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Thursday Nov 27, 2014

European Policy

Commission priority: Investment Plan
European Commission (Nov 26, 2014) Europe is facing an investment gap. Investment in the EU has dropped by more than 430 billion from a 2007 peak. Investment levels in the EU are €270 billion to €340 billion below historical sustainable norms. Weak investments hamper short term recovery and hurt long term growth.     read more...
Broadband key part of EU's €315bn investment plan
Total Telecom (Nov 26, 2014) New European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker on Wednesday listed broadband as a key part of his new €315 billion, three-year investment plan designed to return the European Union to economic growth.     read more...
Telecoms reform in disarray
European Voice (Nov 27, 2014) Plans to overhaul the rules for Europe’s telecoms market are in disarray, with member states stripping down the European Commission’s proposal as they struggle to bridge deep divisions.     read more...
Open Internet: How can we protect 'net neutrality' if it doesn't exist, Mr. President?
Die Welle (Nov 26, 2014) When it comes to slogans, "net neutrality" has got to be one of the most boring ones around. So why has it got the US president, European digital tsars and the global tech scene in such a tizz?     read more...
EU sees harmonizing telecoms and online content rules key to €315B economic growth plan
PCWorld (Nov 26, 2014) Removing regulatory barriers in the European Union’s telecommunications, e-commerce and digital media markets is one of the European Commission’s top priorities in a €315 billion investment plan that aims to boost jobs and growth in Europe.     read more...
A new platform between China and the EU will re-launch cooperation on Internet, telecom and high tech
New Europe (Nov 22, 2014) EU-China relations are crucial in today’s global digital value chain, but the potential is not yet fully exploited. I hope that leaders from both sides will soon realize the scale of the untapped potential and will create the necessary environment to facilitate dialogue and cooperation on Internet and broadband policies.     read more...
Why the EU needs a Digital Single Market: Speech by Vice-President Ansip in the European Parliament plenary session
European Commission (Nov 26, 2014) 'I agree with you that the Digital Single Market requires our immediate attention. For this, we need the Telecoms Single Market as a solid basis for the future'.     read more...
Italy lowers ambitions on telecoms reform
European Voice (Nov 24, 2014) Italy has scaled back ambitious plans to reform Europe’s telecoms sector after failing to bridge deep divisions between the member states.     read more...
EU Parliament aims to send a political message to Google
Deutsche Welle (Nov 27, 2014) Google has up to 90 percent European market share - a fact many EU politicians are unhappy with. While they seek to improve market regulation, they are not likely to break up the company.     read more...
EU digital tsar warns monopolists; Google foes play down call for break-up
Reuters (Nov 24, 2014) The European Union's top official for digital markets said on Monday he was concerned that big tech companies may be abusing dominant positions, but he also said investigations into Google must not be rushed.     read more...
EU watchdogs to apply 'right to be forgotten' rule on Web worldwide
Euractiv (Nov 27, 2014) European privacy regulators want Internet search engines such as Google and Microsoft's Bing to scrub results globally, not just in Europe, when people invoke their "right to be forgotten" as ruled by an EU court.     read more...
EU privacy rules said to be extended to Google U.S. site
Bloomberg (Nov 26, 2014) Google will be told to apply the “right to be forgotten” to its websites beyond the European Union under rules being drafted by privacy regulators, according to two people familiar with the plan.     read more...
US voices concern over Google break-up motion
Euractiv (Nov 26, 2014) The US Mission to the European Union said in an email it "noted with concern" the call for competition regulators to consider splitting search engines from other Internet services.     read more...
EU digital chief sides with Obama in defense of net neutrality
Gigaom (Nov 25, 2014) Andrus Ansip, the European Commission’s new digital chief, has said that he is “really worried” about proposals that would water down the EU’s new neutrality laws before they are finalized.     read more...
Europe takes another look at net neutrality
International New York Times (Nov 25, 2014) Just as the United States takes steps to secure people’s unfettered access to the Internet, Europe may soon backtrack on its own proposals.     read more...

