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Thursday March 12, 2015

European Policy

EU data protection rules shake-up set to rile US tech groups
Financial Times (March 12, 2015) EU member states are expected to back data protection reforms that US technology groups have labelled a 'Eurovision Song Contest' for regulators, in the latest transatlantic split on regulation of the sector.     read more...
Geo-blocking attacked from all sides
Euractiv (March 12, 2015) Criticism of copyright law has crystallised around the territorial restriction of content within the EU. The subject of "geo-blocking" is high on the European Commission's list of priorities.     read more...
EU seeks to tighten data privacy laws
The Wall Street Journal (March 10, 2015) The U.S. and Europe are growing further apart when it comes to data privacy.     read more...
Can Europe regain lost mobile glory?
Telecom Industry (March 8, 2015) Once a mobile telecom leader, Europe has lost out in recent years to giant companies in Asia and the United States. Now it wants to get back in the race.     read more...
Cable operators target content industry
Europolitics (March 11, 2015) They confirm media convergence and hope that the Commission will allow them to consolidate in peace.     read more...
Copyright reform or cultural nightmare?
Euractiv (March 10, 2015) The European Commission sees copyright as an obstacle to the Digital Single Market, but the cultural world is gearing up to defend itself against what it perceives as a threat to an important source of its funding.     read more...
In the telecoms industry, the consumer comes first
Financial Times (March 9, 2015) Nobody applies to be European antitrust chief if they do not relish a fight.     read more...
Cyber security: EP-Council talks on 30 April
Europolitics (March 11, 2015) The Latvian Presidency will nonetheless retain its mandate on the inclusion of Google or Amazon in the scope of the NIS directive.     read more...
Ofcom launches UK digital review
Financial Times (March 12, 2015) Ofcom has launched an "overarching review" of the UK's digital communications markets in response to "huge changes" to the ways consumers use digital services.     read more...
Dutch court strikes down country's data retention law
The Wall Street Journal (March 11, 2015) A Dutch court Wednesday handed a victory to privacy advocates by striking down a data-retention law that gives the government easy access to telecommunication data.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Tom Wheeler's apology tour
The Wall Street Journal (March 10, 2015) Since applying Title II utility regulation to the Internet, Tom Wheeler spent most of his time apologizing for his action.     read more...
CIA aided program to spy on U.S. cellphones
The Wall Street Journal (March 10, 2015) The Central Intelligence Agency played a crucial role in helping the Justice Department develop technology that scans data from thousands of U.S. cellphones at a time.     read more...
CIA will shake things up to focus on digital espionage
The Washington Post (March 9, 2015) The CIA embarked on a sweeping restructuring that will bring an end to divisions that have been in place for decades, create 10 new centers that team analysts with operators, and significantly expand the agency's focus on digital espionage.     read more...
Cybersecurity law a priority this year: Top official
The Wall Street Journal (March 8, 2015) Chinese leaders have made the passage of a cybersecurity law a priority for this year, despite protests from the U.S. against the country's growing restrictions on technology firms.     read more...
U.S. data chief aims to empower citizens with information
The Wall Street Journal (March 10, 2015) A few years ago, almost no one outside Silicon Valley had heard the term data scientist. Now it is one of the country's most in-demand job titles. Even the White House recently hired one: DJ Patil.     read more...
Wikipedia is suing the NSA over online spying
The Washington Post (March 10, 2015) The nonprofit behind Wikipedia, the Wikimedia Foundation, is suing the National Security Agency and the Department of Justice over a government surveillance program.     read more...
Niemand ist auf IT-Angriffe vorbereitet
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (March 9, 2015) For President Obama Melissa Hathaway has laid the foundation of its Internet strategy. Now she warns hackers and cyber warriors could paralyze electricity and water supply.     read more...
Chinese state TV to take aim at the internet industry for Consumer Rights Day
TechinAsia (March 11, 2015) This year, according to China's The Mirror, China's internet will be the focal point of CCTV's investigations, which means Chinese internet companies will be in the crossfire.     read more...
China's tech honchos put on their politician hats
The Wall Street Journal (March 8, 2015) Tech bigwigs have political sway in many countries, but rarely can they be badge-carrying politicians while running their companies.     read more...
Netflix recants on Obamanet
The Wall Street Journal (March 8, 2015) Corporate executives choose their words carefully at investor conferences hosted by the large investment banks, and analysts listen closely to decide whether to drive share prices up or down.     read more...

Opinions & Blogs

TeliaSonera CCO says operators have two choices: dumb pipe or 'next gen telco'
Telecoms (March 9, 2015) While technology innovation is playing its role in the changing face of the industry, TeliaSonera's Chief Commercial Officer Hélène Barnekow says the real driver of the transformation is the customer.     read more...
Jan Albrecht: Data protection reform cannot afford more delays
The Digital Post (March 9, 2015) The European Union needs to have common privacy standards in place as soon as possible. For this to happen, member states need to show far more engagement.     read more...
Net neutrality and 5G - An interview with Christopher Yoo
New Europe (March 9, 2015) Christopher Yoo is a professor of law & communication and computer information science at the University of Pennsylvania as well as the founding director of the Center for Technology, Innovation and Competition. He is also the person to bring the term net neutrality to the masses.     read more...
Robert Pepper (Cisco): 'The merit of 5G will be the data it generates'
Europolitics (March 11, 2015) Three questions to Robert Pepper, vice-president for global technology policy, Cisco.     read more...
Break on through to the other side
Frontier Economics (March, 2015) The growth of digital services has been accompanied by a proliferation of multisided platform models which are considered to pose a potential threat to some of the revenue streams of the more 'conventional' single sided models of telecommunications services providers     read more...

