think digital
European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association


Thursday Feb 26, 2015

European Policy

'You can't use 18th century law for a digital world'
EUObserver (Feb 26, 2015) Andrus Ansip is serious about all things digital. He has just voted online in the Estonian parliamentary elections, quotes tech media and is up with what journalists write on Twitter.     read more...
Europe wants the world to embrace its Internet rules
The Wall Street Journal (Feb 24, 2015) European policy makers feel crowded out by the rise of U.S. Internet companies and are proposing a plan to give themselves a larger role: write a new rule book for the Web.     read more...
Droit d'auteur: l'Europe veut s'attaquer au geoblocking
Next Impact (Feb 23, 2015) Commissioner Andrus Ansip has multiplied his efforts in recent weeks against territorial restrictions of copyright.     read more...
Digital single market: Quick and dirty?
Europolitics (Feb 24, 2015) Ansip and Oettinger will present a "realistic" digital strategy soon. Operators are concerned.     read more...
Copyright: Debate in Parliament still polarised
Europolitics (Feb 24, 2015) A majority of MEPs call for better balance in the Reda report on copyright in order to defend remuneration of authors.     read more...
Google case: EU uncoordinated
Europolitics (Feb 25, 2015) Italy has subjected Google to its data protection rules while awaiting a real European digital policy.     read more...
Denmark leads EU digital performance index
Telecompaper (Feb 24, 2015) The European Commission has released a new index aimed at measuring how 'digital' each country in the EU is.     read more...
Portuguese regulator suspends review of fibre market
Telecompaper (Feb 23, 2015) Portugal's National Communications Authority (Anacom) has decided to suspend again its review of the fibre-optic market that aims to determine whether Portugal Telecom should open its fibre network to competition.     read more...
Swedish PTS loosens wholesale broadband regulations
Telecompaper (Feb 20, 2015) Swedish regulator PTS said it is to loosen broadband regulation, chiefly because of positive developments in the market.     read more...
Facebook meets Belgian minister: 'please Sir, not the probe'
The Register (Feb 23, 2015) Facebook is talking to Belgian authorities in an effort to avoid a Dutch-style investigation into its privacy policy.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Republicans attempt to push back FCC's Net neutrality vote
CNET (Feb 23, 2015) In a last-ditch effort to stop the FCC from adopting regulations to keep the Internet open, the two Republican commissioners are asking the chairman to delay the vote.     read more...
Tom Wheeler tweaks net neutrality plan after Google push Read more:
Politico (Feb 25, 2015) FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has made some last-minute revisions to his net neutrality plan after Google and public interest groups pressed for the changes.     read more...
Google to FCC: Don't regulate interconnection between edge providers and ISPs
Fierce Telecom (Feb 23, 2015) Google has asked the FCC to refrain from regulating the informal interconnection agreements that Google and other providers have developed with ISPs like Comcast and Verizon.     read more...
Fierce battle looms on US 'open Internet' rules
AFP (Feb 24, 2015) The 'net neutrality' rules which seek to guarantee equal access to all online services are likely to spark fresh challenges in court and efforts in Congress to nullify or revamp the plan.     read more...
Twitter wants aggressive net neutrality rules
The Washington Post (Feb 23, 2015) Days ahead of a vote by federal regulators on the future of the Web, Twitter is coming out in support of the government's plan to treat Internet providers more like traditional phone service.     read more...
New Net Neutrality rules still leave some questions unanswered
The Wall Street Journal (Feb 25, 2015) The least settled issue in the government’s new net neutrality rules is the one that put the debate back on the front burner in the first place—how much carriers like Verizon can charge companies like Netflix to connect with their networks.     read more...
Net Fix: 8 burning questions about Net neutrality
CNET (Feb 24, 2015) With the FCC set to vote on new rules governing the Internet, CNET breaks down everything you need to know about complicated, but critical, issue.     read more...
EU and US groups sound alarm on China cyber security rules
Financial Times (Feb 26, 2015) European and US companies have asked their governments for urgent help in stopping the implementation of new Chinese cyber security regulations.     read more...
Yahoo executive and NSA chief clash over online data privacy
Financial Times (Feb 23, 2015) A Yahoo executive clashed with the new head of the NSA at a conference as tensions continued to simmer between the Obama administration and Silicon Valley over the privacy of online data and new security technologies.     read more...
Obama said everyone wants secure mobile communications. But the NSA worked to undermine that.
The Washington Post (Feb 20, 2015) President Obama assured the public that he understood the importance of securing the privacy of mobile phone networks.     read more...