Global Policy

Tech industry sees mixed bag in Obama’s immigration plan
The Washington Post (Nov 21, 2014) The U.S. tech industry has been fighting for reform of the country's immigration system for years.     read more...
Telecom firms call for change to BT's business broadband 'monopoly'
Reuters (Nov 23, 2014) Britain's biggest telecoms service providers have filed a complaint to media regulator Ofcom demanding greater competition in the business broadband market, where they say BT BT.TN has an effective monopoly.     read more...
UK considers law to force ISPs to retain and surrender user records
Computer Weekly (Nov 24, 2014) The UK government is considering enacting a law to force internet service providers (ISPs) to retain user records and hand them over to the police or security services if required.     read more...
UK operators call for access to BT Openreach network
Telecompaper (Nov 24, 2014) The UK Competitive Telecommunications Association (UKTA) has called on regulator Ofcom to improve competition in the business market by opening up access to the passive infrastructure operated by BT Openreach, the operator’s network business.     read more...
U.K. looks to keep records on Internet users
The Wall Street Journal (Nov 23, 2014) The U.K. government could soon require Internet service companies to keep records to identify people using a particular phone or computer and hand them over to the police upon request.     read more...
UK needs an ethics council and digital chief in every department
The Guardian (Nov 25, 2014) The UK government should establish an expert technology ethics body to help address complex challenges, including health monitoring, autonomous vehicles and legal disputes such as the right to be forgotten, an independent review has recommended.     read more...
Neutralité du net : mauvaise nouvelle en Europe
Numerama (Nov 25, 2014) The Italian Presidency of the Council of the European Union, which brings the ministers in charge of telecommunications, proposes to review broadly lower the pretensions of the draft text adopted in April 2014 by the European Parliament, on net neutrality.     read more...
Irish Government set to oppose any moves to water down net neutrality
The Independent (Nov 25, 2014) The Irish government is set to oppose European moves to water down 'net neutrality', one of the most contentious issues being debated in the technology industry.     read more...
FCC chief on net neutrality: ‘The big dogs are going to sue, regardless’
The Washington Post (Nov 21, 2014) Right now, followers of the net neutrality debate really want to know two things. First, when will the Federal Communications Commission unveil its new rules? And second, how aggressive will they be?     read more...
FCC faces propriety of management of Wi-Fi systems to guard against radio frequency interference
Telecom Law Monitor (Nov 25, 2014) The FCC has solicited comment on the rights of a Wi-Fi operator to manage its network through the use of FCC-authorized equipment to monitor and mitigate threats to the security and network interference.     read more...
Ein Computervirus, so mächtig wie keines zuvor
Die Welt (Nov 24, 2014) Regin is so far the most powerful malicious program that has ever been discovered. It could have been written by the NSA and suggest a "totally crazy" idea: the complete IT infrastructure of States to hijack.     read more...
USA und Briten sollen Regin entwickelt haben
Der Spiegel (Nov 25, 2014) The spy software Regin stunned security researchers. The Trojan has pried among other EU computer and the telephone company Belgacom - both espionage targets of NSA and GCHQ British.     read more...
Google settles online abuse court case
The Guardian (Nov 24, 2014) Google appears to have agreed to increase its efforts to remove online links to malicious articles that made false allegations about an international businessman.     read more...
World’s most advanced hacking spyware let loose
Financial Times (Nov 23, 2014) A cyber snooping operation reminiscent of the Stuxnet worm and billed as the world’s most sophisticated computer malware is targeting Russian and Saudi Arabian telecoms companies.     read more...
Settlement in Apple case over E-Books is approved
The New york Times (Nov 21, 2014) A federal judge approved a settlement in which Apple could begin paying $400 million to as many as 23 million consumers related to charges that it violated antitrust law by conspiring with publishers to raise e-book prices and thwart efforts by Amazon.     read more...

