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Thursday Dec 18, 2014

European Policy

European telecoms sector to return to growth in 2016 - ETNO
Telecompaper (Dec 12, 2014) The European telecoms sector is set to return to growth in 2016 following six years of falling revenues, according to the annual report of Industry lobby group ETNO (European Telecom Network Operators), prepared by IDATE.     read more...
Eurobites: optimism stages a comeback
Light Reading (Dec 12, 2014) The European Telecommunications Network Operators' Association (ETNO) has spotted the green shoots of recovery in the European telecom industry, predicting in a new report that 2016 will see revenues will return to the positive after years of decline.     read more...
Euro phone, broadband giants are the 1% – yes, single-digit growth. Wow
The Register (Dec 12, 2014) After six years in the dark, Europe’s telecoms providers see a light at the end of the tunnel. According to a new report commissioned by industry body ETNO, the sector should return to growth in 2016.     read more...
ETNO: per le telecom europee crescita in vista, ma servono riforme per attrarre gli investimenti
La Stampa (Dec 11, 2014) ETNO, the association of the major telephone companies in Europe, presented his annual economic report prepared together with Idate.     read more...
Etno: in Europa il settore tlc torna a crescere, buone previsioni per 2016
Techeconomy (Dec 12, 2014) If there will be a new package of legislative proposals within the next six months - is the message launched by ETNO Ceo Luigi Gambardella - telecom firms could free up EUR 80 billion of investment, amounting to just over a quarter of those under the Juncker's plan.     read more...
Europese telecomsector gaat in 2016 weer groeien
Telecomnieuwsnet (Dec 16, 2014) After years of stagnation and decline there are signals for growth for the European telecom sector. This is the conclusion of the European Telecommunications Network Operators (ETNO) in its annual report.     read more...
US v. Europe: a tale of telcoms ups and downs
TelecomTv (Dec 17, 2014) As we hit the Christmas/New Year period the telecoms band is tuning up for next year’s mood music. In Europe the tune might be described as cautiously optimistic with many informed observers calling the end of the European telecoms industry’s revenue contraction.     read more...
Commission plans digital strategy for May
Europolitics (Dec 12, 2014) Copyright, equality of digital platforms or revision of the rules of access to networks: an ambitious “digital” programme for 2015.     read more...
Mercato unico: riforma delle tlc Ue entro maggio
Key4biz (Dec 15, 2014) The new European executive is determined to meet the deadline and to present the reform of the telecoms market by May, followed soon after by the copyright reform.     read more...
MEPs form Digital Agenda group
Telecompaper (Dec 12, 2014) More than 70 members of the European Parliament have established a cross-party group that will work on the Digital Agenda for Europe. Amongst the founders of the group are Michał Boni (EPP), Josef Weidenholzer (S&D), Marietje Schaake (ALDE) and Julia Reda (Greens/EFA).     read more...
Investment in telecoms infrastructure down
European Voice (Dec 12, 2014) EU regulation on telecoms has been criticised for being too complex and generating too much legal uncertainty.     read more...
European Council wants digital strategy by June 2105
Europolitics (Dec 16, 2014) The draft summit conclusions call for the "ambitious" digital strategy announced by Jean-Claude Juncker.     read more...
The Digital Single Market - investing in the future: Speech by Vice-President Ansip at the LIKTA 16th Annual Conference in Riga
European Commission (Dec 11, 2014) 'One year ago, almost to the day, the world witnessed the first known digitally signed agreement between governments. You may remember that this was between Estonia and Finland, for the common development of e-services'.     read more...
EU tax change is about to hammer small digital service providers
Gigaom (Dec 16, 2014) Starting in January, new EU tax rules will force many businesses offering online services across the Union to take on a load of new administrative responsibilities.     read more...
Who’s who in the digital world
European Voice (Dec 11, 2014) A rundown of those regulating the digital economy.     read more...

