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Thursday April 30, 2015

European Policy

US, European telco groups team on Internet regs
LightReading (April 29, 2015) ETNO, the association representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, and USTelecom, America’s leading trade association representing telecom service providers and suppliers, called for a pro-investment and pro-innovation approach to broadband policies.     read more...
Telecom incumbents praise EU plans, slam US regulator
Europolitics (April 28, 2015) As net neutrality and broadband deployment policies take shape, industry has strong views on who is taking the right approach.     read more...
Broadband, ETNO-USTelecom: ‘Servono norme pro-investimenti sulle due sponde dell’Atlantico’
Key4biz (April 28, 2015) ETNO and its parigrado USTelecom call on the institutions to approach a pro-investment and pro-innovation in development policies on broadband.     read more...
Copyright reform: 21st century necessity or cultural sabotage?
Europolitics (April 29, 2015) Few debates in the European Union provoke a response quite like those on copyright reform.     read more...
Stop the war between privacy and security – EU data watchdog
The Register (April 29, 2015) Security and privacy are not mutually exclusive says Europe’s privacy watchdog – and people should stop saying they are.     read more...
EU states consider more generous mobile phone roaming allowances
Reuters (April 29, 2015) Mobile telecoms firms in Europe will have to offer their customers at least 100 megabytes (MB) of data a year at domestic rates when travelling within the European Union, according to an EU document seen by Reuters.     read more...
Bruselas da el primer paso para igualar las reglas del juego entre las operadoras y los OTT
El Boletin (April 29, 2015) The European Commission will review the rules governing the telecommunications market to encourage investment in infrastructure and to respond, thus, to some of the demands of incumbents against rival upstarts like WhatsApp or Skype.     read more...
Net neutrality: Commission tries to break deadlock
Politico (April 28, 2015) The compromise proposal strikes a balance between competing plans from the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union.     read more...
Digital strategy: Timmermans vs Oettinger?
Europolitics (April 27, 2015) The latest draft reflects the influence of the Commission's first vice-president.     read more...
Why Europe needs a digital regulator
The Guardian (April 27, 2015) Citizens, governments and technology startups deserve a regulator to keep the monopolistic instincts of the Googles, Facebooks, Amazons and Apples at bay.     read more...

US & Global Policy

It’s nearly two years after Snowden and privacy advocates are divided on how to fix NSA spying
The Washington Post (April 29, 2015) The latest version of the USA Freedom Act, a spying reform package that narrowly failed to advance in Congress last year, debuted Tuesday.     read more...
U.S. Senator Rand Paul moves to block new 'net neutrality' rules
Reuters (April 29, 2015) U.S. Senator Rand Paul introduced a resolution to block new regulations on Internet service providers, saying they would 'wrap the Internet in red tape.'     read more...
U.S. lawmakers seek to end spies' mass collection of phone data
Reuters (April 28, 2015) U.S. lawmakers introduced legislation to end spy agencies' bulk collection of Americans' telephone data, setting up a potential showdown over the program, which expires on June 1.     read more...
US tech groups spawn a fight between Europe’s data regulators
Financial Times (April 28, 2015) Google, Facebook, Apple and now Twitter: the list of companies that submit to Ireland’s data protection regime is a long and growing one.     read more...
High court to consider lawsuits over personal data
The Washington Post (April 27, 2015) The Supreme Court said it will decide whether websites and other firms that collect personal data can be sued for publishing inaccurate information even if the mistakes don’t cause any actual harm.     read more...
White House takes cybersecurity pitch to Silicon Valley
The New York Times (April 26, 2015) President Obama’s newly installed defense secretary, Ashton B. Carter, toured Silicon Valley last week to announce a new military strategy for computer conflict, starting the latest Pentagon effort to invest in promising start-ups and to meet with engineers whose talent he declared the Pentagon desperately needed in fending off the nation’s adversaries.     read more...
Government’s Internet monopoly
The Wall Street Journal (April 26, 2015) The Justice Department and Federal Communications Commission high-fived each other last week, teaming up to reject the $45 billion merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable.     read more...
Russian hackers gort a peek at some of Obama's emails last year
Digital Trends (April 26, 2015) Even the president of the United States isn’t completely safe when it comes to online hacks.     read more...
Net vitality should be the cornerstone of US broadband policy
The Hill (April 24, 2015) The Federal Communication Commission's recent Open Internet Order is intended to develop an enforceable regulatory scheme to ensure that net neutrality would be achieved.     read more...
The FCC chairman is a former cable lobbyist. And he just helped kill the Comcast merger.
The Washington Post (April 24, 2015) Seventeen months into his tenure, Wheeler's FCC has emerged as one of the most aggressive regulators the industry has ever seen.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

