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Thursday July 9, 2015

European Policy

EU telecoms reforms take leap forward
Politico (July 8, 2015) A package of EU telecoms reforms to secure open Internet access and ban mobile phone roaming charges moved closer to fruition after the Council approved a deal struck with the European Parliament.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital interview – The right balance between investment and competition
ETNO (July 7, 2015) Achour Messas, Partner at Mazars, Head of Telecom sector, explains the results of Mazar's Telecom Study 2015 which indicates that investment is the key to success for telecom operators in Europe.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital interview - A Bulgarian telco’s perspective on stimulating innovative ideas, local start-ups and getting the EU’s priorities right
ETNO (July 2, 2015) Janet Zaharieva, Chief Regulatory Advisor to the Managing Board, Vivacom: “We believe that support for young and ambitious people with good ideas is the cornerstone of a better future for local and global businesses as well as for society as a whole” #ThinkDigital.     read more...
Parliament votes on surveillance tech exports after fresh Hacking Team leaks
Euractiv (July 8, 2015) The European Parliament voted on liberal Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake's report on the export of those products from Europe.     read more...
Parliament pushes ‘privatization of the skyline’
Politico (July 8, 2015) A petition calling for the EU to extend the right to unrestricted use of photographs of landmarks in public spaces gathered more than 480,000 signatures by the time it was delivered to the European Parliament.     read more...
Telecom firm warns questions remain unanswered over abolition of data roaming charges
The Drum (July 6, 2015) Questions have been raised to the apparently good news that data roaming charges are to be abolished throughout the European Union by June 2017.     read more...
French government launches 4G spectrum sale
Reuters (July 9, 2015) The French government launched the sale of fourth-generation mobile spectrum and confirmed it plans to raise a minimum of 2.5 billion euros.     read more...
EU looks at reform of TV services directive
Telecompaper (July 6, 2015) The European Commission started a public consultation to consider possible changes to the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, which regulates TV services in the EU.     read more...
Hungarian regulator consults on EU framework reform
Telecompaper (July 6, 2015) Hungary's National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH) has launched a public consultation in conjunction with the revision to the EU's regulatory framework for electronic communications.     read more...
ETSI ramps up cybersecurity standards push
Telecoms (July 6, 2015) The European Telecommunications Standards Institute – ETSI – concluded its recent cyber security week with a cross-industry call to collaborate on security standards.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Security experts oppose government access to encrypted communication
The New York Times (July 7, 2015) An elite group of security technologists has concluded that the American and British governments cannot demand special access to encrypted communications without putting the world’s most confidential data and critical infrastructure in danger.     read more...
China's draft cybersecurity law could up censorship, irk business
Reuters (July 8, 2015) China's parliament has published a draft cybersecurity law that consolidates Beijing's control over data.     read more...
China to Europe: ‘We can build a Silk Road in cyberspace’
Euractiv (July 7, 2015) China's top internet regulator assured European technology companies that they're welcome to set up shop in China.     read more...
Internet domain transition could happen next July
The Hill (July 8, 2015) The U.S. government could hand off its oversight role of the Internet domain name system by July of next year.     read more...
China to invest USD71bn in infrastructure development
Telegeography (July 7, 2015) China is set to invest CNY435 billion (USD70.98 billion) this year on improving the nation’s internet infrastructure as part of plans to lower broadband tariffs and improve access speeds.     read more...
Clinton: Cyber bill 'not enough' to address threats
The Hill (July 7, 2015) Hillary Clinton said pending cybersecurity legislation in Congress does not go far enough to increase coordination between the government and the private sector.     read more...
Consumer group wants government to make Google give Americans the ‘right to be forgotten’ online
The Washington Post (July 7, 2015) Internet users in Europe have something Internet users in the U.S. don't have: a right to be forgotten online.     read more...
FBI chief punches back on encryption
The Wall Street Journal (July 6, 2015) James Comey, director of the FBI, said that the country needs to have a 'robust debate' about the use of message encryption by technology firms.     read more...
GAO sees room for improvement in bank cyber security exams
Reuters (July 3, 2015) U.S. banking regulators must hire and train more examiners with technology expertise so they can give more useful cyber security recommendations to small and mid-sized banks, a federal watchdog agency has warned.     read more...
Russia adopts law giving Internet users the 'right to be forgotten'
The Moscow Times (July 3, 2015) Russia's parliament gave its final approval to a law that would require Internet search engines to remove users' personal information from their results.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Ansip's blog - Making the EU work for people: roaming and the open internet
European Commission (July 8, 2015) After many years of tortuous negotiations, an agreement was reached to end roaming charges.     read more...
A national balancing act: security of a country and privacy of the individual
The Marknews (July 3, 2015) The concept of security has a longer heritage than that of privacy, writes Giovanni Buttarelli, European Data Protection Supervisor.     read more...
Télécoms: 'Les rumeurs de fusions ne vont pas s’arrêter… '
La Tribune (July 6, 2015) Despite the failure of the merger between Numericable, SFR and Bouygues Telecom, Marc Executioner, Economics professor at Télécom ParisTech, determines that industry consolidation is not ruled out.     read more...
The European Digital Agenda: unambitious and too narrow
Social Europe (July 6, 2015) Digitalisation stands for a megatrend, that fourth industrial revolution, but also for a revolution in the services sector and both start to be quite disruptive, writes Wolfgang Kowalsky policy adviser.     read more...
Build a LTE-Centric World
GSA (July 2, 2015) Keynote speech of Mr. Ying Weimin, president, Huawei Wireless Network R&D at LTE World Summit 2015.     read more...

