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Thursday April 16, 2015

European Policy

EU needs smart regulation to compete on web, policy chief says
Bloomberg (April 14, 2015) Internet companies in the European Union lag foreign competitors and need 'smart regulation' to catch up, the bloc’s digital commissioner warned.     read more...
German government repackages data retention regulations
Euractiv (April 16, 2015) With their proposal to reintroduce data retention in Germany, Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière are planning a new law.     read more...
Europe accuses Google of illegally abusing its dominance
Financial Times (April 15, 2015) The EU’s antitrust chief has formally accused Google of illegally using its dominance in internet searching to steer European consumers to its own in-house shopping services in the opening salvo of what is expected to be a defining competition case of the internet era.     read more...
EU bods Oetti and Ansip: We must digitise everything
The Register (April 15, 2015) The EU's warring digi-chiefs — Vice President Andrus Ansip and Commissioner Guenther Oettinger — finally seem to be singing from the same hymn-sheet.     read more...
European governments, parliament still far apart on net neutrality
The Wall Street Journal (April 14, 2015) It’s two years on and lawmakers in the European Parliament are still at odds with national governments about proposed European Union legislation over prioritizing traffic on the Internet.     read more...
Ansip outlines his priorities for cloud and big data
Europolitics (April 14, 2015) The ownership of data generated by connected objects and geographic limits on data storage are in his sights.     read more...
Oettinger outlines industry 4.0 programme
Europolitics (April 14, 2015) The commissioner foresees investment of 800 million euro in European 'digital platforms' and 500 million euro in regional digital 'hubs'.     read more...
Wo bleibt die europäische Digitalstrategie?
Handelsblatt (April 14, 2015) The demand in the European political reception on the first evening of the Hanover Fair was clear: The industry 4.0 requires a European approach.     read more...
Lack of telecom investments will create the next EU crisis
VanillaPlus (April 13, 2015) The EU was hit by a financial crisis in 2008, and it is on track to be hit by a digital crisis. Action from the Commission is too little, too late, and too slow, says John Strand of Strand Consult in a hard-hitting new research note.     read more...
Paiement mobile: l'Europe doit accélérer
Les Echos (April 13, 2015) After Apple Pay last September, Samsung announced in early March at Mobile World Congress the launch of SamsungPay. And what is Europe doing?     read more...

US & Global Policy

Telecom industry sues to overturn net neutrality
The Wall Street Journal (April 13, 2015) Industry trade group United States Telecom Association filed a lawsuit to overturn the government’s net neutrality rules, the first of what will likely be a wave of legal challenges.     read more...
AT&T files separate challenge to FCC’s net neutrality rules
CED Magazine (April 15, 2015) AT&T this week adds its own lawsuit to the current pile of litigation aimed at overturning the FCC’s new net neutrality rules, set to take effect in June.     read more...
Net neutrality will be fair game for lawsuits starting next week
The Washington Post (April 10, 2015) Get ready: the government's new net neutrality rules will be published in the Federal Register, opening the door to lawsuits from Internet providers looking to toss out the rules.     read more...
Global threats to net neutrality
The New York Times (April 10, 2015) The Federal Communications Commission recently adopted strong net neutrality rules that should prevent cable and phone companies from creating fast and slow lanes on the Internet.     read more...
Mobile industry spends $41B on spectrum, says FCC is killing investment
ArsTechnica (April 9, 2015) Wireless carriers that just bid $41.3 billion in a spectrum auction say the Federal Communications Commission's new net neutrality rules are going to kill investment.     read more...
U.S. Patent Office revokes key elements of controversial podcasting patent
Reuters (April 11, 2015) The U.S. Patent Office on Friday revoked key elements of a Texas company's patent, which the firm deployed in high-profile legal actions to claim ownership over a method for distributing podcasts and video episodes on the Internet.     read more...
Cybersecurity giant FireEye accuses Chinese government of major hacking operation
DCInno (April 13, 2015) The popular public stalwart of cybersecurity operations, FireEye, released a stark 65 page report outlining a series of high profile corporate espionage and cyber spying offenses against targets located throughout Asia.     read more...
President Obama steps up the fight against cyber threats
Financial Times (April 10, 2015) Last week Obama declared foreign cyber threats a 'national emergency' and pushed to take action to pave the way for sanctions against cyber attacks.     read more...
Trade groups seek China’s written assurance on tech policy
The New York Times (April 13, 2015) Despite a glimmer of progress after talks in March between the United States and China over a potential technology trade war, little has changed, according to a letter sent by trade groups to Chinese leaders.     read more...
ICANN: sucks up to internet regulators in ‘predatory’ domain name case
Techweek Europe (April 10, 2015) ICANN the DNS body behind the recent raft of .X generic top-level domains, is requesting the help of US and Canadian Internet regulators in determining the legality of the latest crazy gTLD, .sucks.     read more...

