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November 26

European Policies

MEPs want to make internet companies liable for radical content online
Euractiv (Nov 26, 2015) The European Parliament voted in favour of a report that calls for criminal charges against online firms if they do not remove material from their websites that promote terrorism.     read more...
Roberto Viola’s view on the Internet of Things
The Parliament Magazine (Nov 20, 2015) Roberto Viola on the challenges that lie ahead in the implementation of the Commission's digital single market strategy and why we shouldn't fear the Internet of Things.     read more...
Austria's highest court to decide whether to allow class action vs Facebook
Reuters (Nov 23, 2015) Austrian student Max Schrems's attempt to bring a class-action lawsuit against Facebook (FB.O) over its privacy policies will head to Austria's Supreme Court to determine whether such collective legal action is allowed, his group said on Monday.     read more...
Deutsche Telekom gets vectoring OK
Total Telecom (Nov 24, 2015) Bundesnetzagentur approves high-speed broadband expansion plan, provided telco offers VULA product.     read more...
Europe may lose out in coming tech consolidation, warns expert
ITEuropa (Nov 20, 2015) It is getting harder to read the values of tech companies. It will mean that European tech start-ups and any technology firm not making a profit are going to have to prove their worth to their investors much sooner than some of them hoped     read more...
Los consumidores rechazan la regulación de la fibra de la CNMC
Cinco Dìas (Nov 23, 2015) Distintas asociaciones de internautas y consumidores han rechazado la regulación de las redes de fibra óptica propuesta por la Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC), que plantea que Telefónica comparta sus redes donde no hay suficiente competencia.     read more...
Can an app fix EU democracy?
The Digital Post (Nov 25, 2015) For now, the primary aim of the platform is to boost civic engagement in the US in view of the next presidential elections. Can it become also in Europe a useful tool to bridge the historical gap between the EU and its citizens?     read more...
Council pushes for broad collection of flight passenger data after Paris attacks
Euractiv (Nov 23, 2015) Justice and Home Affairs ministers from EU member states met on November 20 in Brussels to discuss new security measures following the terrorist attacks in Paris last weekend that left 129 people dead.     read more...
U.K.'s Own 'DARPA' Will Pour £165 Million Into Cyber Security Startups
Forbes (Nov 19, 2015) The British government has announced a bold series of new programs to boost its cyber security defences, including a new, £165 million ($250 million) fund that will see the government buy or invest in cyber security startups.     read more...
ITU globally allocates 700 MHz band to mobile
Telecoms (Nov 23, 2015) The ITU formally moved to allocate the 700 MHz band (specifically 694-790 MHz) to the global mobile industry at the 2015 World Radiocommunication Conference (WRC-15) currently underway in Geneva.     read more...
How to reinforce ARCEP involvement within European institutions?
ARCEP (November) Public Consultation launched by ARCEP, aiming to gather the views of stakeholders to the publication of a strategic roadmap in January 2016.     read more...
Colao (Vodafone): L’Italia sta cambiando passo. Armonizzare le regole Ue per mercato unico delle Tlc
Il Sole 24 ore (Nov 25, 2015) L'armonizzazione delle regole europee nel settore delle Tlc e' “un tema enorme” dal punto di vista fiscale ma non solo ed e' fondamentale anche per favorire il consolidamento del comparto.     read more...

US & Global Policies

FCC proposes millions in fines, collects $0
Politico (Nov 23, 2015) The FCC has yet to collect more than $100 million in fines it's announced against companies in the past two years, sparking criticism from members of Congress who say the agency is chasing headlines without following through on enforcement.     read more...
The Schrems Decision: How the End of Safe Harbor Affects Your FCPA Compliance Plan
Global Trade Law (Nov 23, 2015) Like a needle to a balloon, the Schrems decision has drastically altered the data privacy landscape. Who is affected? Everyone – consumers, corporations, employees.     read more...
Google gets 348,085 'forget' requests in Europe
Euractiv (Nov 26, 2015) Since a top European court ruled people have a right to be forgotten online, Google has received 348,085 requests for tidbits to vanish from search results.     read more...
Apple, Google and Microsoft: weakening encryption lets the bad guys in
The Guardian (Nov 23, 2015) Technology companies respond to post-Paris attack threats to web security and calls for backdoors in encryption from government     read more...
Why Can’t We Be Friends? FTC and FCC Formalize Cooperation in Consumer Privacy Enforcement
JDSupra (Nov 25, 2015) The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently formalized an agreement to cooperate when regulating the “deceptive, unfair, unjust and/or unreasonable” acts and practices of common carriers.     read more...
With this hire, the FCC could soon get tougher on privacy and security
The Washington Post (Nov 24, 2015) The Federal Communications Commission has hired Jonathan Mayer, a rising star in privacy circles, to serve as its technical lead for investigations into telephone, television and Internet service providers.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

