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Thursday Sept 3, 2015

European Policy

ETNO ThinkDigital interview – Filling the e-skills gap in Europe
ETNO (August 31, 2015) Deutsche Telekom’s Markus Lecke, Programme Manager for corporate HR-Development, talks to ETNO about future ICT skills requirements.     read more...
U.S. tech firms make pilgrimage to Brussels
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 2, 2015) Silicon Valley giants boost lobbying presence in European Union’s de facto capital.     read more...
'Timotheus Höttges, CEO, Deutsche Telekom confirmed speaker at FT-ETNO along with 7 other tech and telco executives'
ETNO (Oct 13, 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.     read more...
Lack of telecom investments will create the next EU crisis: Commission action ‘too little, too late, and too slow’
Vanilla Plus (Sept 3, 2015) Bad telecom policy has deterred investment in the region for a decade. Europeans will not be able to get networks when they need them.     read more...
European Commission mobile competition back on the way
Communications Today (Sept 2, 2015) The competition wing of the European Commission may actually now be primed to put up a reasonable fight against the so-called three to four mobile operator consolidation wave threatening to Americanize the competitive parts of the European mobile market.     read more...
Leading Spanish operators urge EU to unify telecoms rules
Telecompaper (Sept 1, 2015) The leading executives of Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange have joined forces to call on the European Union to accelerate the implementation of EU-wide telecoms regulation so that they can compete on an equal footing with US internet companies such as Facebook and Google.     read more...
Antitrust lawyers offer free advice for ‘victims of Google’
Euractiv (Sept 2, 2015) The Google Redress and Integrity Platform (GRIP) was launched with the aim of helping businesses and consumers obtain redress against Google’s alleged anti-competitive practices.     read more...
To regulate or not to regulate? EU to launch study on Uber
Reuters (August 28, 2015) Brussels will launch a study in September of the taxi-hailing app Uber, in an effort to settle the legal disputes that have pitched the U.S. start-up against conventional taxis across Europe.     read more...
Bund zahlt die Hälfte der Kosten für Breitbandausbau
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (August 27, 2015) The program of the Federal Government to promote broadband expansion in Germany is taking shape.     read more...
Spain to hold 2.6 GHz spectrum auction by end of year
Telecompaper (August 31, 2015) Spain's telecoms minister Victor Calvo-Sotelo has announced that the industry ministry will be holding an auction for new frequencies in the 2.6 GHz band by the end of the year.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Google antitrust inquiries spread over globe, with India the latest problem
The New York Times (Sept 1, 2015) Google is quickly becoming the company government regulators around the world love to investigate.     read more...
The US Federal Aviation Administration's hybrid cloud plans take flight with help from CSC
Computer Weekly (Sept 1, 2015) US aerospace agency sets out plans to wind down its datacentre investments and move more of its IT to the cloud.     read more...
The Big One: Silicon Valley starts spending on the 2016 election
DCInno (August 31, 2015) Silicon Valley and tech companies are a growing part of the 2016 funding election campaign.     read more...
Russia puts off data showdown with technology firms
The Wall Street Journal (August 31, 2015) Facebook, Google and Twitter get more time to comply with law requiring Russian data centers.     read more...
Drone operators bristle at feds' tracking of 'close calls' with planes
The Hill (August 31, 2015) Drone users are bristling at the Federal Aviation Administration's method for calculating the number of close calls between the devices and commercial airplanes.     read more...
U.S. considering sanctions over Chinese cyber theft
Reuters (August 30, 2015) The White House is considering applying sanctions against companies and individuals in China it believes have benefited from Chinese hacking of U.S. trade secrets.     read more...
Apple takes Washington
Politico (August 28, 2015) Steve Jobs famously disdained D.C. Tim Cook’s quietly taking it on.     read more...
150 new Clinton emails contain classified info
The Hill (August 31, 2015) Roughly 150 of 7,000 soon-to-be-released pages of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s emails contain information that is currently classified.     read more...
U.S. International Trade Commission clears Microsoft of patent infringement
Reuters (August 28, 2015) Microsoft avoided a potentially costly setback to its mobile phone business as the U.S. International Trade Commission declined to block the import of its devices in a longstanding patent dispute.     read more...
Russia's Kaspersky threatened to 'rub out' rival, email shows
Reuters (August 28, 2015) Kaspersky Lab has never conducted any secret campaign to trick competitors into generating false positives to damage their market standing', the company said in a statement.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

EU official: Big data ‘here forever and in all sectors’
Euractiv (Sept 1, 2015) The data revolution is so pervasive that it’s hard to predict which sectors of the economy are going to be hit first, said Robert Madelin in an interview with EurActiv.     read more...
Amazon is great, sleep is overrated and other words of wisdom from Marc Andreessen
Recode (Sept 2, 2015) A few stray observations from Andreessen Horowitz co-founder and Silicon Valley venture capital doyen Marc Andreesse.     read more...
Your smartphone can tell if you’re bored
MIT Technology Review (Sept 2, 2015) A group of researchers looked at how people used their phones to figure out when they were bored, then suggested they go read a BuzzFeed article.     read more...
Telecoms vendors reach their moment of truth
Telecoms (August 25, 2015) In this article Bengt Nordstrom, CEO of telecoms consultancy Northstream, examines the challenging market conditions faced by telecoms vendors and how they must adapt to new realities.     read more...
A tale of two gigabit cities
Telecoms (August 19, 2015) Martin Reeves, CEO of Coventry City Council, and Roy Grant, Head of ICT at City of York Council, taliing about the growing importance of gigabit internet services for developing future and smart cities.     read more...

