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December 3

European Policies

EU pushes for Digital Single Market, outlines e-government plans
Computer Business Review (Dec 2, 2015) The European Commission wants member states to adopt digital technologies and has started to work on a five-year e-goverment action plan to bring down barriers across the continent.     read more...
EU member states agree higher fines for firms for privacy violations
Reuters (Dec 2, 2015) Businesses operating in the European Union could be fined up to 4 percent of their annual global turnover for breaching data protection rules under a proposal agreed on Wednesday.     read more...
EC starts consultation on roaming fair use rules
Telecom Paper (Nov 26, 2015) The European Commission has launched a public consultation to finalise the details of the new roaming regulation passed by Parliament in October     read more...
Telecom Single Market Regulation
Official Journal of the European Union (Nov 26, 2015) Laying down measures concerning open internet access and amending Directive 2002/22/EC on universal service and users’ rights relating to electronic communications networks and services and Regulation (EU) No 531/2012 on roaming on public mobile communications networks within the Union     read more...
Commission to unveil Internet of Things plan by mid-2016
Euractiv (Nov 27, 2015) The European Commission is considering a comprehensive plan to support the growing connectivity between machines, but may settle for a more targeted initiative as part of its Digital Single Market strategy, EurActiv has learned.     read more...
Telekom bleibt bei Netzqualität vorn
Märkische Onlinezeitung (Dec 1, 2015) Die Deutsche Telekom bleibt bei der Netzqualität das Maß aller Dinge. In einem Test der Zeitschrift "Chip" (Onlineausgabe) fuhr das Unternehmen die besten Werte ein.     read more...
Télécoms: Pas de fréquence pour Google ou Facebook avant 2019
L'Usine Digitale (Nov 28, 2015) Drones, ballons géostationnaires ou internet mobile : l'attribution des fréquences décidée le 27 novembre à Genève lors de la conférence UIT laissent les “nouvelles technologies” sur leur faim.     read more...
WRC-15 ensures spectrum is fairly distributed among industry
IT Pro (Nov 30, 2015) The World Radiocommunication Conference has concluded, with renewed promised to re-assess the allocation of spectrum for 40 different applications.     read more...
FAI : la CJUE valide les hausses de prix indexées sur l’inflation
ZD Net (Nov 30, 2015) La cour de Justice de l’Union européenne a rendu un arrêt la semaine dernière portant sur les conditions d’augmentations des prix pour les FAI et opérateurs européens.     read more...

US & Global Policies

Max Schrems demands Facebook stop EU to US data transfer due to snooping
The Guardian (Dec 3, 2015) Updated complaints to Irish, German and Belgian watchdogs call for Facebook to stop transferring EU citizens’ data to US following Safe Harbour collapse     read more...
Focus Turns to Judge in Latest Appeal of Net Neutrality Rules
Wall Street Journal (Nov 29, 2015) As a high-stakes appeal of the government’s net neutrality rule looms, telecommunications companies have found cause to take heart: The same judge who shot down two previous versions of the rule will help decide the latest challenge.     read more...
EU wants to give national privacy regulators more clout in new U.S. data pact
Reuters (Nov 27, 2015) The European Union wants to enhance the power of the bloc's national privacy regulators in policing a planned new EU-U.S. data pact after the previous one was struck down by a top EU court on concerns about mass U.S. surveillance.     read more...
Tech industry goes for last minute appeal on data protection
Euractiv (Dec 2, 2015) Tech industry groups are making a last ditch effort to sway negotiators who have vowed to wrap up talks on data protection regulation this month.     read more...
Google aims to break down ‘walls’ around apps
The Financial Times (Nov 27, 2015) Could Google turn back the clock and make smartphone apps look and act more like the world wide web?     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Europe Tech IPOs Are Beating Silicon Valley Victims of Own Hype
Bloomberg (Nov 30, 2015) For investors craving that old Silicon Valley standby, harvesting fast money from an initial public offering in technology, the place to look right now is Europe.     read more...
Hands off! The next generation of the Internet is here
Euractiv (Dec 1, 2015) Blockchain, the technology behind Bitcoin, is expected to take our digital environment to the next level. While the risks involved are growing in parallel with its development, regulatory responses are not a priority for lawmakers.     read more...
Sport, cinéma... Pourquoi les « telcos » et « câblos » viennent concurrencer les télés
Les Echos (Dec 2, 2015) Les investissements géants des opérateurs de « tuyaux », ainsi que leur force de frappe financière, les poussent à acheter des contenus.     read more...
Dark Clouds Over the Internet
The New York Times (Nov 30, 2015) The Internet is routinely described as borderless, and that is often how it feels. Tweet a photo or post a comment, and it is instantly viewable in nearly every country in the world. But a global Internet unbounded by territorial limits is pure fantasy.     read more...

