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Thursday Dec 4, 2014

European Policy

EU to review regulation of digital sector next year
The Wall Street Journal (Dec 3, 2014) A full review of existing regulation covering electronic communications will take place next year as part of a European Union plan to create a single, cross-border market for telecoms, online commerce and Internet services, Günther Oettinger, the bloc’s digital economy commissioner, said     read more...
Telecoms play vital role in European rally
Financial Times (Dec 1, 2014) When Jean-Claude Juncker unveiled his investment plan last week, he said Europe needed a kick-start and the European Commission, of which he is president, was “applying the jump leads”.     read more...
GSMA, ETNO back looser definition of net neutrality in EU
Telecompaper (Nov 28, 2014) The GSMA has called for U policymakers to take a fresh look at telecoms policy, as governments struggle to reach agreement on the existing single market proposal.     read more...
ETNO pleit voor afgezwakte netneutraliteit
Telecompaper (Nov 27, 2014) ETNO, the European organization of telecom operators, wish that the European Council will monitor closely its proposal for a Single Market Telecoms Reform Package and the NIS regulation (network and security).     read more...
ETNO, UNI Europa issue declaration on future skills needs
Telecompaper (Nov 28, 2014) Industry lobby group ETNO (European Telecom Network Operators) has joined forces with UNI Europa, the European trade union federation for services and skills, to launch a Joint Declaration on Future Skills Needs.     read more...
ETNO renews call for consolidation
Total Telecom (Dec 2, 2014) European telco lobby group says ICT can put continent back on the map but only if operators have scale.     read more...
Change and Innovation: Speech by Commissioner Günther H. Oettinger at Cable Europe annual event
European Commission (Dec 3, 2014) We know that ICT is responsible for half of productivity growth in the EU, and the digital sector is expected to grow seven times faster than the overall EU economy.     read more...
EU Commission: Europe needs a Digital Single Market
Telecoms Tech News (Dec 1, 2014) Newly-appointed Vice President of the EU Commission for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip, is continuing his predecessor's push for a single telecoms market.     read more...
Günther Oettinger: “Übertreibt es nicht mit dem Datenschutz”
Silicon,De (Dec 3, 2014) Günther Oettinger, European Commissioner for Digital Agenda and the Federal Minister of Transport and digital infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt require less data protection in Germany and the EU.     read more...
EU ministers half way to telecom agreement
Telecompaper (Nov 27, 2014) EU ministers are about half way to completing work on the telecom single market legislation, according to Gunther Oettinger, the Digital Agenda commission.     read more...
Europe urges telecoms single market €260 billion opportunity
Telecoms (Nov 27, 2014) European Commission (EC) VP Andrus Ansip has said creating a digital single market across the 28 EU member states will benefit Europe by €260 billion a year, “potentially more”, as he put it.     read more...
EU-Parlament contra Google: Ja zur Entflechtung von Suchmaschinen
Heise (Nov 27, 2014) With 384 votes in favor, the European Parliament adopted a resolution calling on the European Commission to take action in the search engines market.     read more...
Europe: le plan de Paris et Berlin pour encadrer Google
Orange (Nov 27, 2014) The American group is not expected to escape European legislation in the coming months, given the offensive launched on Thursday by France and Germany.     read more...
EE UU reprende al Parlamento Europeo por pedir que Google se parta
El Pais (Nov 28, 2014) The US Congress this week sent several letters to the European Parliament to express its concern about the motion suggesting to Brussels to legislate for shredding the US giant, so that the search engine is separated from commercial services.     read more...
In Brussels, Germany seen calling the shots
The Wall Street Journal (Nov 27, 2014) It is less than a month since the new European Commission of Jean-Claude Juncker took office. And here is the narrative that has gathered force since: that Germany has locked up the key positions in Brussels and is guiding the bloc’s policy agenda in an unprecedented way.     read more...

