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Thursday March 19, 2015

European Policy

ETNO’s view on 'Unlocking fibre roll-out, DSM and beyond' - Steven Tas's speech
ETNO (March 18, 2015) 'We are really proud to continue the tradition of providing input to the Brussels debate with quality thinking on digital policies and regulation'.     read more...
Joint Statement - Open Internet: INTUG and ETNO call for a user-friendly approach
ETNO (March 16, 2015) INTUG, and ETNO call for the EU institutions to adopt user-friendly, innovation-enhancing and investment-conducive rules on the Open Internet.     read more...
ETNO e INTUG: industria chiede net neutrality equa anche per imprese.
ANSA (March 16, 2015) ETNO and Intgu call for common rules guaranteeing net neutrality and a variety of quality services via Internet, not only to consumers but also to industry.     read more...
Grupos Europeus de telecom cobram definicao da neutralidade na EU
Telesintese (March 16, 2015) ETNO and INTUG associations say that companies will benefit from harmonized laws on the continent. They ask, too, to offer specialized services.     read more...
Data protection: Agreement on 'one stop shop'
Europolitics (March 16, 2015) The Justice Council reluctantly adopts a partial general approach on the data protection regulation.     read more...
Three-way talks on telecoms package start on 23 March
Europolitics (March 18, 2015) MEPs will determine their negotiating position on 18 March at a meeting between Pilar del Castillo and the shadow rapporteurs.     read more...
Oettinger calls for 'Europeanisation' of digital policy
Euractiv (March 17, 2015) The European Union is the largest single market in the world, but it still consists of 28 fragmented digital markets, a structure that Günther Oettinger hopes to transform into a 'Digital Union of Europe'.     read more...
Europe needs to unite for 5G or be left behind
Mobile News (March 18, 2015) EU Commissioner Gunther Oettinger warns region is lagging behind with its 4G rollout and must come together for a single ‘connected continent’ approach.     read more...
Las telecos europeas mantendrán la tensión inversora durante 2015
Cinco Dias (March 16, 2015) The European telecommunications industry in 2015 will live a year of heavy investment in new generation infrastructures.     read more...
Belgian court rules ISPs don't have to pay copyright levies
PCWorld (March 17, 2015) A Brussels court has ruled that Belgian ISPs don’t have to pay copyright levies for offering access to copyright protected materials online.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Net neutrality: what next for the telecoms industry?
Telecoms (March 18, 2015) The issue of net neutrality has been making headlines on both sides of the Atlantic with the FCC recently adopting new net neutrality rules.     read more...
The FCC’s inspector general has launched an investigation into net neutrality
The Washington Post (March 17, 2015) The Federal Communications Commission's internal watchdog has opened an investigation into the agency's effort to draw up aggressive new rules for Internet providers.     read more...
FCC chairman says Obama’s net neutrality statement influenced rule
The Wall Street Journal (March 17, 2015) FCC chairman Tom Wheeler acknowledged that President Barack Obama influenced the agency’s effort to set new “net neutrality” rules when he called in November for the utility approach, known as Title II.     read more...
FCC proposal would virtually eliminate cable rate regulation
CED Magazine (March 16, 2015) The FCC has opened up the question of whether cable companies – especially smaller cable operators – should have their basic rates be automatically deregulated.     read more...
FCC takes three-month pause to consider massive telecoms mergers
The Register (March 16, 2015) The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has announced it's pausing before making a decision over the proposed merger of Comcast and Time Warner Cable (TWC) and AT&T's gobbling of DirecTV, citing legal issues.     read more...
Dems divided on anti-hacking bill
The Hill (March 18, 2015) Democrats are split on new legislation to crack down on hackers.     read more...
Net Neutrality’s babes in Toyland
The Wall Street Journal (March 11, 2015) Washington’s seizure of the Internet is one of the great case studies in the annals of political naïveté.     read more...
Netflix is the culprit
The Wall Street Journal (March 17, 2015) Netflix can hardly be in favor of anything that curbs its own freedom to run its business as it sees fit. Yet the FCC’s “reclassification” of the Internet as a public utility potentially does exactly that.     read more...
Cyber crime thrives on cost-cutting culture
Financial Times (March 16, 2015) As lenders open more digital routes through which people can bank, hackers have more pathways to target to siphon off money and steal customer data.     read more...
U.S. cloud providers face backlash from China’s censors
The Wall Street Journal (March 16, 2015) U.S. tech companies are caught in the middle of an escalating battle between China’s increasingly active Internet censors and the free-speech activists determined to thwart them.     read more...

Opinions & Blogs

Tim Cook on Apple's future: 'Everything can change except values'
Fast Company (March 18, 2015) In an exclusive Q&A, the current CEO discusses the Watch, how Steve Jobs informs Apple's future, and how Apple lives 'outside the box.'     read more...
Drone regulation: Where we stand in Europe
The Digital Post (March 16, 2015) In Europe several countries already promulgated rules on civil drones. As the number of operators is expected to increase by 10 times in the next five years the EU is now focusing on developing a common policy.     read more...
Five things from the Internet of Things
The Wall Street Journal (March 18, 2015) The Internet of Things took center stage this year at CeBIT. Here are five examples of the coming connected world.     read more...
Oettinger's Blog: CeBIT & IT in companies
European Commission (March 13, 2015) 'The IT sector is convinced that the whole economy, be it industry, trade or other sectors, will become digital in the future'.     read more...
Tecnotree CTO says operators need more agility in BSS environments
Telecoms (March 17, 2015) The CTO of Finnish business support systems specialist Tecnotree has said the traditional approach to BSS can hold operators back and solutions that work now might be unworkable in five years’ time.     read more...

