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Thursday June 25, 2015

European Policy

EU heeds telecoms call for lighter regulation, network investment
Euractiv (June 24, 2015) Policy executives from Orange, Deutsche Telekom and BT urged a step back in regulations, arguing they discourage private investment.     read more...
European officials push telecom regulating for tech
The New York Times (June 23, 2015) For European regulators, the divide between European telecom companies and American tech companies is fast eroding.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital interview - Transforming Europe into a Digital Economy by giving businesses the tools to invest in the future
ETNO (June 25, 2015) Kjell-Morten Johnsen, Executive Vice President and Head of Telenor’s European operations: 'I think there is no other power that can save so much time and energy as the internet services whether broadband or mobile'.     read more...
ETNO Chairman speech at the ETNO-MLex Regulatory Summit 2015
ETNO (June 23, 2015) 'Prioritizing investments in networks is indeed vital for Europe'.     read more...
Data protection talks start ahead of digital focus at EU summit
Euractiv (June 25, 2015) EU lawmakers sat down for their first meeting yesterday (24 June) to work out details on the EU's data protection reform.     read more...
Eight EU nations urge caution on Internet regulation
Reuters (June 23, 2015) Eight European Union nations including Britain, Ireland and Poland urged caution with regulating the Internet.     read more...
Three-way EU Big Data privacy wrestling match kicks off
The Register (June 24, 2015) The EU will take a big step towards finalising measures to protect its citizens' privacy, as negotiators from member states, the European Commission, and the European Parliament will come together for the first time.     read more...
Orange 'has role to play' in European telecoms industry consolidation
Reuters (June 23, 2015) Orange (ORAN.PA), France's largest telecoms company, will continue to play a leading role in creating pan-European networks through acquisitions.     read more...
Broadband: Commission’s telecoms head hints at deregulation
Europolitics (June 24, 2015) Viola calls for a level playing field, while telecoms heads say less regulation is key to boosting investment.     read more...
Telcoms: should only paid online services be regulated?
Europolitics (June 23, 2015) A brief phrase used by the Commission on the regulation of internet 'platforms' has caused surprise at the ETNO congress.     read more...

US & Global Policy

OPM still isn’t saying how many people were caught up in its breaches
The Washington Post (June 23, 2015) Lawmakers want to know how many people were caught up in cyber attacks at the Office of Personnel Management. Today, agency officials said they still don't have answers.     read more...
Hack toll rises again: FBI says 18 million people may have been hit
The Hill (June 22, 2015) As many as 18 million people are now thought to be affected by the recent Office of Personnel Management data breach.     read more...
U.S. regulator freezes Chinese executive's assets over 'suspicious' Qihoo trades
Reuters (June 25, 2015) The U.S. securities regulator has obtained a court order to freeze the assets of a Chinese online gaming CEO over what it described as 'suspicious' trading activity.     read more...
U.S. Supreme Court rejects Google patent appeal over Street View
Reuters (June 22, 2015) Google will have to defend claims that its Street View mapping software violates patents held by Vederi LLC after the U.S. Supreme Court declined to take up the company's appeal.     read more...
A disaster foretold — and ignored
The Washington Post (June 22, 2015) Breaking into networked computers became so easy that the Internet gradually grew infested with the most pragmatic of professionals.     read more...
Here’s the first official net neutrality complaint to the FCC
The Washington Post (June 22, 2015) CNS wants Time Warner Cable to carry its traffic for free. But TWC is telling CNS's chief executive, Barry Bahrami, that his company doesn't qualify for what's called a 'settlement-free' deal.     read more...
Md. tech groups are joining forces to make the state an innovation hub
The Washington Post (June 22, 2015) Two Maryland technology groups are joining forces in a bid to raise the state’s profile as a national hub for innovation.     read more...
Hunt for Deep Panda intensifies in trenches of U.S.-China cyberwar
Reuters (June 21, 2015) Shell Crew, or Deep Panda, are one of several hacking groups that Western cybersecurity companies have accused of hacking into U.S. and other countries' networks.     read more...
5G starts its journey towards IMT-2020
TelecomTV (June 19, 2015) The ITU has announced that it has now defined the overall goals, process and timeline for the development of 5G mobile systems.     read more...
CTIA statement on Wireless Innovation Act
CTIA (June 18, 2015) 'With this legislation, Senators Rubio, Wicker, Ayotte, Gardner and Johnson make clear their commitment to continue innovation and American leadership in mobile broadband.'     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Oettinger Blog: Open science for a knowledge and data-driven economy
European Commission (June 22, 2015) 'In the context of the Digital Single Market strategy, we will soon be launching a European Open Science Cloud initiative.'     read more...
President Obama: A Fast Company interview
Fast Company (June 22, 2015) In an exclusive and wide-ranging conversation, the President explains his take on Washington's technology problems—and his solutions.     read more...
Google's action on revenge porn opens the door on right to be forgotten in US
The Guardian (June 25, 2015) Google’s recent decision to delist 'revenge porn' from its search results is a big deal, and not just for victims, write Woodrow Hartzog and Evan Selinger, associate professor at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law and associate professor of philosophy at Rochester Institute of Technology.     read more...
Permitting data transfer, but in different terms
Europolitics (June 22, 2015) Interview with MEP Axel Voss (EPP, Germany), EP shadow rapporteur on data protection regulation.     read more...
Tech companies line up behind ‘containers’ and the cloud
The New York Times (June 23, 2015) An unusual combination of big and small tech companies are working on ways to accelerate the development of cloud computing technologies.     read more...