Global Policy

Belgian press reveals British hacking of Belgacom
Euractiv (Dec 15, 2014) The hacking of computers at Belgian telecom Belgacom, alleged to have been carried out by British intelligence agency GCHQ, was more far-reaching than previously thought and went undetected for more than two years.     read more...
UK Digital economy is speeding ahead of other nations, Ofcom reveals
Techweek Europe (Dec 12, 2014) The watchdog’s International Communications Market Report (ICMR) 2014 found that the UK’s Internet economy is one of the strongest in the world, driven by record levels of online advertising, spending and entertainment consumption this year.     read more...
Berec approves 2015 work programme
Telecompaper (Dec 12, 2014) EU telecoms regulator Berec has approved its work programme for 2015 and the strategy for 2015-2017.     read more...
The future of U.S. innovation might rest on this obscure patent lawsuit
The Washington Post (Dec 15, 2014) Patent trolls: They're a huge suck on the economy, eating up untold millions in legal fees and deliberately suing innocent companies just because they're flush with cash. Tech companies hate them. Lawmakers hate them. But despite bipartisan efforts, limiting their influence has proven a difficult legislative task.     read more...
Diverse allies rally for Microsoft in overseas data fight
Reuters (Dec 15, 2014) Corporate lobbyists, news organizations and academics joined forces with Microsoft Corp on Monday in the software company's legal battle with the U.S. government over access to customer data stored overseas.     read more...
Where tech giants protect privacy
The New York Times (Dec 13, 2014) 'Europe’s data protection rules have become the default privacy settings for the world,' said Billy Hawkes, the former data protection regulator for Ireland, whose role included policing the handling of online data of international users for companies with overseas operations run from Dublin like LinkedIn, Twitter and Dropbox.     read more...
Privacy is not dead: Microsoft lawyer prepares to take on US government
The Guardian (Dec 12, 2014) Brad Smith (Microsoft) tells Dominic Rushe US demand for access to customer’s emails on server in Dublin strikes at heart of balance between safety and privacy.     read more...
Wheeler doesn't buy ISPs' net-neutrality threats
National Journal (Dec 12, 2014) FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he doesn't think Title II regulation would slow down broadband investment. The FCC also voted to expand E-Rate with a $1.5 billion annual bump, and may look to expand the Lifeline program next.     read more...
Commission revives Google probe
European Voice (Dec 11, 2014) The European Commission has sent out a new round of questions about Google’s search engine and advertising practices to complainants and other stakeholders, Margrethe Vestager, the European commissioner for competition said.     read more...
EC to question Google's rivals in anti-trust probe
Telecompaper (Dec 12, 2014) The European Commission has sent questionnaires to a number of Google’s rivals as part of its long-running investigation into Google’s business practices.     read more...
Google News to shut down in Spain
The New York Times (Dec 11, 2014) Google News is saying goodbye to Spain.The website, which compiles headlines and summaries of news articles from various sources, will go dark in Spain on Dec. 16.     read more...
Google makes shifts from Spain and Russia
Financial Times (Dec 12, 2014) Google is shutting down its news service in Spain in one of the tech company’s most defiant responses yet to an increasingly hostile legal and political environment in Europe.     read more...
Google faces fine in Netherlands over privacy rules
The Wall Street Journal (Dec 15, 2014) Google could face a fine up to €15 million ($19 million) in the Netherlands for allegedly breaching the country’s data-protection laws.     read more...
Slovenian VoIP penetration reaches 65% in Q3
Telecompaper (Dec 18, 2014) The mobile telephony penetration in Slovenia reached 112.6 percent in the third quarter of 2014, up slightly from 112.1 percent in the second quarter and 109.4 percent the year before, according to Slovenia's Agency for Communications Networks and Services (Akos).     read more...
Audiovisual sector feels threatened by copyright reform
Euractiv (Dec 16, 2014) Copyright reform is high on the European Commission's list of priorities for 2015, much to the indignation of the audiovisual sector, which is resisting the proposed changes.     read more...

