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Thursday July 16, 2015

European Policy

EU Parliament committee approves roaming, neutrality deal
Telecompaper (July 15, 2015) The EU compromise on net neutrality and an end to roaming charges has passed another key hurdle on the way to becoming law, with approval from the Parliament's Industry committee.     read more...
Copyright reform: Oettinger open to Spanish 'Google tax' model
Euractiv (July 15, 2015) Günther Oettinger said that he prefers Spain's controversial ancillary copyright law, sometimes nicknamed a 'Google tax', to the German model.     read more...
Passenger data plan clears EP committee
Politico (July 15, 2015) Parliament and Council will now negotiate details of EU passenger name records plan.     read more...
EU net neutrality crusade could roll back the UK’s internet porn filters
Recombu (July 14, 2015) Proposals to create a single digital market for EU member states contain provisions for things like roaming charges and broader net neutrality issues as well as a section on blocked content.     read more...
Ofcom begins second phase of strategic review
Telecompaper (July 16, 2015) Ofcom has published a discussion document on its strategic review of digital communications, announced in March, and is seeking responses by 8 October.     read more...
Google accidentally reveals data on 'right to be forgotten' requests
The Guardian (July 14, 2015) Data shows 95% of Google privacy requests are from citizens out to protect personal and private information – not criminals, politicians and public figures.     read more...
EU Parliament takes strong stance against geoblocking
ComputerWorld (July 13, 2015) A large majority of the European Parliament took a strong stance against geoblocking of online content in a report calling on the European Commission to reform E.U. copyright laws.     read more...
French senators seek sweeping Hadopi changes
Advanced Television (July 13, 2015) Two members of the French senate, Loïc Hervé and Corinne Bouchoux, have proposed sweeping changes to the country’s so-called Hadopi law.     read more...
Polish LTE auction has no end in sight
Telecompaper (July 12, 2015) Polish regulator UKE held a third meeting in a series of discussions with companies participating in the auction for frequencies in the bands 800/2600 MHz.     read more...
Latvia will get EUR 44 mln from EU for broadband expansion
Telecompaper (July 12, 2015) he European Regional Development Fund has allocated EUR 44 million for the expansion of the broadband infrastructure and electronic services in Latvia's rural areas by the end of 2020.     read more...

US & Global Policy

The OPM breach exposed more than a million fingerprints. Here’s why that terrible news
The Washington Post (July 15, 2015) The Office of Personnel Management's breach exposed more than 1 million fingerprints to hackers.     read more...
U.S. says computer hacking forum Darkode dismantled, 12 charged
Reuters (July 15, 2015) U.S. authorities working with law enforcement officials abroad have shut down the Darkode online forum used by cybercriminals around the world and charged 12 people linked to the site.     read more...
How a bitter clash at the FCC is gumming up one of the most important issues in tech
The Washington Post (July 15, 2015) Tom Wheeler won't be holding a hotly anticipated vote this month on rules for a looming, high-stakes auction of wireless airwaves.     read more...
China’s bid for EU investment fund trips on complex rules
Euractiv (July 13, 2015) China could invest up to €10 billion in the EU's new infrastructure fund, but a final decision is being held up by the complex mechanics of a deal to give Chinese technology companies a greater role in Europe.     read more...
Russia to address companies' concerns over personal data law
The Moscow Times (July 13, 2015) Russia will address Internet firms' concerns about meeting a deadline to comply with a law forcing them to move the personal data of Russian citizens onto servers inside the country.     read more...
This book lists for $26. Amazon sells it for 40% less. Is that an antitrust problem?
The Washington Post (July 13, 2015) A coalition of U.S. booksellers and authors has asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate how Amazon conducts business.     read more...
At White House, 30-day sprint kicks off cyber marathon to stop intrusions
Reuters (July 11, 2015) The federal government could find more cyber intrusions as it takes a close look at its sprawling and sometimes creaky systems in the wake of massive hacks.     read more...
Privacy advocates ask regulators to take a closer look at gadgets that are ‘always on’
The Washington Post (July 11, 2015) If your device is always ready to hear your commands, does that mean it’s always listening, too?     read more...
Telecom Commission to discuss TRAI suggestions on broadband
The Economic Times (July 10, 2015) The panel may also consider TRAI recommendation on allowing virtual network operators (VNO) to operate in the country.     read more...
FCC proposes telecom service safeguards amid move to fiber
The Wall Street Journal (July 10, 2015) The move aims to close an unintended regulatory gap that opened as fiber replaces copper networks     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Paul Rübig: The DSM strategy requires member states to leave their 'comfort zone'
The Digital Post (July 15, 2015) The European Parliament is overwhelmingly supporting the European Commission’s plans to complete the Digital Single Market: it is now of utmost importance to act quickly, especially in areas such as frequencies harmonization, says Austrian MEP Paul Rübig.     read more...
The digital trade 'surplus' should not be driving Europe’s digital agenda
Euractiv (July 13, 2015) The European Commission's investigation into platforms is part of its misguided policies to offset American digital success, writes Stephen Ezell, Vice President for Global Innovation Policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation.     read more...
Global cyberspace is safer than you think
The Globe and Mail (July 14, 2015) in reality, we have only a partial – and at that a fairly poor – picture of how secure cyberspace truly is, writes Eric Jardine, CIGI research fellow, contributing to the Global Security & Politics program’s work on Internet governance.     read more...
Sundar Pichai of Google talks about phone intrusion
The New York Times (July 10, 2015) Americans spend about three hours each day staring at their mobile phones.     read more...
Enhancing the digital economy through collaboration on vulnerability research disclosure
NTIA (July 9, 2015) Promoting and preserving the digital ecosystem is a core mission of the Department of Commerce, and the security and resiliency of that ecosystem is vital, writes Angela Simpson, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information at NTIA.     read more...

