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Thursday May 28, 2015

European Policy

Parliament power struggle over DSM
Politico (May 27, 2015) Two influential committees in the European Parliament are locked in a power struggle to control the digital single market strategy.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital Blog Post: Digital technologies fundamental to our sustainable future
ETNO (May 26, 2015) Luis Neves, GeSI Chairman: 'With GHG emissions rising and Europe still recovering from the financial crisis, there is an increased sense of urgency for a comprehensive strategy to achieve low-carbon growth. ICT, with its cross-sector role, is central to this approach.'     read more...
Mobile internet price comparisons – a review of the Digital Fuel Monitor methodology
ETNO (May 22, 2015) From time to time, policymakers, government officials and telco executives find their email in-boxes filled with alarmist, and sometimes unsolicited, press releases warning about mobile internet price increases, measured according to a price comparison methodology called the 'Digital Fuel Monitor.'     read more...
Copyright: MEPs tussle over amendments to Reda report
Europolitics (May 27, 2015) The vote in JURI has been pushed back to 16 June to give the deputies more time to negotiate.     read more...
Big telcos take the stage in Germany's new spectrum auction
Euractiv (May 27, 2015) Germany launched its first radio spectrum auction since 2010.     read more...
Net neutrality could become law in Italy - unless internet users would rather opt out
ZDNet (May 27, 2015) Last week the Transport and Telecoms Committee of the Italian Parliament's lower house has begun discussing a bill that would make it mandatory for ISPs to treat all internet traffic.     read more...
Belgian Court summons Skype over refusal to allow wiretaps
The Wall Street Journal (May 26, 2015) Microsoft’s Skype subsidiary has been summoned to appear before a Belgian court for refusing to allow authorities to wiretap communications between two criminal suspects.     read more...
As Facebook sweeps across Europe, regulators gird for battle
The New York Times (May 25, 2015) One arm of the European Union is looking into whether Facebook and other tech companies unfairly favor their own services over those of rivals.     read more...
Arcep submits fibre access draft decision to EC
Telecompaper (May 25, 2015) French telecom regulator Arcep has submitted its draft decision on the operational processes for accessing fibre-based networks to the European Commission and the competent authorities in other EU member states.     read more...
Oettinger spricht sich gegen EU-Roaming aus
Heise online (May 24, 2015) EU Commissioner Günther Oettinger is keeping on his digital campaigns for a complete abolition of roaming charges in Europe.     read more...

