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Thursday April 9, 2015

European Policy

EU mobile operators urged to consolidate
Irish Examiner (April 4, 2015) If Europe wants its mobile networks to be as advanced as those in the US, further mergers are necessary among wireless operators, said Ronan Dunne, the chief executive of Telefonica SA’s O2 unit.     read more...
Europe steps up pressure on tech giants
The Wall Street Journal (April 2, 2015) Increasingly wary of the growing power of a set of U.S. technology superpowers, European officials are escalating their scrutiny of companies including Facebook,Apple and Google.     read more...
La Unión Europea invertirá 300 millones de euros en servicios online
Cronista (April 3, 2015) The European Union will invest over 300 million euros on new 'start up' and online 'Made in EU' services.     read more...
French surveillance legislation is off to a bad start
Euractiv (April 9, 2015) The new French Intelligence Bill has provoked concern among many of the country’s lawmakers, as well as international NGOs.     read more...
Data privacy: the tide is turning in Europe – but is it too little, too late?
The Guardian (April 6, 2015) Europe has been in the midst of a technological step change: a pivot in the world of data privacy.     read more...
Commission rethinks VAT on digital services
European Voice (April 3, 2015) Rules for taxing digital services sold across European borders are being reassessed just months after they came into force.     read more...
No Digital Europe without a strong Telecom Single Market
Euractiv (April 6, 2015) Without more forward looking political leadership and an ambitious Telecoms Single Market, the European digital single market will remain only a virtual reality.     read more...
Ofcom declares EE 4G fastest, but disappoints on browsing
Telecoms (April 3, 2015) Ofcom has done some pretty substantial digging into the comparable differences between 4G and 3G coverage in the UK, and undertook some hefty analysis of individual network performance for the major MNOs in the market.     read more...
Dutch public prosecutor, police back data retention law
Telecompaper (April 7, 2015) The Dutch public prosecutor and police sent a report to parliament underlining their support for maintaining legislation requiring communications providers to retain data on customers for eventual law enforcement purposes.     read more...
Antitrust and other inquiries in Europe target U.S. tech giants
The New York Times (April 2, 2015) The European antitrust investigation into Google appears to be heating up. More European countries are looking into Facebook’s privacy settings.     read more...

US & Global Policy

US broadband providers wake up to the need for speed
Financial Times (April 6, 2015) Slow and expensive. For years, those two words have summed up the broadband internet experience in the US, despite the preeminence of Silicon Valley’s tech industry.     read more...
FCC starts looking at harmonising privacy rules
Telecompaper (April 6, 2015) The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said it will be holding a privacy roundtable on 28 April to begin examining a harmonised privacy framework across various telecom services.     read more...
U.S. announces first antitrust e-commerce prosecution
Reuters (April 6, 2015) The U.S. Department of Justice's antitrust division announced its first prosecution specifically targeting Internet commerce.     read more...
FCC to proceed with 'effective competition' review
CED Magazine (April 7, 2015) The FCC has denied a petition from the NAB and Public Knowledge to not consider what constitutes 'effective competition' in the MVPD market.     read more...
Google feeling heat in Europe and US
Europolitics (April 7, 2015) It risks being fined 6.6 billion euro in Europe. Meanwhile, the US Senate opens a probe into its lobbying.     read more...
Google bans China’s website certificate authority
New Europe (April 3, 2015) Google announced its web browser Chrome will no longer recognise security certificates issued by the China Internet Network Information Center (CNNIC), which is the Chinese government agency overseeing the country’s domain name registry.     read more...
Mozilla to also reject Chinese Internet body's certificates
Reuters (April 3, 2015) Mozilla, creator of the popular Firefox web browser, said it would follow Google Inc and no longer recognize new certificates of trust issued by a Chinese Internet agency.     read more...
Turkcell tension exposed as LetterOne levels nationalisation claim
Financial Times (April 7, 2015) Tension between the Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman and the Turkish government has burst into the open, with Mr Fridman’s LetterOne Group claiming that Ankara has 'quasi-nationalised' Turkcell, Turkey’s biggest mobile company.     read more...
Turkey lifts ban on Twitter after it removes photos of slain prosecutor
Euractiv (April 7, 2015) Turkey blocked access to Twitter, Facebook and YouTube over the publication of images of a Turkish prosecutor killed by leftist militants during a hostage standoff last week.     read more...
Patent case could shift power balance in tech industry
Financial Times (April 7, 2015) A US appeals court is set to hear a landmark patent case that could change the way royalty rates are set for commonly used intellectual property in the tech industry.     read more...

Opinions & Blogs

Towards an empty Connected Continent package?
The Digital Post (April 8, 2015) There is a sneaky sensation when one looks at the “Connected Continent” package, which supposedly should lead Europe’s efforts toward a vibrant, competitive digital single market.     read more...
Philosopher Nick Bostrom says major tech companies are listening to his warnings
MIT Technology Review (April 7, 2015) Over the past year, Oxford University philosophy professor Nick Bostrom has gained visibility for warning about the potential risks posed by more advanced forms of artificial intelligence.     read more...
10 trends that will shape future applications
Alcatel-Lucent (April 7, 2015) What are today’s trends that will shape future applications and consequently will set requirements for tomorrow’s ultra-broadband networks?     read more...
Read Bill Gates’ letter to Microsoft employees for the company’s 40th anniversary
The Time (April 5, 2015) The world’s richest man may no longer be CEO of the company he co-founded four decades ago, but Bill Gates still has a lot to say to those who keep Microsoft ticking.     read more...
Dear diary: my week wearing an Apple Watch
The New York Times (April 8, 2015) I picked up my Apple Watch last Wednesday at Apple headquarters in Cupertino, Calif. After interviewing some of the designers and engineers who worked on the device, I was given a guided tour of the watch.     read more...

