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Thursday October 23

European Policy

Tas named ETNO chairman as group launches new agenda
Telecompaper (Oct 17, 2014) Industry lobby group ETNO (European Telecom Network Operators) has elected Belgacom's Steven Tas as the new chairman its executive board at a general assembly hosted by TeliaSonera in Stockholm.     read more...
Luigi Gambardella: How digital can unlock the trillions-euro opportunity
Euractiv (Oct 17, 2014) The opportunities of re-launching Europe's digital sector are huge. The industry can play its part with fruitful and positive collaboration.     read more...
New European Commission, approved by Parliament, will focus on the digital domain
PCWorld (Oct 22, 2014) The digital domain will be an important focus for the new members of the European Union’s executive branch, the European Commission, following their approval by the European Parliament.     read more...
ETNO chairman
European Voice (Oct 23, 2014) ETNO, the European telecommunications networks operators association, has appointed Steven Tas, from Belgacom, as chairman of its executive committee for 2015.     read more...
Ue: via libera alla Commissione Juncker. I dossier per il rilancio di tlc e digitale
Key4biz (Oct 22, 2014) President Juncker assured that the investment plan of 300 billion will be ready before Christmas. For ETNO Luigi Gambardella, the new Commission will represent a turning point for the industry.     read more...
MEPs choose EU data protection chief
European Voice (Oct 22, 2014) MEPs have backed Giovanni Buttarelli to be the EU’s data protection supervisor, with Wojciech Wiewiórowski as the assistant data protection supervisor.     read more...
A few words on my #AskAnsip Twitter chat
European Commission (Oct 21, 2014) I am Andrus Ansip and have been designated as the European Commission's vice-president for the digital single market. This is a great challenge, one I could not refuse.     read more...
EU takes Belgium, Luxembourg to court over telco regulation
Total Telecom (Oct 17, 2014) The European Commission (EC) has referred Belgium and Luxembourg to the European Court of Justice (EJC) over the alleged failings of their respective telecoms regulators.     read more...
European Commission approves Facebook/WhatsApp deal: data concentration and privacy as competition concerns?
LSE (Oct 20, 2014) Facebook’s acquisition of WhatsApp raises two issues, both relatively new to competition policy. First is the impact of combining the two parties’ data sets on the level of competition in a market. Second is the role of privacy in competition cases.     read more...
EU's Almunia says up to successor to decide on Android, forex investigations
Euractiv (Oct 16, 2014) Joaquín Almunia will not open formal investigations into Google's mobile operating system Android, nor into banks suspected of rigging the foreign exchange market, but will leave the decisions to his successor.     read more...
Europe needs to pick up call for telecom investment
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 20, 2014) Regulators are waking up to Europe’s telecom dreams when they should already be out of bed. With a new European Commission starting business next month, its members will need to address the issues in an industry with more than 100 fixed and mobile providers operating in 28 jurisdictions.     read more...
Neutralité du net: bientôt un droit inaliénable pour les internautes européens ?
L'Usine digitale (Oct 17, 2014) The Vice-President of the Commission and future European Commissioner for the Digital Single Market, Andrus Ansip wants net neutrality becomes an inalienable right of European Internet users.     read more...
Neelie Kroes last speech as Digital Commissioner
European Commission (Oct 22, 2014) 'I am very worried that Europe is missing large parts of the digital opportunity. I am worried that Europe will continue to stagnate, that we will let look at success stories but let them pass by'.     read more...
Kroes: Coding can become a world language
Euractiv (Oct 17, 2014) Coding is not just for the techies, according to Digital Commissioner Neelie Kroes. It will have an increasingly important role in citizens’ everyday lives.     read more...
BEREC anticipates revision of telecoms rules in 2015
Europolitics (Oct 17, 2014) Between adoption of the Connected Continent (or telecoms) package and revision of the existing telecommunications legal framework by 2016, the next two years will be decisive for the digital sector in Europe.     read more...