US & Global policy

FCC wants phone companies to block robocallers
The Hill (May 27, 2015) Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler wants to give phone companies the power to block robocalls and texts to customers’ phones.     read more...
Washington backs Oracle in Google case
Financial Times (May 27, 2015) The US administration has backed Oracle in a landmark legal case against Google that some technology experts have warned could put a serious brake on innovation in the software industry.     read more...
I.R.S. breach demonstrates the need to make hacking harder
The New York Times (May 27, 2015) The Internal Revenue Service has been added to a long list of companies and government agencies that hackers have breached in the last year.     read more...
Attorney general: Senate risking ‘serious lapse’ by stalling on NSA bill
The Hill (May 27, 2015) A stalemate in the Senate is on the verge of handicapping American national security officers, Attorney General Loretta Lynch warned.     read more...
Regulators await Charter’s $90bn plan for scale in cable
Financial Times (May 22, 2015) Charter Communications unveiled a $90bn-plus plan to become the second-biggest US cable operator, even as regulators pledged to test whether the latest attempt to consolidate the industry was in consumers’ interests.     read more...
Russia warns it could block Google, Twitter and Facebook
Euractiv (May 22, 2015) Russia's media watchdog has written to Google, Twitter and Facebook warning them against violating Russian Internet laws.     read more...
Senate debate over NSA has Patriot Act in the balance
The Wall Street Journal (May 22, 2015) Lawmakers are divided over House bill curbing phone surveillance.     read more...
Spy agencies explored tapping Google, Samsung app servers
The Wall Street Journal (May 22, 2015) Western intelligence agencies explored tapping Google and Samsung mobile-software stores as well as a mobile Web browser now owned by China’s Alibaba Group, according to a document leaked by former U.S. contractor Edward Snowden.     read more...
Edward Snowden weighs in on debate over NSA phone records program
The Washington Post (May 22, 2015) The future of National Security Agency spying program that collects the phone records of millions of Americans hangs in the balance as Congress debates whether it should renew the section of a controversial surveillance law used to authorize it.     read more...
DOJ releases privacy policy for US drones
The Hill (May 22, 2015) The Justice Department released guidelines that would explicitly bar the agency from using drones solely to monitor activity protected by the First Amendment, like peaceful protests.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Ansip’s spokesperson (video interview): Don’t call our strategy unambitious
The Digital Post (May 27, 2015) The Commission is expecting European leaders to give strong political support to the DSM strategy, says spokesperson for Digital Single Market Nathalie Vandystadt, signalling that all the actions listed in the initiative have been called upon by a vast majority of Members States and MEPs.     read more...
The urgency of the digitalization of the European economy
Telefonica (May 22, 2015) Today, we are involved in a vast process of digitalization that does not differentiate any more between on-line or offline dimensions.     read more...
Interview with Emmanuel Macron - Télécoms: 'L’heure n’est pas à la consolidation mais aux investissements '
Les Echos (May 22, 2015) Emmanuel Macron gathered in Bercy Orange, SFR, Bouygues and Free: they pledged to cover the areas where the mobile does not pass within four years.     read more...
L’Europe doit se doter d’une politique offensive vis-à-vis des géants du web
La Tribune (May 21, 2015) For Sébastien Soriano, Arcep president, Arcep must be transformed into a 'regulator of connectivity'.     read more...
Fast-moving tech markets undermine Europe’s Google investigation
Euractiv (May 21, 2015) The European Commission’s investigation of Google proves it is living in the past, argues Gary Shapiro, CEO of the Consumer Electronics Association.     read more...

Digital Economy

Ziggo grows to 44% of Dutch broadband market
Telecompaper (May 28, 2015) Dutch cable operator Ziggo became the biggest broadband provider in the Netherlands in the first quarter of this year with a market share of 43.9%.     read more...
Spain approves Orange's Jazztel takeover
Total Telecom (May 27, 2015) The Spanish Securities Commission, or CNMV, has given the green light to Orange's planned takeover of Jazztel.     read more...
Nokia buys SON specialist Eden Rock
Telecompaper (May 27, 2015) Nokia Networks announced an agreement to acquire Eden Rock Communications, creator of the Eden-NET SON platform.     read more...
The Time Warner Cable deal will provide ‘lower prices for faster’ Internet, says Charter’s CEO
The Washington Post (May 26, 2015) Charter Communications said Tuesday that it was buying Time Warner Cable for $55 billion, just one month after Comcast withdrew its bid for the nation's second-largest cable company.     read more...
Tech firms seek ways to fend off activist investors
The Wall Street Journal (May 26, 2015) Some have surrendered, but others are fighting back with tactics like granting founders special stock.     read more...
Twitter reportedly eyeing $1bn Flipboard acquisition
The Guardian (May 26, 2015) Twitter is discussing the possibility of acquiring the social media aggregation app Flipboard at a valuation of more than $1bn.     read more...
Vodafone Moot Monster £120bn merger with Virgin Media UK parent
ISPReview (May 24, 2015) Some of Vodafone’s most significant shareholders, each with stakes worth billions of pounds, are putting pressure on the mobile giant to enter into a massive £120 billion merger deal with Liberty Global.     read more...
Telekom Slovenije to offer triple-play over LTE network
Telecompaper (May 22, 2015) Telekom Slovenije has developed its own technology to offer customers internet, fixed telephony and TV over the LTE mobile network.     read more...
French telecoms outsider is more easyJet than jet set
Financial Times (May 22, 2015) Mr Drahi’s drive and persistence have paid off: this week, his European cable operator Altice went transatlantic, agreeing to buy 70 per cent of US-based Suddenlink for $6.7bn.     read more...
HP sells half of Chinese networking business H3C for $2.3 billion
Telecoms (May 22, 2015) US tech giant HP is selling 51% of its subsidiary H3C, which primarily sells networking equipment in China, to Tsinghua Holdings for $2.3 billion, with the new joint-venture keeping the H3C name.     read more...

