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Thursday August 27, 2015

European Policy

ETNO ThinkDigital Blog Post - Do we still need the ePrivacy Directive?
ETNO (August 26, 2015) Global law firm DLA Piper looks into solutions for harmonising privacy rules in light of the on-going discussions related to the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).     read more...
Industry issues plea over data reform
Politico (August 27, 2015) A broad industry coalition is lobbying the European Union to strike out part of an impending privacy law that could force companies to deny requests for personal data from non-member countries.     read more...
EU takes step to end TV 'geo-blocking'
EUObserver (August 26, 2015) The EU has opened a public review of its two-decades old Satellite and Cable Directive, a process which could lead to media companies being prevented from blocking access to pay-TV services and movies in specific countries.     read more...
Europa muss mit Digital-Union und Datenschutz kontern
Hamburger Abendblatt (August 25, 2015) 'The digital revolution is transforming our society as never before' else before', says Günther Oettinger.     read more...
UKE approves call blocking on WLR service
Telecompaper (August 25, 2015) Polish regulator UKE approved an amendment to the wholesale framework offer of Orange Poland for wholesale line rental services.     read more...
Together we stand
The Economist (August 22, 2015) The EU’s new competition chief will have to rule on a wave of mergers.     read more...
U.K. wants to remove links to stories about removing links to stories
The Wall Street Journal (August 21, 2015) Britain’s privacy watchdog wants the right to forget the 'Streisand Effect.'     read more...
Germany to set up 'Bundescloud'
Euractiv (August 20, 2015) New German rules for government cloud computing means official data can only be processed in Germany.     read more...
Broadband stakeholder group launches UK net neutrality review
Total Telecom (August 20, 2015) Government advisor to assess effectiveness of open Internet code of practice, recommend possible improvements.     read more...
Unveiling Europe's evolving telecom regulatory environment
Fierce Telecom (August 18, 2015) In less than a year, Europe's telecom regulatory regime has gone through a broad makeover with a number of new officials taking charge of overseeing the regulation of the region's wireless, cable and telco services.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Turkey 4G auction raises EUR 3.4 billion
Telecompaper (August 26, 2015) The 4G auction in Turkey has raised a total of almost EUR 3.4 billion, compared to reserve prices of in total EUR 2.3 billion.     read more...
Mexican watchdog probes Carlos Slim’s fixed-line Telmex group
Financial Times (August 26, 2015) Mexico’s telecoms regulator is investigating whether Telmex, Mexican mogul Carlos Slim’s fixed-line telecoms group, breached the terms of its concession by being involved with a satellite television service.     read more...
Counting on government to protect cars from hackers isn’t our best option
The Washington Post (August 26, 2015) Sens. Edward Markey (D-Mass.) and Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) proposed new rules for automakers, including a requirement that automakers follow a government-mandated set of security standards for vehicles.     read more...
How private is that connected car? US v. EU
DLAPiper (August 25, 2015) In the US, several major automakers voluntarily banded together to create the Consumer Privacy Protection Principles For Vehicle Technologies and Services.     read more...
Shorter patent office to Congress: Don’t touch the patent appeals system
The Washington Post (August 25, 2015) For much of this year, Congress has been grappling with how to update the nation's patent laws.     read more...
Digital surveillance 'worse than Orwell', says new UN privacy chief
The Guardian (August 24, 2015) The first UN privacy chief has said the world needs a Geneva convention style law for the internet.     read more...
Think you're so clever, Wikipedia? Russian censors are blocking you anyway
Global Voices (August 24, 2015) Russia's Internet watchdog is apparently not impressed with Wikipedia's attempts to combat censorship.     read more...
Ban Windows 10 in government, says top Russian politician over privacy fears
Ars Technica (August 24, 2015) A top Russian politician, Nikolai Levichev, has written to the country's prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, calling for government departments to be banned from using Windows 10.     read more...
Are the best days over for China tech startups?
The Wall Street Journal (August 23, 2015) Over the past year, China has seen a boom in its startup scene, thanks to plenty of capital flowing into the sector.     read more...
How Google’s alphabet restructuring helps protect the web as we know it
The Washington Post (August 21, 2015) Could the FCC's rules eventually allow the government to regulate Internet content, not just the pipes it runs on?     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Digital platforms: Competition and government oversight
Euractiv (August 25, 2015) Catriona Meehan, Director of EU Policy and Government Affairs for the Application Developers Alliance, proposes a series of questions that governments should ask.     read more...
Bridging the gap from telco to DSP
Telco Professionals (August 25, 2015) For operators looking to dip their toe into the digital waters, Sponsored Data is a proven business model that can effectively bridge the gap, writes Katie Matthews, Telecoms Industry Analyst.     read more...
'Sometimes I'm terrified' of the Internet of Things, says father of the Internet
PCWorld (August 25, 2015) Vint Cerf is known as a 'father of the Internet,' and like any good parent, he worries about his offspring - most recently, the IoT.     read more...
When one app rules them all: The case of WeChat and mobile in China
TechinAsia (August 24, 2015) While seemingly just a messaging app, WeChat is actually more of a portal, writes Connie Chan, partner at Andreessen Horowitz and a Young Global Leader at World Economic Forum.     read more...
What government gets right in tech, according to the head of the patent office
The Washington Post (August 21, 2015) An interview with Michelle Lee, among the US's highest-profile federal officials.     read more...

