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Thursday Feb 12, 2015

European Policy

Marietje Schaake: EU needs a more coherent agenda on Internet Governance
The DigitalPost (Feb 11, 2015) There is a need for leadership on the highest political levels to curb a worrying trend towards limiting the open internet, seeking to use internet for intelligence gathering, or for repressing dissent, argues Dutch MEP Marietje Schaake.     read more...
Telecoms deals spell trouble for Vestager
European Voice (Feb 12, 2015) The new Commission will have to decide whether to pursue the previous Commission's permissive stance on telecoms mergers that was strongly opposed by national antitrust authorities.     read more...
New technology is a double-edged sword for telecom providers
Telecoms (Feb 11, 2015) The irreversible emergence of new and evolving technologies such as cloud computing, big data, mobility, and the Internet of Things (IoT) has presented traditional vertical industries with significant challenges.     read more...
European Parliament votes for renewal of mandate for Internet Governance Forum
IP Watch (Feb 11, 2015) The European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the UN General Assembly to renew the mandate of the Internet Governance Forum (IGF), while strengthening its resources and the multi-stakeholder model of internet governance.     read more...
Net governance: Ansip admits concerns
Europolitics (Feb 10, 2015) The Commission vice-president voices concerns about governmental control as the 52nd ICANN meeting opens in Singapore.     read more...
Croatia, Hungary discuss frequencies coordination
Telecompaper (Feb 10, 2015) Croatian regulator Hakom has held a working meeting with the Hungarian National Media and Infocommunications Authority (NMHH).     read more...
UK telecoms firms say strong leadership essential
Gomonews (Feb 9, 2015) In terms of what was likely to be important for sustaining or accelerating growth over the next twelve months, telecoms businesses placed particular emphasis on marketing and advertising, in addition to the strong leadership that has helped them achieve success to date.     read more...
Cyber security on EU summit agenda
Europolitics (Feb 9, 2015) The draft conclusions of the 12 February European Council call for speeding up the negotiations on the network security directive.     read more...
Günther Oettinger: 'Europa braucht digitalen Binnenmarkt'
Abendblatt (Feb 6, 2015) According to Guenther Oettinger, Europe needs uniform rules on data protection and a more rapid expansion of broadband networks.     read more...
Google panel backs limits on ‘right to be forgotten’
Financial Times (Feb 6, 2015) Google’s decision to limit censorship under Europe’s new “right to be forgotten” requirement to its search sites based there, rather than extend it globally, has won the backing of an independent group of experts.     read more...

US & Global Policy

Republican senator criticises 'terrible' FCC plans to regulate web
The Guardian (Feb 12, 2015) Senate commerce committee chair John Thune said proposals were being pushed an ‘increasingly imperious president’ and would stifle innovation.     read more...
NSA wins key ruling in years-old phone and Internet spying lawsuit
Arstechnica (Feb 11, 2015) The Electronic Frontier Foundation sustained a notable blow in one of its oldest ongoing surveillance-related lawsuits—its motion for partial summary judgment was denied, while a counter motion filed by the National Security Agency was granted.     read more...
Les Etats-Unis créent une nouvelle agence de sécurité informatique
Le Monde (Feb 10, 2015) To fight against cyber attacks, United States will adopt a tool similar to the one set up after 9/11 attacks.     read more...
TTIP can help reap the rewards of the 'Internet of Things'
Euractiv (Feb 10, 2015) The Internet of Things – also known as Industry 4.0 - is rapidly becoming reality, driven by the convergence of increasingly connected devices.     read more...
UAE could get fixed-line competition within months
Total Telecom (Feb 10, 2015) The United Arab Emirates could have a competitive fixed-line telecoms market within months, after local operator du said a deal had been agreed with larger rival Etisalat following negotiations that have dragged on since 2009.     read more...
Twitter reports a surge in government data requests
The New York Times (Feb 9, 2015) Twitter released its twice-yearly transparency report, showing a surge in government requests for users’ Twitter information.     read more...
China's tech firms should benefit from EU fund - business group
Europolitics (Feb 9, 2015) The call for EU-China cooperation comes as Beijing tightens its grip over the Chinese tech sector.     read more...
Second Hill panel probes events leading to FCC’s net neutrality plan
The Wall Street Journal (Feb 9, 2015) A Senate investigative panel has opened its own probe into whether the White House improperly influenced the Federal Communications Commission when the agency proposed new rules for how broadband providers treat traffic on their networks.     read more...
1 Billion data records stolen in 2014, says Gemalto
The Wall Street Journal (Feb 12, 2015) Data breaches increased 49% with almost 1 billion data records compromised in 1,500 attacks in 2014 – a 78% increase in the number of data records either lost or stolen in 2013, a new report by digital security firm Gemalto says.     read more...
Ruling on data spying validates Snowden’s actions
The Irish Times (Feb 12 , 2015) UK’s Investigatory Powers Tribunal rules collection of personal communications data by GCHQ and the US’s National Security Agency was unlawful.     read more...