European Digital Job Fair in Madrid: Opening Speech by Carlos López Blanco
Telefonica Blog (Nov 20, 2015) During this morning’s session, key European and national public policy stakeholders are represented to discuss how Spain is preparing for the digital transformation and how concrete actions are undertaken to boost skills and employability.     read more...
Cable & Wireless faces its final curtain
Total Telecom (Nov 20, 2015) The telco industry could soon be Cable & Wireless-less for the first time since 1934.     read more...
Telefonica’s Chief Commercial Office on privacy and consumers
Vimeo (Nov 20, 2015) “What are the customers’ expectations on personal data? What has changed in terms of technology? Eduardo Navarro of Telefonica discusses his views with Politico’s Ryan Heath.     read more...
Encryption, ISIS, and terrorism in cyber space
Computer Business Review (Nov 25, 2015) Paris turmoil has once again put the spotlight on encryption, with some government and security professionals blaming the privacy measures for enabling the terrorist attacks     read more...
The digital economy driving innovation, growth and social prosperity
Esharp (November 2015) In recent years it has increasingly become clear that a flourishing Digital Economy constitutes one of the most powerful tools to address the main challenges of our society.     read more...
Regulating platforms? A competition law perspective
Chilling competition (Nov 21, 2015) Not being an expert in regulation, my views on the subject are eminently related to competition law and to its application to multi-sided markets which, as you know, is one of the fields in which I have recently done some work, advising platforms, non-platforms competing with platforms or simply reflecting on wider policy issues     read more...

Digital Economy

KPN Play: a good service, but to target which market?
Telecom Paper (Nov 24, 2015) KPN has launched a new TV service called KPN Play. The big question is how this will be positioned in the market, as the opportunities for the operator are significant. Even if it is a good service though, success is not assured if there's no clear addressable market.     read more...
CCS’s yearly forecast sees telecoms mergers and rise of wearables
The Financial Times (Nov 18, 2015) Next year could see radical new smartphone designs, a move by Google into European mobile services and the possible acquisition of broadcaster ITV by BT as it seeks to strengthen its television platform.     read more...
Alcatel-Lucent and China Telecom expand 4G LTE across 12 provinces of China
Alcatel-Lucent (Nov 23, 2015) Expansion of mobile ultra-broaband will increase data download speeds by almost double.     read more...
Orange details IoT rollout plan
Total Telecom (Nov 26, 2015) French incumbent reveals 17 launch areas for LoRa network; announces cellular IoT trial with Ericsson.     read more...
Huawei aiming to simplify 5G service creation
Telecoms (Nov 23, 2015) Huawei and its European partners are collaborating to create a unified 5G infrastructure for Europe, in order to underpin all future cloud and networking services.     read more...
Vivacom sold for €730 million
Total Telecom (Nov 23, 2015) Bulgarian mobile operator Vivacom has been sold to a local businessman for a total of €730 million including debt, it emerged late last week.     read more...
Vodafone hit by $300m charge to pave way for Indian IPO
The Financial Times (Nov 24, 2015) India’s Supreme Court has hit Vodafone with a Rs20bn ($300m) charge over its plans to bring together four regional subsidiaries in preparation for a long-awaited initial public offering in the country.     read more...
Consumer groups expose manufacturers for collecting data from connected cars
Euractiv (Nov 24, 2015) Many new cars models are linked to the Internet. But according to a new study, drivers are often not aware of where their personal data ends up.     read more...
EE proposes restrictions on mobile adverts
The Telegraph (Nov 22, 2015) Chief executive Olaf Swantee launches strategic review over measure against 'intrusive or crass' ads that 'can drive people crazy'     read more...