Digital Economy

Telefonica pays EUR 600 mln for 2015-16 La Liga rights
Telecompaper (July 13, 2015) Telefonica has reached an agreement with Spain’s La Liga for the exclusive rights to broadcast the country’s top-tier football league to Spanish viewers for the 2015-16 season.     read more...
Huawei dips toe in Ireland with Amartus deal
Financial Times (July 13, 2015) Huawei, the Chinese technology group, has made its first acquisition in Ireland with the purchase of a Dublin-based telecoms network management business from developer Amartus.     read more...
Huawei gets security clearance to manufacture in India for booming market
Reuters (July 16, 2015) Huawei has won security clearance to manufacture telecoms equipment in India.     read more...
Spain, Intel sign digital agenda deal
Telecompaper (July 13, 2015) Spain's industry ministry has signed an agreement with Intel to work together on business-focused digital transformation projects, open innovation, smart cities and digital training.     read more...
Comcast launches cheap web TV service
Financial Times (July 13, 2015) Comcast is launching a web television service aimed at younger internet-connected customers who are reluctant to pay for pricey cable packages.     read more...
Kabel Deutschland taps IneoQuest cloud-based video intelligence platform for OTT service
The Fast Mode (July 13, 2015) Kabel Deutschland has deployed IneoQuest’s cloud-based video Intelligence platform to probide KD with real-time service experince visibility on their Over-the-Top (OTT) video service.     read more...
Is this the end of the phone subsidy?
The Washington Post (July 13, 2015) For years, smartphone shopping has gone something like this: Pick the latest phone, pay a one-time fee of $200 for it, and agree to a monthly rate for calls, texts and data.     read more...
UK boards divided on cyber and social media
Financial Times (July 12, 2015) FTSE 350 companies are optimistic about the UK’s growth prospects, worried about a potential UK exit from the EU — but surprisingly conflicted about social media and cyber crime.     read more...
Swisscom details its progress in the connected home market
Telecoms (July 10, 2015) Just as with the rest of IoT, the connected home has been the subject of a lot of speculation but little end product. One company that hasn’t been afraid to try some out on its customers is Swiss operator Swisscom.     read more...
Nokia details thinking behind Alcatel-Lucent acquisition
Telecoms (July 10, 2015) At a time when the telecoms industry is rife with M&A activity, the proposed acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia announced earlier this year still stood out as pivotal.     read more...

Technology Trends

Numericable-SFR extends 4G to 1,370 areas in west France
Telegeography (July 13, 2015) French telecoms operator Numericable-SFR has widened its 4G footprint in the west of France.     read more...
TDC Denmark activates 300Mbps 4G+ service in 500 sites across the country
The Fast Mode (July 12, 2015) TDC has unveiled its new 4G+ network based on the LTE-carrier aggregation technology, promising faster mobile internet speeds for its subscribers.     read more...
IBM announces it has created the world's most powerful computer chip
The Drum (July 11, 2015) IBM claims to have built the most powerful computer chip ever created which it says is around four times more powerful than the today’s most advanced.     read more...
Softbank prepares for 5G and signs deals with Chinese vendors ZTE and Huawei
TelecomTV (July 10, 2015) China’s ZTE has signed a memorandum of understanding with Japan’s SoftBank to collaborate on research and development on Pre-5G mobile communications networks technology.     read more...
New angles on 3D printing
Politico (July 10, 2015) 3D printing opens new niches for European startups.     read more...

Focus on

FT-ETNO announcement
Brussels (Oct 13, 2015)
The Financial Times and ETNO unveiled the programme of this year’s event. The Summit will be opened by Nobel Prize Jean Tirole and other top level speakers include Vice President Andrus Ansip and the CEOs of Telefonica, Liberty Global, Proximus, Huawei, Orange and Nokia. Stay tuned for more announcements!     read more...


Interview with Steven Tas
(June 23, 2015)

Press Releases

Challenge Up! (July 14, 2015)
Intel, Cisco and Deutsche Telekom announced the twelve startups selected to join the next phase of the Challenge Up! program

Proximus rolls out innovative network (July 10, 2015)
Proximus is the first telecom operator in Belgium to start deploying a wireless network based on LoRa™.

Ericsson leads European Union 5G standardization projects (July 9, 2015)
Ericsson continues to spearhead 5G system development as coordinator of EU's new METIS-II project

Telekom Austria: Macedonian competition Authority approves merger of Vip Operator with ONE (July 8, 2015)
Telekom Austria Group signs merger with Telekom Slovenije's subsidiary ONE.

Telenor’s Capture app captures Asia with up to 100 GB free storage for photo and video sharing (July 8, 2015)
Telenor Group has launched its Capture application in two Asian markets.


Czech Republic - Fixed broadband market - statistics and analyses
Budde (July 13, 2015)

Ovum: Using APIs and API management as key enablers to digital transformation
Ovum (July 9, 2015)

Worldwide semiconductor sales expected to reach $348 billion in 2015
Gartner (July 8, 2015)

Broadband technology opportunities program (BTOP) quarterly program status report
NTIA (July 2015)

Trends in Consumer Mobility Report
Bank of America (July 2015)


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