks Asia (Sept 8, 2015) To help operators deal with the multifaceted demands of protecting security and privacy in the smartphone and Internet of Things (IoT) era, Nokia Networks has extended its security portfolio with new protection capabilities.     read more...

Focus on

Driving our sustainable future through ICT - A joint ETNO-GeSI event
Brussels (Oct 28, 2015)
On Wednesday 28 October 2015 (08.30-14.00), the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) and the Global e-Sustainability Initiative (GeSI) will hold a conference on the growth opportunities offered by ICT accelerating climate action. Leading experts and decision-makers will discuss the environmental and societal benefits of ICT-based solutions as well as their market potential against the backdrop of a global deal on climate action at the UN climate conference (UNFCCC COP21) in Paris at the end of the year.     read more...


Digital Single Market debate on 22 September, 2pm CET with new DG CNECT Director General Roberto Viola
(Sept 22 , 2015)

Press Releases

Singtel, Orange, Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica to bridge start-up ecosystems (Sept 9, 2015)
The partnership aims at catalysing the growth of eligible start-ups and launching them beyond their respective home markets.

Deutsche Telekom pledges to provide aid for refugees (Sept 8, 2015)
Deutsche Telekom supports the efforts of aid organizations and public authorities in providing shelter and supplies for refugees.

Swisscom joins the Global M2M Association (Sept 7, 2015)
GMA’s continued footprint expansion further facilitates the global, seamless delivery of advanced M2M services.

Telecom Italia: agreement signed with unions (Sept 7, 2015)
The conclusive framework agreement has been signed with the Trade Unions FISTel-CISL, UILCOM-UIL and UGL Telecomunicazioni.

Telekom Austria group releases its Social Impact Survey 2015 (Sept 2, 2015)
Social networks and communications services have long replaced the old photo album and social media users prefer to view pictures instead of share pictures.


Smart Single Market regulation
European Parliament (Sept 2015)

GSM/3G Stats
GSA (Sept 4, 2015)

German Mobile Operators 2015 Q2
Telecompaper (September 2015)

Spanish Mobile Operators 2015 Q2
Telecompaper (September 2015)

French Mobile Operators 2015 Q2
Telecompaper (September 2015)


Telenor registers three-digit growth in data roaming across Europe

Source: Telenor

Next Week

CTIA Super Mobility 2015 (Sept 9-11, 2015)
Las Vegas, NV Usa

Telecoms World Middle East (Sept 14-15, 2015)
Dubai, UAE

Wireless China Industry Summit 2015 (Sept 16 - 17, 2015)
Beijing, CHN

GCC Government Social Media Summit (Sept 16-17, 2015)
Dubai, UAE

VSAT Globlal (Sept 16-18, 2015)
London, UK


FT Cyber Security Summit Europe 2015
London, UK (Sept 22, 2015)

Connected Cars
London, UK (Sept 28-30, 2015)

FT-ETNO Summit 2015
Brussels (Oct 13, 2015)

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

Telecoms CEM World Congress
London, UK (Nov 2-4, 2015)

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