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June 4, 2015

European Policy

European telecom companies race to merge
The Wall Street Journal (June 1, 2015) Telecom operators in the region have been on a deals blitz over the past 18 months, with companies in the U.K., France, Spain and elsewhere looking to share the burden of rising costs as revenues slide.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital interview – International Law firm Pinsent Masons’ Diane Mullenex on achieving the degree of super-connectivity that the world demands.
ETNO (June 3, 2015) 'Regulation in my view, must not inhibit investment or innovation in the development and deployment of high-speed networks to achieve the degrees of super-connectivity that the world demands'.     read more...
Ministers expected to break telecoms deadlock on 12 June
Europolitics (June 3, 2015) After three-way talks on 2 June, roaming and net neutrality will be on the agenda of a ministerial breakfast outside the Telecoms Council.     read more...
Europe split on abolition of mobile roaming charges
Euractiv (June 3, 2015) The European Union's ambition to end mobile roaming charges for citizens travelling across the continent is being stymied by member states backing their national operators.     read more...
Google notches up another EU antitrust complaint
CBR (June 3, 2015) US start-up Disconnect has filed an antitrust complaint with the European Commission against Google for banning its mobile app in the play store.     read more...
Telecoms dream dying
Politico (June 2, 2015) Commission Vice-President Andrus Ansip sounded like a dreamer when he tweeted his hopes for a breakthrough on the telecoms talks.     read more...
Buttarelli: No compromise on data protection reform
Euractiv (June 2, 2015) In an interview with EurActiv, Buttarelli said of the regulation, 'The reform is likely to last two decades, which is a century today.'     read more...
Spectrum: EU must pull together on international stage
Europolitics (June 2, 2015) Germany and France have already allocated the 700 Mhz bandwidth. Meanwhile, the EU is still working on a common position     read more...
Las telecos europeas compiten por fusionarse
Expansion (June 1, 2015) Telcos in Europe have a mission: to create a scale before it is too late.     read more...
Member states see digital security as a national issue
Euractiv (May 29, 2015) The Latvian Presidency of the European Council has been pushing the network and information security directive as part of its portfolio relating to the European Commission's Digital Single Market plans.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Congress passes NSA surveillance reform in vindication for Snowden
The Guardian (June 3, 2015) The US Senate passed a bill to end the bulk collection of millions of Americans’ phone records, ushering in the country’s most significant surveillance reform since 1978.     read more...
The real winners in the fight over government surveillance
The Washington Post (June 3, 2015) With the passage of the USA Freedom Act tech companies are claiming their first significant policy win.     read more...
European Union or mean girl?
Politico (June 3, 2015) Catherine Novelli, the US under secretary for economic growth, energy and the environment, sought to sooth Europe’s bruised ego on a trip this week to Brussels.     read more...
Tech knows more about trade deal than Congress does
The Hill (June 3, 2015) The technology industry knows more about the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal that many members of Congress, Rep. Jackie Speier said.     read more...
AT&T ready to fold on net neutrality rules for DirecTV approval
CED Magazine (June 3, 2015) AT&T is reportedly ready to agree to conditions set by the FCC in order to get approval for its $49 billion acquisition of DirecTV.     read more...
A horrible new PayPal policy opts you into getting robocalls
The Washington Post (June 3, 2015) The payments company on July 1 is rolling out an update to its user agreement that threatens to bombard you with 'autodialed or prerecorded calls and text messages, but by then, federal regulators may well have approved new rules against robocalling.     read more...
FBI calls for new wiretap law covering social media
PCWorld (June 3, 2015) Encrypted social networking tools are hindering the FBI’s ability to track terrorists and recruiters who are appealing to young people in the U.S., an FBI official told lawmakers.     read more...
Wall Street watchdog sets rules for bitcoin
The Hill (June 3, 2015) A top Wall Street watchdog issued new rules that place stricter cybersecurity requirements on financial firms wishing to use virtual currencies.     read more...
Apple’s Tim Cook Accuses Facebook and Google of Violating User Privacy
The Time (June 3, 2015) Apple boss Tim Cook lashed out at Internet giants and government, calling them out for undermining constitutionally-guaranteed rights to privacy.     read more...
China's 'Internet police' open a window on Web censorship
Reuters (May 31, 2015) The branch of China's police in charge of censoring "illegal and harmful" online information will make its efforts more visible to the public with the launch of their own social media accounts, the Ministry of Public Security said.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Trust and transparency
Cisco (June 3, 2015) Trust and security is more important than ever before throughout the industry. Why aren’t customers explicitly demanding it be in all their IT systems?     read more...
MEP Viviane Reding: The Council is kidding itself
Politico (June 2, 2015) The completion of the digital single market is on everyone’s mind. But it is unfortunately not the EU’s top priority.     read more...
Andrus Ansip at the European Digital Forum - Digital for growth: removing barriers to build Europe's future
European Commission (June 1, 2015) 'If the single market freedoms are to remain relevant – and I believe that they should – then they have to go digital'.     read more...
'Madame Lemaire, l’Europe des Télécommunications ne doit pas rimer avec manque d’ambition'
Alain Bazot blog (June 1, 2015) 'Published nearly two years ago by the European Commission, the draft regulation on the single telecoms market comes in the final phase of negotiations' writes Alain Bazot, President of UFC-Que Choisir.     read more...
Christopher Yoo (Video interview): Spectrum coordination is key for Europe
The Digital Post (June 1, 2015) The more nation states try to build radio spectrum customized policies on a country-by-country basis, the slower the auctions happen, the later consumers get LTE, says Christopher Yoo, Penn Law Faculty.     read more...

