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Thursday Feb 5, 2015

European Policy

Ansip: Digital Single Market for Europe, the situation so far
European Commission (Jan 29, 2015) An update on how things are progressing in the European Commission's work to draw up a long-term strategy for a Digital Single Market for Europe.     read more...
Europe’s technological breakdown
European Voice (Feb 5, 2015) Europe needs a true single market if it is to compete in the ‘programmable world’, writes the CEO of Nokia.     read more...
Debate over the progress of the EU General Data Protection Regulation
Lexology (Feb 2, 2015) A group of public officials and industry representatives met in a public discussion panel in Brussels to debate the progress of the proposed EU General Data Protection Regulation and the major themes that are yet to be resolved.     read more...
Google leans towards EU-only 'right to be forgotten'
Euractiv (Feb 4, 2015) Experts advising Google on a European court ruling ordering it to remove personal information from search results, is leaning towards limiting the application to European websites only.     read more...
Quota for 'free' roaming up for debate
Europolitics (Feb 4, 2015) France proposes a compromise on the volume of 'free' roaming but discussions are still at a standstill in the Council.     read more...
Télécoms: Orange veut que l'UE impose à Google les mêmes règles qu'aux opérateurs
RTL Info (Feb 1, 2015) Orange Ceo, Stéphane Richard, hopes the European Union will require US internet giants such as Google the same rules as European operators.     read more...
Marché unique numérique : l'UE détaille son agenda
Journal du Net (Jan 30, 2015) Copyright, numerical integration, personal data ... Andrus Ansip, vice president of the Digital Single Market, began detailing its program.     read more...
Rural broadband access threatened by Berlin party politics
Euractiv (Jan 30, 2015) With the investment package from Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the German government hopes to boost nationwide broadband expansion.     read more...
EU aims to enlist online firms in fight against militant
Euractiv (Jan 30, 2015) The European Union needs to bring Internet companies fully on board in its fight against home-grown militant Islamists.     read more...
EC's Vestager worried about 'four-to-three' telecoms deals
The Deal (Jan 29, 2015) Telecom mergers will continue to get close scrutiny in Brussels and be subject to tough conditions for deal clearance, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager warned.     read more...

US and Global Policy

FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler: This Is How We Will Ensure Net Neutrality
Wired (Feb 5, 2015) After more than a decade of debate and a record-setting proceeding that attracted nearly 4 million public comments, the time to settle the Net Neutrality question has arrived.     read more...
The biggest hole in the FCC's new Internet rules
Bloomberg (Feb 4, 2015) The framework described by Tom Wheeler, if enacted, would ban throttling, blocking, and paid prioritization by Internet service providers, reclassify broadband as a telecommunications utility and bring mobile networks into the same rules.     read more...
Obama finds bipartisan support for first 'Big Data' privacy plan
Reuters (Feb 5, 2015) The White House is working with bipartisan sponsors on a bill to protect data collected from students through educational apps - the first of President Barack Obama's "Big Data" privacy plans to gain traction in the Republican-controlled Congress.     read more...
FCC vote to force high-speed internet upgrades angers cable industry
The Guardian (Feb 3, 2015) FCC charged with ensuring broadband access rolled out in ‘reasonable and timely’ manner but last report found 19m Americans didn’t have high-speed internet.     read more...
Small ISPs should be exempt from strong net neutrality rules, trade group says
PCAdvisor (Feb 3, 2015) Smaller broadband providers don't have the incentive nor the ability to demand payments from websites, the ACA says.     read more...
Would FCC plan harm Telecom investment? Even industry opinion Is mixed
NPR (Feb 3, 2015) The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission announced he'll try to overrule laws in two states that restrict community-owned broadband networks.     read more...
Netherlands and Slovenia stand alone on 'zero rating'
Europolitics (Jan 29, 2015) Positive discrimination, definition of neutrality and 'specialist services' debated at Council, as pressure from lobbies mounts.     read more...
Rural communities losing out in push to superfast broadband
Financial Times (Feb 3, 2015) Rural farms, businesses and homes are at risk of being left behind in the push to connect the rest of Britain to superfast internet services, according to MPs.     read more...
China to ban online impersonation accounts, enforce real-name registration
Reuters (Feb 4, 2014) China will ban from March 1 internet accounts that impersonate people or organizations, and enforce the requirement that people use real names when registering accounts online     read more...
Business leaders push for deeper China-EU economic ties
China Daily (Feb 3, 2015) Jyrki Katainen, Andrus Ansip and Federica Mogherini will receive a delegation of senior Chinese and European executives from the ICT industry and financial institutions.     read more...