Opinions & Blogs

Cows, privacy, and tragedy of the commons on the web
The DigitalPost (Feb 9, 2015) Web firms may have an interest in pursuing the monetization of users’ data with some more moderation.     read more...
Beyond the breach: cyberattacks force a defense strategy re-think
Reuters (Feb 8, 2015) A barrage of damaging cyberattacks is shaking up the security industry, with some businesses and organizations no longer assuming they can keep hackers at bay, and instead turning to waging a guerrilla war from within their networks.     read more...
Title II will have little effect on telecom developments in the USA
BuddeComm (Feb 9, 2015) We now know what direction the FCC will take in reorganising the American telecoms market.     read more...
Tim Wu on the FCC’s net neutrality proposal: ‘The middle of the road is for roadkill’
The Washington Post (Feb 9, 2015) In a 2003 paper, Tim Wu — you may remember him from his recent bid for New York lieutenant governor — coined the term 'net neutrality.'     read more...
Guenther Oettinger's blog: Berlinale going digital
European Commission (Feb 5, 2015) A digital economy and society is not only about fast internet, new digital services or industry 4.0. It is also about innovative, creative industries which generate ideas for the benefit of the whole digital market.     read more...

Digital Economy

TeliaSonera concessions clear Tele2 Norway acquisition
Telecoms (Feb 6, 2015) Nordic operator TeliaSonera has been given the go-ahead by regulators to complete its proposed acquisition of Tele2’s Norwegian assets for Swedish krona 4.5 billion on a cash and debt free basis.     read more...
Telekom Austria sees strong Q1 and revenue growth in 2015
TotalTelecom (Feb 11, 2015) Telekom Austria expects to see a strong first quarter and a return to group revenue growth of around 2% in 2015, after the company swung to a net loss and reported a 4% decline in revenue for 2014.     read more...
Telenor organic sales up 5% in Q4, margins under pressure
Telecompaper (Feb 11, 2015) Telenor reported a strong final quarter for 2014, led by demand for smartphones and mobile data, and said it expects the organic growth to continue in 2015.     read more...
Magyar Telekom celebrates Safer Internet Day
Telecompaper (Feb 11, 2015) Magyar Telekom teaches 1,000 children of 14 schools in 12 cities the conscious and safe use of online technologies on the occasion of the Safer Internet Day.     read more...
Orange, O2 Slovakia close to network sharing pact
Telecompaper (Feb 10, 2015) Orange Slovakia and O2 Slovakia are close to signing their network sharing agreement.     read more...
EE tops latest RootMetrics quality report, with Three not far behind
Total Telecom (Feb 10, 2015) EE has beaten its rivals in recent RootMetrics network quality tests, winning five of six categories outright and tied for first place with Three UK in network reliability testing.     read more...
IoT specialist Sigfox raises $115m from Telefonica, SK Telecom and others
Total Telecom (Feb 11, 2015) France-based Sigfox, which provides wireless networks to support the Internet of Things (IoT), said it had secured a record $115 million round of financing from strategic and financial investors in Europe, the U.S. and Asia.     read more...
Apple: $710 billion and counting
The Wall Street Journal (Feb 10, 2015) On the day Apple became the first U.S. company to close with a market capitalization above $700 billion, Tim Cook credited its success to its ability to sell pricey products to Chinese consumers.     read more...
Alibaba invests $590m in Chinese smartphone maker Meizu
Financial Times (Feb 9, 2015) Alibaba has invested $590m in a small and little-known domestic smartphone maker, the acquisitive ecommerce group’s latest salvo to extend its reach into mobile internet.     read more...
Alcatel-Lucent reports successful turnaround in 2014
Telecoms (Feb 6, 2015) French Alcatel-Lucent has reported its 4th quarter and full year results showing improved profit margin for 2014 following the infrastructure vendor’s cost-saving plan dubbed the shift plan.     read more...