Digital Economy

Billionaire Fridman targets US and Europe in $16bn telecoms spree
Financial Times (April 5, 2015) Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman is drawing up plans for a $16bn investment spree in telecoms and technology businesses in Europe and the US.     read more...
Telecoms must address technology disrupters, says LetterOne head
Financial Times (April 5, 2015) For someone overseeing more than $13bn of telecoms assets, Alexey Reznikovich does not seem to have much time for the industry.     read more...
Orange negotiates €217m Dailymotion deal with Vivendi
TotalTelecom (April 7, 2015) French telco enters exclusive talks with media company about sale of 80% stake in video sharing site.     read more...
Telefónica elige a Accenture y Alcatel-Lucent para mejorar la atención a sus clientes
Europa Press (April 7, 2015) Accenture y Alcatel-Lucent han firmado un acuerdo de cuatro años con Telefónica para implementar el software de gestión de Motive, que permitirá mejorar la experiencia de los más de 100 millones de clientes de la multinacional española en Europa y Latinoamérica.     read more...
Slovak Telekom set for flotation as Deutsche Telekom talks end
Financial Times (April 8, 2015) Slovak Telekom is heading for a public flotation after the government decided to sell its 49 per cent shareholding in Slovakia’s largest telecom company.     read more...
Serbian trio switch on LTE networks
Telegeography (April 7, 2015) All three Serbian mobile operators have confirmed that they have switched on 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks in quick succession, covering the country’s major population centres.     read more...
EE launches WiFi calling, but it’s not a roaming buster
TelecomTV (April 7, 2015) UK mobile operator EE has announced its launch of WiFi Calling, enabling (some) customers to make calls and send texts from every Wi-Fi connected home and small office in the kingdom.     read more...
Google in talks with mobile operators for cheap overseas calls
The Telegraph (April 6, 2015) It is understood that Google aims to create a global network that will cost the same to use for calls, texts and data no matter where a customer is located.     read more...
Abertis to spin off €4bn telecoms infrastructure business
Financial Times (April 7, 2015) Abertis, the Spanish infrastructure company, will spin off its telecoms business into a Spanish-listed public company valued at close to €4bn in one of the largest European initial public offerings this year.     read more...
SingTel buys US cyber security group for $810m
Financial Times (April 8, 2015) Singapore Telecommunications is broadening its cyber security footprint with the $810m purchase of Trustwave, a US cloud-based service, in the latest sign of the scramble for high-tech security assets.     read more...

Technology Trends

Slow apps, low battery life limit appeal of Apple Watch: reviewers
Reuters (April 8, 2015) Apple 'beautiful' and 'stylish' smartwatch could make life easier for people on the move, reviewers say, but the gadget gets poor marks for battery life and slow-loading apps.     read more...
Is aluminium the answer to all our battery prayers?
The Guardian (April 7, 2015) New research pushes aluminium batteries as the next generation technology to revolutionise mobile devices, but what else could finally make smartphones last more than a day.     read more...
Can you vote for the next president on your smartphone? Not just yet.
The Washington Post (April 6, 2015) In an age where people can transfer money using their mobile device, it’s not hard to envision a future where citizens wake up on Election Day, pull out their phones and choose the next leader of the free world on the way to work.     read more...
How to stay safe online: CNET's security checklist
CNET (April 3, 2015) Do you have good habits? Safeguard your personal information against the most common Internet perils by taking these security measures.     read more...
What we’ve learned in five years with the iPad
The Washington Post (April 3, 2015) On this day in 2010, customers lined up around the block to get their hands on the iPad, Apple's then-new and somewhat perplexing gadget.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO - Breakfast debate: Europe’s New Digital Policies: where should the focus be?
Brussels (April 22, 2015)
ETNO will discuss upcoming digital policies under the new European Commission, with a particular regard to the European Parliament viewpoint on the way ahead for digital.     read more...


Irish Minister hopeful for EU deal on Data Protection by June
(March 24, 2015)

Press Releases

ETNO is recruiting (March 27, 2015)
Deadline for applications: 13 April 2015

Belgacom: A brand new digital annual report 2014 (April 3, 2015)
2014 was an eventful year for Proximus with a clear ambition to return to sustainable growth by 2016.

Swisscom is launching Wingo, a brand for digitally savvy customers (April 1, 2015)
Swisscom is launching Wingo, a brand offering individualised products.

Cisco launches advanced malware protection capabilities and incident response services (April 7, 2015)
Cisco unveiled a host of new capabilities and services that give security professionals extensive intelligence and analysis.

AT&T switched ethernet service with network on demand expands to over 100. (April 7, 2015)
Network on demand is the first U.S. networking solution of its kind.


Fixed broadband tariff comparison by region and technology
Ovum (April 2, 2015)

U.S. smartphone use in 2015
Pew Research Centre (April 1, 2015)

The Deloitte M&A Index H1 2015
Deloitte (April 2015)

The marriage of mobile and data analytics
TechTarget (April 2015)

Earning consumer trust in big data
Boston Consulting Group (April 2015)


A graphical glimpse of gigabit growth

Source: Light Reading

Next Week

Cloud World Mena (April 12-14, 2015)
Dubai, UAE

Policy Control 2015 (April 13-15, 2015)
Berlin, DE

WebRTC Global Summit (April 14-15, 2015)
London, UK

Bluetooth World 2015 (April 14-15, 2015)
Santa Clara, CA Usa

5G Forum USA (April 14-15, 2015)
Palo Alto, CA Usa


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

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

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)

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