Digital Economy

Telefónica llevará la fibra a todo el país en 2020 con normas adecuadas
El Pais (Sept 3, 2015) Telefonica has pledged to bring fixed broadband fiber optic in all locations with more than 1,000 inhabitants by 2020.     read more...
Orange, Vodafone reject Spain fibre deregulation proposal
Telecompaper (Sept 3, 2015) Spanish operators Orange and Vodafone have joined forces to reject the proposal to require Telefonica to provide wholesale access to its fibre network in cities with a population under 100,000, some 40 percent of the population.     read more...
Eircom set to rebrand on back of strong year
Irish Examiner (Sept 2, 2015) Eircom is set to build on its performance recovery by undertaking a rebranding exercise, which is set to be unveiled this month.     read more...
5 key players in the future of 5G
CBROnline (Sept 2, 2015) Find out what Ericsson, Huawei, Telstra, Nokia and Deutsche Telekom are doing with this emerging telecoms technology.     read more...
ZTE signs a global cooperation agreement with Telefónica
Ofweek (August 28, 2015) ZTE and Telefonica strengthen partnership with global cooperation agreement.     read more...
Las grandes telecos europeas recuperan el pulso en sus países de origen
Cinco Dias (August 31, 2015) The major European telcos seem to have regained a pulse in their countries of origin.     read more...
Nokia Networks mira a 2020 como fecha de lanzamiento de 5G en Europa
PCWorld (Sept 1, 2015) Nokia Europe senior vicepresident Markus Borchert called for policy makers to accelerate progress towards the implementation of a sustainable ecosystem 5G.     read more...
Apple, Cisco unveil business partnership
The Wall Street Journal (August 31, 2015) Collaboration is aimed at spurring sales of iPhones, iPads to businesses.     read more...
China turbulence rings alarm for smartphone makers
Financial Times (August 31, 2015) This summer’s slump in China’s stock market has come at an awkward moment for smartphone companies already facing doubts about their prospects in the country.     read more...
Silicon Valley’s young guns could do with softening their image
Financial Times (August 30, 2015) Companies such as Google may scorn officialdom, but being seen as nasty is bad for their business.     read more...

Technology Trends

Nokia: première vision de l'architecture 5G.
L'Express (Sept 2, 2015) Nokia unveiled a concept of programmable architecture for 5G, an area in which the Finnish equipment manufacturer intends to take the lead.     read more...
How this Reston startup makes everyone a Big Data expert
DCInno (Sept 1, 2015) Giant beachballs, racing suits and a mobile man-size robot catch your eye at the Reston headquarters of Zoomdata.     read more...
Samsung takes smartwatch fight to Apple
The Wall Street Journal (August 31, 2015) Samsung said that it would introduce a new smartwatch later this week.     read more...
From relationships to revolutions: seven ways Facebook has changed the world
The Guardian (August 28, 2015) On Monday, one in seven people on Earth used Facebook – 1 billion people, according to founder Mark Zuckerberg.     read more...
DARPA’s next-gen drones will launch and land on other airplanes. While they’re moving.
The Washington Post (August 28, 2015) The Pentagon says it's going to bring together the best minds in aerospace design this fall to help build a fleet of small, robotic airplanes.     read more...

Focus on

'LIVE PANEL DEBATE – 22 September: Digital Single Market'
Online (Sept 22, 2015)
'Roberto Viola, Director-General, DG CNECT, European Commission and Steven Tas, Chairman of the Executive Board, ETNO will meet to discuss the way forward for the Digital Single Market. The European Commission is about to launch a major public consultation to reform the rules that currently regulate how Europeans communicate. The overhaul of the telecoms regulatory framework will be a gigantic policy exercise, involving the revision of three Directives, but rules must be created so that suppliers and consumers alike can make informed choices.'     read more...


Tech Tuesday with CTO Tom: What is Spectrum?
(August 25, 2015)

Press Releases

Deutsche Telekom showcases Kumpan scooter (Sept 2, 2015)
the telecommunications company showcased the connected Kumpan electric scooter as part of the German government’s key topic “Digital Agenda”.

Telefónica introduces ‘Travel Alerts' (August 27, 2015)
Telefónica has signed a global agreement with mobile identity company TeleSign that will give banks the ability to offer greater protection and better service to customers.

Telekom Slovenije group in the first six months exceeds the planned EBITDA (August 27, 2015)
Telekom Slovenije supervisory board discussed the unaudited business report of the Telekom Slovenije group.

Ericsson innovations expedite adoption of 'Internet of Things' (Sept 1, 2015)
Enhancements to global cellular networks support mass-market adoption of Internet of Things.

Nokia and China Huaxin sign memorandum of understanding to create new joint venture (August 28, 2015)
Nokia and China Huaxin to create new joint venture combining Nokia China and Alcatel-Lucent Shanghai Bell.


The top technologies driving the mobile mind shift
Forrester (August 20, 2015)

Fiber-optic to reach 5.1 million connections in Latin America by year-end 2015
Pyramid Research (August 19, 2015)

Forecast analysis: Enterprise application software, worldwide, 2Q15 update
Gartner (August 14, 2015)

Worldwide Telecom Forecast, 2015-2019
IDC (August 2015)

Dutch Fixed Telephony 2015 Q2
Telecompaper (August 2015)


What's happening to B2B on Mobile?

Source: Usablenet

Next Week

IFA (Sept 4-9, 2015)
Berlin, DE

Submarine Networks World 2015 (Sept 8-10, 2015)
Singapore, SGP

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

ExpoInternetLA 2015 (Sept 9-12, 2015)
Buenos Aires, AR

Telematics China Summit 2015 (Sept 10-11, 2015)
Shanghai, CHN


Big Data Telecoms Nordic
Stockholm, SW (Sept 15-17, 2015)

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)

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

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