Opinions & Blogs

Digital Single Market: A paradigm shift
The Digital Post (Feb 23 , 2015) European efforts to create a Digital Single Market mean much more than a usual work on finalisation of legislation. A comprehensive approach is needed to understand and unleash the benefits of a truly connected continent.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview - Support entrepreneurship, reform the rules of the past
ETNO (Feb 19, 2015) Orange’s Deputy CEO Pierre Louette discusses the digital ecosystem, start-ups and how regulation and policymaking can promote a more innovative and investment-conducive environment.     read more...
Will new challengers disrupt the mobile phone market in 2015?
Gartner (Feb 23, 2015) Ahead of Mobile World Congress 2015 Annette Zimmermann, research director at Gartner, discussed the future of the mobile phone industry.     read more...
Télécoms: 'L'itinérance est une drogue de substitution'
Le Figaro (Feb 22, 2015) Allocation of new frequencies, consolidation in the telecom sector, development of the Internet of Things ... The point of view of the new president of the Arcep, Sébastien Soriano.     read more...
TSIC transforms its network, customer service and marketing to unleash global growth.
Global Telecoms Business (Jan-Feb 2015) TeliaSonera International Carrier has one of the top internet backbones in the Americas. George Stenitzer continues his Marketing Upside series by interviewing CMO Rickard Bäcklin.     read more...

Digital Economy

Telefónica sees growth ahead despite sharp fall in profit
The Wall Street Journal (Feb 24, 2015) Telefónica said it is embarking on a period of growth, after the telecommunications company’s profit fell sharply in the fourth quarter due to charges at its businesses in Venezuela and Europe.     read more...
Orange buys remaining shares in Mobinil
Telecompaper (Feb 23, 2015) Orange and Orascom Telecom Media and Technology (OTMT) have agreed that Orange will purchase all the shares and voting rights held directly or indirectly by OTMT in the Egyptian Company for Mobile Services (ECMS) for EUR 209.6 million.     read more...
Patuano (Telecom Italia) ready to celebrate Italian mobile consolidation
Total Telecom (Feb 20, 2015) Telecom Italia CEO says he has the champagne on ice; Wind/3 Italia tie-up would create better operating environment.     read more...
Altice on hunt for bigger acquisitions
Financial Times (Feb 24, 2015) Altice, the European cable and mobile group, is on the hunt for bigger takeover targets even though it has already splashed more than €28bn on acquisitions in the past 12 months.     read more...
Apple to invest EUR 1.7 bln in European data centres
Telecompaper (Feb 23, 2015) Apple announced a EUR 1.7 billion plan to build and operate two data centres in Europe, each powered by 100 percent renewable energy.     read more...
AT&T to charge a fee for privacy: could other Telecoms follow suit?
The Street (Feb 21, 2015) AT&T announced plans to offer its high-speed GigaPower Internet users the luxury of keeping their Web browsing habits private from advertisers, for a fee.     read more...
Kleine Apps, große Hoffnungen
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Feb 23, 2015) In the app economy more than a million new jobs were created last year around the world. But big money goes only to a few developers.     read more...
US telecoms executives turn on Dish’s Charlie Ergen
Financial Times (Feb 22, 2015) The US telecoms industry has rounded on Charlie Ergen after he emerged as one of the biggest bidders in a record-breaking auction of government-owned spectrum that raised $44.9bn for the US taxpayer.     read more...
Google in deal to boost mobile payments
Financial Times (Feb 23, 2015) Google struck a deal with struggling start-up Softcard and several US telecoms companies to beef up its Google Wallet app.     read more...
The performance of many hedge funds just comes down to owning Apple
Bloomberg (Feb 23, 2015) In an equity environment where hedge funds are struggling to break even, Apple has played the role of savior, according to Goldman Sachs Group.     read more...

