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Thursday May 14, 2015

European Policy

Vestager on telecoms collision course with Juncker
Politico (May 13, 2015) The European competition commissioner plans to take a closer look at acquisitions, sparking potential tensions with her boss.     read more...
Three things you need to know about the EU commission Digital Single Market proposals
Information Age (May 12, 2015) A harmonised, universally accessible digital economy across Europe could be great news for consumers and businesses.     read more...
EU opens up 1452 MHz-1492 MHz band for mobile broadband
Total Telecom (May 12, 2015) The European Commission moved to open up spectrum in the 1452 MHz-1492 MHz band for mobile broadband services with a particular view to adding downlink capacity.     read more...
Ansip to Council: Adapt or die out
Politico (May 12, 2015) MEPs and Commissioner Ansip are impatient with Council's inability to reach a consensus on digital reforms.     read more...
Ansip: 'Cybersecurity public-private partnership to launch early next year'
Euractiv (May 11, 2015) Andrus Ansip says that the Commission’s proposed public private partnership on cyber security will be launched early next year.     read more...
Paris and London divided over internet governance
Europolitics (May 11, 2015) The EU has a few weeks only to adopt a common position before a series of crucial meetings on the future of the net.     read more...
Así es el Mercado Único Digital que promete la Unión Europea
Cinco Dias (May 11, 2015) The European Commission approved a plan that aims to Europeanize the digital market after decades of growing American dominance.     read more...
What a majority conservative UK government means for the Internet
ISPReview (May 9, 2015) The political landscape today is radically different from how it began the week, with the Conservatives having successfully won a slim overall majority. But what does that mean for broadband connectivity and Internet access in the United Kingdom?     read more...
Commission renews attempt to harmonise spectrum rules
Euractiv (May 8, 2015) The European Commission's proposed Digital Single Market strategy seeks to introduce common rules for radio spectrum allocation across the EU.     read more...
Parliament here, Council there, when will they end roaming fees everywhere?
Politico (May 8, 2015) Leaked draft of a proposal between Parliament and Council reveals impatience and foot dragging.     read more...
Personal data: General agreement announced for June
Europolitics (May 13, 2015) The Latvian and Luxembourg Presidencies are counting on a deal in three-way talks in late 2015.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Providers: FCC could become 'Department of the Internet'
The Hill (May 13, 2015) Telecom providers and trade groups asked an appeals court to rush through a delay of new net neutrality rules before they take effect on June 12.     read more...
China aims to boost Internet speeds, cut prices
Reuters (May 13, 2015) China will accelerate development of its high-speed broadband networks to raise Internet speeds and cut prices, long bugbears in a country where many people still have no access to the web.     read more...
It is rocket science! NASA releases abundance of free code
The White House (May 13, 2015) NASA released its second annual Software Catalog, a giant compendium of over 1,000 programs available for free to industry, government agencies, and the general public.     read more...
Canada raises more than C$750 million in telecom spectrum auction
Reuters (May 12, 2015) The Canadian government has raised C$755.4 million in a 2500-megahertz spectrum auction set to boost telecom coverage in rural areas across the vast country.     read more...
FCC refuses to stay net neutrality rules
Mediapost (May 11, 2015) The Federal Communications Commission has denied broadband providers' requests to stay a portion of the new net neutrality rules.     read more...
Court backs broadcasters, clears way for FCC review of AT&T-DirecTV merger
Los Angeles Times (May 11, 2015) The pace of the Federal Communications Commission's review of AT&T's proposed takeover of satellite television giant DirecTV should soon accelerate.     read more...
With deadline looming, the future of government spying is in flux
The Washington Post (May 11, 2015) The USA Patriot Act has been at the nexus of the debate over privacy and civil liberties since it was passed in the wake of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.     read more...
US leads 20 groups on cyber security mission
Financial Times (May 10, 2015) A top US Department of Commerce official is leading a cyber security trade mission to Romania and Poland.     read more...
Regulator probes pitfalls of ‘sharing economy’
Financial Times (May 10, 2015) Uber, Airbnb and other pioneers of the “sharing economy” are coming under heightened scrutiny from a US watchdog that wants to know if consumers are at risk from their use of personal data and liability regimes.     read more...
Should Washington allow companies to strike back against hackers?
The Wall Street Journal (May 10, 2015) Legislation under consideration in Congress would give private entities the right to defend themselves in cyberspace using computer-hacking tactics.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Europe, the digital services regulation battlefield
Telefonica (May 13, 2015) It is likely that many of the people who regularly use mobile applications like WhatsApp or Line are unfamiliar with the fact that they are the main cause and reason of an international trade war.     read more...
EU Digital Market Strategy – high priority, but the political choices are yet to come
LSE (May 12, 2015) LSE’s Professor Robin Mansell assesses the European Commission’s new Digital Single Market strategy, launched last week, looking at its goals, strengths, limitations and chances of success.     read more...
Don’t forget big data in TTIP and TISA
Euractiv (May 11, 2015) The issues of data sovereignty and data protection have been sadly lacking in the debate on trade agreements, writes historian Svend Aage Christensen.     read more...
Dominique Riquet: Juncker plan needs the right regulatory environment
The Digital Post (May 8, 2015) I do want the Juncker Plan to be a success, yet I am not sure that what investors need more urgently is the European Fund for Strategic Investments but rather a regulatory framework conducive to their activity, says MEP Dominique Riquet.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview – Aiming for a stronger Europe with less national division
ETNO (May 5, 2015) Telekom Austria's CEO Hannes Ametsreiter looks at the changes in the telecom industry and how policy should adapt: 'We are no longer just telecommunication providers. We have to transform into digital companies, driving digital business and the lifestyle of the 21st century'.     read more...