Digital Economy

Ericsson Successfully Tests 500Mbps Speed in LTE Network
Zacks (Nov 30, 2015) Ericsson stated the successful demonstration of 500Mbps download speed in a live LTE network in a carrier aggregation.     read more...
Orange promotes Fernandez, Louette to Deputy CEO
Telecom Paper (Dec 2, 2015) Orange’s board has approved a proposal by CEO Stephane Richard to appoint Ramon Fernandez and Pierre Louette as Deputy CEOs from 1 January 2016.     read more...
PT, police offer digital security tales for kids
Telecom Paper (Nov 30, 2015) Portugal Telecom, via the Foundation PT, and the Public Security Police (PSP) have teamed up to promote digital security.     read more...
UK allocates £550m to clearing 700 MHz band
Total Telecom (Nov 27, 2015) Government reiterates commitment to providing broadband to 95% of premises by 2017.     read more...
Nokia Networks preparing for the future with 5G Connected Industries Forum in Germany
Nokia Blog (Nov 24, 2015) Nokia Networks is preparing for the future today with its first 5G Connected Industries Forum in Munich, bringing together business leaders, government officials and experts from research institutes and academia to discuss the usage of 5G technology beyond consumer mobile broadband.     read more...
Bulgaria builds broadband network in 29 remote municipalities
Global Times (Nov 27, 2015) Bulgaria completed the construction of high-speed broadband infrastructure in 29 remote municipalities in a bid to facilitate e-governance and enhance the competitiveness of local businesses, officials said.     read more...

Technology Trends

Europe mobile trends: Early adopters continue to evolve
Netimperative (Nov 26, 2015) Sweden has the highest smart device penetration with 150% smart device penetration,while the UK surprisingly only ranking thirds, according to a new report looking into European app trends.     read more...
Welcome to two decades of tomorrow
CNET (Nov 2015) The past 20 years mark the most rapid technological changes in human history. To celebrate CNET's special birthday, we asked the visionaries building our new world to reflect on the digital revolution and what it means for our future.     read more...
Amazon will reportedly soon add other online services to Prime Instant Video
The Verge (Nov 25, 2015) Amazon Prime Instant Video subscribers will soon be able to add other major TV and movie channels to their subscription packages,making Prime more like a cable TV service than competitors such as Hulu and Netflix.     read more...
Facebook prepares new Belgian controls following cookie ruling
Politico Pro (Dec 2, 2015) Facebook will introduce new log-in controls in Belgium, following a court ruling that stops it from tracking non-users across the web.     read more...

Focus on

The Industrial Era, a Politico event presented by ETNO
Brussels (December 8, 2015)
focus on
Speakers include MEPs Michał Boni and Eva Paunova, DG Connect Deputy Director General Zoran Stančič, and Niels Haverkorn, Volvo Construction Equipment’s vice-president of “Vision 2020.” Last chance to register!     read more...


Wilhelm Eschweiler (BEREC) discusses regulators’ priorities

Press Releases

César Alierta presents: “We choose it all”, Telefónica’s new strategic plan to be an ‘Onlife Telco’ in 2020 (Nov 30, 2015)
After decisively contributing to Telefónica’s transformation and position as a growing company, the Be More program gives way to a new customer-focused plan.

Deutsche Telekom: Challenge Up! start-ups impress with innovative Internet of Things solutions (Dec 1, 2015)
Intel, Cisco and Deutsche Telekom combine expertise to mentor and accelerate start-ups.

Swisscom: best mobile network in Switzerland (Dec 2, 2015)
The Swisscom mobile network has been named the best mobile network in Switzerland by “Connect” magazine for the seventh year in a row. Swisscom also once again came out on top this year in a comparison with the networks in Austria, Germany and Switzerland

BEREC is ready to assist with the implementation of the new TSM rules (Nov 28, 2015)
BEREC is ready to fulfil its obligations to assist the implementation of the Regulation of the European Parliament and of the Council laying down measures concerning open internet access and amending Directive on universal service and users’ right


Measuring the Information Society Report
ITU (Nov 30, 2015)

Telecom API Market - Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2015 - 2022
Transparency Market Research (November 2015)

Bridging the Digital Divide to Connect People and Society
Huawei (Dec 1, 2015)

Development of High-speed Networks and the Role of Municipal Networks
OECD (November 2015)

Data and Non-Traditional Revenue to Drive Australian Telcos
Fitch (Nov 29, 2015)


Where Do People Use Their Smartphones

Source: Mindberry

Next Week

The Industrial Internet Era (Dec 8, 2015)

25th BEREC Plenary Meeting (Dec 9 - 11, 2015)

Digital Health World Forum (Dec 8, 2015)

Chief Digital Officer Roundtables (London)
Dec 8 - 9, 2015


12th Annual Summit on Mobile Healthcare
Toronto (Jan 26 - 27, 2016)

Mobile World Congress
Barcelona (Feb 22 - 25, 2016)

FTTH Conference 2016
Luxembourg (Feb 16 - 18, 2016)

MobileTech Conference Spring 2016
Munich (Mar 14 - 17, 2016)

Internet of Things Forum 2016
Cambridge (Mar 9 - 10, 2016)

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