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Thursday March 26, 2015

European Policy

ETNO’s viewpoint on the Digital Single Market Strategy
ETNO (March 25, 2015) ETNO welcomes the intense work of the College of Commissioners on the future Digital Single Market Strategy.     read more...
EU considers new telecom rules to level the playing field
The Wall Street Journal (March 25, 2015) The European Union is weighing an overhaul of its telecommunications rules that could give incumbent operators like Deutsche Telekom AG an edge over upstart challengers like Iliad SA of France and messaging service WhatsApp.     read more...
Brussels tackles territorial copyright in digital strategy
Euractiv (March 26, 2015) The European Commission is preparing to unlock territorial copyright protection for TV, film and music, as part of its Digital Single Market blueprint.     read more...
EU’s Andrus Ansip unveils plans to overhaul digital market
Financial Times (March 25, 2015) Europeans should be able to watch the BBC’s iPlayer service from whatever country they like, buy cheap goods from any website they choose and not face punitive charges for using their mobile phone abroad, under proposals being put forward by the European Commission.     read more...
Personal data gets day in court
The Wall Street Journal (March 24, 2015) The European Court of Justice heard arguments in the biggest threat yet to a legal mechanism that allows Facebook Inc. and thousands of other firms to transfer European personal data to U.S.-based servers.     read more...
Europe wants to bring its industry online before Google, Apple make it obsolete
The Wall Street Journal (March 25, 2015) Europe’s plan to compete with the U.S. and Asia in the new digital economy is simple: bring its traditional hardware industry online before the likes of Google GOOGL -1.86% and Apple build their own automated cars and connect the world’s objects to the Internet with their proprietary software.     read more...
Telecoms package: Opponents line up
Europolitics (March 23, 2015) Roaming and spectrum are the two big guns in negotiations that started on 23 March     read more...
EU's Orange-Jazztel probe on hold until next week
Total Telecom (March 20, 2015) Orange 'confident of positive outcome' from European Commission investigation into Spanish takeover deal.     read more...
Parliament approves Slovak Telekom sale
Telegeography (March 23, 2015) Slovakia’s parliament has approved plans to sell off the government’s 49% stake in national fixed and mobile operator Slovak Telekom.     read more...
European lawmaker pushes Europe to take stronger stance on Google
The New York Times (March 20, 2015) An outspoken European critic of Google said that European Union antitrust regulators should bring formal charges against Google.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Cable lobby eyes opening to rewrite Web law
The Hill (March 21, 2015) Cable and telecom industry lobbyists are launching an effort to convince lawmakers to support new legislation that replaces federal Internet regulations.     read more...
FCC sued by broadband companies over net neutrality rules
Reuters (March 23, 2015) U.S. broadband providers filed lawsuits against the Federal Communications Commission's recently approved net neutrality rules, launching what is a expected to be a series of legal challenges.     read more...
U.S. calls for global consensus on tackling cybercrime
Reuters (March 25, 2015) US called for an international consensus to tackle the growing threat of cyber crime in financial services and other sectors, saying governments alone cannot tackle the problem.     read more...
Here are the first lawsuits to challenge the FCC’s net neutrality rules
The Washington Post (March 23, 2015) An industry trade group and a small Internet provider are among the first to mount a legal challenge to the federal government’s new net neutrality rules.     read more...
Did the National Broadband plan spur innovation?
The Washington Post (March 23, 2015) On March 18, my colleagues and I at the Georgetown Center for Business and Public Policy convened a full-day conference to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the National Broadband Plan.     read more...
When cybersecurity meets geopolitics
The Wall Street Journal (March 23, 2015) Before American computer-security company FireEye FEYE +1.09% releases a report on new hacker activity, it sometimes gives the U.S. government an advance copy.     read more...
FTC report recommended suing Google for anti-competitive practices
The Guardian (March 20, 2015) Key staff members at the US FTC were in favour of suing Google for violating antitrust rules before the agency settled its investigation in 2013, according to a confidential report cited by the Wall Street Journal.     read more...
White House eyes faster Internet speeds with new push
The Hill (March 23, 2015) The White House is launching a new effort to speed up Americans’ access to the Internet.     read more...
Tennessee sues feds for blocking Web law
The Hill (March 23, 2015) Tennessee is suing the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) over its attempt to block a state law limiting the growth of government-run Internet providers.     read more...
Cyber cooperation in Northeast Asia
NBR (March 17, 2015) James Lewis, senior fellow at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) and director of the Strategic Technologies Program, examines the current status of cyber cooperation in Northeast Asia.     read more...

Opinions & Blogs

Ansip's blog: Digital skills, jobs and the need to get more Europeans online
European Commission (March 23, 2015) Europeans need the right skills to get the most from the digital economy and single market. Let's get people online as much as possible.     read more...
The ICT power game and the privacy trigger
Aspen Institute (March 23, 2015) As the saying goes: 'Rome wasn’t built in a day'. We could now add: Twitter was.     read more...
An Internet that spurs not strangles innovation
Cisco (March 22, 2015) The world we live in today is one where people, process, data and – increasingly – things are connected as never before.     read more...
A closer look at the disruptive state of the industry
Ericsson (March 19, 2015) Professor Mischa Dohler of King’s College, London describes two disruptions that are making a huge impact on the telecom industry and beyond.     read more...
5G: a European ambition
Orange (March 6, 2015) European policy makers are not focusing only on current markets and tends to increasingly encourageinnovation and cooperation between public and private sectors, as these can potentially feed a strong European industrial policy.     read more...