Global Policy

La Fédération Française des Télécoms interpelle la nouvelle Commission européenne
Les Echos (Nov 27, 2014) The telecom operators' lobby calls for more "tax fairness" with the giants of the web and the creation of a "readable and stable framework for investment" in Europe.     read more...
Germany advocates creation of internet regulator
European Voice (Dec 1, 2014) Europe needs to ensure that dominant internet firms do not stifle competition while taking advantage of investments made by European telecoms firms and dodging European taxes.     read more...
Is there an end in sight for EU data protection reform?
Irish Infosecnews (Dec 2, 2014) On 5 November, Peter Hustinx, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS), together with Germany’s Federal Data Protection Commissioner, Andrea Volhoff, held a panel discussion in respect of the state of play and perspectives on EU data protection reform.     read more...
Digitale Wirtschaft: Berlin mahnt EU zu Datenschutz
Die Presse (Dec 1, 2014) Four German Minister have askied the European Commission to determin action against Google and a general rethinking of transfer of data to the United States.     read more...
EU regulation: Article 29 chief criticizes risk-based approach
Lexology (Dec 2, 2014) Addressing the French Parliamentary Commission on Digital Rights, CNIL and Article 29 Working Party, Chair Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin commented on the current state of negotiations of the proposed European General Data Protection Regulation.     read more...
Microsoft and Yahoo respond to European 'right to be forgotten' requests
The Guardian (Dec 1, 2014) Bing and Yahoo join Google in acting on requests from people on the visibility of results in their search engines.     read more...
Norway PT submits mobile voice price draft to ESA
Telecompaper (Dec 2, 2014) The Norwegian postal and telecoms regulator, PT, said it has submitted its draft price proposal for the market for voice call termination on the mobile networks to the EFTA Surveillance Agency (ESA).     read more...
Cyberkriminelle verschicken Telekom-Rechnungen mit korrekter Ansprache
Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Dec 1, 2014) Currently fraud mails flooding the e-mail accounts. The Telekom warns of fake invoices, in which the parties are addressed even with the correct name and surname.     read more...
Ministers seek deal on UK mobile coverage
Financial Times (Nov 30, 2014) Cabinet ministers will meet telecommunications industry bosses to thrash out a deal to fill in partial gaps in mobile coverage ahead of the Autumn Statement this week.     read more...
EC to investigate French SMS termination rate proposal
Telecompaper (Dec 1, 2014) The European Commission has opened an in-depth investigation into France's proposal to continue regulating the SMS termination market for a third consecutive period arguing that it is still not competitive.     read more...
Xavier Bettel a pris part au volet 'Télécommunications' du Conseil TTE à Bruxelles
Foreign Affairs (Nov 28, 2014) The Prime Minister Xavier Bettel, in his capacity as Minister of Communications and Media, participated in the panel "Telecommunications" TTE Council in Brussels on 27 November 2014.     read more...
Malgré une année mouvementée, les opérateurs télécoms continuent leurs déploiements 4G
L'Usine Digitale (Dec 3, 2014) The monthly observatory ANFR (National Agency frequencies) observed an increase of 2% of sites authorizations 4G. Despite a turbulent year, telecom operators continue their deployments.     read more...
Das Festnetz ist wieder im Kommen
Die Welt (Dec 2, 2014) Smartphones and tablets continue their triumphant march but at one point the Germans are unhappy with the mobile development.     read more...
L'Arcep cherche son futur président
Les Echos (Dec 2, 2014) The Presidency of the ARCEP, the telecom regulator, which will release early next year, seems to encourage vocations.     read more...
Digital Champions in Italy – building an army of 8000
European Commission (Dec 1, 2014) Italy is aiming to have over 8000 Digital Champions: one for each town. Why? To answer that question, we must go back a couple of months.     read more...