Digital Economy

Telecoms groups invest in data networks to underpin consolidation
Financial Times (July 8, 2015) After several years of declining revenues amid fierce competition from technology groups, telecoms companies are focusing on the part of the internet world where they can make a difference.     read more...
Microsoft's mobile future hinges on success of Windows 10
Reuters (July 8, 2015) Microsoft's future in mobile devices likely hinges on the software maker's ability to convince developers to create apps for the phone version of Windows 10 after its ill-fated Nokia acquisition helped trigger 7,800 layoffs.     read more...
Cisco bolsters telecoms strategy with $139m MaintenanceNet buy
Telecoms (July 8, 2015) Cisco is looking to buy data analytics and business process automation specialist MaintenanceNet for $139m.     read more...
Orange BS taps Tata Communications to increase coverage
Telecompaper (July 8, 2015) Orange Business Services entered into an agreement with Tata Communications to expand its network footprint in India.     read more...
Telefonica relaunches pay-TV offer as Movistar+
Telecompaper (July 6, 2015) Telefonica has launched its new pay-TV offer following the takeover of Digital+ in Spain.     read more...
Serbia kicks off latest telco privatisation bid
Total Telecom (July 6, 2015) Interested parties have until 23 July to file initial documents in Telekom Srbija sale.     read more...
Alca-Lu signs deals to advance China Mobile, China Unicom’s move to the cloud
Telegeography (July 6, 2015) Alcatel-Lucent has announced the signing of comprehensive frame agreements with China Mobile and China Unicom.     read more...
Téléphonie: des opérateurs concentrés pour la 4G
Liberation (July 3, 2015) The failure of the third takeover attempt by Patrick Drahi to buy Bouygues Telecom, does not end the maneuvers in the telecom sector.     read more...
ZTE sees opportunities in France for 5G, cloud computing
Telecompaper (July 6, 2015) ZTE anticipates increased partnership opportunities with French companies in 5G networks, cloud computing, big data and other areas.     read more...
Lattelecom invested EUR 104 mln in its fiber-optic and copper cable Internet network the past 10 years
Baltic Course (July 2, 2015) During the past 10 years, Latvian telecommunications company Lattelecom has invested EUR 104 million in constructing/setting-up its fiber-optic and copper cable Internet network in Latvia.     read more...

Technology Trends

China Telecom builds ‘world’s largest’ FDD-LTE network
Telegeography (July 7, 2015) China Telecom, the smallest of the country’s trio of mobile providers, claims to have built the world’s largest Frequency Division Duplex (FDD)-LTE network.     read more...
Where is Google taking us?
The Guardian (July 5, 2015) Reporter Tim Adams was invited to hang out at Google’s California HQ, where some of the world’s brightest minds are working on innovations, such as driverless cars, that will transform our lives. But is society ready to go along for the ride?     read more...
New, simple ‘buy’ buttons aim to entice mobile shoppers
The New York Times (July 5, 2015) Several companies, including Google, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest, are trying to bridge the gap between mobile browsing and desktop purchasing with a simple “buy” button.     read more...
DAS for the masses: connecting smaller buildings
RCRWireless (July 3, 2015) Mobile operators and building owners know that users want to stay connected indoors, but someone has to invest to make that happen.     read more...
Selfies to replace passwords in Mastercard online payments trial
The Telegraph (July 2, 2015) MasterCard is testing new facial recognition technology that would let customers verify their identity online by taking a selfie.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO #ThinkDigital Summer Debate - The Association Pitch
Brusselles (July 14, 2015)
Before the summer break, ETNO invites Brussels’ leading tech associations for an open discussion on how they see the Strategy and the next steps that can bring it to life: How can trade associations help to make the Digital Single Market a reality? Do they agree with the priorities set by policymakers? What’s the first assessment on the main strengths and weaknesses of the Strategy?     read more...


Interview with Roberto Viola, Deputy Director-General, DG CNECT, European Commission
(June 23, 2015)

Press Releases

Alcatel-Lucent and Telefónica explore implementation of NFV to accelerate the transformation of networks (July 8, 2015)
Agreement builds on existing collaboration and successful Virtualized Service Router trial to apply new technologies.

Telenor: Baksaas addresses the global educational gap (July 6, 2015)
CEO and President Jon Fredrik Baksaas of Telenor Group will join a number of high level speakers at the 'Partnering for education' conference in Oslo.

Cisco delivers on country digitization pledge in France through incubator and start-up programs (July 6, 2015)
Initiatives launched and direct investments made to boost IoE and start-up ecosystem across France.

Orange launches its largest developer challenge in France, Africa and the Middle East (July 2, 2015)
Orange to announce its largest international developer challenge to date - across 13 countries.

Four groundbreaking ICT projects nominated for the Swisscom Business Award (July 1, 2015)
The renowned Swisscom Business Award will be presented on 3 November 2015.


Low-end smartphones: key trends in operator channels
Ovum (July 3, 2015)

LTE-U testing: 5 studies and their results
RCRWireless (July 2, 2015)

Étude Télécom : l’investissement, élément indispensable au rebond des opérateurs télécoms européens
Mazars (July 2015)

Fiber technology and the future of mobile networks
PWC (July 2015)

Worldwide business use smartphone forecast, 2015–2019
IDC (July 2015)


The 2015 essential Social media ad size cheat sheet

Source: Visualistan

Next Week

4G small cells India 2015 (July 10, 2015)
Mumbai, IN

Mobilebeat 2015 (July 13-14, 2015)
San Francisco, CA Usa

Mobile World Congress (July 15-17, 2015)
Shanghai, CHN

Deep Dive: Cloudy with a chance of hybrid (July 16, 2015)
San Josè, CA Usa


Bluetooth Asia 2015
Shanghai, CHN (August 18-19, 2015)

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

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

London, UK (Sept 16-18, 2015)

FT-ETNO 2015
Brusselles (October 13, 2015)

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