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Thursday April 2, 2015

European Policy

Europe’s digital single mistake
The Wall Street Journal (March 31, 2015) Brussels wants to use competition law to do what Eurocrats can’t.     read more...
Facebook 'tracks all visitors, breaching EU law'
The Guardian (March 31, 2015) Facebook tracks the web browsing of everyone who visits a page on its site even if the user does not have an account or has explicitly opted out of tracking in the EU.     read more...
EU and US in tune on net neutrality
European Voice (April 1, 2015) Andrus Ansip has defended the Council of Ministers’ compromise on internet speed restrictions, but has asked for more clarity on the definitions.     read more...
Commission to press antitrust charges against Google
Euractiv (April 2, 2015) Europe's competition regulator is preparing the groundwork to file charges against US search giant Google, in an antitrust investigation over the next few weeks.     read more...
Oettinger wants 'big players' to invest in telecoms
Europolitics (March 30, 2015) 'We need more big players on the European telecoms market', said Commissioner Günther Oettinger in an interview with the German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.     read more...
Cyber security directive held up in face of 'Wild West' Internet
Euractiv (April 1, 2015) Disagreements between member states are holding up proposals for pan-European cyber security rules, whilst experts warn that the threat from an anarchic Internet is increasing.     read more...
France and Germany set out position on copyright reform
European Voice (April 1, 2015) The French and German governments have issued a joint position on reforming European Union copyright law ahead of a planned revision by the European Commission expected after the summer.     read more...
Telecoms regulation: Crossed wires
The Economist (March 28, 2015) How do you both encourage investment, which requires lucrative returns, and facilitate competition, which keeps prices low?     read more...
Telekomfirmen: EU plant neue Regeln
Silicon Deutschland (March 26, 2015) The European Union wants to give established providers such as Deutsche Telekom an advantage over new competitors such as Iliad in France or the messaging service WhatsApp.     read more...
EU single digital market will boost networks and economic growth
Computer Weekly (March 27, 2015) The European Commission has highlighted the three main areas of focus in its digital single market strategy, including improving EU digital networks and creating a European digital economy.     read more...

US & Global Policy

FCC sends net neutrality rules to Federal Register
The Wall Street Journal (April 1, 2015) The Federal Communications Commission said it sent its net neutrality rules to the Federal Register, bringing the new Internet regulations closer to reality and to expected legal challenges.     read more...
Chairman Wheeler predicts FCC will beat legal challenge to net neutrality
Techcrunch (March 30, 2015) Now that the FCC is the subject of several lawsuits and Tom Wheeler was dragged in front of Congress repeatedly to answer the same battery of inanity, it’s worth checking in to see how the agency is feeling.     read more...
FCC mulls new Citizens Broadband Radio service
TelecomTV (March 30, 2015) Chairman of US regulator FCC, Tom Wheeler, has circulated a draft report and order to his fellow commissioners that looks to create a new 'Citizens Broadband Radio Service' within the 3.5GHz band.     read more...
FCC should stand for 'fanatical control of communications'
The Hill (March 31, 2015) Despite imposing Title II on the Internet, the FCC claims it will forbear from rate regulation and many other provisions of Title II 'at this time.'     read more...
Why the cable industry should fear Verizon’s streaming video app
The Washington Post (March 30, 2015) It's the holy grail for TV viewers who are fed up with sky-high cable bills: A do-it-yourself bundle made up of channels you chose.     read more...
US, Cuba teams discuss Telecommunications issues
Voice of America (March 26, 2015) A U.S. delegation visited Cuba this week as the two nations continued efforts to restore diplomatic relations broken over 50 years ago.     read more...
The FBI used to recommend encryption. Now they want to ban it
The Guardian (March 28, 2015) The FBI wants to make us all less safe. At least that’s the implication from FBI director Jim Comey’s push to ban unbreakable encryption and deliberately weaken everyone’s security.     read more...
China has weaponized the Great Firewall, says a free-speech group
The Washington Post (March 30, 2015) A nonprofit group developing tools to get around Chinese online censorship says the Chinese government is behind a recent attack that sent a flood of traffic to its site and services.     read more...
China tries to clean up e-Commerce
The Wall Street Journal (April 1, 2015) China is tightening control over the loosely regulated world of Chinese e-commerce, a booming sector that has created behemoths such as Alibaba.     read more...
Someone hijacked the Google of China to attack anti-censorship tools
The Washington Post (March 27, 2015) An unknown party hijacked widely used tools developed by Baidu, the largest search engine in China, this week in an apparent attempt to target online software used to get around Chinese censorship.     read more...

