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Thursday May 21, 2015

European Policy

New glitch in telecoms talks
Politico (May 20, 2015) An unexpected objection from The Netherlands complicates the telecoms single market.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview – ICANN and the transition of the IANA stewardship: Ensuring a unified, global Internet for all
ETNO (May 19, 2015) ETNO’s #ThinkDigital interview with Jean-Jacques Sahel, VP Europe ICANN: 'A successful transition would ensure the continuation of the Internet as a global platform for innovation, by maintaining its open, secure, stable and interoperable nature for all users across the globe.'     read more...
Internet firms to face stiffer fines for breaking EU's 'right to be forgotten' rules
Euractiv (May 21, 2015) Firms such as Google and Microsoft will face stiffer fines if they violate Europe's "right to be forgotten" online rules, according to a draft text agreed by European Union ambassadors.     read more...
DSM: Has digital transformation of industry been overlooked?
Europolitics (May 20, 2015) Draft conclusions released ahead of the Competitiveness Council meeting suggests the Council wanted more from the Commission.     read more...
US tech firms targeted in cybersecurity talks
Politico (May 21, 2015) France, Germany and Spain pushing to extend legislation over a broad array of Internet companies.     read more...
Ansip denies ‘rumours’ of encryption backdoors in EU’s digital plan
Euractiv (May 20, 2015) Addressing the European Parliament in a plenary session, Ansip was eager to dispel rumours that the Commission wanted to tap into citizens' secure digital communications.     read more...
MEPs apprehensive about digital divide
Europolitics (May 19, 2015) The EP reacts coolly to the Commission's digital strategy, saying it lacks ambition.     read more...
Les opérateurs télécoms européens retrouveraient la croissance en 2017
Les Echos (May 18, 2015) In 2017, revenues from "telcos" should start rising after seven years of decline.     read more...
Telecoms single market package limps to Council
Politico (May 18, 2015) Latest compromise proposal lacks ambition on roaming but pushes Council's boundaries on net neutrality.     read more...
La nueva apuesta de CE por mercado único digital planta cara a viejos retos
Expansion (May 16, 2015) The new commitment of the European Commission to create a digital single market brings together an amalgam of proposals but it remains to be specified.     read more...
Facebook 'tramples European privacy law' - Belgian watchdog
Reuters (May 15, 2015) Belgium's privacy watchdog accused Facebook of trampling on European privacy laws by tracking people online without their consent and dodging questions from national regulators.     read more...

