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Thursday Oct 30, 2014

European Policy

Trust & security: the cornerstone of a thriving digital value chain
ETNO (Oct 28, 2014) EU decision-makers are currently reviewing an important piece of legislation. A draft Directive on Network and Information Security (NIS) is being discussed by the Member States of the Council and the debate is at an advanced stage, thanks to efforts by the EU Italian Presidency to progress this file.     read more...
ETNO is moving
ETNO (Oct 24, 2014) Dear ETNO members, Dear Friends and colleagues, New logo, new corporate identity, new website, new vision for Europe, new CEO Committee and a new Executive Board Chairman 2015. It's an exciting time for ETNO and we are happy to share the news that we are also moving to a brand new office! Please make note of our new address as from 27 October 2014. Boulevard du Régent 43-44, 1000 Brussels, Belgium Our contact numbers will remain the same.     read more...
Oettinger floats proposal for EU-wide 'Google-tax'
Euractiv (Oct 29, 2014) Günther Oettinger, the EU's incoming Digital Commissioner, has announced plans to reform existing copyright laws within one year, indicating the likely addition of an EU "Google-tax", similar to that applicable in Germany.     read more...
EU digital economy chief wants Google to pay up under new copyright law
Gigaom (Oct 28, 2014) Günther Oettinger, the man who will next week become the European Union’s digital economy and society commissioner, may be considering taking the so-called “Google tax” law from his native Germany and applying it across the EU.     read more...
Commission slams Hungary’s ‘Internet tax’
Euractiv (Oct 28, 2014) The outgoing European Commission has delivered an unusually tough statement over a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which has unleashed boisterous protests in Hungary.     read more...
German regulator puts EU telecoms rules to the test
European Voice (Oct 23, 2014) A long-running dispute between the German telecommunications regulator and the European Commission resurfaced after the Commission threatened legal action against the Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) if it refuses to cut Germany’s mobile termination rates.     read more...
Connected Continent left stranded in wait for Juncker reform
Europolitics (Oct 29, 2014) Negotiations at the Council on roaming and net neutrality are stagnating and risk resulting in a mini transitory package.     read more...
Italy eyes Wi-Fi to close broadband gap
Fierce wireless (Oct 27, 2014) Italy's government will be asked to consider establishing a nationwide €5 million public Wi-Fi network considered essential to close broadband coverage gaps relative to neighbouring European countries.     read more...
Italian lawmakers plan free Wi-Fi to bridge digital gap with Europe
Reuters (Oct 25, 2014) Italian lawmakers have put forward a proposal for free Wi-Fi in thousands of public places to bridge a gap with other European countries in broadband penetration, e-government and other digital services that is dragging on the economy.     read more...
Gratis-Internet soll Italiens Wirtschaft ankurbeln
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Oct 27, 2014) Italy plans to establish free Internet access in shopping centers or airports - which should help the economy. Elsewhere there are more and more initiatives for public wireless access.     read more...
Oettinger backs deregulation of telecom pricing
Europolitics (Oct 24, 2014) The future commissioner for the digital economy will push for a favourable statutory situation for telecoms companies.     read more...
Parliament grants budget discharge to BEREC
Europolitics (Oct 24, 2014) MEPs believe the body of telecoms regulators is doing what is necessary to improve its administration.     read more...
Europe struggles with digital education
Euractiv (Oct 27, 2014) European higher education remains too conservative to adapt to technological innovations, said a Commission High Level Group on the Modernisation of Higher Education in its report.     read more...
New guidance on telecoms network and service security issued
Out-Law (Oct 27, 2014) The European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA) said telecoms providers should set a security policy for all procurements and ensure they follow it.     read more...
WEBSAND: In-built security for a safer web experience
European Commission (Oct 27, 2014) One of the projects the EU has funded in the battle against cyber crime is called WEBSAND (Server-driven Outbound Web-application Sandboxing), which has come up with new tools to make systems harder for hackers to crack.     read more...

