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December 17

European Policies

Agreement on Commission's EU data protection reform will boost Digital Single Market
European Commission (Dec 15, 2015) The European Commission put forward its EU Data Protection Reform in 2012 to make Europe fit for the digital age.     read more...
Consistent Data Protection Standards: EU telcos put the spotlight on next steps
ETNO (Dec 16, 2015) Last night, the European Parliament, the European Commission and the Council came to an agreement on a new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). ETNO believes that this agreement is an important step towards horizontal rules applicable across the digital value chain.     read more...
The industrial internet needs broadband investment and the right regulation
Think Digital (Dec 14, 2015) The industrial internet is a huge opportunity for Europe, raising the prospect of self-driving cars, smart cities and new manufacturing techniques. But to work properly it needs new skills, smart regulation and investment in the telecoms infrastructure.     read more...
EU strikes deal on strict new data protection reform
Euractiv (Dec 16, 2015) EU negotiators wrapped up talks on a major data protection reform that will tighten privacy laws and determine how companies handle consumers' personal data.     read more...
Companies attack imbalance in EU data protection rules
The Financial Times (Dec 17, 2015) Business groups have lined up to attack the European Union’s strict new data protection rules, and the threat of multimillion euro fines for companies that break them.     read more...
Moving forward a single digital market and focus on investments
New Europe (Dec 13, 2015) Last month, at the Italian Chamber of deputies, we approved a parliamentary motion asking the government to receipt the Italian Bill of Rights for web users. This resolution is undoubtedly a first important step for a better governance of the Internet and to ensure rights to Internet users.     read more...
Le président de l'ARCEP élu à la présidence 2017 et à la vice-présidence 2016 du BEREC.
ARCEP (Dec 14, 2015) Sébastien Soriano, président de l'Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes, a été élu ce jeudi à la présidence pour 2017 de l'organe des régulateurs européens des communications électroniques (ORECE, ou BEREC selon son acronyme anglais).     read more...
Un 'Schengen de l'Internet'?
La Tribune (Dec 13, 2015) Le projet de règlement présenté cette semaine garantit la « portabilité des droits » dans toute l'Union européenne. Est-ce à dire que l'on est sur le point d'assister à l'abolition des frontières nationales dans l'Internet ? C'est un peu plus compliqué...     read more...

US & Global Policies

Spending bill avoids net neutrality, extends Internet tax ban
The Hill (Dec 16, 2015) A proposal that could have blunted parts of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) net neutrality rules didn't make its way into a year-end spending bill to fund the government. Even though the inclusion of the controversial provision was unlikely, Wednesday morning’s news was a victory for some Internet companies and outside advocates.     read more...
New EU-US 'safe harbour' deal to include suspension clause
Telecom Paper (Dec 10, 2015) The European Union’s justice commissioner Vera Jourova has confirmed that the new data transfer deal between the European Union and the US will give the EU the right to suspend transfers in the absence of sufficient privacy guarantees.     read more...
FCC gives small ISPs a pass on open internet rules
The Register (Dec 16, 2015) The FCC has extended a rule that will exempt small broadband carriers from portions of its 2015 Open Internet rules.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Europe Stands Up To Amazon, Facebook Lobbyists -And Privacy Will Never Be The Same Again
Forbes (Dec 15, 2015) Despite lobbying from a large number of US companies – Amazon and Facebook to name two – an agreement announced on Tuesday all but guaranteed even the harshest rules would be implemented across Europe. A “watering down” this was not.     read more...
Battle of the wires
The Economist (Dec 12, 2015) Big decisions loom on how to bridge the digital divide. Early in 2016 Ofcom is due to publish the conclusions of an inquiry into digital communications, the focus of which will be the future of broadband.     read more...
L'accord Cybersécurité européen laisse les Google, eBay et autres Amazon dans le flou
L'Usine Digitale (Dec 10, 2015) L'Europe se dote d'un embryon de politique de cybersécurité commune qui va contraindre les “Gafa” à rendre des comptes sur les attaques informatiques touchant leurs clients.     read more...
Europe’s Justice Commissioner Prepares for a Difficult 2016
The New York Times (Dec 16, 2015) By any standard, Vera Jourova has had a busy year. As the European commissioner of justice, Ms. Jourova, a 51-year-old Czech, just helped to complete the largest overhaul in the region’s privacy rules in roughly 20 years.     read more...
NIS Directive: 5 ways the new EU-wide rules will impact cybersecurity
Computer Business Review (Dec 10, 2015) From potential catastrophes to sending shivers up the spines of CEOs everywhere here is what the cybersecurity experts think of the new NISD.     read more...