US & Global Policy

EU, US set to sign personal data protection deal
CBR Online (May 11, 2015) The European Union (EU) and US are likely to sign an 'umbrella agreement' for personal data protection transferred during criminal matters.     read more...
China to spend $182 billion to boost Internet by end of 2017
Reuters (May 20, 2015) China will spend more than $182 billion to boost Internet speeds by the end of 2017, a top government body said, as Beijing moves towards a more service-driven economy to boost growth.     read more...
Russia threatens to ban Google, Twitter and Facebook over extremist content
The Guardian (May 20, 2015) Russia’s communications watchdog has threatened to fine Facebook, Google and Twitter and block their services under a controversial law on blogging.     read more...
How the battle for the future of the Web is shaped by economics
The Washington Post (May 19, 2015) Although the Federal Communications Commission approved a historic set of net neutrality regulations in February, Internet providers are trying to overturn those rules in court.     read more...
Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis confirms a hacker attack
The New York Times (May 19, 2015) The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis confirmed that hackers had successfully attacked the bank, redirecting users of its online research services to fake websites set up by the attackers.     read more...
US accuses Chinese professors of spying
Financial Times (May 19, 2015) US authorities have charged three Tianjin University professors and three other Chinese citizens with economic espionage, claiming that they stole sensitive US technology to help Chinese universities and government-controlled companies.     read more...
Apple and Google sign letter urging Obama to support encryption
The Guardian (May 19, 2015) Cryptologists join call for US president to resist pressure from FBI and surveillance agencies to build back doors in operating systems.     read more...
How the FTC is trying to protect shopper data caught up in Radioshack’s bankruptcy
The Washington Post (May 18, 2015) RadioShack's financial demise may leave techies with one less place to buy gizmos and their information on the auction block.     read more...
What U.S. cyber negotiations in Asia have to do with Penn State
DCInno (May 17, 2015) Secretary of State John Kerry will address topics concerning cybersecurity strategy, standards and relations, as he completes a weekend long trip of negotiations between Seoul and Beijing.     read more...
Lawmakers press FCC for more transparency
The Hill (May 15, 2015) Lawmakers on Friday used a House hearing to press the Federal Communications Commission to be more transparent.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Olivier Huart (BNE): A Digital Single Market does not mean a single solution for the future
Euractiv (May 18, 2015) Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) is the leading platform for TV distribution in Europe and a major provider of jobs. It is time to take into account these dimensions in the Digital Single Market strategy, writes Olivier Huart, Chairman of Broadcast Network Europe.     read more...
Luigi Gambardella (ChinaEU): The rationale for digital single market
Broadband4europe (May 18, 2015) The European Commission unveiled the digital single market strategy for Europe recently.The intention is to eliminate all unnecessary barriers among member states to allow for the free movement of goods, people, services and capital across the European digital economy, says Luigi Gambardella president of ChinaEU.     read more...
Quand le digital se met en panne
Orange (May 19, 2015) The launches of devices or applications are always a fateful moment for giant digital. What are the innovations of the digital companies that have not attracted their audience in their infancy?     read more...
Celebrating World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
The White House (May 18, 2015) May 17, was World Telecommunication and Information Society Day (WTISD), which recognizes the power of the Internet and other information and communication technologies to improve society by expanding access to information and knowledge.     read more...
Unearthing the enigma of Bitcoin’s birth
The New York Times (May 15, 2015) The hunt for Satoshi Nakamoto, the elusive creator of Bitcoin, has captivated even those who think the virtual currency is some sort of online Ponzi scheme.     read more...

Digital Economy

Huawei launches ‘internet of things’ operating system
Financial Times (May 20, 2015) Huawei, the Chinese telecoms group, has launched an operating system designed to work exclusively with internet connected objects — from cars to watches to toothbrushes — which it predicts will number more than 100bn by 2025.     read more...
Altice enters US market with acquisition of Suddenlink
Telecompaper (May 20, 2015) Altice is entering the US market with an agreement to buy a controlling stake in Suddenlink, the seventh-largest cable operator in the US.     read more...
Orange secures EU approval for Jazztel acquisition
The Wall Street Journal (May 19, 2015) Merger almost doubles Orange’s market share in broadband Internet access in Spain.     read more...
Deutsche Telekom pays €900m for full ownership of Slovak Telecom
Financial Times (May 19, 2015) Deutsche Telekom agreed to pay €900m for full ownership of Slovak Telecom, strengthening consolidation in the European telecoms industry.     read more...
Slovak Telekom extends T-payment partners list
Telecompaper (May 19, 2015) Slovak Telekom is again extending its T-payment (T-platba) service, and now allows customers to make purchases and payments via pre-paid card credit or through their monthly invoice from Boku, too.     read more...
Vodafone optimistic on strong demand for data
Telecoms (May 19, 2015) UK operator giant Vodafone was keen to highlight its steady progress when announcing its latest quarterly and full year earnings, focusing on organic growth, investment and untapped market potential.     read more...
BT tells regulator its £12.5bn move to buy EE will 'enhance' competition
ISPReview (May 18, 2015) Telecoms giant BT has submitted its official response to the Competition and Markets Authority‘s (CMA) review of their £12.5bn move to buy mobile operator EE.     read more...
India and China sign $22bn in deals during Modi visit
Financial Times (May 17, 2015) Chinese banks have granted $2.5bn in credit lines to Bharti Airtel, the Indian telecoms group, in one of the biggest Beijing-backed financings for an Indian group to date.     read more...
Google’s Buy buttons could make mobile shopping much easier
Digital Trends (May 16, 2015) Google’s latest innovation is Buy buttons for search results on your smartphone, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal.     read more...
Telefónica results point to turnround in Spanish home market
Financial Times (May 14, 2015) Telefónica on Thursday hailed the start of a “new growth cycle”, as the Madrid-based group reported a 162 per cent jump in first-quarter profits.     read more...