Technology Trends

Studenten finden Tausende ungesicherte Datenbanken
Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Feb 10, 2015) Three students from the University of Saarbrücken have discovered nearly 40,000 unsecured databases, running millions of customer data.     read more...
In less than two years, a smartphone could be your only computer
Wired (Feb 10, 2015) With each passing season, another wave of mobile devices is released that’s more capable and more powerful than the generation preceding it.     read more...
Beyond smartphones: Samsung's bet on having your watch talk to your car
The Telegraph (Feb 9, 2015) Samsung is facing a challenge as the internet enters a new era and there are signs that it may have peaked as a major force in technology.     read more...
Giving drone industry leeway to innovate
The New York Times (Feb 9, 2015) When a small drone slipped free from its operator one morning last week and flew into the Washington sky, evading radar and the best defenses of the United States Secret Service to end up a sorry wreck on the White House lawn, the incident seemed to crystallize the fear that many harbor about a future dominated by aerial machines.     read more...
Ubuntu smartphone offers alternative to apps
BBC (Feb 6, 2015) An Ubuntu-powered smartphone is coming to the market a year and a half after a previous attempt to launch a model via crowdfunding failed.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO ThinkDigital Interview: Innovation and high-tech jobs, the time is now
Brussels (Feb 12, 2015)
In this week’s ETNO #ThinkDigital interview, Barry French, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Affairs at Nokia talks about the challenges and opportunities along the way to a European Single Market.     read more...


FTTH Conference 2015 - Interview with Steven Tas
(Feb 11, 2015)

Press Releases

Pai press statement on President Obama's plan to regulate the Internet (Feb 10, 2015)
The American people are being misled about President Obama’s plan to regulate the Internet.

Belgacom: Proximus and Microsoft join forces with Child Focus (Feb 6, 2015)
In partnership with Child Focus, volunteers from Microsoft and Proximus will visit classrooms in different Belgian schools

eircom to create 375 jobs over next five years (Feb 4, 2015)
eircom Group has launched new apprentice and graduate programmes which will create 375 new jobs in the company over the next five years.

Orange and Ecobank launch money transfer service (Feb 5, 2015)
Orange and Ecobank have rolled out a service that will enable Orange Money subscribers who also have bank accounts with Ecobank to transfer money between their respective accounts.

Verizon: transactions valued at $15.54 billion (Feb 5, 2015)
Verizon announced two major transactions designed to further sharpen its strategic focus.


Europe reaches nearly 30 mln FTTH/B subscribers
Telecompaper (Feb 11, 2015)

Takeoff in robotics will power the next productivity surge in manufacturing
The Boston Consulting Group (Feb 10, 2015)

Internet of Things essential to deliver on key government initiatives
IDC (Feb 9, 2015)

France IT spending forecast by segment
IDC (Feb 9, 2015)

What's driving mobile data growth?
Gartner (Feb 5, 2015)


Cisco Visual Networking Index

Source: Lightreading

Next Week

13th USENIX Conference on File and Storage Technologies (Feb 16-19, 2015)
Santa Clara, CA USA

Telecom council roundtable lunch: Unlicensed Spectrum (Feb 18, 2015)
Santa Clara, CA USA

#iamabroadcaster (Feb 18-19, 2015)
London, UK

D2D Summit (Feb 19, 2015)
San Francisco, CA USA

The new IP (Feb 19, 2015)
San Jose, CA USA


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

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

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

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

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

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