Digital Economy

Fast broadband lifts revenue growth for Europe's cable operators
Euractiv (March 12, 2015) Investments in high-speed broadband networks helped Europe's cable operators such as Liberty Global and Altice accelerate revenue growth in 2014 to 4.6%.     read more...
Iliad raises profit, sales on strong customer additions
Telecompaper (March 12, 2015) French telecom group Iliad, whose main asset is broadband operator Free, reported revenue up 11 percent to EUR 4.17 billion in 2014.     read more...
TeliaSonera CCO says operators have two choices: dumb pipe or 'next gen telco'
Telecoms (March 9, 2015) While technology innovation is playing its role in the changing face of the industry, Barnekow says the real driver of the transformation is the customer.     read more...
Telecom Italia to go it alone on broadband investment
Telecompaper (March 10, 2015) Telecom Italia intends to go press ahead on its own with domestic network investment and not join other players, according to CEO Marco Patuano.     read more...
Telecom Italia says in talks with Netflix over content deal
Reuters (March 10, 2015) Italy's biggest phone company, Telecom Italia said it was in talks with Netflix over a possible content deal with the U.S. online movie streaming company.     read more...
Orange a fait des concessions sur Jazztel
Agefi (March 11, 2015) Orange has offered concessions to the European Commission to try to appease concerns related to its proposed acquisition of Spanish operator Jazztel 3.4 billion.     read more...
Hutchison Whampoa and VimpelCom in advanced talks on Italy merger
Financial Times (March 10, 2015) Hutchison Whampoa and VimpelCom are in advanced talks on a deal to merge their Italian mobile operations, bringing nearer to conclusion one of the longest running deal negotiations in the European telecoms market.     read more...
Telecom's next goal: defining 5G
The Wall Street Journal (March 9, 2015) Telecommunications and networking firms are placing a bet on fifth-generation wireless networks to fend off an assault by Internet companies that threaten their core business of connecting the masses.     read more...
Tele2 to use T-Mobile's network in Austria
Total Telecom (March 9, 2015) Swedish telco to add mobile services to its B2B offering, eight years after pulling out of Austrian mobile market.     read more...
Apple set to join Dow Jones replacing AT&T
BBC (March 6, 2015) Apple, the biggest US company by market value, will be included in the Dow Jones Industrial Average from 19 March.     read more...

Technology Trends

You asked: what can I do when my iPhone's battery is dying?
The Time (March 11, 2015) iPhone battery dipping dangerously low? Here's what to do.     read more...
So surfen Sie wirklich anonym durch das Internet
Die Welt (March 10, 2015) In the Internet use your PC transmits in the background a lot of data. Advertisers, but also criminals and intelligence agencies have an interest. How to protect yourself from pesky snoopers.     read more...
The quiet computing revolution built into Apple's 12-inch MacBook
The Washington Post (March 10, 2015) There's going to be a lot of ink spilled this week about the Apple Watch.     read more...
Apple rolls out a $10,000 Apple Watch
The Washington Post (March 9, 2015) Apple made a play for the truly affluent Monday with a watch that is aimed at shaking up not Samsung or Microsoft, but some of the most iconic fixtures of the fashion world.     read more...
Y ahora, la 5G
El Espectador (March 8, 2015) The next generation of communications shall support the internet of things.     read more...

Focus on

Steven Tas (ETNO): 'A simplified framework is key to boost Europe's digital networks'
Brussels, BL (March 11, 2015 )
The European Commission has signalled that it will be going after those barriers currently limiting investments in broadband networks. This is the right level of ambition, argues ETNO chairman Steven Tas.'I think that it's very important to look at the programmatic milestones of the new Commission, especially at the mission letter of Commissioner Oettinger and at the Investment Plan presented last December'.     read more...


Brussels briefing on tech: all you need to know for March 2015
(March 9, 2015)

Press Releases

Magyar Telekom: 4G customers can also use the net faster in an increasing number of foreign countries (March 9, 2015)
The 4G data roaming service was launched, first available on the 4G network of Telekom Deutschland

Swisscom: New features of the Vivo packages (March 5, 2015)
The Vivo bundled packages will include even more features for making calls, surfing the Web and watching TV at home.

Deutsche Telekom: T-Systems runs the world's largest SAP cloud (March 5, 2015)
T-Systems runs the world's largest cloud platform for SAP.

Elisa's Responsibility report (March 4, 2015)
Elisa customers chose environmentally friendly ICT- and Online solutions in 2014.

TeliaSonera: 102 million connected things illustrates rapid growth of Internet of Things in Nordics (March 3, 2015)
The Nordic region is in pole position to capture IoT opportunities, driving business innovation and improving quality of life across the region.


Consumers back calls for a universal service obligation on broadband
ISPReview (March 9, 2015)

Telco Cloud 2015 Survey Results
Telecom Cloud Services (March 9, 2015)

Research shows the digital economy is booming
Tech Partnership (March 4, 2015)

Building digital inCloud, enriching digital business
Telecoms (March 3, 2015)

Cloud Transformation
Telecoms (March 3, 2015)


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Next Week

Presentation of the Charles River Associates report on 'Economic Replicability Testing for NGA' (March 18, 2015)
Brussels, BL

Telecom Council Deep Dive: Wearables (March 18, 2015)
Santa Clara, CA Usa

Satellite 2015 (March 16-19, 2015)
Washington DC, USA

Cable Next Gen 2015 (March 17, 2015)
Denver, CO Usa

MPLS SDN World Congress (March 17-20, 2015)
Paris, FR


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

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

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

Digital Regulation Forum
London, UK (April 28-29, 2015)

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

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