Last call for securing Europe’s digital defences
Politico (April 29, 2015) Non-harmonized approach to cybersecurity threatens to undermine the Digital Single Market.     read more...
Seven concrete steps for Europe to regain leadership in the digital economy
Euractiv (April 28, 2015) Europe needs to act decisively and clearly if it wants to harness the digital revolution, writes Gunnar Hökmark.     read more...
Mobile internet price comparisons – a review of the Digital Fuel Monitor methodology
Telefonica (April 27, 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.     read more...
Why Vestager shouldn’t fear more consolidation in the EU telecoms sector
The Digital Post (April 27, 2015) EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager may have been a little too excessive in cautioning about the risk that more consolidation in the European telecoms sector would lead to uncompetitive situations. In fact, the integration between operators is as much necessary as it is a normal market process.     read more...
The Google case shows why competition policy in the digital economy needs to change
Euractiv (April 23, 2015) The European Commission’s antitrust case against Google is the latest in a series of attempts to prevent tech giants from monopolising EU markets. But past cases against Intel and Microsoft illustrate the need to review the EU’s outdated competition policy, argues Diego Zuluaga.     read more...

Digital Economy

Orange confirme ses objectifs après un T1 conforme aux attentes
Reuters (April 28, 2015) Orange confirmed its targets for the year after a first quarter in line with expectations of the market.     read more...
Fitch's Eircom rating
The Independent (April 28, 2015) Ratings agency Fitch has upgraded Eircom's rating to B, with a stable outlook.     read more...
Wind and 3: Italian job
Financial Times (April 28, 2015) When Guglielmo Marconi invented the wireless radio system no Italians would sponsor him to develop it. Today, a descendant of his invention, mobile telephony, gets too much funding. Competition is excessive.     read more...
EE pays £400m dividend to Orange and Deutsche Telekom
Financial Times (April 27, 2015) Britain’s largest mobile operator EE paid shareholders Orange and Deutsche Telekom more than £400m last quarter ahead of its sale to BT that is expected before the end of its financial year.     read more...
Apple earnings surge 33% on iPhone sales
The Wall Street Journal (April 27, 2015) Higher-priced phones help Apple beat out rivals; Tech giant also boosts dividend by 11%.     read more...
India’s Ratan Tata buys in to China smartphone maker Xiaomi
Financial Times (April 26, 2015) Ratan Tata, the Indian industrialist, has invested an undisclosed sum in China’s biggest smartphone maker, Xiaomi, giving a boost to the company’s Indian expansion plans.     read more...
Alibaba, China Telecom tie up to sell phones
Reuters (April 25, 2015) Chinese e-commerce leader Alibaba and state-owned China Telecom have tied up to sell inexpensive smartphones aimed at boosting mobile commerce in smaller cities and rural areas.     read more...
Google turns on the charm in Europe
Financial Times (April 27, 2015) Google privately woke up to the fact that it needed to change the way it was operating in Europe last summer, according to Carlo D’Asaro Biondo, the French-Italian executive leading the group’s new charm offensive.     read more...
After Comcast’s failed bid, Charter wants to give Time Warner Cable another try
The Washington Post (April 24, 2015) Time Warner Cable, blocked from merging with Comcast this week by federal officials, may have a new suitor: Charter Communications.     read more...
Ericsson begrüßt Start der Frequenzauktion Ende Mai
InfoSat (April 24, 2015) Ericsson Ceo Stefan KoetzThe has welcomed the start of the frequency auction at the end of May by the Federal Network Agency.     read more...