Digital Economy

Deutsche Telekom and Orange agree on exclusive negotiations with BT on EE
4Traders (Dec 17, 2014) Deutsche Telekom and Orange S.A. have agreed to enter into exclusive discussions with BT Group plc regarding the planned acquisition of the joint venture EE by BT.     read more...
BT harks back to the future with potential £12.5bn offer for EE
Financial Times (Dec 15, 2014) The decision to enter into exclusive talks with Orange and Deutsche Telekom to buy EE for £12.5bn will turn the clock back to when BT was still emerging from being a national monopoly with both a dominant consumer telecoms business and ownership of the national telecoms infrastructure.     read more...
BT is about to regain its crown as the most dominant UK telecoms business
Business Insider (Dec 16, 2014) BT is soon to become the "leading integrated telco in the land", digital business analyst Dan Bieler, of Forrester Research, tells Business Insider.     read more...
BT-EE talks alter mobile landscape
Financial Times (Dec 15, 2014) BT’s decision to enter exclusive talks to buy EE, the UK mobile operator co-owned by France’s Orange and Germany’s Deutsche Telekom, may spark further consolidation in the British telecoms and media market.     read more...
Oi to spend Portugal proceeds on domestic M&A
Total Telecom (Dec 15, 2014) Oi on Monday confirmed that it will spend the proceeds from the sale of Portugal Telecom on mergers and acquisitions, as it published preliminary fourth financial results for October and November.     read more...
Oi would use Portugal proceeds to pay for Tim bid, CEO says
Bloomberg (Dec 15, 2014) Oi Ceo Bayard Gontijo said Brazil’s biggest landline phone company would use proceeds from the sale of its Portuguese assets to finance any bid for wireless carrier Tim Participacoes at home.     read more...
Telenor Hungary offers m-banking, financial services
Telecompaper (Dec 16, 2014) Telenor Hungary will offer mobile-based banking and financial services in cooperation with Budapest Bank.     read more...
Telenor selects Nokia Networks for VoLTE in Denmark
Telecompaper (Dec 18, 2014) Telenor’s wholly owned subsidiary Telenor Denmark selected Nokia Networks to supply and implement its Voice over LTE (VoLTE) platform, following the successful completion of the first voice calls over LTE in the operator’s live network.     read more...
Tele2 to launch 4G-only network in the Netherlands
Telecoms (Dec 15, 2014) Sweden-based operator Tele2 has announced it is to launch a 4G-only network in the Netherlands at the beginning of 2015. The move will mark the telco’s transformation from an MVNO to an MNO in the Dutch market.     read more...
La 4G convainc 10 millions de Français après un démarrage tardif
Les Echos (Dec 15, 2014) A year and a half after its launch, the 4G is already a success in France. At the end of the year, the Hexagon should cross the symbolic threshold of 10 million subscribers.     read more...
Vodafone said to ask watchdog to keep BT in check after deal
Bloomberg (Dec 16, 2014) Vodafone plans to ask U.K. regulators to set conditions for BT’s proposed acquisition of EE for almost $20 billion to ensure the former phone monopoly won’t discriminate against rivals.     read more...
Vodafone Americas to launch US MVNO on T-Mobile network
Telecoms (Dec 12, 2014) Enterprise-focused operator Vodafone Americas has announced it is to launch an MVNO targeted at its multinational (MNC) customers either based in the US or with a strong presence in the country.     read more...
Vodafone Spain offers grants to ICT startups in Andalucia
Telecompaper (Dec 18, 2014) Vodafone Spain has joined forces with the government of the southern Spanish region of Andalucia to set up a support programme for ICT startups.     read more...
Dutch e-commerce to grow to EUR 13.7 bln in 2014
Telecompaper (Dec 16, 2014) Dutch consumer e-commerce is expected to grow to a value of EUR 13.7 billion this year, according to research by the industry group In the first three quarters of 2014, online purchases totaled EUR 9.81 billion, or 17 percent of all retail purchases.     read more...
Alibaba was the most-searched IPO of 2014
The Wall Street Journal (Dec 16, 2014) Google released its annual roundup of top searches, including a closer look at the initial public offerings that drew the most interest. Alibaba was the most searched for IPO on the list.     read more...