Opinions & Blogs

Net neutrality... so what?
CoreAnalysis (March 31, 2015) In the US, on February 26, days before the mobile world congress, the Federal Communications Commission released a declaratory ruling on 'protecting and promoting the open internet'.     read more...
TTIP - protection of personal data: 'Playing games'
Europolitics (April 1, 2015) Interview with Jeff Chester, director, Center for Digital Democracy (CDD).     read more...
David del Val: “Disponer de estándares abiertos para las Smart Cities, clave para la innovación en Europa”
Telefonica (March 31, 2015) Del Val defends the open standards on innovation as a key opportunity to promote the growth of innovation at European level, particularly with regard to Smart Cities.     read more...
'Oui, un Internet européen souverain est possible' - Louis Pouzin, co-inventeur d'Internet
La Tribune (March 28, 2015) According to Louis Pouzin, European states could get rid of US governance on the Internet, if they had the will.     read more...
Copyright levies: A Kafkaesque tale
The Digital Post (March 27, 2015) Copyright levies have existed in national legal systems for almost 50 years since first being introduced in Germany.     read more...

Digital Economy

BT expects price cuts in mobile market after buying EE
Financial Times (April 1, 2015) BT has warned shareholders that increased competition in the mobile telecoms market is expected to lead to further price cuts after it acquires EE, the largest operator in the UK.     read more...
Telenor Denmark, Ericsson extend field services contract
Telegeography (April 1, 2015) Danish telecoms operator Telenor and Swedish vendor Ericsson have signed an extended field services contract, under which Ericsson will deliver corrective maintenance services for Telenor Denmark’s nationwide fixed and transmission networks.     read more...
TI commits to bringing FTTH to 40 cities by 2017 - report
Telecompaper (April 1, 2015) Telecom Italia has committed to using its own resources to bring FTTH to 40 Italian cities by 2017.     read more...
BT and Virgin Media join forces over high-speed broadband
Financial Times (March 30, 2015) In the latest battle of words in an increasingly fractious telecoms sector, BT and Virgin Media groups have unexpectedly joined forces.     read more...
Orange Switzerland plans rebrand in 2015
Telecompaper (March 31, 2015) Orange Switzerland announced an 11 percent increase in EBITDA in 2014 to CHF 433.8 million, while revenues rose 1.9 percent to CHF 1.316 billion.     read more...
Orange Money launching in Romania this year
Telegeography (March 30, 2015) Orange Romania plans to launch the ‘Orange Money’ mobile banking and cash transfer service in the eastern European country by the end of this year.     read more...
Ericsson invests in 5G research units
RCRWireless (March 30, 2015) Ericsson and SK Telecom plan 5G demo at 2018 Winter Olympics.     read more...
Strong core business drives Huawei 2014 net profit up 33%
Telecoms (March 31, 2015) Huawei has published its full year 2014 financials showing growth in all business areas, which the Chinese kit vendor said was down to its focus on its networking strategy and improved overall business efficiency.     read more...
Facebook Messenger now lets companies contact customers directly
Techweek Europe (March 27, 2015) Facebook has announced a new way for businsesses to interact with their customers in the most personal way yet.     read more...
Digital investment for digital businesses
European Voice (March 27, 2015) Using the internet to raise money for a new business has both practical and aesthetic attractions in the digital economy. Yet, Europe’s crowdfunding sector is still in its infancy – both in terms of what it can offer digital entrepreneurs and in its relationship with policymakers.     read more...