Technology Trends

Verizon Commercial Suggests a Thanksgiving Without Phones
The New York Times (Nov 25, 2015) Imagine Thanksgiving without Instagram. That is apparently what Verizon is envisioning this holiday season. In a television commercial that it will introduce on Thanksgiving, Verizon is urging people to turn off their phones.     read more...
Gear VR Offers a Preview of Virtual Reality in the Home
The New York Times (Nov 23, 2015) When a friend asks what you did over the weekend, you may soon say, “I stood 15 feet away from a dinosaur” — and you will not be bluffing.     read more...
Mobility and virtual reality among top 2016 ongoing trends
The Drum (Nov 25, 2015) The recent Communication Trends for 2016 report published by global communications agency Hotwire offers some great insights for B2B and B2C markerters alike.     read more...
Millennials Spend More Than 3 Hours a Day on Mobile Phones
Campus Technology (Nov 19, 2015) The average U.S. millennial (aged 16-30) with Internet access spends 3.1 hours a day on a mobile phone — totaling 21.7 hours a week or 1,128 hours (47 days) a year, according to a new study from global research consultancy TNS.     read more...
Apple Poised To Beat Visa, PayPal Into China E-Payments
Forbes (Nov 25, 2015) Apple could become the first big foreign company to offer domestic electronic payment services in China, representing a major accomplishment for CEO Tim Cook in his recent campaign to improve relations with Beijing.     read more...

Focus on

The Industrial Internet Era, a Politico event presented by ETNO
Brussels (December 8, 2015)
focus on
Please note that the date and venue have changed to December 8, 2015 at the Residence Palace, rue de la Loi 155, Brussels. Don't miss this chance. Register now!     read more...


Network deployment: the investor view
(October 13, 2014)

Press Releases

Telefónica reinforces its commitment to the “European Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs” (Nov 20, 2015)
A total of 59 companies from eleven European nations participated, onsite an online, in the inaugural Digital Job Fair that this time takes place in Madrid, with the goal of filling more than 800 ICT jobs with qualified Spanish professionals.

Telenor Bulgaria’s long-term commitment to Safer Internet (Nov 23, 2015)
Telenor Bulgaria has launched a programme which increases awareness of potential risks regarding the Internet and provides students and teachers with tools and advice on how to overcome such challenges.

Deutsche Telekom launches Christmas campaign (Nov 20, 2015)
New commercial underscores the importance of direct connections between people. Telekom urges moderate use of digital devices

Sharalike, an American start-up specialising in automatically creating animations, launches its mobile and web service in France with Orange Cloud (Nov 24, 2015)
Winner of Orange Fab France season 4, Sharalike is announcing its partnership with Orange. The start-up also won the America prize at the DigiWorld Summit 2015.

Swisscom:Smart parking in Lenzburg (Nov 25, 2015)
The pilot project highlights the opportunities offered by the Internet of Things.


Consumer data under attack: The growing threat of cyber crime
Deloitte (http://www.insidesec)

Africa Telecoms Market Outlook, November 2015
Ovum (November 2015)

Global Adoption Levels for the Internet of Things (IoT) Amongst Manufacturers
Infor (Nov 3, 2015)

Trends in Mobile Remote  Patient Monitoring  2015
Spyglass  Consulting  Group (Nov 16, 2015)

2015 Holiday shopping trends in-store mobile payments are on the rise
Inside Secure (November 2015)


Are mobile apps the enemy?

Source: FireEye

Next Week

IoT Security Foundation Conference (Dec 1, 2015)

World Class Mobile Collaboration 2015 (Dec 3-4, 2015)

Customer Insight and Analytics in Telecoms (Dec 1-3, 2015)

Digital Disruption Asia Summit (Dec 2-3, 2015)


12th Annual Summit on Mobile Healthcare
Toronto (Jan 26 - 27, 2016)

Mobile World Congress
Barcelona (Feb 22 - 25, 2016)

FTTH Conference 2016
Luxembourg (Feb 16 - 18, 2016)

MobileTech Conference Spring 2016
Munich (Mar 14 - 17, 2016)

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