Digital Economy

BT seals £12.5bn deal to buy EE
Financial Times (Feb 5, 2015) BT has finalised the £12.5bn deal to buy EE, Britain’s largest mobile network, from Deutsche Telekom and France’s Orange after several weeks of exclusive negotiations.     read more...
TeliaSonera wins clearance for takeover of Tele2 Norway
Telecompaper (Feb 5, 2015) Norwegian authorities have approved new conditions for Tele2 to sell its mobile activities in the country to TeliaSonera.     read more...
Huawei, China Mobile claim first uplink CA field test
Telecoms (Feb 4, 2015) Huawei and China Mobile have announced the completion of what they claimed is the world’s first uplink carrier aggregation (CA) field trial over Jiangsu Mobile’s commercial network.     read more...
Telecom Liechtenstein launches LTE, claims better coverage than 3G
Telegeography (Feb 3, 2015) Telecom Liechtenstein (FL1) has launched commercial 4G LTE mobile services, offering peak theoretical download speeds of up to 150Mbps and with more extensive national coverage than the existing FL1 Mobile 3G network.     read more...
Vodafone joins battle in ‘multiplay’ market
Financial Times (Feb 3, 2015) Vodafone will make its first move into the “multiplay” market of bundled telecoms and internet services with plans to match BT’s fibre broadband coverage of the UK.     read more...
Mtel to complete modernisation of 3G network in 2015
Telecompaper (Feb 3, 2015) Bulgarian operator Mtel announced that its 3G network which supports 42 Mbps speeds covers 4.9 million Bulgarians or 67.6 percent of the population.     read more...
How Europe can win in the global app economy
Euractiv (Feb 3, 2015) As the European Union prepares its plan for a Digital Single Market, policy-makers must take full account of the fastest growing segment of that market – the app industry.     read more...
Mobile data traffic to grow 3x faster than fixed
Telecompaper (Feb 3, 2015) Mobile data traffic will grow three times faster than fixed traffic in the period 2014-2019, driven by more devices and users.     read more...
US spectrum auction raises record $44.9bn
Financial Times (Jan 29, 2015) US wireless groups have snapped up $44.9bn of airwaves following a record-breaking auction of government-owned spectrum that underlines the explosion in demand for mobile video and data.     read more...
The one barrier China’s smartphone companies can’t seem to break
TechinAsia (Feb 2, 2015) The rise of Chinese brands in the smartphone market does have its limit. There is one place that Chinese brands, at least for the moment, simply can’t go: RMB 3,000.     read more...

Opinions & Blogs

Internet Governance Multi-stakeholder approach: the solution for Net Neutrality
Telefonica (Feb 2, 2015) The multi-stakeholder approach is to the best solution for dealing with Internet Governance related issues.     read more...
Title II not meant for Information Age
USTelecom (Feb 4, 2015) The following statement is from USTelecom President Walter McCormick.     read more...
Orange Rendez-vous 2015 in Brussels: all together for a Europe of innovation
Orange (Feb 4, 2015) Representatives from the digital ecosystem and EU institutions met in Brussels on January 27 to discuss digital innovation during the ‘Rendez-vous’ organized by Orange.     read more...
From Castles to Beer: A different approach to cyber security
Federal Times (Feb 4, 2015) Collecting and analyzing cyber data using well-defined models helps us better understand who our adversary is, where they operate, how they operate, what data they are after and how to better equip us to engage the attackers on the cyber battlefield.     read more...
Net neutrality is critical for Europe's future
European Commission (Feb 3, 2015) Sir Tim Barners-Lee makes important and valid points on the issue of net neutrality and the need for establishing European rules so that it remains protected.     read more...