Technology Trends

Tunnel vision: telcos get down and dirty in future 6G world
Telegeography (April 1, 2015) Before the commercial standards for 5G networks have even been finalised, it has been revealed that telecoms boffins are already looking beyond 2020 and 5G tech to so-called 6G ‘organic’ network platforms.     read more...
Foreword: 50 Leading Business Pioneers
Financial Times (March 31, 2015) To select the top 50 business pioneers of all time, from all around the world, was a Herculean task.     read more...
Bouygues announces IoT network roll-out, targets 500 towns and cities
TelecomTV (March 30, 2015) France’s Bouygues Telecom is trying to get a jump ahead of the Internet of Things competition by announcing the rollout of a LoRa network in the summer.     read more...
Wireless IoT Forum launches to drive Internet of Things development
Telecoms (March 31, 2015) The Wireless IoT Forum (WIoTF) has announced its launch, saying it aims to drive the standardisation and deployment of connected devices and appliances.     read more...
Amazon Prime Air drone tests buzz U.S. border to spite FAA
Digital Trends (March 31, 2015) Ever since Amazon announced its ambitious Prime Air drone delivery project at the end of 2013, the company has been complaining to the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) about its apparent lack of flexibility when it comes to green-lighting tests of the flying machine.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO is recruiting
Brussels (March 27, 2015)
Following on from the approval of the Executive Board, ETNO is currently looking to recruit two members of staff to join the Public Policy and Regulatory Affairs team. The deadline for applications is Monday 13 April 2015. Applications should be sent to     read more...


Creating Europe's Digital Highways: European Voice interviews Steven Tas
(March 24, 2015)

Press Releases

First in Finland: Elisa doubles 4G network speeds in 12 localities and starts selling consumers subscriptions of up to 300 Mbit/s (March 31, 2015)
Elisa has upgraded its base stations in 12 localities and increased the speed of its 4G network to 300 Mbit/s.

Telekom Austria group signs 'Fenercell Austria' (March 27, 2015)
Fenercell Austria becomes a new branded reseller in the A1 network.

Belgacom: Proximus is recruiting more than 200 new employees in the first semester (March 26, 2015)
With a view to the development of new growth areas and even better service

eircom: Shortlist revealed for eircom Junior Spiders Awards 2015 (March 26, 2015)
eircom announced the shortlist for this year’s eircom Junior Spiders Awards.

Deutsche Telekom launches innovation laboratory 5G:haus (March 24, 2015)
Deutsche Telekom will continue to lead further development and standardization of 5G technology with the launch of an innovation lab.


Gartner says Mobile App adoption is maturing as usage mellows
Gartner (March 31, 2015)

Norway - Telecoms, IP Networks and Digital Media
Market Research (March 17, 2015)

France Telecommunications report Q2 2015
Telecom Industry (March 5, 2015)

Huawei cyber security evaluation centre: Oversight Board 1st Annual report 2015
Huawei (March 2015)

U.S. and Worldwide SMB Enterprise Mobility Management Software 2015–2019 Forecast
IDC (March 2015)


Blistering broadband: Europe's fastest downloaders

Source: Statista

Next Week

LTE Latin America 2015 (April 7-9, 2015)
Rio de Janeiro, BZ

Network Virtualisation & SDN World Latin America (April 8-9, 2015)
Rio de Janeiro, BZ

IoT Asia (April 8-9, 2015)
Singapore, SGP

Data Cloud South East Asia (April 8-9, 2015)
Johor, ML

l7 Cyber Security panel event (April 9, 2015)
Singapore, SGP


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

ETNO - 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)

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