Digital Economy

Telenor and TeliaSonera to merge Danish ops
Financial Times (Dec 3, 2014) It's rare for Norwegian and Swedish telecoms executives to agree on something, but they're unanimous today in thinking merging Telenor and TeliaSonera's Danish operations is a good idea.     read more...
TeliaSonera and Telenor to combine their operations in Denmark
London Stock Exchange (Dec 3, 2014) TeliaSonera and Telenor have entered into an agreement to merge their Danish operations into a new joint venture that will create a robust mobile operator who is able to increase investments in networks to the benefit of our customers.     read more...
Magyar Telekom, cable retain broadband lead
Broadbandtvnews (Dec 1, 2014) Magyar Telekom remains the leading provider of fixed broadband services in Hungary, claiming a 35.6% market share as of this October.     read more...
Altice agrees €7.4bn Brazilian deal for Portugal Telecom unit
Financial Times (Nov 30, 2014) Altice has struck a €7.4bn deal to acquire the Portuguese assets of Portugal Telecom from Brazil’s Oi in what would be the latest high-profile acquisition for the French cable and telecommunications group founded by billionaire Patrick Drahi.     read more...
Swisscom passe à l'offensive contre Netflix
Tribune de Genève (Dec 2, 2014) The number 1 of Swiss telecommunications launches an expanded subscription to its video content. The offer is currently available only in German-speaking Switzerland.     read more...
Telekom Austria eyes 400 million euro Internet infrastructure spending
Reuters (Nov 27, 2014) Telekom Austria will invest up to 400 million euros (317 million pounds) in broadband Internet infrastructure in Austria over the next three years should the state go through with a plan to match such investment with public spending.     read more...
Belgacom appoints new finance chief to start in April
Reuters (Dec 2, 2014) Belgian telecoms group Belgacom on Tuesday announced that it will appoint Sandrine Dufour as its new Chief Financial Officer to replace retiring company veteran Ray Stewart.     read more...
Wave of merger mania could change the face of UK telecoms industry
Hereisthecity (Dec 1, 2014) Convergence has come to our mobile phones, laptops and TV screens – and now it is the turn of Britain’s fragmented communications industry.     read more...
Vodafone may buy cable giant Liberty Global in mega telecoms merge
Silicon Republic (Nov 29, 2014) Vodafone is mulling over the opportunity to acquire cable player Liberty Global, which owns Virgin Media and UPC, in a massive takeover that will result in a global telecoms juggernaut worth over US$130bn.     read more...
Vodafone Greece targets multiplay with Hellas Online acquisition
Telecoms (Nov 28, 2014) Vodafone Greece has moved closer to becoming a multiplay service provider by acquiring 72.7% of Hellas Online (HOL), the country’s second largest broadband and fixed-line services provider.     read more...
3UK parent Hutchison mulls bid for O2, EE
Total Telecom (Nov 28, 2014) 3UK parent Hutchison Whampoa is lining up a bid for one of either EE or O2, both of which are currently in merger talks with BT.     read more...
Apple verliert binnen Minuten 40 Milliarden Dollar
Die Welt (Dec 1, 2014) Mysterious price drop: without apparent cause iPhone maker Apple lost in the stock market in a short time about 40 billion dollars in value. Experts have an explanation for the abrupt loss.     read more...
Telecom Italia extends LTE-A to a further 60 cities
Total Telecom (Nov 28, 2014) Telecom Italia extended LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation (CA) coverage to another 60 cities, bringing the total to 120.     read more...
EE reveals micro-network plan to fix 1,500 rural mobile black spots
The Next Web (Dec 2, 2014) UK mobile network EE says it will deal with mobile black spots in 1,500 rural communities across the country by 2017 using micro-network technology.     read more...
China to open up Internet broadband market with upcoming trials
PCAdvisor (Nov 27, 2014) With China's Internet growth slowing, the country is opening up the broadband provider market to private enterprises as part of government sponsored trial.     read more...

Tech & Services

Telekom Romania launches 1Gbps FTTH in 13 cities
Telegeography (Nov 28, 2014) Nationwide PSTN operator Telekom Romania (formerly RomTelecom) has launched 1Gbps-capable fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband services for consumers in 13 cities, in answer to recent high speed broadband upgrades from fibre/cable rivals RCS&RDS and UPC Romania.     read more...
EU privacy group calls for rules on device fingerprinting
Telecompaper (Dec 1, 2014) Device fingerprinting should be subject to similar consumer protection rules as web cookies, according to the Article 29 Data Protection Working Party, the EU's main privacy watchdog.     read more...
37% of UK online sales now over mobile
Telecoms (Dec 2, 2014) While online retailers roll their Black Friday bargains over to Cyber Monday – and probably beyond – research shows that an increasing amount of online sales are being made via smartphones and tablets.     read more...
Stop wasting everyone’s time
The Wall Street Journal (Dec 2, 2014) At the end of the day, many people wonder where all their time went.     read more...
How digital maps are changing the way we understand our world
The Guardian (Dec 2, 2014) Apps such as Google Maps and Citymapper 'smooth out the machine,' says Mike Duggan, researcher in Cultural Geography at Royal Holloway.     read more...
Huawei: 'Nobody made any money with Windows Phone'
The Next Web (Dec 1, 2014) Huawei today restated it will not be producing any devices running Windows Phone, as it’s not profitable for the company.     read more...
Q&A: ZTE Executive on how it’s tackling U.S. smartphone market
The Wall Street Journal (Dec 2, 2014) Over the past year, China’s ZTE has expanded in the U.S. market by selling affordable smartphones with technological features comparable to more expensive models from better-known brands.     read more...
Tech deals for Cyber Monday: Laptops, tablets, game consoles and TVs
The Washington Post (Dec 1, 2014) Tech gadgets are always a popular gift during the holiday season, and the lure of Cyber Monday is very appealing for high-tech bargain hunters.     read more...
Every Cyber Monday tech deal we've found
CNET (Nov 26, 2014) Skipping the Black Friday crowds doesn't mean you have to miss out on the best deals. Lots of hot tech products are going on sale on Cyber Monday. We're tracking them all here.     read more...
Mobile Technology is Revolutionizing the Manufacturing Environment
Oracle (Dec 2, 2014) Mobile technology is leading another industrial revolution--one in which manufacturing processes and procedures can be greatly managed and executed from devices small enough to fit into a pocket.     read more...
Twitter tightens anti-abuse measures
Financial Times (Dec 3, 2014) Twitter has tightened its procedures to prevent harassment and other personal abuse on its network, marking a further softening of its idealistic adherence to free speech in the face of several controversial cases.     read more...
Google and Microsoft battle over Santa tracker apps
The Guardian (Dec 2, 2014) Ho ho ho, or rather, who who who? That’s the question to ask for Santa and tech fans this Christmas, who will have a choice between two rival Santa trackers – one from the North American Aerospace Defence Command (Norad), with Microsoft, and the other from Google.     read more...
Mozilla makes Firefox for iOS a priority again
CNET (Dec 3, 2014) In a major reversal, Firefox's leader tells Mozilla community members he wants the open-source browser on Apple's mobile devices.     read more...
Want a cheap Smartphone? Go get an invite
Bloomberg (Nov 28, 2014) You cannot buy a OnePlus One smartphone. To buy one, you need an invitation. To get an invitation, you need to know someone who has one, or you must compete for the chance to get an invite.     read more...
AARP, Intel design a tablet for the ‘technology-shy’
The Washington Post (Nov 30, 2014) At 72, retired third-grade teacher Marge Herzog is what senior citizen lobbying group AARP calls “tech-shy.”     read more...