Technology Trends

O2 Czech Republic's roaming data traffic grows
Telecompaper (Feb 25, 2015) O2 Czech Republic has published statistics on data traffic used by its customers when roaming.     read more...
Barcelona mostrará la primera red de telefonía móvil creada por drones
El Pais (Feb 23, 2015) The Canadian company Star Solutions will present during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona the first world network created by drones.     read more...
Ericsson unveils generational shift in how mobile networks are built
Ericsson (Feb 19, 2015) Ericsson Radio System modular architecture changes how mobile networks are built, flexibly expanding to shifting demands on the road to 5G.     read more...
Telekom Austria claims Vip mobile NFV trial shows first fully virtualised network stack
Telecoms (Feb 20, 2015) Telekom Austria has announced its Serbian subsidiary Vip mobile has demonstrated what it claimed is the world’s first fully virtualised stack in a commercial network.     read more...
Beyond wearables: new frontiers in interactive Tech
Wired (Feb 25, 2015) In the final months of 2014, wearable technology sparked significant media and consumer attention – not least thanks to the announcement of the Apple Watch.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO - A better investment climate, more value for consumers: let’s make it happen
Brussels (Feb 25, 2015)
At a time in which the EU is discussing the next wave of digital policies and regulation, ETNO is advocating for a thorough reform of the current regulatory framework and encouraging a pro-investment and pro-quality approach to consolidation.     read more...


FTTH Conference 2015 - Opening session - Prof. Fátima Barros
(Feb 11, 2015)

Press Releases

Telefónica unveils biometric solutions for identity protection (Feb 23, 2015)
Telefónica’s ElevenPaths incorporates innovative solutions SmartID and SealSign into its security portfolio

TeliaSonera issues a bond of EUR 500 million (Feb 16, 2015)
TeliaSonera issued a bond of EUR 500 million in a 20 year deal.

Telenor Group invites to media seminar at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona (Feb 18, 2015)
Telenor Group will host a media seminar at its hospitality stand in Barcelona on 3 March 2015

Ericsson unveils generational shift in how mobile networks are built (Feb 19, 2015)
Ericsson Radio System modular architecture changes how mobile networks are built

Nokia Networks to power Internet of Things with 5G connectivity and network security (Feb 19, 2015)
Nokia Networks is showing the possibilities of mobile connectivity for the IoT at Mobile World Congress 2015


The Internet of Things 2015
Verizon (Feb 23, 2015)

Deutsche Telekom: Data Privacy and Data Security report
Deutsche Telekom (Feb 23, 2015)

Digital Economy and Society Index
European Commission (Feb 24, 2015)

European Telecoms 2015 year ahead report
Finanza Operativa (Feb 4, 2015)

Symantec Intelligence Report
Symantec (January 2015)


Submarine Cable Map

Source: Telegeography

Next Week

Cloud Computing Forum (Feb 26, 2015)
Zagreb, CR

Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference 2015 (March 2-5, 2015)
San Francisco, CA USA

Mobile World Congress 2015 (March 2-5, 2015)
Barcelona, ES

Security Show 2015 (March 3-6, 2015)
Tokyo, JP

SecureWorld Boston 2015 (Mar 4-5, 2015)
Boston, MS USA


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

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

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

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

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

Forward to a friend      |      Do you like it? Subscribe      |      To unsubscribe, click here
twitter linkedingoogleplus facebook linkedin twitter

Members & Observers - View companies map

  • A1 Telekom Austria Group
  • Albtelecom
  • Altice Portugal
  • BH Telecom
  • BT
  • CYTA (Cyprus Telecommunications Authority)
  • Deutsche Telekom AG
  • Eir
  • Elisa Communications Corporation
  • GO Plc (Malta)
  • Hrvatski Telekom
  • Koninklijke KPN
  • Magyar Telekom
  • Makedonski Telekom
  • Orange
  • Orange Polska
  • OTE
  • POST Group
  • Proximus
  • Síminn (Iceland Telecom Ltd.)
  • Slovak Telekom
  • Swisscom
  • TDC
  • TDF
  • Telecom Italia
  • Telefónica
  • Telekom Slovenije
  • Telenor
  • Telia Company
  • Turk Telekom
  • Vivacom
  • AT&T
  • Cisco
  • Ericsson
  • Huawei
  • Nokia
  • Prysmian Group
  • Qualcomm Europe Inc.
  • Verizon

ETNO aisbl - Boulevard du Régent 43-44 - 1000 Brussels - Belgium

Phone: +32(0) 2 219 32 42 -