Global Policy

Hungarians protest Internet tax
Euractiv (Oct 26, 2014) Thousands of Hungarians protested in Budapest against a planned new tax on Internet data transfers, which they said would not only increase the tax burden, but would also curb fundamental democratic rights and freedoms.     read more...
Germany shares plans for Q2 2015 spectrum auction
Total Telecom (Oct 24, 2014) Germany plans to auction off spectrum earmarked for mobile broadband services in the second quarter of next year and to that end has issued a draft document regarding the allocation process.     read more...
Russia and China to sign cyber-security treaty in November
Computing (Oct 26, 2014) The governments of Russia and China are close to signing a cyber-security cooperation agreement that would enable the two countries to conduct "joint cyber-security operations", according to Russian media reports.     read more...
U.S. fights critiques of how web is managed
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 26, 2014) U.S. officials are fighting off another upswell of dissent from countries irked by the way the Internet is managed.     read more...
With a $10M fine, the FCC is leaping into data security for the first time
The Washington Post (Oct 24, 2014) Two telecom companies allegedly stored customer data online with no safeguards. Now the FCC is getting involved.     read more...
Europe under massive virtual cyber attack
Euractiv (Oct 30, 2014) More than 200 organisations from 25 EU member states are under virtual cyber-attack, as part of the continent’s largest and most complex ever cyber security exercise.     read more...
Competition conditionally approves SFR-Numericable merger
Telecompaper (Oct 28, 2014) The French Competition Authority has given its conditional approval to the purchase of mobile and broadband operator SFR by cable operator Numericable and its parent company Altice.     read more...
UK Court forces big ISPs to block 21 new P2P Torrent websites
ISP Review (Oct 24, 2014) As expected several major record labels and trade bodies, including the British Phonographic Industry (BPI), Sony Music and Universal Music have successfully won multiple court orders that will force all of the country’s largest broadband ISPs to block their customers from accessing 21 P2P Torrent (BitTorrent) indexes.     read more...
FCC delays incentive auction to early 2016
Telecompaper (Oct 27, 2014) The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has delayed its incentive auction to early 2016 from mid-2015, saying that legal challenges have bogged down the progress.     read more...
Dutch ICT sector simulates cybersecurity incident
Telecompaper (Oct 30, 2014) Industry association Nederland ICT held on 29 October an exercise to simulate a serious incident on vital ICT infrastructure in the country.     read more...
Barcelona ampliará el servicio de wifi gratuito en los espacios públicos
Lavanguardia (Oct 27, 2014) The City Council allocated € 3.6 million in 2015 and plans to open 1,527 new access points to the network | There will be a point of access to the network on each bus and coverage in the platforms of subway stations.     read more...
UK lawmakers want to send computer hackers to prison for life
Techi (Oct 28, 2014) Lawmakers in the United Kingdom are currently considering changes to the country’s criminal code that could result in hackers being locked up for longer than murderers or bank robbers.     read more...
Internet giants campaign to escape NIS directive
Europolitics (Oct 28, 2014) The inclusion of application and internet service providers in the cyber security directive is at the heart of negotiations at the Council.     read more...
U.S. regulators to vote on treating Internet TV like cable
Reuters (Oct 28, 2014) The U.S. Federal Communications Commission in coming weeks will vote on whether Internet TV should have the same access to television programming as cable and satellite TV providers, which could shake up competition in the video industry.     read more...
Government aims to make $15 billion Internet of Things industry in India by 2020
The Economic Times (Oct 26, 2014) The Indian government is working on an ambitious plan to create USD 15 billion 'Internet of Things' industry in the next six years.     read more...

