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Thursday March 5, 2015

European Policy

Proposals on European net neutrality open 'two-speed' internet
Financial Times (March 3, 2015) European internet providers would be allowed to profit from "two-speed" data services under proposals being considered in Brussels, opening a transatlantic divide on telecoms regulation after the US banned similar tactics last week.     read more...
EU considers lenient rules on Net Neutrality
The Wall Street Journal (March 3, 2015) European policy makers are set to debate this week new proposals laying out the concept of net neutrality, which in their present form, could allow telecommunications companies serving Europe more leeway in striking deals over Internet service than their U.S. counterparts.     read more...
Google: Tech, telecom must work together
The Wall Street Journal (March 2, 2015) Google, Facebook sends message of cooperation amid concerns of increased regulation.     read more...
Telecoms: Presidency ready to negotiate with Parliament
Europolitics (March 3, 2015) Latvia will request a mandate to open negotiations with the EP on the telecoms package.     read more...
TLC: ETNO, bene compromesso UE ma restano aspetti critici
ANSA (March 4, 2015) ETNO warns that without agreement of the parties on the harmonization of the spectrum, the original goals of the Commission proposal can not be achieved.     read more...
Talk is cheap on telecoms reform
European Voice (March 4, 2015) What remains of the original telecoms reform is effectively just the proposals on net neutrality and on roaming charges.     read more...
Europe's big telecoms roar back to health, worrying rivals
Reuters (Feb 27, 2015) Europe's big telecom firms are back to rude financial health after years of poor results and regulatory pressure.     read more...
Mobile World Congress 2015: EU unveils its vision for 5G
European Commission (March 3, 2015) The European Commission and Europe's tech industry presented their vision for 5G.     read more...
Operator CEOs call for "same service, same rules" principle
Mobile World Live (March 2, 2015) Regulators should stop treating network operators and internet players differently, argued leading mobile industry.     read more...
Commissioners call for EU unity on roaming, spectrum
Euractiv (March 3, 2015) European Commissioners responsible for digital affairs are jointly appealing to member states to stop resisting efforts to end surcharges for mobile roaming and spectrum harmonisation.     read more...

US & Global Policy

US election could trigger battle over Internet governance
Euractiv (March 5, 2015) Internet governance is likely to become enmeshed in gridlock in Washington, as the Obamae Administration campaigns for the 2016 election.     read more...
World Telecom meeting to focus on regulation
The Wall Street Journal (March 1, 2015) When telecom and tech leaders convene in Barcelona for Mobile World Congress this week, one topic will rise above the rest: regulation.     read more...
Netflix in row over net neutrality support
The Guardian (March 5, 2015) As streaming service teams up with Australian ISP for preferential treatment, it's forced to clarify US executive's comments on broadband caps.     read more...
Europe's digital chief vows to intervene on technology abuses
The New York Times (March 4, 2015) At the Mobile World Congress this week, Andrus Ansip, the digital chief at the European Commission, reaffirmed the region's tough stance on anticompetitive practices, data protection and tax avoidance.     read more...
Why Comcast, AT&T and other Internet providers might not sue the FCC after all
The Washington Post (March 3, 2015) Internet providers are widely expected to sue the Federal Communications Commission to overturn the agency's new net neutrality rules.     read more...
China and the EU to engage in strategic cooperation to pull 5G development
ChinaEU (March 3, 2015) While the fourth generation of mobile technology -LTE- is still deployed, the Mobile World Congress discusses already its future successor: 5G.     read more...
Obama is upset that China wants tech companies to undermine their own security
The Washington Post (March 3, 2015) President Obama came out against back doors in encrypted communications, if the Chinese government can access them.     read more...
MIIT awards long-awaited FDD licences
Telegeography (March 2, 2015) Chinese telecoms authority the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology (MIIT) has awarded the long-awaited Frequency Division Duplex Long Term Evolution (FDD-LTE) licences to China Unicom and China Telecom.     read more...
Cyber attacks top US national threat list
Computer Weekly (Feb 27, 2015) Cyber attacks by politically and criminally motivated actors top the list of threats facing the US, according to national intelligence director James Clapper.     read more...
'Freak' flaw undermines security for Apple and Google users, researchers discover
The Washington Post (March 3, 2015) Technology companies are scrambling to fix a major security flaw that for more than a decade left users of Apple and Google devices vulnerable to hacking when they visited millions of supposedly secure Web sites, including, and     read more...

Opinions & Blogs

Guenther Oettinger: The road to 5G
European Commission (March 2, 2015) '5G is expected to be the connectivity infrastructure that will foster this industrial and societal transformation'.     read more...
Andrus Ansip: Extending the Digital Agenda in the developed world
European Commission (March 2, 2015) 'Everyone here knows how much digital technologies can benefit society, our economy, media and daily life'.     read more...
Report from the World Mobile Congress in Barcelona
CircleID (March 4, 2015) One of the biggest telecom events in the world, now in its tenth year, the GSMA Global World Congress, is attracting 90,000 visitors this year.     read more...
Time for a European StartUp Act
The Digital Post (Feb 27, 2015) We have great minds in Europe, highly-qualified young people, good infrastructure, financial resources, strong industries. And yet not a single world tech champion has emerged in Europe in the last 30 years.     read more...
Digital democracy may be the driver of reform for Europe
The Digital Post (March 4, 2015) The EU does not have the match of national media of its own and has very limited traditional tools of direct interaction with the citizens of the 28 member states.     read more...