Opinions & Blogs

Oettinger: Europe's future is digital
European Commission (April 14, 2015) 'Our challenge is to ensure that all industrial sectors make the best use of new technologies and manage their transition towards higher value digitised products and processes, commonly known as Industry 4.0'.     read more...
Sébastien Soriano, Arcep : 'La vraie course entre opérateurs, doit être la course à l’investissement'
ZDNet (April 10, 2015) The new president of telecoms regulator intends to modify the firmware of the Authority and open to many new areas.     read more...
Safe Harbour and mass surveillance in the US: two separate challenges
The Digital Post (April 15, 2015) The Safe Harbour agreement is not the appropriate instrument to solve transatlantic tensions over government mass surveillance in the US.     read more...
China a threat? Take some risks like Jack Ma
The Telegraph (April 13, 2015) Sir Martin Sorrell, an 'unabashed Chinese bull', on why UK bosses should be taking lessons from China's golden boy, Alibaba founder Jack Ma     read more...
The lure of unlimited wireless data – is it necessary?
Verizon (April 10, 2015) Many believe that unlimited data is about the ability to do whatever you want on a mobile device while enjoying the freedom of not being required to pay extra charges.     read more...

Digital Economy

Nokia buys Alcatel to take on Ericsson in telecom equipment
Reuters (April 15, 2015) Nokia is to buy Alcatel-Lucent in an all-share deal that values its smaller French rival at 15.6 billion euros (11 billion pounds), building up its telecom equipment business to compete with market leader Ericsson.     read more...
Telefonica ready to share Digital+ content
Telecompaper (April 15, 2015) Telefonica is prepared to accept the requirement to open up the content of Spanish pay-TV platform Digital+ to rivals such as Vodafone-Ono and Orange.     read more...
US companies on course to return $1tn to shareholders in 2015
Financial Times (April 12, 2015) Shareholders in the biggest US companies stand to receive a record $1tn in cash this year, as blue chips’ concerns over the global economic outlook have diverted cash away from investment and is driving a boom in buybacks and dividends.     read more...
Telenor introducing LTE-A in more than 200 municipalities
Telegeography (April 13, 2015) Telenor Norway has announced the launch of LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services in more than 200 municipalities.     read more...
Orange Polska upgrades OSS with Ericsson
Telegeography (April 13, 2015) Ericsson has been contracted by the Polish fixed line and wireless operator Orange Polska to carry out an operations support system (OSS) transformation project.     read more...
China’s biggest chip maker’s possible tie-up with HP values unit at up to $5 billion
The Wall Street Journal (April 15, 2015) Tsinghua Unigroup in talks to buy a controlling stake in Hewlett-Packard unit H3C Technologies.     read more...
Spain to award EUR 63 mln in broadband grants
Telecompaper (April 10, 2015) Spain's industry ministry has announced the details of a EUR 63 million tender for the deployment of broadband technologies at speeds of at least 30 Mbps throughout the country, one of the main objectives of the digital agenda.     read more...
Amazon, Google and more are drawn to home services market
The New York Times (April 12, 2015) The installation of Deborah David’s new kitchen faucet was a $180 job. But it lies at the heart of an expanding $400 billion commercial war.     read more...
Apple expected to quickly ramp up smartwatch production
Reuters (April 14, 2015) Apple is likely to quickly ramp up production of the Apple Watch after strong pre-orders outstripped limited supply.     read more...
Huawei looks to go upmarket with latest handset launch
Financial Times (April 15, 2015) Huawei has launched its most technically advanced smartphone as it ramps up its challenge to Apple and Samsung in the premium smartphone market.     read more...