Technology Trends

The iPhone bug that lets anyone crash your phone with a text message
The Guardian (May 27, 2015) A bug in Apple’s iOS means that anyone can crash an iPhone by simplysending it a certain string of characters in a message.     read more...
Air Force certifies Elon Musk’s SpaceX to launch national security missions
The Washington Post (May 26, 2015) It took a court case, tens of millions of dollars and some heated words, but Elon Musk's quest to be able to launch satellites for the Pentagon finally concluded.     read more...
Sniffing and sharing WiFi passwords? There's an app for that!
The Register (May 25, 2015) China's internet services aren't stellar, which is why the nation's State Council recently decided to spend US$182bn on network construction in an effort to speed up local connections.     read more...
Forget the internet of things – we need an internet of people
The Guardian (May 25, 2015) From cars to umbrellas, everyday objects are becoming increasingly connected. But the question we need to ask is – should they be?     read more...
Google’s plan for a Sci-fi Teddy Bear is terrifying
The Time (May 22, 2015) Google has patented the idea for a connected stuffed animal that is part toy, part robot.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO ThinkDigital interview – EU Ambassador to the US David O'Sullivan talks internet platforms, TTIP, privacy and protectionism concerns
Brussels (May 22, 2015)
The European Commission has just launched a new Digital Single Market strategy. Which implications does it have for US and international stakeholders?     read more...


Ericsson: Open for the future - NFV for the Networked Society
(May 20, 2015)

Press Releases

eircom reveals the top 10 study hacks from people across the country (May 26, 2015)
eircom did a nationwide search to find the best ‘study hacks’ – tricks, shortcuts, skills, or novelty methods that increase productivity and efficiency when studying.

TeliaSonera invests in renowned Swedish IoT-firm Springworks (May 22, 2015)
With the investment in Springworks, TeliaSonera broadens its m2m and IoT portfolio with new capabilities.

Deutsche Telekom: Höttges presents strong results (May 21, 2015)
At the Deutsche Telekom Shareholders’ Meeting, CEO Timotheus Höttges presented impressive figures.

Telecom Italia announces Initial Public Offering of up to 40% of INWIT (May 21, 2015)
Telecom Italia announces its intention to proceed with an Initial Public Offering of up to 40% of the ordinary shares in its fully owned telecom infrastructure subsidiary, Infrastrutture Wireless Italiane S.p.A. (INWIT).

Telenor renews global agreement with UNI Global Union (May 21, 2015)
Telenor Group and UNI Global Union renewed their global agreement.


Dutch Broadband Q1 2015
Telecompaper (May 26, 2015)

M2M growth necessitates a new approach to networking planning and optimisation
Machina Research (May 22, 2015)

Americans’ attitudes about privacy, security and surveillance
Pew Research Center (May 20, 2015)

Italy Telecoms market report 2015
Analysys Mason (May 18, 2015)

Agencies need better controls to achieve significant savings on mobile devices and services
United States Government Accountability Office (May 2015)


The unconnected senior citizens of Asia

Source: Telenor

Next Week

European consumer summit: Shaping the consumer policy of the future (June 1-2, 2015)
Bruxelles, BL

tmforumlive! (June 1-4, 2015)
Nice, FR

TIA 2015 - Network of the Future (June 2-4, 2015)
Dallaz, Tx USA

DataCloud Europe 2015 (June 3-4, 2015)
Monaco, MC

Workshop on China, the Digital Economy and the Juncker Plan (June 4, 2015)
Bruxelles, BL


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

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

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

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

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

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