Digital Economy

Deutsche Telekom revenue rises 13% on back of T-Mobile US growth
Financial Times (May 13, 2015) Deutsche Telekom posted a 13 per cent increase in revenue on the back of strong customer growth in the US.     read more...
Cisco Q3 revenues up 5.1%, net profit grows 11.7%
Telecompaper (May 13, 2015) Cisco reported revenues for its fiscal third quarter to April of USD 12.1 billion, up 5.1 percent from a year earlier.     read more...
Verizon bets on new era in $4.4bn AOL bid
Financial Times (May 12, 2015) AOL, the internet pioneer whose ill-fated $350bn merger with Time Warner marked the height of dotcom hubris, has agreed to sell itself for $4.4bn to Verizon.     read more...
Alcatel-Lucent unveils platform for undersea cable systems
Telecompaper (May 12, 2015) Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks introduced 1620 Softnode, a platform for undersea cable system operators that will enable the transmission of 240 Tbps.     read more...
Eircom launch 'fibre to the home' solution for national broadband plan
Business world (May 11, 2015) Eircom has announced that it is launching its proposed solution to the upcoming National Broadband Plan to bring best in class high-speed broadband to rural Ireland.     read more...
Huawei chief calls for treatment like European company
Financial Times (May 10, 2015) Chinese telecommunications group Huawei would invest more in Europe if it were treated like a European company by regulators, according to its chief executive.     read more...
China Telecom teams up with Tata Communications over global video delivery
Telecoms (May 11, 2015) Chinese telecoms giant China Telecoms has announced a partnership with Indian network player Tata Communications to facilitate video transmission to and from China and the rest of the world.     read more...
AT&T Mexico chief outlines long-term plan to take on Carlos Slim
Financial Times (May 10, 2015) AT&T is going head-to-head with Carlos Slim in Mexico after a $4.3bn spending spree to snap up competitors.     read more...
Slovak Telekom IPO canned after alleged Deutsche Telekom bid
Total Telecom (May 8, 2015) Slovakia's government has abandoned plans for an initial public offering (IPO) of Slovak Telekom after receiving a better offer from majority shareholder Deutsche Telekom.     read more...
Ericsson takes Apple fight over iPhone and iPads to Europe
The Guardian (May 8, 2015) Ericsson has brought its fight with Apple over licensing to Europe, launching new lawsuits in the UK, Germany and the Netherlands.     read more...