Digital Economy

Orange to spend €15bn on networks in fight with low-cost rivals
Financial Times (March 17, 2015) Orange will spend €15bn in the next three years to improve fibre and mobile networks as the telecoms group faces fierce competition from low-cost rivals in its French home market.     read more...
Orange argues case for 3.4 billion-euro Jazztel deal at EU hearing
Reuters (March 16, 2015) Orange sought to convince EU antitrust regulators that its proposed 3.4 billion-euro buy of Spanish peer Jazztel would not drive up consumer prices.     read more...
Ericsson in China IT services co buy
Total Telecom (March 16, 2015) Ericsson announced that it has acquired Sunrise Technology, a provider of IT services that is based in Guangzhou, China.     read more...
Huawei signs IoT development partnership with SAP
Telecompaper (March 17, 2015) Huawei announced at the Cebit trade show an expanded partnership with SAP to establish joint innovation efforts in Shenzhen, China and Walldorf, Germany.     read more...
Telecom Italia tower unit Inwit files for IPO
Telecompaper (March 17, 2015) Telecom Italia has announced that it has filed the application for an IPO of its tower unit Inwit with market regulator Consob.     read more...
Alfa offers $2.8bn for Turkcell shares
Total Telecom (March 17, 2015) Long-running ownership battle takes new twist as Russian investment group reportedly aims to double its stake in Turkish operator.     read more...
Vodafone Germany claims country’s first commercial VoLTE service
Telecoms (March 16, 2015) Coinciding with the international computer show CeBIT, Vodafone Germany has launched a voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) service in Germany.     read more...
China Mobile to take on WeChat with RCS
Total Telecom (March 17, 2015) Operator reportedly partners with ZTE in bid to compete directly with Tencent's popular OTT messaging service.     read more...
Microsoft announces its push into the Internet of Things battle
DCInno (March 16, 2015) At Microsoft’s business-focused Convergence 2015 conference CEO Satya Nadella announced that they would be making a big play into the so-called Internet of Things.     read more...
Zegona raises £30m ahead of Aim listing
Financial Times (March 15, 2015) An investment company aiming to buy telecoms, media and technology companies in a consolidating European market has received backing from a range of institutional funds.     read more...

Technology Trends

CeBIT 2015: Deutsche Telekom announces Industry 4.0 solutions with SAP
Telecomlead (March 16, 2015) At CeBIT 2015, Deutsche Telekom announced Industry 4.0 solutions covering network, connectivity, platforms, and integration.     read more...
Microsoft’s data centre of the future
Techweek Europe (March 17, 2015) With the phenomenal rate of growth in cloud computing, the increasing number of cloud applications are demanding mega-scale infrastructures, and these infrastructures all have the same backbone, the data centre.     read more...
Apple to launch online TV service
Financial Times (March 17, 2015) Apple is readying its long-awaited assault on the living room, with plans to launch a new online television service later this year.     read more...
What is the future of battery technology?
The Telegraph (March 16, 2015) Sir James Dyson made his first investment outside his eponymous company this week, ploughing $15m into a company called Sakti3 whose solid-state technology promises cheaper and more energy-dense batteries.     read more...
Everything you need to know about smart home networking
The Time (March 16, 2015) Learn the difference between Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Zigbee and Z-Wave.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO: Unlocking fibre roll-out: let’s make the most of the 2013 Recommendation
Brussels (March 18, 2015)
ETNO has presented a Charles River Associates report on 'Economic Replicability Testing for NGA Services'. Back in 2013, the European Commission approved a key legislative document which constitutes a first step in the path towards boosting investment in Next Generation Access services: the 'Recommendation on consistent non-discrimination obligations and costing methodologies to promote competition and enhance the broadband investment environment'.     read more...


Germany: Merkel encourages competition with China, declares CeBIT open
(March 15, 2015)

Press Releases

CeBIT 2015: Deutsche Telekom and Huawei sign partnership agreement in the IT business (March 17, 2015)
Deutsche Telekom and the Huawei are expanding their partnership further and are now also working together on information technology.

More than 500 enterprises now rely on Telefónica’s smart m2m solution globally (March 17, 2015)
More than 500 enterprises now rely on Telefonica’s Smart m2m solution worldwide

Huawei, in cooperation with SAP, establishes joint innovation efforts (March 17, 2015)
Huawei announced at the CeBIT 2015 trade show an expanded partnership with SAP

Ericsson acquires telecom IT services business in China (March 16, 2015)
Ericsson has signed a definitive agreement to acquire the telecom business of Sunrise Technology

Belgacom: Proximus is joining Cisco’s Intercloud ecosystem (March 11, 2015)
Proximus, amongst other cloud providers, announced to join Cisco’s Intercloud partner ecosystem


Economic Replicability Testing for NGA Services
Charles River Associates (March 18, 2015)

Americans’ privacy strategies post-Snowden
Pew Research Center (March 16, 2015)

Smart cities will include 10 billion things by 2020
Gartner (March 11, 2015)

Tech Insights: The UK digital economy
Computer Weekly (March 10, 2015)

Five forces driving the telecoms industry
Analysys Mason (March 5, 2015)


APAC mobility trends for '15

Source: TelecomAsia

Next Week

China Carriers Forum 2015 (March 19-20)
Beijing, China

Teleco Days (March 23-24, 2015)
Prague, CZ

Creating Europe's digital highways (March 24, 2015)
Brussels, BL

Global Telecoms Business (March 24-25, 2015)
London, UK

Monetising OTT and Mobile Content Conference (March 25-27, 2015)
London, UK


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

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

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

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

ITU Council
Geneva, CH (May 12-22, 2015)

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