Focus on

Joint UNI Europa-ETNO Press Release: Unions and telecom companies launch recommendations on future skills requirements
Brussells (Nov 28, 2014)
UNI Europa, the European trade union federation for services and skills, and ETNO, representing Europe’s leading telecom operators, launched a Joint Declaration on Future Skills Needs. The declaration proposes 5 key recommendations to address the ICT skills needs of the future.     read more...


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Press Releases

Telenor and TeliaSonera to merge Danish operations to create robust mobile contender (Dec 3, 2014)
Telenor and TeliaSonera entered into an agreement to merge their Danish operations into a new joint venture where the parties will own 50 percent each.

Swisscom introduces mobile fixed network for SMEs (Dec 1, 2014)
My SME Office is the new combined Swisscom package for SMEs, incorporating fast Business Internet and comprehensive customer service in addition to modern business telephony.

eircom: first quarter results announcement period ended 30 Sept 2014 (Nov 24, 2014)
eircom Group announced results for the first quarter ended 30 September 2014.

Preliminary notice of TeliaSonera's acquisition of Tele2 Norway (Dec 1, 2014)
The Norwegian Competition Authority, Konkurransetilsynet, has announced objections to TeliaSonera’s acquisition of Tele2's Norwegian operations. TeliaSonera will now analyze the Authority’s objections and respond to it by December 22.

Gartner positions Telefónica as a visionary in Gartner Magic Quadrant for managed mobility services (Nov 27, 2014)
Telefonica has announced it has been positioned by Gartner in the “Visionaries” quadrant of the Magic Quadrant for Managed Mobility Services.


An evaluation framework for Cyber Security Strategies
ENISA (Nov 27, 2014)

Measuring the Information Society
ITU (2014)

Global Digital Economy - E-Commerce and M-Commerce Key Trends and Statistics
Budde (Dec 2, 2014)

Hacking the street? Fin4 likely playing the market
Fireeye (Dec 1, 2014)

Android in November: one in three devices runs KitKat
GSMArena (Dec 1, 2014)


Broadband: What would the world be like without it?

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Next Week

Broader Way Forum 2014 (Dec 7, 2014)
Doha, Qatar

ITU Telecom World 2014 (Dec 7-10, 2014)
Doha, Qatar

Carrier Network Virtualization (Dec 9-11, 2014)
Palo Alto, CA Usa

Critical Control rooms (Dec 9-11, 2014)
Madrid, Spain

Safe Cities 2014 (Dec 10-11, 2014)
Madrid, Spain


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

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

Mobile World Congress
Barcelona, Spain (March 2-3, 2015)

Telecodays 2015
Prague, Czech Republic (March 23-24, 2015)

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

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