Technology Trends

Facebook to let nine news companies publish news to mobile feeds
Reuters (May 13, 2015) Facebook Inc tied up with nine news publishers to launch "Instant Articles" that will let them publish articles directly to the social network's mobile news feeds.     read more...
Ericsson and Telstra debut Ciena low-latency optical technology
Telecoms (May 12, 2015) Networking giant Ericsson and Aussie operator Telstra have unveiled a new optical network that uses Ciena’s WaveLogic 3 technology to raise the bar for non-regenerated optical transmission.     read more...
Fridge magnate: Zhang shifts Haier focus for wireless age
Reuters (May 12, 2015) The Chinese businessman who built the world's second-biggest refrigerator, washing machine and air conditioner empire is putting big overseas acquisitions in the deep freeze, to focus on innovation and connectivity.     read more...
The revolution will be digitized
The Washington Post (May 9, 2015) Smarr, an astrophysicist and computer scientist, could be the world’s most self-measured man.     read more...
Cable compendium: a guide to the week’s submarine and terrestrial developments
Telegeography (May 8, 2015) Ocean Networks, the owner and developer of the South America Pacific Link (SAPL) submarine cable, has selected Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks (ASN) to build the 14,200km trans-Pacific cable system linking Balboa, Panama and Santiago (Chile) to Oahu in Hawaii.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO ThinkDigital Interview – Net Neutrality, Data Protection and more in the new world of the Internet of Things
Brussels (May 11, 2015)
On the occasion of the 2015 edition of the annual “Internet of Things European Summit” in Brussels, ETNO took the opportunity to talk to Francisco J. Jariego, Telefonica’s Director of Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) and Member of the Executive Committee of Telefonica’s I+D (Research & Development).     read more...


Teliasonera Hans Dahlberg interview from M2M World congress
(May 12, 2015)

Press Releases

Swisscom reveals the first driverless car on Swiss roads (May 12, 2015)
With the driverless car, Swisscom aims to gain insights into how mobility might look in the future.

Sigve Brekke new Telenor Group CEO (May 12, 2015)
Telenor Group announces the appointment of Mr. Sigve Brekke as the company’s new Group President and CEO.

Alcatel-Lucent achieves submarine cable breakthrough with record transmission distance of more than 610km for unrepeatered system (May 12, 2015)
Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks technology used a single 100 gigabit-per–second channel over a single fiber.

Belgacom: Proximus helps companies with the new way of working (May 11, 2015)
Engage Pack: all-in-one package including a mobile device and service at a fixed price per month.

Deutsche Telekom Business Wall of Fame Contest (May 11, 2015)
Second edition of Deutsche Telekom’s international Business Wall of Fame contest moves to the next stage.


Building the carrier grade NFV infrastructure
Telecoms (May 12, 2015)

Mobile broadband spectrum: A vital resource for the U.S. economy
CTIA (May 11, 2015)

Fixed network data traffic worldwide: Forecast and analysis 2015–2020
Analysys Mason (May 7, 2015)

Croatia Telecoms market report 2015
Analysys Mason (May 6, 2015)

Secure Web gateway market - Global forecast to 2020
MarketsandMarkets (May 2015)


Ofcom: Adults’ media use and attitudes 2005-2014

Source: Ofcom

Next Week

Ict Spring Europe 2015 (May 19-20, 2015)
Luxembourg, LX

IMS World Forum 2015 (May 19-20, 2015)
Amsterdam, NL

Critical Communications World (May 19-21, 2015)
Barcelona, ES

DECT World 2015 (May 19-21, 2015)
Barcelona, ES

FTTH Council Asia Pacific 2015 (May 19-21, 2015)
Jakarta, RI


Data Cloud Europe 2015
Monaco, MC (June 3-4, 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)

Optinet China Conference 2015
Bejijng, CN (June 16-17, 2015)

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

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