Technology Trends

Twitter to show tweets in Google search
Financial Times (Feb 5, 2015) Twitter has struck a deal with Google to show tweets in search results, as the messaging platform tries to broaden its reach beyond its 284m monthly active users.     read more...
Alibaba is testing drone delivery in China with a 3-day pilot program
Techinasia (Feb 4, 2014) Alibaba is now in the testing phases of delivering packages by drone, according to a post on Taobao’s website.     read more...
L’Internet des objets sera-t-il une nouvelle révolution industrielle?
Le Temps (Feb 4, 2015) The advent of machine to machine (M2M) communications could be the second half of the revolution in information technology and telecommunications.     read more...
Growth to slow for China's smart devices: IDC forecasts
China Daily (Feb 4, 2015) The shipment growth of China's smart connected devices (SCD), including PCs, tablets and smartphones, will slow down in 2015, according to market intelligence firm IDC.     read more...
What data protection reform will mean for obtaining 'customer consent'
Out-Law (Feb 3, 2015) If a business wants to process data that relates to a person located in the EU, it must comply with EU privacy laws.     read more...

Focus on

'A Digital Single Market encouraging scale and simplicity'
Brussels (Feb 5, 2015)
'After Markus (WIK), Blennerud (Ericsson) and Barnekow (TeliaSonera), read this week’s ETNO #thinkdigital interview to Google’s Theo Bertram, explaining why new investments and innovation are crucial'.     read more...


Understanding the Internet & Traffic Management
(Feb 3, 2015)

Press Releases

Deutsche Telekom and Orange sell their mobile joint venture EE to BT for GBP 12.5 billion (Feb 5, 2015)
Deutsche Telekom will retain a c.12 percent shareholding in BT, the prospective leading converged operator in the UK.

Swisscom sees growth in customer base, revenue and income (Feb 5, 2015)
'Despite price pressure, revenue and operating income continued to grow,' says CEO Urs Schaeppi.

Proximus joins Synductis (Feb 2, 2015)
Through a partnership with Synductis, Proximus will from now on coordinate its infrastructure works in Flanders with those of other utility companies.

Telekom Austria group expands its international Etherlink footprint in UK and Turkey with three new PoPs (Jan 30, 2015)
Telekom Austria group has expanded its international Etherlink footprint by establishing three new points of presence in London and Istanbul.

Huawei Mate7 awarded 'Smartphone best new arrival' in Hurun Best of the Best Awards 2015 (Jan 30, 2015)
Huawei’s large screen flagship smartphone, Mate7, was presented with the 'Smartphone Best New Arrival' award at the Eleventh Hurun Best of the Best Awards ceremony in Shanghai.


Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global mobile data traffic forecast update, 2014–2019
Cisco (Feb 3, 2015)

Cloud-as-a-Service (CaaS) is on fire
Infonetics Research (Feb 3, 2015)

40% of UK consumers considering multiplay upgrade
Telecoms (Feb 3, 2015)

Mobile Application spending forecast, 2014 to 2019 (US)
Forrester Research (Feb 2, 2015)

The Mobile Banking imperative
Forrester Research (Feb 2, 2015)


America's wireless usage every five minutes

Source: CTIA

Next Week

Developer Week (Feb 6-12, 2015)
San Francisco, CA USA

FTTH Conference 2015 (Feb 10-12, 2015)
Warsaw, PL

TMForum Action Week (Feb 9-13, 2015)
Lisbon, PT

Digital radio summit (Feb 11, 2015)
Geneva, CH

Telecom Council Deep Dive: LTE Advanced (Feb 11, 2015)
San Jose, CA USA


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

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

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

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

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

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