Digital Economy

Orange eyes Telecom Italia as target for future consolidation
Financial Times (June 3, 2015) Orange’s senior management has said that Telecom Italia could be among its targets in a future round of consolidation in the European telecoms business.     read more...
Telenor expands 'Internet for all' project in Serbia
Telecompaper (June 3, 2015) Telenor Serbia and the Telenor Foundation, together with 28 partners from the public and civil sector, supported 28 digital society projects in Serbia.     read more...
Telenor Norway closing down 3G network in 2020
Telegeography (June 3, 2015) Telenor Norway plans to completely close down its 3G network in 2020, some five years before shutting down its 2G infrastructure in 2025.     read more...
The IoT scramble: Telefonica and Samsung collaborate as Google produces Brillo
TelecomTV (June 2, 2015) Telefonica and Samsung are snuggling up with a “collaborative partnership to further research into new technologies and the development of use cases for the Internet of Things.     read more...
Telia offers roam like home in Norway, Finland, Denmark
Telecompaper (June 1, 2015) Telia said customers who travel a lot to Norway, Denmark and Finland can now send SMS and MMS or make voice calls for the same price they pay when in Sweden.     read more...
Samsung sold 6 million Galaxy S6s in first 20 days
Telecoms (June 2, 2015) Korean tech giant Samsung sold 6 million units of its new Galaxy S6 flagship smartphone.     read more...
Télécoms: l’écart s’est creusé dans les investissements entre opérateurs européens et américains
Les Echos (May 31, 2015) A recent study points to the discrepancy between the amounts invested by telecom operators on both sides of the Atlantic.     read more...
Retour des grandes manœuvres dans le câble et les télécoms
Les Echos (May 31, 2015) It could be the wedding of the year in the telecom sector. The hypothesis of an alliance between Vodafone and Liberty Global is no longer taboo.     read more...
Ericsson est prêt à prendre part à la consolidation des réseaux télécoms
L'Agefi (May 29, 2015) The acquisition of Alcatel-Lucent by Nokia seems to challenge the Ericsson growth strategy.     read more...
Huawei teams up with Audi, Volkswagen on connected cars
Totaltelecom (May 28, 2015) Huawei struck a partnership with German car giant Volkswagen that will see the companies work together to integrate smartphone functions into vehicles.     read more...

Technology Trends

WWDC 2015: what can we expect?
The Telegraph (June 3, 2015) Next week Apple executives will take to the stage of San Francisco's Moscone West Centre to discuss the company's latest software innovations and new projects.     read more...
Computex 2015: Would you wear your phone's charger? (video)
BBC (June 3, 2015) The Computex trade show is under way in Taiwan - Asia's biggest computer and technology show. This year's event features phone-controlled devices and wearable tech, as Cindy Sui reports from Taipei.     read more...
Vodafone UK expands 4G mobile broadband roaming to 58 destinations
ISPReview (June 2, 2015) Vodafone has announced that customers of their 4G (LTE) based mobile plans in Uk will now be able to make use of the same connectivity while roaming across a total of 58 destinations worldwide.     read more...
Google keeps audio records of your 'OK Google' requests
CNN (June 2, 2015) Chances are, Google kept every audio recording. And you can play them back to yourself.     read more...
Apps spearhead Google’s battle with Apple
Financial Times (May 31, 2015) Sebastian Thrun, former head of the Google X — the advanced projects lab set up to make big bets on the future — knows all about technological ambition.     read more...

Focus on

Final Programme: ETNO-MLex Regulatory Summit 2015
Brussels (June 23, 2015)
In its fourth successful year, the ETNO-MLex Regulatory Summit 2015 will once again create a platform for up to 200 high-level delegates, representing telecom operators, the EU institutions, regulators, academics, investors and other industry stakeholders, to discuss key EU regulatory issues.     read more...


The Internet of Things World team talks to Patrice Slupowski, Vice President of Digital Innovation at Orange.
(May 13, 2015)

Press Releases

Telefonica and Bouygues Telecom create Telefonica Global Solutions France (June 3, 2015)
Telefonica and Bouygues Telecom create Telefonica Global Solutions France, a joint venture to meet the needs of multinationals in France

Telekom Austria and Mega Max Media/IFC Media sign contract to target youngest audience (June 2, 2015)
Telekom Austria Group has signed a 3 years contract with Slovakian media companies regarding a technical satellite distribution of the children´s channel ducktv.

Belgacom: As from June 19 listing becomes 'Proximus' (June 1, 2015)
After 11 years Belgacom will be replaced by Proximus

Swisscom and digitec strengthen strategic sales partnership (June 1, 2015)
Swisscom and digitec strengthen strategic sales partnership.

AT&T helps cities save water with new technology (June 1, 2015)
AT&T is working with IBM and Mueller Water Products to improve water management.


Ericsson Mobility Report
Ericsson (June 3, 2015)

Explosive Internet of Things spending to reach $1.7 trillion in 2020
IDC (June 2, 2015)

ACSI Telecommunications and Information Report 2015
ACSI (June 2, 2015)

Dutch FTTH market reaches 2.3 mln connections in 2014
Telecompaper (June 2015)

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


Be more competitive by nurturing big data

Source: Visualistan

Next Week

Open Innovation 2.0 Conference 2015 (June 7-9, 2015)
Espoo, FIN

Luxembourg’s priorities for the Council Presidency (June 9, 2015)
Brussels, BL

Big Data Monetisation in Telecoms (June 9-11, 2015)
London, UK

AngaCom (June 9-11, 2015)
Cologne, DE

Annual Cybersecurity Summit (June 10, 2015)
Brussels, BL


MVNO's Industry Summit LATAM 2015
Mexico City, MEX (June 16-17, 2015)

ETNO-MLex Regulatory Summit 2015
Brussels (June 23, 2015)

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

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

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

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