Digital Economy

Deutsche Telekom, Orange confirm talks to sell EE to BT
Bloomberg (Nov 26, 2014) Deutsche Telekom and Orange confirmed they are in talks to sell their U.K. wireless carrier EE to BT, going head to head with Telefonica to find a partner for their business in the country.     read more...
BT in talks to buy O2 or EE mobile businesses
Financial Times (Nov 24, 2014) BT is in talks to acquire either 02 or EE, the leading British mobile phone operators, to create a dominant fixed and wireless telecoms business in the UK.     read more...
Telecom Italia to assess possible merger of Brazil unit with Oi
Financial Times (Nov 22, 2014) The board of Telecom Italia has given the go ahead to management to look at the possibility of merging its Brazilian operations with those of smaller rival Oi, a deal that would shake up the wireless market in Latin America’s largest economy.     read more...
TIM Brasil to sell towers to American Tower
Telecompaper (Nov 24, 2014) TIM Brasil has approved the sale of its mobile towers for about BRL 3 billion (USD 1.2 billion) to American Tower.     read more...
Telekom Austria raises nearly EUR 1 bln in rights issue
Telecompaper (Nov 25, 2014) Telekom Austria has completed its rights issue, raising EUR 997 million. The number of outstanding shares will increase by 221.5 million, from 443.0 million to 664.5 million.     read more...
OTE extends internet availability via Eutelsat
Telegeography (Nov 21, 2014) Greek broadband provider Hellenic Telecommunications Organisation (OTE) has partnered with Eutelsat Communications to use its KA-SAT satellite to extend broadband services across the country.     read more...
Telefónica is turning Spain into the European capital of smart cities
Finanzen (Nov 19, 2014) In Seville, Telefónica is going to help digitalise and transform the mode of operation in the cargo port     read more...
Orange Poland runs another edition of Clients Recommend
Telecompaper (Nov 25, 2014) In the most recent edition of Orange Poland's Clients Recommend competition, its customers voted Internet Here and There as the most popular service.     read more...
Apple’s market cap tops $700 billion
The Wall Street Journal (Nov 25, 2014) As the world’s largest company, Apple keeps winning the battle against itself. It just cleared another major milestone: its market valuation topped $700 billion for the first time.     read more...
Spectrum efficiency key to 5G, operators say
Telecoms (Nov 21, 2014) T-Mobile USA, China Mobile and 4G Americas discussed the imperative nature of spectrum frequency selection and availability in the development of 5G at LTE North America in Dallas, Texas.     read more...
Liberty Global sees German watchdog open to Vodafone deal
Bloomberg (Nov 21, 2014) Liberty Global co-Chief Financial Officer Charles Bracken said that regulators would probably give their permission if Vodafone tries to buy its German business.     read more...
Huawei, MegaFon claim 5G services in Russia by 2018
Telecoms (Nov 21, 2014) Chinese infrastructure vendor Huawei and Russian operator MegaFon have announced a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to deliver trial 5G network services at the Fifa World Cup 2018, to be held in 11 Russian cities.     read more...
S Korea targets 5G global supremacy
Financial Times (Nov 25, 2014) South Korea's government, telecoms networks and technology groups are racing to take the lead in developing a new 5G standard that they claim will be 1,000 times faster than the best connections available.     read more...
Altice sets sights on Bouygues Telecom
Financial Times (Nov 20, 2014) Altice, the European cable group controlled by billionaire Patrick Drahi, says it wants to acquire Bouygues Telecom, insisting that it is the “most interested buyer” of France’s third-biggest mobile operator.     read more...
Yahoo acquires photo startup cooliris
Techcrunch (Nov 21, 2014) Photo app-maker Cooliris just announced that it has been acquired by Yahoo.     read more...