Digital Economy

Hutchison and Telefónica confirm O2 acquisition
Telecoms (March 25, 2015) Consolidation is the new black in the UK mobile market, as Telefónica has confirmed the sale of O2 to Hutchison Whampoa, the owner of Three.     read more...
Telefónica, Vodafone y Orange, listos para estrenar en abril su mejor 4G
El Economista (March 23, 2015) Telefónica, Vodafone and Orange are counting the days to release their 4G services on the frequency band of 800 Mhz.     read more...
Deutsche Telekom incubator finances Romanian startup
Business Review (March 24, 2015) After OmniPaste, is the second Romanian start-up which receives financing from hub:raum.     read more...
Ericsson collaborates with leading universities for 5G research
Telecom Lead (March 25, 2015) Ericsson has announced collaboration with King’s College London and Technische Universität Dresden for 5G research.     read more...
Les géants du Net à l’assaut des télécoms
Le Monde (March 20, 2015) Thursday, March 19 at the opening of the New York Stock Exchange, the smartphone maker Apple has replaced the AT & T telecommunications company in the Dow Jones index featuring American values.     read more...
Orange buys Thales, CDC's stakes in Cloudwatt JV
Reuters (March 20, 2015) French telecoms groups Orange said that it was buying shares held by French defense group Thales and the CDC state-backed lender in its cloud computing joint venture Cloudwatt.     read more...
Telecom Italia delivers its first profit in 3 years
Financial Times (March 20, 2015) Telecom Italia has returned to profit for the first time in three years as Italy’s largest telecoms group begins its largest investment to date to modernise its mobile and fixed broadband networks.     read more...
Telefonica set to announce €3bn capital hike for Brazil buy
Total Telecom (March 20, 2015) Telefonica is planning a €3 billion capital increase to help fund its acquisition of Brazilian mobile operator GVT, it emerged this week.     read more...
ZTE to participate in EU's Horizon 2020, 5G partnership
Telecompaper (March 20, 2015) EU Commissioner Carlos Moedas has invited ZTE CEO Shi Lirong to participate in the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme and to contribute its technology expertise to Europe.     read more...
Alibaba invests in Israeli cyber-focused venture fund
The Wall Street Journal (March 23, 2015) Chinese Internet giant Alibaba has invested in Israel-based venture fund Jerusalem Venture Partners.     read more...

Technology Trends

Operators, vendors in bid to strike gold
Total Telecom (March 24, 2015) An industry group composed of major European telcos and vendors has launched a project to develop high-speed copper backhaul solutions based on     read more...
5G – is this the technology that will deliver the ultimate mobile experience?
Telecoms (March 23, 2015) Mobile network operators around the world are experiencing huge growth in mobile data traffic and forecasts suggest that over the coming years it is set to rise even more dramatically.     read more...
The top 50 apps for creative minds
The Guardian (March 22, 2015) There’s an ongoing argument in the technology world about whether tablets and smartphones are more focused on consumption than creativity.     read more...
What is Meerkat and why do politicians care about it?
The Wall Street Journal (March 20, 2015) Expect to hear a lot about Meerkat in the next few weeks, particularly from politicians.     read more...
Smart Cities will drive the growth of the Internet of Things
TelecomTV (March 20, 2015) If you want to see where the massive uptake in the Internet of Things (IoT) sector is likely to occur, look no further than our growing and expanding cities.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO: achieving a stronger digital union
Brussels (March 23, 2015)
ETNO published a paper to contribute to the #Digital4EU stakeholders’ debate on the Digital Single Market Strategy of the European Commission.     read more...


Cisco: How does the Internet actually work?
(March 12, 2015)

Press Releases

CeBIT 2015: Deutsche Telekom achieves a positive outcome (March 20, 2015)
This year, Deutsche Telekom has once again achieved a positive outcome at CeBIT.

Telekom Austria M2M and Rosenbauer announce partnership (March 20, 2015)
Austrian-based company Rosenbauer,announces it has chosen Telekom Austria Group M2M's innovative telematics solutions

Huawei released world’s first 3.5GHz TDD LTE-A device (March 20, 2015)
Huawei released the world’s first 3.5GHz LTE-A device at MWC 2015.

Swisscom Health and the i-engineers to provide patient-record and networking solutions for hospitals (March 19, 2015)
Swisscom Health and the i-engineers have decided to enter a strategic partnership.

TeliaSonera’s Annual and Sustainability Report 2014 (March 18, 2015)
TeliaSonera’s annual and sustainability report 2014 is now available at


Economic replicability tests for next-generation access networks
Science Direct (March 17, 2015)

'Completing Europe – from the North-South Corridor to Energy, Transportation and Telecommunications Union'
European Commission (March 24, 2015)

The internet – the new helping the old
Plum Consulting (March 24, 2015)

2014 Corporate responsability supplement
Verizon (March, 2015)

Worldwide quarterly smart connected device tracker
IDC (March 20, 2015)


How digital is the EU in 2015?

Source: Euractiv

Next Week

Mobilism 2015 (March 26-27, 2015)
Amsterdam, NL

Codemotion (March 27-28, 2015)
Rome, IT

Capacity Balkans 2015 (March 30-31, 2015)
Bucharest, BG

Lunch and learn: an innovative broadband deghosting solution (March 31, 2015)
Houston, TX Usa

NYC New Relic User Group (March 31, 2015)
New York, NY Usa


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

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

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

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

TVConnect Asia
Singapore, SGP (May 12-13, 2015)

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