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Thursday June 18, 2015

European Policy

Joint Statement - Telecom operators welcome the Justice and Home Affairs Council agreement on the General Data Protection Regulation
ETNO (June 15, 2015) The GSMA and ETNO welcome the general approach approved by the Justice and Home Affairs (JHA) Council with a view to adopt the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) by the end of the year.     read more...
EU telecoms groups call on Brussels to speed up regulatory reform
Financial Times (June 17, 2015) Chief executives from some of Europe’s largest telecoms groups have written to Donald Tusk, president of the European Council, in an appeal for urgent regulatory reform in the digital communications market.     read more...
Las operadoras reclaman a UE acabar con las asimetrías con empresas internet
L'Avanguardia (June 17, 2015) Major telecom operators have asked the European Union to end the asymmetries between traditional communications operators and companies that operate solely online as Google, Facebook or Twitter.     read more...
Digital Agenda Scoreboard 2015: Most targets reached, time has come to lift digital borders
European Commission (June 18, 2015) The analysis of EU data showed that most of the Digital Agenda targets are already achieved.     read more...
Digital skills: new national coalitions for Digital Jobs to be launched in Belgium, Cyprus, the Netherlands and the UK
European Commission (June 17, 2015) 4 new National Coalitions for Digital Skills and Jobs in Belgium, Cyprus, the Netherlands, and the UK were announced at the Workshop Digital Skills for the Digital Single Market of the European Digital Assembly in Riga.     read more...
National authorities analyse data protection
Europolitics (June 17, 2015) In an opinion issued on 17 June, national data protection authorities (Article 29 Working Party) draw a red line ahead of three-way talks.     read more...
Telekom ruft EU-Rat gegen Whatsapp und Google an
Golem (June 18, 2015) In a joint letter network operators require fast action against messenger services and VoIP, as well as an easing of its own regulation.     read more...
Google’s latest product: Google Politics
Politico (June 18, 2015) From parties at Brussels hot spots to face time with politicians and millions spent on lobbying, the U.S. tech giant is trying to repair soured relationships.     read more...
Facebook faces court over Belgian data tracking
Politico (June 15, 2015) Belgium’s privacy regulator has sued Facebook for tracking people as they surf the web.     read more...
Digital skills for European citizens and consumers
LSE (June 16, 2015) Citizens and consumers are the same people, but they have different needs, rights and interests.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Time Warner Cable will be the first to get hit with a net neutrality complaint
The Washington Post (June 16, 2015) The government's new net neutrality rules have only been active since last Friday, but one company is wasting no time invoking them in a federal complaint against Time Warner Cable — the first one to be filed since the rules went into effect.     read more...
U.S. jobs Agency thwarts 10 million hacks a month
Bloomberg (June 16, 2015) The U.S. Office of Personnel Management fends off an average of 10 million hacking attempts a month and the attacks will increase.     read more...
Russia proposes strict online right to be forgotten
The Wall Street Journal (June 17, 2015) Russian lawmakers gave preliminary approval to a bill that would give people significant leverage when asking search engines to remove content about them.     read more...
The government’s plan to regulate facial recognition tech is falling apart
The Washington Post (June 16, 2015) There are no federal rules for facial recognition technology -- and a government dialogue to establish a voluntary code of conduct appears to have gone off the rails.     read more...
Group asks FCC to make web services honor 'Do Not Track' requests
The Hill (June 15, 2015) A consumer group asked the Federal Communications Commission to force web service providers like Google to honor users’ requests that their information not be collected and sold.     read more...
China-linked hackers get sensitive U.S. defense and intelligence data
Reuters (June 15, 2015) China-linked hackers appear to have gained access to sensitive background information submitted by U.S. intelligence and military personnel for security clearances.     read more...
Argentina hands over 4G frequencies
Total Telecom (June 15, 2015) Movistar, Telecom Personal, Claro receive 700-MHz spectrum, while Arlink gets airwaves for 3G and 4G services.     read more...
AT&T, Verizon 'swarming FCC' over spectrum auction, Legere complains
Total Telecom (June 12, 2015) T-Mobile US 'wants and needs' more low-band spectrum in order to boost rural presence, chief executive says.     read more...
The FCC's net neutrality rules are now in effect
The Verge (June 12, 2015) The battle for net neutrality isn't over, but this still marks an important milestone.     read more...
NCTA warns FCC that LTE-U could interfere with cable Wi-Fi
FierceCable (June 12, 2015) NCTA has warned the FCC that proliferation by the wireless industry of LTE unlicensed technologies could hurt the cable industry's push into Wi-Fi.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

The European Council must hit the target: the reform of the telecom framework
Telefonica (June 17, 2015) Next week the European Council has a new opportunity to undertake the appropriate reform of telecom framework that would enable and accelerate the digitization of our economies and societies.     read more...
Günther Oettinger's speech at Bruegel's event 'What Digital Union for Europe?'
Bruegel (June 16, 2015) 'European policy must follow where citizens, companies and administrations have already gone'.     read more...
The world cuts the cable: Wireless traffic to exceed fixed IP traffic next year
Cisco (June 16, 2015) One key take out for me from the latest Cisco VNI report is that wireless traffic is about to exceed fixed for the first time, writes Andrew Mackay, Head of Mobile Solutions Asia-Pacific Region, Cisco.     read more...
Gérard Pogorel: We need a 'fiscal' level playing field between Telcos and OTT
The Digital Post (June 16, 2015) It would be wrong to assume that putting operators and Over-The-Top players under the same regulatory framework will provide the ultimate solution to the current imbalances.     read more...
More data protection is better than less
Euractiv (June 15, 2015) Following the agreement in the Council on Data Protection, MEP Viviane Reding reminds us that the EU countries' position seems to substantially water down the Commission's proposal.     read more...