Digital Economy

Mobile World Congress: Cisco, Deutsche Telekom and Intel target IoT startups
Computer Weekly (March 3, 2015) Network supplier Cisco, German telco Deutsche Telekom and chipmaker Intel have teamed up at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona to launch a joint internet of things (IoT) startup accelerator.     read more...
Telecoms groups back giving users 'mobile digital identity'
Financial Times (March 2, 2015) Plans to bring together passwords and authentication for internet services on to a single platform are being developed by global telecoms groups.     read more...
Ericsson and Telefonica extend successful co-operation for Network Virtualization
Ericsson (March 4, 2015) Ericsson and Telefonica have announced that they will continue working together to transform the operator's global networks.     read more...
Orange chief Richard warms to Telecom Italia tie-up
Financial Times (March 1, 2015) Orange is considering a tie-up with Telecom Italia in a deal that would change the telecoms landscape in Europe and open the way to further consolidation of the sector.     read more...
La concentration du marché des télécoms belge se prépare
L'Agefi (March 4, 2015) Gervais Pellisier, the deputy CEO of Orange in charge of operations in Europe, said a possible takeover of the Belgian market is 'an interesting idea on paper but not easy to implement'.     read more...
MTel, Telenor agree 800MHz 4G pact
Telegeography (Feb 27, 2015) Magyar Telekom (MTel) and Telenor Hungary have agreed to jointly operate and develop their respective 800MHz 4G networks in all parts of Hungary, excluding Budapest.     read more...
Telenor launches new price plans to encourage data roaming
Total Telecom (March 3, 2015) Norwegian telco also announces plans to launch LTE-A later this year and extend coverage of its 4G network to 95% of the population.     read more...
We RAN the world! ZTE, Telenor sign global deal
Telegeography (March 2, 2015) China's ZTE has entered into a five-year global framework agreement with Norway's Telenor Group to provide radio access network (RAN) equipment and services, including 2G, 3G and 4G technologies.     read more...
Telekom Slovenije buys MVNO Debitel
Telegeography (March 2, 2015) Slovenia's dominant fixed and wireless operator Telekom Slovenije has signed an agreement to acquire the country's largest mobile virtual network operator.     read more...
Google to launch own 'virtual' mobile phone network
The Guardian (March 2, 2015) Subscribers to Nova will be able to switch seamlessly between mobile phone and Wi-Fi signals, and between masts of competing networks.     read more...

Technology Trends

Apple suppliers told to produce larger iPad in second half
The Wall Street Journal (March 4, 2015) Apple's plan for a larger-screen device comes as its tablet sales continue to decline     read more...
Privacy woes colour smartphone's success
Financial Times (March 2, 2015) For advertisers, the smartphone is a dream come true. No other medium offers the same targeting capabilities.     read more...
Nokia, DOCOMO demo 2Gbps 5G using mmWave technology
Telegeography (March 2, 2015) NTT DOCOMO has teamed up with Nokia Networks to demonstrate the latter's mmWave technology, operating in the 70GHz spectrum band, underlining the Japanese cellco's commitment to launch 5G commercially by 2020.     read more...
The tangled web of wireless charging
The Wall Street Journal (March 4, 2015) Samsung helped push smartphone wireless charging for mobile devices further into the mainstream at this year's Mobile World Congress.     read more...
Turk Telekom enables service orchestration using Nakina Systems
Business Wire (March 4, 2015) Nakina announced that Turk Telekom is implementing Nakina's Automated Network and Service Discovery and Reconciliation solution.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO: Strengthening EU's digital economy: we need a positive conclusion to the Connected Continent debate
Brussels (March 4, 2015)
ETNO, the Association representing Europe's leading telecom operators, recognises the efforts made by the Latvian Presidency of the EU in achieving a more balanced position on Open Internet and roaming, over one year since the start of the legislative procedure on the "Connected Continent Regulation" (the Regulation).     read more...


From MWC 2015: highlights
(March 3, 2015)

Press Releases

Telefónica, Orange, Engineering and Atos join forces (March 3, 2015)
The companies commit to deliver commercial offerings and provide their support to the establishment of an open source community around FIWARE.

Deutsche Telekom launches European network (March 2, 2015)
Deutsche Telekom has connected the first three of ten countries for its new European network.

Belgacom Group: full-year 2014 financial results (Feb 27, 2015)
2014 full-year guidance achieved.

eircom: Second quarter and 6 months results announcement (Feb 27, 2015)
eircom Group announced results for the second quarter and half year ended 31 December 2014.

Swisscom: Simply sign with your mobile phone (Feb 27, 2015)
With the new "All-in Signing Service", users can simply and securely sign with their mobile phones.


Mobile operators of the Ngmn Alliance publish 5G White Paper
NGMN (March 3, 2015)

Portugal Telecoms market 2015 country report
IT Connectivity Solutions (Feb 24, 2015)

Telecom Industry in Belgium
Reportlinker (February 2015)

Austria Telecoms market report 2015
Analysys Mason (Feb 26, 2015)

The Economics of Zero Rating
Nera (March 2, 2015)


The Future of Broadband Tech

Source: LightReading

Next Week

NTCA EXPO 15 (March 8-11, 2015)
Phoenix, AZ Usa

Wearables Techcon (March 9-11, 2015)
Santa Clara, CA Usa

Wearable Technology Show 2015 (March 10-11, 2015)
London, UK

CABSAT 2015 (March 10-12, 2015)
Dubai, UAE

Cable Congress 2015 (March 11-13, 2015)
Brussels, BL


Presentation of the CRA report on ERT for NGA
Brussels, BL (March 18, 2015)

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

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

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

M2M World Congress
London, UK (April 28-29, 2015)

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