Technology Trends

Satellite technology explainer
Financial Times (April 27, 2015) The miniaturisation has transformed consumer electronics over the past decade and has begun to reshape the once forbiddingly expensive business of putting a satellite into space.     read more...
Facebook adds free video calls to Messenger app
The New York Times (April 27, 2015) Facebook is adding free video calls to its Messenger communications app.     read more...
Danger in the digital age: the internet of vulnerable things
Financial Times (April 26, 2015) Since the first PC virus was set loose in the mid-1980s by two brothers in Lahore — reportedly to deter piracy of software they had written — technology users have discovered that the connected world delivers risks as well as benefits.     read more...
Google and Facebook launch tools to help find people affected by the Nepal earthquake
Digital Trends (April 26, 2015) Google and Facebook have launched tools to help people find and track friends and relatives in the areas affected by Saturday’s tragic magnitude 7.8 earthquake in Nepal, which killed more than 2,200 people.     read more...
Driving augmented reality into the future
Qualcomm (April 25, 2015) Connectivity is transforming how we interact with our vehicles and the world around us.     read more...

Focus on

Broadband policy: a pro-investment and pro-innovation approach is needed on both sides of the Atlantic
Washington/Brussels (April 29, 2015)
ETNO, the association representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, and USTelecom, America’s leading trade association representing telecom service providers and suppliers, called for a pro-investment and pro-innovation approach to broadband policies.     read more...


Competition in Nordic region not easing:Telia's Ceo Johan Dennelind discussed the results
(April 21, 2015)

Press Releases

TeliaSonera exercises mandate to buy back shares to cover commitments under the 'Long Term Incentive Program 2012/2015” (April 28, 2015)
The Board of Directors has decided to exercise the mandate for the buyback of shares that was approved by the Annual General Meeting on April 8, 2015.

Belgacom: Proximus invests in Tessares, a new multipath TCP spin-off of the University of Louvain (April 23, 2015)
Tessares aims to significantly improve convergence between fixed and mobile networks to offer a superior Internet experience.

Increased security and comfort within your own four walls: Swisscom SmartLife (April 22, 2015)
With SmartLife, Swisscom is launching a new, flexible control and security system for use in the home.

eircom selects Huawei for fibre to the home (April 22, 2015)
eircom has selected Huawei as its technology partner and equipment supplier for its fibre to the home (FTTH) technology across Ireland.

Results for the First Quarter 2015 (April 22, 2015)
Telekom Austria Group announces its results for the first quarter of 2015, ending 31 March 2015.


Antitrust, Regulation and the Neutrality Trap: A plea for a smart, evidence-based internet policy
CEPS (April 2015)

Net Vitality
The Media Institute (April 2015)

German Mobile Operators Q4 2014
Telecompaper (April 2015)

French Mobile Operators Q4 2014
Telecompaper (April 2015)

Italian Mobile Operators Q4 2014
Telecompaper (April 2015)


A marketer's guide to going mobile

Source: Digital Information World

Next Week

Startup Europe Partnership Policy Workshop: European Startup Scene (May 4, 2015)
Brussels, BL

European Association Summit (May 5-7, 2015)
Brussels, BL

Conferences 'SEMIC & CONTACT Riga 2015' (May 5-6, 2015)
Riga, LT

Roaming World Congress (May 6-7, 2015)
Brussels, BL

European Business Summit (May 7, 2015)
Brussels, BL


International Telecoms Week
Chicago, Il Usa (May 10-13, 2015)

Ovum Industry Congress
London, UK (May 12-13, 2015)

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)

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