Digital Economy

Bouygues bolsters profit outlook for telecoms division
Financial Times (August 27, 2015) French conglomerate Bouygues raised profit targets for its telecommunications unit as it said that group current operating profit for the first half rose 51 per cent to €119m.     read more...
IDC cuts smartphone growth forecast on China slowdown
Telecompaper (August 25, 2015) IDC has cut its forecast for global smartphones sales this year, due to the slowdown in China.     read more...
#Startups: L’accélérateur Orange Fab France recrute sa prochaine promotion jusqu’au 30 août
Maddyness (August 24, 2015) Fab Orange France accompanies young who have developed a product or service that Orange and its customers can enjoy.     read more...
Deutsche Telekom executive calls for online advertising subsidy
Financial Times (August 18, 2015) A Deutsche Telekom executive has called for internet companies such as Google and Facebook to subsidise users’ mobile subscriptions.     read more...
EU clears Magyar Telekom-MET holding joint venture
RTTNews (August 21, 2015) The European Commission has approved the creation of a joint venture by Magyar Telekom and MET Holding, both of Hungary, under the EU Merger Regulation.     read more...
Ericsson presents the internet era of TV at IBC 2015
TelecomTV (August 24, 2015) Ericsson will reveal at IBC 2015 how it is enabling its customers to meet this new agenda head-on with the debut of new solutions that have been built to ensure consumer satisfaction and delight.     read more...
Startups in the forefront of battle against hackers
The Wall Street Journal (August 24, 2015) Small firms are rushing to market with software and gadgets to keep data safe.     read more...
UK's BT accuses U.S. telecom rivals of hurting competition
Reuters (August 23, 2015) A BT executive has called for the United States to require its telecommunications companies to allow access to their networks at regulated prices.     read more...
Android Pay to launch 26 August in US
Telecompaper (August 24, 2015) Google's Android Pay service will launch in the US 26 August, according to a report from Android Police.     read more...
50 companies that may be the next start-up unicorns
The New York Times (August 23, 2015) Which start-ups are next to reach the unicorn level?     read more...

Technology Trends

Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica carry out 100G upgrade of PENCAN undersea cable systems
TelecomTV (August 24, 2015) Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks and Telefónica are upgrading the PENCAN-7 and PENCAN-8 undersea cable systems linking landing points on the Spanish mainland to Gran Canaria and Tenerife in the Canary Islands.     read more...
Twitter shuts down transparency tracker
Euractiv (August 25, 2015) Twitter has stopped a website tracking politicians’ deleted tweets by shutting down its access to the social media giant's data.     read more...
BT announces first UK field trial
Telecoms (August 25, 2015) UK fixed line market leader BT has announced the commencement of the first UK field trial of broadband technology in Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire.     read more...
Google brings Twitter to desktop search
The Wall Street Journal (August 21, 2015) Google searches results on desktop will now include tweets, an expansion of the tie-up between the two companies that began surfacing Twitter content on mobile devices several months ago.     read more...
Berlin beats London (in tech)
Politico (August 11, 2015) What we’re seeing now is the outcome of Berlin’s first baby steps.     read more...

Focus on

Brussels (Oct 13, 2015)
'The Financial Times and ETNO are delighted to host the 2015 Summit "Policies and Regulation in the Digital Age: The New Wave” which will take place in Brussels, 13 October 2015. Places are very limited, with the event coming up shortly. Discover the full programme and register now.'     read more...


Cisco Systems CEO Chuck Robbins: A Cybersecurity Focus
(August 13, 2015)

Press Releases

Deutsche Telekom: MagentaONE – A world of experiences for all (August 21, 2015)
At the IFA from September 4 to 9 Deutsche Telekom presents a digital lifestyle live.

Swisscom: Solid performance despite price cuts, currency effects and strong competition (August 19, 2015)
Interim report for the first half of 2015.

Orange announces the completion of the squeeze-out process for Jazztel (August 18, 2015)
Orange completed the acquisition of the remaining 5.25 per cent of Jazztel’s share capital.

Proximus makes its mobile offer even more attractive (August 17, 2015)
Customers will receive more data, but also calling minutes in and to EU countries and data in EU countries.

Magyar Telekom results for the second quarter of 2015 (August 5, 2015)
Magyar Telekom today reported its consolidated financial results for the second quarter and first half of 2015


ETNO comments on the Draft BEREC Report on Oligopoly Analysis and Regulation
ETNO (August 3, 2015)

Proposals for an amendment to the General Data Protection Regulation and repealing the ePrivacy Directive
ETNO (May 29, 2015)

The Communications Market 2015
Ofcom (August 2015)

Sizing the cloud security market
Forrester (August 25, 2015)

Austria - Telecoms, mobile, broadband and digital media - statistics and analyses
Budde (August 2015)


Small business mobile adoption on the rise

Source: ConstantContact

Next Week

VMWorld 2015 (Aug 28/Sept 2, 2015)
San Francisco, CA Usa

Cloud Brasil (Sept 1-2, 2015)
Sao Paulo, BR

Gartner Security & Risk Management Summit (Sept 1-2, 2015)
Mumbai, India

3rd Annual Global Big Data Conference (Sept 1-3, 2015)
Santa Clara, CA Usa

ACC 2015 (Sept 1-4, 2015)
Cebu, PH


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

Bluetooth Europe
London, UK (Sept 15-16, 2015)

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

FT-ETNO 2015
Brussels (Oct 13, 2015)

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

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