Technology Trends

Cognitive Computing: Benefits and challenges of the next tech revolution
The Digital Post (April 13, 2015) Cognitive Computing is going to transform and improve our lives. But it also presents challenges that we need to be conscious of in order to make the best use of this technology.     read more...
TV industry faces its ‘ketchup’ moment: ‘Mobile is now the first screen’
The Guardian (April 13, 2015) The TV industry will have to work on a mobile-first strategy. Not a digital-first strategy, but a mobile-first strategy, because mobile is now the first screen, and it’s taking time away from the TV.     read more...
How 3-D printing is going out of this world
The Wall Street Journal (April 12, 2015) Dutch television producers chose 100 contestants in February to vie for a one-way trip to Mars.     read more...
Expanding the internet - Sky-Fi
The Economist (April 11, 2015) A number of companies have bold ambitions to use satellites, drones and balloons to bring the internet to the unconnected.     read more...
How to fit 200 million books into the palm of your hand
Techweek Europe (April 10, 2015) IBM brandishes 220 terabyte tape cartridge in partnership with Fujifilm, big enough to hold 1.37 trillion mobile text messages.     read more...

Focus on

Joint Statement for the 2015 EU-US Information Society Dialogue
Brussels (April 14, 2015)
The European Union and the United States held the thirteenth EU-US Information Society Dialogue to discuss issues related to Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and the digital economy. In this dialogue, participants held open and vibrant discussions on topics including the EU Digital Single Market.     read more...


Will a Nokia, Alcatel-Lucent merger form a winner?
(April 14, 2015)

Press Releases

Invitalia-Telecom Italia-Italtel: 71 million for ultrabroadband in Campania, Puglia, Calabria and Sicily (April 9, 2015)
New development contract signed to accelerate delivery of ultrabroadband networks in the regions and boost the dissemination of innovative services.

Swisscom: Shareholders approve payment of a stable dividend of CHF 22 per share (April 8, 2015)
Stable core business with strong customer growth.

Finnish Competition and Consumer Authority has approved Elisa’s Anvia acquisition (April 8, 2015)
The FCCA has approved the transaction in which Elisa gains a control over Anvia.

Huawei Releases Industry’s First Multi-band Miniature Antenna on 700/850-900 MHz (April 10, 2015)
Huawei released the industry’s first multi-band miniature antenna supporting 700/850-900MHz at the Latin American LTE Forum.

Joint Statement for the 2015 EU-US Information Society Dialogue (April 14, 2015)
The European Union and the United States held the thirteenth EU-US Information Society Dialogue to discuss issues related to ICT.


Toward a social compact for digital privacy and security
CIGI (April 15, 2015)

APT30: The mechanics behind a decade long cyber espionage operation
FireEye (April 13, 2015)

Worldwide semiconductor foundry market grew 16.1% in 2014
Gartner (April 13, 2015)

Ovum - Smart 2025: The Future of the Connected Home and Community
Ovum (April 9, 2015)

Quantify the impact of a data breach with NEW DATA FROM THE 2015 DBIR
Verizon (April 2015)


The predicted wearables boom is all about the wrist

Source: Statista

Next Week

ETNO - Europe’s New Digital Policies: where should the focus be? (April 22, 2015)
Brussels, BL

MVNOs World Congress 2015 (April 21-23, 2015)
Nice, FR

China SDN/NFV Conference 2015 (April 22-23, 2015)
Beijing, China

Fixed Access Networks Summit (April 22-23, 2015)
Berlin, DE

WDM & Next generation optical networking (April 22-23, 2015)
Singapore, SGP


Digital Regulation Forum
London, UK (April 27-29, 2015)

Telco Cloud Forum 2015
London, UK (April 27-29, 2015)

M2M World Congress
London, UK (April 28-29, 2015)

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

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

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