Tech & Services

Telekom Austria's A1, Si.mobil launch LTE-Advanced
Telecompaper (Nov 25, 2014) Telekom Austria’s subsidiaries A1 in Austria and Si.mobil in Slovenia are the first operators within the Group to enable their customers higher transmission speeds and higher bandwidths in selected locations.     read more...
Jeremy Rifkin: Digital revolution could bind China to Europe
Euractiv (Nov 26, 2014) Europe needs to capitalise on the Internet of Things to pave the way to the zero-marginal cost industrial economy of the future, according to US economist Jeremy Rifkin, who says China is willing to join it on the journey.      read more...
The importance of globalizing the Internet of Things
Techzone (Nov 21, 2014) In the new age of the Internet of Things (IOT), we expect devices to understand us flawlessly. Any brand or business involved with the IOT must take pains to make content invisible and eliminate language barriers.     read more...
Simple circuit could double cell phone data speeds
MIT Technology Review (Nov 24, 2014) A relatively simple circuit invented by researchers at the University of Texas could let smartphones and other wireless devices send and receive data twice as fast as they do now.     read more...
Network Rail could offer wholesale fibre services to telecoms
TechweekEurope (Nov 25, 2014) Network Rail has applied to Ofcom for powers that would easily allow the UK’s railway infrastructure operator to extend its fibre network so it can offer wholesale services to other telecoms providers.     read more...
Facebook is building out its drone team
Recode (Nov 20, 2014) Facebook is aggressively working to expand a team to build drones and other aircraft, according to people familiar with the company’s plans.     read more...
Best Black Friday tech deals of 2014
CNET (Nov 24, 2014) Every year the Black Friday online circulars hit the Web and lots of sites round up every tech deal under the sun.     read more...
This holiday season, high-end retailers go high-tech
The Washington Post (Nov 23, 2014) Beginning this week, shoppers at Tysons Corner Center with the right app may see a welcome message pop up on their smartphones as they walk into the mall.     read more...
Amazon reveals Black Friday deals, free paid apps, bargain tech
ZDNet (Nov 20, 2014) Not to be outdone by rivals, Amazon has revealed a number of tech-related shopping deals on the table starting on Thanksgiving and through to Black Friday.     read more...
Want to avoid government malware? Ask a former NSA hacker
The Guardian (Nov 25, 2014) Many of the brightest minds from the National Security Agency and GCHQ staff tire themselves out from long years of service, moving out into the comfort of the private sector.     read more...
Does mobile hurt or help your retail store?
Forbes (Nov 25, 2014) According to a recent poll from Gallup®, 70% of Americans over age 18 regularly use either a smartphone or a tablet.     read more...
At San Quentin, learning web coding without the Internet
The Wall Street Journal (Nov 24, 2014) Eighteen students are learning how to code Web pages. There’s one catch: They can’t use the Internet. The men, in matching jeans and blue shirts, are inmates at California’s San Quentin prison.     read more...
Baidu’s Andrew Ng on deep learning and innovation in Silicon Valley
The Wall Street Journal (Nov 21, 2014) Six months ago, Chinese Internet-search giant Baidu signaled its ambitions to innovate by opening an artificial-intelligence center in Silicon Valley, in Google backyard.     read more...
Uber and a fraught new era for tech
The Wall Street Journal (Nov 24, 2014) Tech has always been a cage fight among the companies involved. Microsoft spent decades being famously combative, until it was humbled by a near breakup of the company by the Justice Department.     read more...
Recharge your phone in 30 seconds? Israeli firm says it can
Reuters (Nov 24, 2014) An Israeli company says it has developed technology that can charge a mobile phone in a few seconds and an electric car in minutes, advances that could transform two of the world's most dynamic consumer industries.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO welcomes the presentation of the new European Commission
Bruxelles (Nov 26, 2014)
Telecom operators play a pivotal part in empowering Europe's growth, especially through investments in world-class networks and through the provision of innovative services to EU citizens and businesses. For this reason, we very much welcome the fact that the telecoms sector has been prioritised in this plan, along with energy and transports.     read more...


Brussels briefing on tech: All you need to know for November & December 2014
(Nov 2, 2014)

Press Releases

eircom response to Government’s national broadband plan (Nov 24, 2014)
eircom welcomes the announcement from the Government to defines the areas of proposed intervention to deliver broadband.

Telefónica partners with Equinix to offer connectivity to cloud service providers (Nov 20, 2014)
Telefónica announced that it will provide enterprises with dedicated connectivity to multiple cloud service providers through the Equinix Cloud Exchange™

Simply switch off with “My Time” from Swisscom (Nov 25, 2014)
Want to be able to choose when you can and cannot be contacted on your smartphone? Swisscom is launching the ideal free app for you – My Time.

Telecom Italia: Management empowered to examine in depth additional strategic options in Brazil (Nov 21, 2014)
The Board of Directors of Telecom Italia, chaired by Giuseppe Recchi, met to review the strategic prospects of the Group in Brazil.

Elisa's EpicTV has more than four million monthly visitors (Nov 21, 2014)
EpicTV, a service focused on outdoor and adventure sports, reaches 4.4 million visitors a month.


Securing Personal Data: ENISA guidelines on Cryptographic solutions
ENISA (Nov 21, 2014)

Dutch Mobile Operators Q3 2014
Telecompaper (Nov 25, 2014)

CIGI-Ipsos Global Survey on Internet Security and Trust
CIGI (Nov 25, 2014)

ITU annual global ICT data & ICT Development Index country rankings
ITU (Nov 25, 2014)

Investment in high-bandwidth services pushes DOCSIS channel shipments up 95% YoY in 3Q
Infonetics (Nov 24, 2014)


Virtual currencies: the future of payments?

Source: Infographic Journal

Next Week

2nd Annual Transatlantic Digital Economy Conference (Dec 2, 2014)
Bruxelles, BE

Mobile Roaming World Summit 2014 (Dec 2-3, 2014)
London, UK

Analytics & Big Data Congress 2014 (Dec 2-3, 2014)
London, UK

Mobile Network Security Strategies 2014 (New York, NY Usa)
Dec 3, 2014

Digital Future 2014 (Dec 4, 2014)
London, UK


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

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

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

Warsaw, PL (Feb 10-12, 2015)

Net Futures 2015
Brussels, BE (March 25-26, 2015)

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