Tech & Services

Belgacom adds Netflix to Proximus
Tbivision (Dec 17, 2014) Belgian telecoms operator Belgacom started to roll out Netflix on its Proximus TV offering, as part of a gradual deployment that will take place over the next few months.     read more...
Orange and Ericsson have successfully completed the world's first live LTE-Advanced FDD trial in the 3.4 - 3.6 GHz band in Bordeaux
Ericsson (Dec 15, 2014) Orange and Ericsson have successfully used the 3.4-3.6 GHz (3.5 GHz) frequencies for testing data speeds, coverage and FDD carrier aggregation.     read more...
O2 CR picks net mobile for Google Play carrier billing
Telecompaper (Dec 15, 2014) O2 Czech Republic entered into an agreement with net mobile, an international full-service provider of payment products and mobile value added services, to implement net mobile's one-click-purchase platform for Google Play direct carrier billing.     read more...
Tele2 Latvia gives e-book app for one month free
Telecompaper (Dec 14, 2014) Mobile operator Tele2 Latvia is offering postpaid subscribers free access to the Fast Books mobile application for one month.     read more...
Iowa is building the nation’s first smartphone driver’s license
The Wall Street Journal (Dec 12, 2014) Iowa is looking to create the nation’s first smartphone driver’s license with an app that can co-exist with the traditional plastic card.     read more...
Deutsche Unternehmen halten sich von der Cloud fern
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Dec 15, 2014) Outsource data in a remote data center? Nein Danke! There is hardly any European country to use as few data clound companies as in Germany.     read more...
The Internet’s future lies up in the skies
The Wall Street Journal (Dec 15, 2014) There are currently about three billion people connecting to the Internet, most of them through mobile devices and cellular networks, according to the International Telecommunication Union.     read more...
New Facebook Buttons Let You Make Reservations, Launch Apps and More
The Wall Street Journal (Dec 11, 2014) Facebook has rolled out a new feature that will let you click a single button on a businesses Facebook page to book reservations, use an app, go to their non-Facebook website or sign up for a subscription service, among other things. Facebook is calling these “call-to-action” buttons.     read more...
Almost half of Dutch watch TV via mobile devices
Telecompaper (Dec 15, 2014) Around 25 percent of Dutch people watch TV via tablet, up 13 percent from December last year, according to a study by GfK.     read more...
Google's year in search: what we searched for in 2014
The Telegraph (Dec 16, 2014) Glaswegians and Londoners don’t know how to kiss, Mancunians are keen to learn to crochet and people living in Oxford want to know how to paraphrase, Google search data reveals.     read more...
Is this what the iPhone 7 will look like?
The Telegraph (Dec 16, 2014) With the next iPhone destined for release some time around September 2015, designers are already mocking up how the handset may look.     read more...
Sherlock tops Twitter's 'most-discussed' TV moments
The Telegraph (Dec 16, 2014) Benedict Cumberbatch's return as Sherlock two years after the character's apparent suicide dominated Twitter in 2014, with over 639,000 tweets about his reappearance.     read more...
Zuckerberg talks of ‘Dislike’ button, fried chicken pizza in Q&A
Bloomberg (Dec 12, 2014) Mark Zuckerberg, working to sidestep communicating through media, took matters into his own hands by holding his second public question-and-answer session today to address users directly.     read more...
Skype translator breaks through the language barrier
CNET (Dec 15, 2014) Skype launched a new tool that translates language in real time. Right now it's only for English and Spanish when spoken, but written messages can be translated for more than 40 languages.     read more...
Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of erosion of web freedoms
Techweek Europe (Dec 12, 2014) The Web is becoming less free and more unequal, with computer users increasingly at risk of censorship, surveillance and cyber violence. This is the stark warning issued in a new annual Web Index report from the World Wide Web (WWW) Foundation, which is controlled by the founder of the web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO and Commissioner Oettinger meet to discuss the importance of investments and growth for Europe's digital economy and society
Brussels, Belgium (Dec 18, 2014)
A senior delegation from ETNO, representing Europe's main telecom operators, met today with Günther Oettinger, Commissioner for the digital economy and society. The delegation included Dominique Leroy - CEO of Belgacom, Luigi Gambardella - ETNO Chair, Steven Tas - incoming ETNO Chair, and Daniel Pataki - ETNO Director General. The discussion focused on how to enable innovative services and on how to best facilitate and incentivise the deployment of superfast networks. The overall objective should be to ensure that European citizens and businesses enjoy the most innovative services enabled by the best infrastructures.     read more...


A look back at the net neutrality & regulatory debate at ETNO-MLex Regulatory Summit
(June 25, 2014)

Press Releases

Belgacom: more than 1 million Proximus customers say yes to the electronic bill (Dec 11, 2014)
From a survey (commissioned by Zoomit), it appears that 73% of Belgian e-mail users would agree to electronic billing if their provider proposed this.

Belgacom: Netflix on Proximus TV (Dec 16, 2014)
As from December 16, Netflix is available via the menus of Proximus TV,

Deutsche Telekom: Huawei and Netatmo are new Qivicon partners (Dec 10, 2014)
The crossvendor Smart Home platform Qivicon has two new partners: Huawei and Netatmo.

Elisa first in Europe to test new coverage-enhancing technologies (Dec 9, 2014)
Elisa has become the first operator in Europe to test two new technologies that significantly improve network coverage.

Telekom Austria: Virtualization meets the customer with Vip operator's virtualized VoLTE service (Dec 9, 2014)
Vip operator, the Macedonian subsidiary of Telekom Austria Group, announced that it is among the first Telecom operators in the region to have successfully tested a VoLTE call based on Network Function Virtualization (NFV)


ETNO Annual economic report 2014
ETNO (December 11, 2014)

Measuring the digital economy - a new perspective
OECD (December 2014) Global Industry Survey 2014
Telecoms Academy (December 2014)

2014 Broadband Customer Experience Expectation Survey
Connected World (Dec 3, 2014)

10% of U.S. broadband households have purchased a streaming media device to date in 2014
Parks Associates (Dec 2, 2014)


The mobile economy in Europe 2014

Source: GSMA


Warsaw, Poland (Feb 10-12, 2015)

#Digital4EU stakeholder forum on Europe’s new digital priorities
Brussels (Feb 24, 2015)

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

Teleco Days
Prague, Czech Republic (March 23-24, 2015)

Cloud World Forum
Dubai, UE (April 13-14, 2015)

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