Digital Economy

Telenor hands five-year global framework contract to Ericsson
Telegeography (Oct 28, 2014) Sweden’s Ericsson has inked a five year global framework agreement with Telenor Group under which it will provide radio hardware and professional services.     read more...
Telenor signs 5-year global agreement with Ericsson for radio network base stations
PCC Mobile broadband (Oct 27, 2014) Ericsson has entered into a five-year global framework agreement with Telenor Group to provide mobile base stations and professional services, covering the rollout of 2G, 3G and 4G technologies.     read more...
Alibaba bringing South Korea suppliers to Chinese sellers
China Internet Watch (Oct 28, 2014), the largest online B2B website under Alibaba Group and sourcing destinations of many Taobao sellers, is opening up to foreign suppliers with the addition of twenty four South Korean brands through Alibaba’s Direct From Overseas Markets program.     read more...
UK telecoms market poised for more converged services, says EE director
Reuters (Oct 23, 2014) EE, Britain's largest mobile network operator, is braced for the increasing convergence of mobile and fixed-line services in the UK market next year and the pace of consolidation is likely to pick up, Gervais Pellissier, a lead director of EE, said.     read more...
Ericsson’s third-quarter revenues beat expectations
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 24, 2014) Ericsson ’s revenue grew more than expected in the third quarter, but uncertainty about North American operators’ mobile network spending threw a wet blanket over the Swedish company’s earnings.     read more...
BT lifts dividend payout as broadband business grows
Financial Times (Oct 30, 2014) BT Group has lifted its dividend on the back of rising profits and an increase in broadband customers attracted by its growing roster of exclusive sports TV rights.     read more...
Huawei to step up procurement in Europe
Neurope (Oct 24, 2014) Huawei, has announced plans to further increase procurement spending in the EU as part of its European investment strategy.     read more...
Twitter Earnings: What To Watch
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 27, 2014) Twitter is expected to continue doubling revenue from a year earlier as it rolls out new forms of advertising. Analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters on average expect Twitter to record $351.4 million in revenue, compared with $168.6 million reported a year ago.     read more...
Twitter added 13M monthly active users in Q3, but growth slowed & engagement declined
Venturebeat (Oct 27, 2014) Twitter reported better-than-expected fiscal third quarter earnings for 2014, with revenue of $361 million on non-GAAP earnings per share (EPS) of $0.01.     read more...
Twitter disappoints by hitting expectations
Business Insider (Oct 27, 2014) Twitter's stock dropped 10% after the report hit despite delivering results that were in line with expectations.     read more...
Telecom Italia sells 17% of Argentina stake
Telecompaper (Oct 27, 2014) Telecom Italia has agreed to sell only a part of its stake in Telecom Argentina to US-backed investment fund Fintech, with the rest to follow once the deal secures regulatory approval from Argentine authorities.     read more...
Apple, Alibaba soon to be in talks to link up Apple Pay, Alipay
Venture Beat (Oct 27, 2014) Apple will soon be talking to Alibaba about a potential link between Apple Pay and the latter’s mobile payment system, Alipay.     read more...
América Móvil’s profits tumble
Financial Times (Oct 24, 2014) América Móvil, the Mexican telecoms group facing tough new antitrust rules in its home market, reported an almost 40 per cent plunge in third-quarter net profit to 10.1bn pesos ($745m) from the same period last year.     read more...
Samsung confirms sharp drop in Q3 profit
Telecompaper (Oct 30, 2014) Samsung Electronics confirmed a drop in third-quarter sales to KRW 47.45 trillion from KRW 59.08 trillion a year ago.     read more...
Telstra earmarks A$5bn war chest for Asia expansion
Financial Times (Oct 26, 2014) Telstra, the Australian telecoms group, plans to use its A$5bn-plus war chest to pursue growth in Asia but says it will not be rushed into making big acquisitions that do not benefit shareholders.     read more...

Tech & Services

Eircom reveals rival fibre-to-the-home service to compete with Vodafone/ESB JV
Silicon Republic (Oct 28, 2014) Eircom has confirmed plans to build a new fibre to the home (FTTH) service that will compete with the €450m ESB and Vodafone network that received European Commission approval.     read more...
Telekom Romania unveils prices for iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
Telecompaper (Oct 27, 2014) Telekom Romania Mobile Communications unveiled its offer for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus which will be available as of 31 October in Telekom shops.     read more...
Telefónica launches first consumer IoT product
M2M (Oct 23, 2014) Telefónica today launched ‘Thinking Things’, the first Internet of Things (IoT) product that enables mainstream consumers to connect almost any device wirelessly to the internet.     read more...
Portugal Telecom's Meo launches Samsung Galaxy SIII Neo
Telecompaper (Oct 28, 2014) Portugal Telecom's mobile unit Meo has launched the new Samsung Galaxy SIII Neo smartphone.     read more...
Huawei successfully tests 100G-PON network
Telecompaper (Oct 27, 2014) Huawei said that its optical access innovation lab has developed a 100G-Passive Optical Network (100G-PON) optical access.     read more...
Europe’s telcos plan frosty reception for Apple’s iPad SIM
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 27, 2014) Apple’s new iPads come preinstalled with a universal SIM, meaning that the devices are able to work with any telecom carrier providing cellular coverage.     read more...
Facebook passes 1.35B monthly active users and 864M daily active users, with a third now mobile-only
Venture Beat (Oct 28, 2014) In its Q3 2014 earnings announcement today, Facebook revealed that it now has more than 1.35 billion monthly active users (up 14 percent year-over-year).     read more...
Avec Inbox, Google fait de l'or avec notre mémoire
Le Figaro (Oct 28, 2014) In its new messaging application, Google recommends to archive messages rather than delete them. A sign of its obsession to keep the memory of the Web.     read more...
Samsung has sold 4.5 million Galaxy Note 4 phablets
Techi (Oct 25, 2014) There weren’t many smartphones in 2014 that received as much attention as the Galaxy Note 4, but a staggered launch by Samsung might have kept the phablet from breaking any sales records.     read more...
How can we close the broadband gap?
Forumblog (Oct 24, 2014) Reform of the ICT sector happened fast, both in broadband and mobile, and we all feel it in our personal and professional lives. The real plot twist lies in why reform took off so quickly. Simply put, the incumbents did not see mobile services as threatening.     read more...
The Internet of Things will change your company, not just your products
Harvard Business Review (Oct 24, 2014) Successful IoT plays require more than simply adding connectivity to a product and charging for service — something many companies don’t immediately understand.     read more...
New York, Delaware, New Jersey have the fastest broadband download speeds in the US
Digital trends (Oct 25, 2014) According to data from Ookla’s Net Index, which aggregates broadband and mobile data speeds from tests conducted around the world, the U.S. can finally say that it has an average broadband download speed above 30Mbps (megabits per second).     read more...
US tops Scandinavia, EU for fastest broadband. No, really
ZDNet (Oct 24, 2014) One way of comparing high-speed broadband prowess is to look at the combined take-up of speedy services across both mobile and fixed networks. And on that count, the US is ahead, according to analyst firm Ovum.     read more...
AT&T ruined the best part of Apple's new SIM cards
Techi (Oct 25, 2014) For now, the Apple SIM is compatible with four carriers: T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T in the US, and EE in the UK. But AT&T will change its plans.     read more...
Building networks that can expand and survive the internet of things
ISVisible (Oct 29, 2014) Getting things online is an essential element of the internet of things, but the way that people can do it is expanding greatly.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO's joint statement: Intellectual Property rights enforcement
Bruxelles (Oct 28, 2014 )
In the context of ongoing discussions of the Working Party on Intellectual Property on the Intellectual Property Rights Enforcement Directive (Directive 2004/48/EC) and in view of the upcoming Competitiveness and Growth Council, our Coalition takes this opportunity to restate our long-standing position on this topic and to outline views on the way forward, for your consideration.     read more...