Digital Economy

Orange CEO urges government to stop meddling in telecoms sector
Financial Times (June 23, 2015) The head of Orange has urged the French government to rein in its involvement in industry consolidation.     read more...
French government hits out at Altice arm’s bid for Bouygues
Financial Times (June 22, 2015) France’s Socialist government has hit out at billionaire Patrick Drahi’s offer to buy Bouygues Telecom, saying the deal would be bad for consumers, investment and jobs and declaring that it had the tools to stop the acquisition.     read more...
Telenor Sweden opens customer care all night to reflect use
Telecompaper (June 22, 2015) Telenor Sweden said it now provides round-the-clock customer services through every channel, to reflect increasing use of mobile internet service during the evenings.     read more...
Orange Slovakia passes 50% LTE coverage
Telegeography (June 22, 2015) Slovakian cellular operator Orange Slovensko has revealed that its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks now cover 51.5% of the country’s population a year after launch.     read more...
TalkTalk pledges to offer cheap superfast broadband
Financial Times (June 23, 2015) TalkTalk has raised the stakes in the increasingly competitive British broadband market by promising gigabit internet services over its own fibre network.     read more...
Vodafone and Ericsson roll out first commercial FDD/TDD carrier aggregation in Portugal
Telecoms (June 23, 2015) Swedish networking giant Ericsson has announced the first commercial implementation of FDD/FDD carrier aggregation (CA) on Vodafone’s network in Portugal.     read more...
Stop indulging in cyber security technology without a clear business case
Computer Weekly (June 23, 2015) Financial institutes are boosting their expenditure on cyber security technology due to increasing levels of hacking activity, but this investment needs to be aligned with business threat.     read more...
Apple’s deep pockets pose threat to Spotify in music battle
Financial Times (June 22, 2015) When Spotify raised more than $500m this month in a funding round that valued the music streaming company at $8.5bn, investors played down the risk of it being crushed in a bruising battle with Apple.     read more...
Virgin Media challenges BT with its £3bn cable expansion
Financial Times (June 22, 2015) Virgin Media will this week begin the £3bn extension of its cable network, in what represents the largest investment in broadband in Britain for more than a decade.     read more...
Nokia CEO Rajeev Suri claims company will be returning to the phone market
International Business Times (June 19, 2015) Nokia is planning to re-enter the mobile phone market in 2016, designing and licensing handsets again once an agreement with Microsoft preventing it from doing so ends at the end of next year.     read more...

Technology Trends

Windows 10: The 'Insider' story
The Telegraph (June 23, 2015) With the launch of Windows 10 just over a month away, Microsoft is gearing up for what may be the most significant update to its operating system since the release of Windows XP in 2001.     read more...
Google gives Gmail users the ability to ‘undo send’
The Wall Street Journal (June 23, 2015) The 'undo send' feature gives Gmail users anywhere from 10 to 30 precious seconds to claw back an email sent prematurely.     read more...
Google Music starts free service to rival Pandora, Spotify (video news)
CNBC (June 23, 2015) With Apple Music preparing to launch its subscription service next week it's a busy time for the music industry.     read more...
Ericsson signs 5G research deal with Pisa institute
Telecompaper (June 22, 2015) Ericsson has announced the details of an agreement with Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa, Italy, to investigate the potential of 5G technology.     read more...
Forget drones. The Army could soon be using hovering speeder bikes
The Washington Post (June 22, 2015) Star Wars fans will no doubt remember that epic scene from "Return of the Jedi" in which Luke chases down a pair of fleeing scout troopers on a speeder bike.     read more...

Focus on

FT-ETNO Summit 2015 - Policies and regulation for the digital age: The new wave
Brusselles (June 24, 2015)
The Financial Times and ETNO have announced the date of the FT-ETNO Summit 2015. CEOs, EU institutions, national regulators, investors and other leading stakeholders will gather in Brussels on 13 October 2015. This year’s opening keynote will be delivered by the Economics Nobel Prize Winner Jean Tirole, Chairman of the Toulouse School of Economics.     read more...


Rami Rahim (Juniper Network) at Canadian Telecom Summit: 'Closing the innovation gap through automation'
(June 18, 2015)

Press Releases

Data Protection Commissioner publishes Annual report (June 23, 2015)
The Data Protection Commissioner of Ireland, Helen Dixon, is pleased to announce the publication of her first annual report, covering the calendar year 2014.

'Don't say Belgacom any more, because #weareproximus' (June 19, 2015)
Proximus is now the company name for customers, suppliers and employees, and no longer Belgacom

Deutsche Telekom: Leading in more than ten cloud computing categories (June 19, 2015)
Experton Group publishes Cloud Vendor Benchmark 2015

Accession of T-Mobile Macedonia to Makedonski Telekom (June 17, 2015)
Magyar Telekom announces that its subsidiary, Makedonski Telekom held its shareholders’ assembly

The Swisscom Innovation Award 2015 has two new cooperation partners (June 17, 2015)
ICT Switzerland and the Swiss Informatics Society have become the new cooperation partners for the Swisscom Innovation Award


Akamai's state of the Internet - Q1 2015 report
Akamai (June 24, 2015)

Status of the LTE Ecosystem
GSA (June 19, 2015)

Working towards fully connected Britain
Analysys Mason (June 15, 2015)

Huawei 2014 Sustainability report
Huawei (June 2015)

DsiN Sicherheits Index 2015
DsiN (June 2015)


2015 China Social Media stats & trends

Source: Visualistan

Next Week

IEEE MS 2015 (June 27-July 2, 2015)
New York, NY Usa

Open Mobile Summit (June 29-30, 2015)
London, UK

mPos (June 30-July 1, 2015)
Frankfurt, DE

Cyber Security Forum (July 1, 2015)
London, UK

Broadband Latin America (July 1-2, 2015)
Sao Paulo, BR


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

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

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

VSAT 2015
London, UK (Sept 16-18, 2015)

IoT Security
Boston, MA Usa (Sept 22-23, 2015)

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