Technology Trends

In defense of ad-blockers, a vital tool for the privacy conscious
ZDNet (May 19, 2015) Ad-blockers harm the internet economy. But they can also help save your privacy. Which do you value more?     read more...
How AT&T is virtualizing security
The Wall Street Journal (May 18, 2015) AT&T is rethinking how it approaches security as it upgrades its data centers and network to better handle growing data and video traffic.     read more...
Speed-of-light computers made possible by ultra-tiny 'beamsplitter'
Mashable (May 18, 2015) Computer engineers at the University of Utah announced a breakthrough, potentially paving the way for supercomputers that process data thousands of times faster than they do now.     read more...
Awesome tech you can’t buy yet: Solar sails, jelly printers, EEG headphones
Digital Trends (May 17, 2015) A cut through the Pebble clones and janky iPhone cases to round up the most unusual, ambitious, and exciting projects out there this week.     read more...
Google's self-driving cars to hit roads, with steering wheels
Reuters (May 16, 2015) Google will begin testing self-driving cars of its own design on public roads this summer, but they will have steering wheels and brakes, which is not what the company described a year ago.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO-MLex Regulatory Summit 2015: New speakers!
Brussels (June 23, 2015)
The Digital Single Market Strategy is set to translate into a loud call for action to all pro-digital stakeholders in Europe. In the wake of the presentation of the Strategy, business leaders, regulators and policymakers will gather at the ETNO-MLex Regulatory Summit to discuss the digital priorities for 2015.     read more...


Digital Single Market: ‘The EU should not use new regulation to disadvantage successful companies’ Cisco cautions
(May 18, 2015)

Press Releases

Deutsche Telekom acquires remaining 49% stake in Slovak Telekom (May 19, 2015)
Deutsche Telekom is acquiring the 49% stake of Slovak Telekom that it does not already own.

Elisa Kassa enables commerce in any location (May 19, 2015)
Elisa Kassa makes it possible for entrepreneurs to do business anywhere their customers are.

Nokia Networks shrinks an entire LTE network into a box (May 19, 2015)
Nokia Networks is launching a compact, rapidly deployable LTE network in a box with macro site capacity.

Telefónica Open Future commits US $200 million for innovation platform (May 18, 2015)
Telefónica will invest up to US$200 million in strategic innovation Coral Group to develop and deliver integrated solutions.

Swisscom - roaming prices tumble further: cost of phone calls and text messages slashed worldwide (May 18, 2015)
Swisscom is releasing its new Travel Voice option to coincide with the summer holidays.


Bad ads and zero-days: Reemerging threats challenge trust in supply chains and best practices
Trendmicro (May 19, 2015)

Cybercrime will cost business over $2 trillion by 2019
Juniper Research (May 12, 2015)

Continuing to connect Telecoms 2015-2017
UK Govt (May 2015)

Reshaping the future with NFV and SDN
Arthur D. Little (May 2015)

Global Mobile Broadband - a Trailblazing Market - Insights and Statistics
Budde (May 2015)


How to avoid a Google penalty

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Next Week

3rd China cross-border e-Commerce Conference & Exhibition 2015 (May 21-22, 2015)
Shangai, CN

Rebooting Canada’s communications legislation (May 22-23, 2015)
Ottawa, CDN

Managed Services Growth Markets 2015 (May 25-26, 2015)
Istanbul, TK

2nd International Conference of Internet Science (May 27-29, 2015)
Brussels, BL

2nd High-level Cybersecurity Conference (May 28, 2015)
Brussels, BL


China, the Digital Economy and the EU investment Plan
Brussels (June 4, 2015)

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 (June 23, 2015)

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

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