Digital Economy

Deutsche Telekom talks to Comcast about T-Mobile US sale
Reuters (June 17, 2015) Deutsche Telekom is in talks with U.S. cable company Comcast about a potential sale of T-Mobile US, German Manager Magazin reported citing sources.     read more...
Telecom Italia shares rise on report Vivendi to lift stake
Reuters (June 17, 2015) Shares in Telecom Italia rose sharply on the prospect of French media group Vivendi cementing its influence over Italy's biggest phone group.     read more...
Le secteur des télécoms optimiste sur la reprise à veni
Les Echos (June 17, 2015) After years of turmoil, the telecoms market is going to recover in Europe, according to Idate.     read more...
Cisco to invest USD 10 bln in China in coming years
Telecompaper (June 17, 2015) Cisco and its Chinese partners have launches a series of initiatives for the Chinese market.     read more...
BT says EE £12.5bn deal will create ‘digital champion’ for UK
Financial Times (June 17, 2015) BT has warned that the UK risks falling behind rival countries if its proposed acquisition of mobile group EE is delayed or blocked.     read more...
Consortium including Orange and Foxconn backs LoRa IoT startup Actility
Telecoms (June 16, 2015) A group of tech companies including operators Orange, KPN and Swisscom and manufacturing giant Foxconn have put $25 million into Actility, an IoT startup focused on the LoRaWAN standard.     read more...
Facebook is worth twice as much as all of Europe’s tech 'unicorns' put together
Quartz (June 15, 2015) GP Bullhound, an investment bank that focuses on the technology sector, has a new report out looking at European tech 'unicorns,' the term the industry insists on calling startups valued at $1 billion or more.     read more...
London Tech Week
The Wall Street Journal (June 15, 2015) London’s tech industry kicked off its annual self-celebration Monday by touting the city’s attractiveness to investment.     read more...
AT&T close to Telesites tower deal
Telegeography (June 15, 2015) AT&T is working on a deal to rent Mexican cell towers from Telesites, the recently spin-off America Movil unit.     read more...
Alibaba plans to launch the next 'Netflix of China' within 2 months
DCInno (June 14, 2015) Jack Ma wants the service to also offer original movies and shows.     read more...

Technology Trends

How Sean Parker expects a social network will repair our democracy
The Washington Post (June 17, 2015) Sean Parker's Brigade app aspires to become a significant part of democracy’s 21st-century infrastructure.     read more...
Airbus to build satellites for OneWeb to beam Internet from space
Reuters (June 16, 2015) Europe's Airbus Group will design and build about 900 satellites for privately owned OneWeb, which plans to offer high-speed, space-based Internet access to billions of people worldwide.     read more...
KT to launch 1Gbps LTE service this week
Telecoms (June 16, 2015) KT, South Korea’s second largest mobile player, is ready to launch an LTE network capable of achieving more than 1Gbps download speeds.     read more...
Huawei steps out on super-smart path to 5G
The New Zealand Herald (June 15, 2015) Internet-of-things means everything from bus stops to fridges that can connect to the mobile network.     read more...
Alibaba to launch Netflix-like video streaming service in two months
Reuters (June 14, 2015) Alibaba will launch an online video streaming service in China in about two months.     read more...

Focus on

Telecom CEOs' letter to Heads of State and Government ahead of the European Council of 25 June 2015
Brusseles (June 16, 2015)
Here is the letter that a group of Telecom CEOs addressed to the Heads of State and Government on 16 June 2015.     read more...


Nokia: Forget 4G, this is 5G
(June 11 , 2015)

Press Releases

Mobile operators denounce taxation on Digital Agenda in Brussels (June 15, 2015)
The Brussels government intends to apply a new tax on mobile telephony infrastructure in the Brussels region.

Deutsche Telekom keeps its sights set on Europe's cloud market (June 15, 2015)
Deutsche Telekom is keeping its sights set on the European market for cloud services.

New in Swisscom Shops: scan, pay and go (June 15, 2015)
Customers can now use the My Swisscom app in more than 100 Swisscom Shops

César Alierta: 'Telefónica maintains its firm commitment to remunerate its shareholders, a clear priority for our company' (June 12, 2015)
Remuneration for Telefónica shareholders in 2015 amounted to 0.75€ per share.

U.S. Department of Justice permits Nokia and Alcatel Lucent to proceed with proposed combination (June 17, 2015)
Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent announced that the United States Department of Justice has granted early termination of the U.S. antitrust waiting period for the combination of Nokia and Alcatel-Lucent.


Robots: the more Europeans know them, the more they like them
European Commission (June 15, 2015)

The connected consumer survey 2015: Digital economy services
Analysys Mason (June 10, 2015)

French Mobile Operators Q1 2015
Telecompaper (June 2015)

Portugal - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media
Budde (June 2015)

IDC's consumer survey worldwide results: mobile phones
IDC (June 2015)


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Source: CTIA

Next Week

ETNO-MLex Regulatory Summit 2015 (June 23, 2015)
Brusselles, BL

Next Generation Optical Networking (June 22-25, 2015)
Nice, FR

LTE World Summit (June 23-25, 2015)
Amsterdam, NL

Cloud World Forum (June 24-25, 2015)
London, UK

5G World Summit (June 24-25, 2015)
Amsterdam, NL


OpEx Telecoms
London, UK (June 29-30, 2015)

Customer Experience Management in Telecoms
London, UK (June 30-July 2, 2015)

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

Understanding the value chain of the Internet of Things
London, UK (July 2, 2015)

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

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