Digital Economy

Telenor surpasses 200 mln mobile subscribers
Telecom Paper (Dec 17, 2015) Telenor Group said it surpassed the 200 million mobile subscribers mark. This represents a significant milestone in Telenor Group's history across Asia, Europe and the Nordics, the Norway-based company said.     read more...
Alcatel-Lucent brings Vplus and to A1 Telekom Austria
Telecoms (Dec 11, 2015) Telekom Austria subsidiary A1 is upgrading its fixed network using Vplus and technology from Alcatel Lucent. The move is part of an aim to deliver on the nationwide target of 99 percent of homes broadband speeds of at least 100mbps, up from the current level of around half.     read more...
Telenor proposes new chairwoman
Total Telecom (Dec 16, 2015) Telenor on Wednesday announced that it has proposed banking executive Gunn Wærsted as its new chairperson and will put the matter to a vote later this week.     read more...
Vodafone leaves door ajar to striking a deal with Liberty Global
The Financial Times (Dec 15, 2015) When Vittorio Colao sold Vodafone’s $130bn stake in a US mobile business three years ago, the joke was that the massive shareholder windfall would provide a stimulus akin to quantitative easing for the British economy.     read more...
Vivendi wins Telecom Italia board seats
The Financial Times (Dec 15, 2015) A fight for influence at Telecom Italia escalated when its largest investor, French group Vivendi, won four board seats and blocked the conversion of savings shares into ordinary shares that would have diluted its stake.     read more...
The A to Z of telecoms in 2015
Total Telecom (Dec 11, 2015) From Altice to Zettabytes, via Cable & Wireless and cable deals, Nokia, Chuck Robbins and Xavier Niel. It's all here...     read more...

Technology Trends

In Virtual Reality Headsets, Investors Glimpse the Future
The New York Times (Dec 13, 2015) “Every decade or so there’s a next-generation hardware platform,” said Matt McIlwain, a venture capitalist at Madrona Venture Group. “Our view is the smart headset is going to be the platform of the next decade that changes the way a lot of stuff gets done.”     read more...
Fairphone 2: world's first modular phone goes on sale
BBC (Dec 16, 2015) A smartphone designed to be easy to repair and upgrade goes on sale this week. The internal components of the Fairphone 2 are split into modules which can be replaced with minimal tools or expertise.     read more...
Trends for 2016: Six Predictions for What Will Happen
eMarketer (Dec 14, 2015) Many digital advancements will be made in 2016, from the rise of mobile messaging apps to mobile commerce finally gaining some mojo. Here are eMarketer’s predictions for what will happen next year. - See more at:     read more...
Microsoft's new philanthropy effort will focus on access to technology
The Verge (Dec 16, 2015) Microsoft has launched a new philanthropic effort named, funnily enough, Microsoft Philanthropies. The initiative aims to "deliver the benefits of technology to a wider segment of the population," and will be investing in a range of schemes from "providing access and connectivity to the public cloud to delivering digital skills training."     read more...
Drone squad to be launched by Tokyo police
BBC (Dec 11, 2015) A drone squad, designed to locate and - if necessary - capture nuisance drones flown by members of the public, is to be launched by police in Tokyo.     read more...

Focus on

Over-the-Top (OTT) Players: Market Dynamics and Policy Challenges
European Parliament Think Tank Study Research
(Dec 15, 2015)
In this study the authors explore current and emerging business models for over-the-top (OTT) services; identifying costs and barriers to European online service development including OTT; describing the regulatory environment for online services in Europe, contrasting it with the environment for traditional telecom and media services, as well as the environment in some of Europe’s major trading partners; making recommendations to achieve a Digital Single Market.     read more...


The industrial internet needs broadband investment and the right regulation
(Dec 8, 2015)

Press Releases

Union Investment goes with Deutsche Telekom into the cloud (Dec 16, 2015)
Union Investment has reached a comprehensive service contract with T-Systems. The order, worth well into the hundreds of millions of euros, includes the transfer of classic IT systems into the secure German cloud.

MTN Group and Telefónica announce strategic partnership (Dec 14, 2015)
The partnership will have a strong focus on all areas related to the Enterprise customer segment, including Multinational Corporations, Machine-to-Machine, Business-to-Business Products and Services, as well as knowledge sharing and innovation.

Swisscom and EPFL partner in the digital revolution (Dec 16, 2015)
Be it in the world of work or in our daily routines, the digital revolution is in the process of transforming our way of life and our economy in a fundamental and lasting way.

Elisa’s Board of Directors resolved on incentive plan for key personnel in performance period 2016–2018 (Dec 11, 2015)
Elisa has a share-based incentive plan for the key personnel, which includes three three-year performance periods, calendar years 2015–2017, 2016–2018 and 2017–2019.

Hrvatski Telekom: Marija Felkel appointed Member of the Management Board and Chief Human Resources Officer (Dec 9, 2015)
Supervisory Board of Hrvatski Telekom at its session held on December 9, 2015 appointed Marija Felkel as new Member of the Management Board and Chief Human Resources Officer, for a period of three years with effect from January 18, 2016.


Over-the-Top (OTT) Players: Market Dynamics and Policy Challenges
European Parliament Think Tank (December 2015)

Worldwide Mobile Enterprise Applications Forecast, 2015–2019
IDC (December 2015)

McAfee Labs 2016 Threats Predictions report
McAfee (November 2015)

Mobile Marketing is the Key to Unlocking Omnichannel’s Fullest Potential
BDO (November 2015)


The Future of Shopping is Mobile

Source: Direct Buy


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  • Albtelecom
  • Altice Portugal
  • BH Telecom
  • BT
  • CYTA (Cyprus Telecommunications Authority)
  • Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Eir
  • Elisa Communications Corporation
  • GO Plc (Malta)
  • Hrvatski Telekom
  • Koninklijke KPN
  • Magyar Telekom
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  • Orange
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  • POST Group
  • Proximus
  • Síminn (Iceland Telecom Ltd.)
  • Slovak Telekom
  • Swisscom
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  • Telecom Italia
  • Telefónica
  • Telekom Slovenije
  • Telenor
  • Telia Company
  • Turk Telekom
  • Vivacom
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