FT-ETNO Summit 2014, Investor Panel: What would enhance European network deployment?
(Oct 1, 2014)

Press Releases

Deutsche Telekom launches European M2M partner program (Oct 23, 2014)
The goal of Deutsche Telekom's European M2M Partner Program is to market locally successful M2M solutions across the whole of Europe.

Energy Strategy 2050: Swisscom’s tiko to be a Swiss Confederation flagship project (Oct 27, 2014)
The Swiss Federal Office of Energy has included Swisscom Energy Solutions’ smart storage network in the list of its flagship projects.

Telecom Italia: executed amended agreements for the sale of interest in Telecom Argentina (Oct 25, 2014)
Telecom Italia accepted an offer from the Fintech Group to amend and restate the original existing agreement for the acquisition of Telecom Italia’s entire interest in Telecom Argentina.

Presentation of Telenor’s third quarter results 2014 (Oct 27, 2014)
Telenor presented its financial results for the third quarter.

Notification on 22nd regular meeting of the Supervisory Board of Telekom Slovenije (Oct 22, 2014)
The supervisory board of Telekom Slovenije discussed the strategic business plan of the Telekom Slovenije Group for the period 2014 – 2018.


4G Americas’ recommendations on 5G requirements and solutions
4G America (October 2014)

LTE carrier aggregation
4G America (October 2014)

Operator perspectives on 4G BSS Requirements
Telecoms (October 2014)

Policy, BSS and the future of mobile operators
Telecom Asia (Oct 27, 2014)

Wi-Fi calling and the support of IMS services over carrier Wi-Fi networks
Cisco (Oct 27, 2014)


Global Connectivity: The Next Billion Users

Source: Light Reading

Next Week

Telematics West Coast 2014 (Oct 30-31, 2014)
San Diego, CA Usa

CEM World Congress (Nov 3-5, 2014)
London UK

MVNO Networking Congress (Nov 3-5, 2014)
London, UK

Big Data Monetization in Telecoms: Northern Europe (Nov 4-6, 2014)
Copenhagen, DK

Achieving regulatory compliance and preparing for the 2015 clearing deadlines (Nov 6, 2014)
Paris, France


London, UK (Nov 12-13, 2014)

LTE North America 2014
Dallas, TX Usa (Nov 18-20, 2014)

25th ISF Annual World Congress
Copenhagen, DK (Nov 23-25, 2014)

Internet of Things World Forum
London, UK (Nov 25-26, 2014)

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

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