Global Policy

Merkel calls for 'industry 4.0' at German IT Summit
Euractiv (Oct 22, 2014) Europe is supposed to become a global leader in the digital world, while Germany hopes for an Industry 4.0 at the national IT Summit, putting net neutrality to the test with a “special service”.     read more...
Merkel verteidigt „Big Data“
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Oct 21, 2014) Angela Merkel speaks out in favor of the commercial evaluation of large amounts of data ("Big Data") to allow. At the same time she warned to consider the Internet as a lawless area.     read more...
Hungary plans to impose new tax on Internet traffic
Reuters (Oct 22, 2014) Hungary's government plans to levy a new tax on Internet data transfers, according to the draft 2015 tax bill submitted to parliament, which could hit Internet providers and the country's telecommunications companies.     read more...
Hungary to impose world’s first internet tax
Financial Times (Oct 22, 2014) Hungary is preparing to impose the world’s first tax on internet usage in the latest example of the unorthodox economic policies being pursued by prime minister Viktor Orbán and his increasingly dominant Fidesz party.     read more...
Lawyers shortlisted for EU data chief post
EUObserver (Oct 20, 2014) Two French corporate lawyers working for American firms and a high-ranking EU official are vying to replace Peter Hustinx as the next European data protection supervisor (EDPS).     read more...
Meet ’5G,’ the next-gen technology that will bring you mobile data on steroids
The Washington Post (Oct 17, 2014) Many wireless carriers are still rolling out their 4G LTE networks. But federal regulators are already turning their eye toward next-gen technologies that will allow incredibly fast mobile data.     read more...
FCC explores millimetre-wave radio for 5G mobile
ZDNet (Oct 20, 2014) The US Federal Communications Commission has launched an investigation into the feasibility of using spectrum above 24GHz for 5G mobile services, which could help operators better cope with increasing mobile data traffic.     read more...
How Google is taking over Washington, one appointment at a time.
The Washington Post (Oct 20, 2014) With the White House's announcement that it will nominate former Google patent attorney Michelle Lee to be the next director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, it's become increasingly clear that it's not just the Google's political contributions that have taken hold of Washington.     read more...
The FCC's headed 'to infinity and beyond'
Politico (Oct 17, 2014) The commission is set to approve a motion to investigate the upper reaches of airwaves that could fuel 5G mobile phones and tablets.     read more...
The US government's wireless-spectrum auction: Why it matters
CNET (Oct 19, 2014) The Federal Communications Commission is slated to hold an auction on November 13 for licenses to use spectrum under the designation of Advanced Wireless Service, or AWS-3.     read more...
A top Democrat wants Comcast to reject Internet ‘fast lanes’
The Washington Post (Oct 21, 2014) A top Senate Democrat is taking aim at Comcast over net neutrality, arguing that its previous commitments to an open Internet won't be enough to protect consumers — particularly if its merger with Time Warner Cable goes through.     read more...
Here’s how the U.S. plans to avoid a U.N. vote on the future of the Internet
The Washington Post (Oct 20, 2014) The State Department’s delegation previews its plan for winning the battle over the future of the global network of networks.     read more...
Cybercrime now becoming a serious problem for many Britons
The Guardian (Oct 21, 2014) Many Britons have been the victim of a cybercrime such as identity theft, hacking or abuse on social media, new research has found.     read more...
Mobile operators could come to emergency services' rescue
Europolitics (Oct 20, 2014) Private networks could be used for emergency services, transport and energy – but only under certain conditions.     read more...
More cities call for control of their broadband destiny, as FCC looks at states’ power to overrule them
Gigaom (Oct 20, 2014) Should cities have the right to determine their own internet policies? A new coalition from across the country has formed to argue for faster broadband speeds.     read more...

Digital Economy

Deutsche Telekom, Orange said to revive talks on U.K unit
Bloomberg (Oct 17, 2014) Deutsche Telekom and Orange have resumed talks to sell their U.K. mobile-phone joint venture EE Ltd., an asset that may be valued at as much as $19 billion.     read more...
Telefonica to share cyber intelligence with Microsoft
Telecompaper (Oct 17, 2014) Telefonica has bolstered its cyber-security offer with a number of new products and services, including a global strategic agreement with Microsoft to combat digital crime through intelligence sharing.     read more...
Slovak Telekom offers second mobile subscription free
Telecompaper (Oct 21, 2014) Slovak Telekom will offer in its Christmas campaign two subscriptions for the price of one.     read more...
Magyar Telekom gets jump on Hungary’s LTE race
RCR Wireless (Oct 21, 2014) After Hungary’s long-awaited spectrum auction, Hungary’s Magyar Telekom wasted little time in boosting its LTE covering, turning on 450 new LTE base stations the day after receiving new spectrum licenses following the country’s highly anticipated spectrum auction.     read more...
Apple verdient fast 8,5 Milliarden Dollar
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Oct 20, 2014) Apple exceeds expectations: every second, the group sold more than 5 iPhones, for a total of around 39 million in the past three months.     read more...
IPhone 6 recharges Apple’s growth
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 20, 2014) Driven by booming sales of its new bigger-screen iPhones, Apple said its quarterly profit rose 13%, and it predicted record holiday sales in the current three-month period.     read more...
Broadband rollout drives BT jobs boost
Financial Times (Oct 20, 2014) BT will recruit a further 500 people to help install and repair its copper and fibre network to reduce complaints over slow or faulty broadband connections.     read more...
Change is in the air after Xavier Niel’s failed bid for T-Mobile
Financial Times (Oct 19, 2014) If $15bn deals could be done with chutzpah alone, then Xavier Niel, the French telecoms billionaire, would be the proud new owner of T-Mobile US.     read more...
Yahoo! Q3 profit boosted by Alibaba gains
Telecompaper (Oct 22, 2014) Yahoo! reported third-quarter sales up 1 percent to USD 1.148 billion. Excluding traffic acquisition costs, revenue also rose 1 percent, to USD 1.094 billion.     read more...
Yahoo sales, profit gains may allay Mayer critics
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 22, 2014) Yahoo chief Marissa Mayer, aided by a strong financial report, defended her company’s turnaround strategy in the face of a challenge from activist investor Starboard Value LP.     read more...
The Silver Economy: start-ups reinvent smartphone for the elderly
Financial Times (Oct 20, 2014) A British start-up backed by some of the world’s largest technology groups is aiming to reinvent the smartphone for elderly users – to address a market that the UN suggests may be one-fifth of the population by 2020.     read more...
The Silver Economy: Tech sector taps surge of connected boomers
Financial Times (Oct 20, 2014) An industry has begun to emerge in providing devices and applications aimed at the wealthy boomer generation that has the time, money and superfast broadband connections to embrace the digital age.     read more...
A 'future' merger of Android and Chrome? Google’s already doing that
Gigaom (Oct 19, 2014) News of a single person in charge of engineering for Google’s Chrome and Android platforms suggest to some that the two will merge in the future.     read more...
The future of how we pay: what you need to know
Tech cheat sheet (Oct 18, 2014) What do consumers need to know about where the payments industry is going? What are the problems with our current payment methods?     read more...
Chinese smartphones lift Japan’s electronics business
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 20, 2014) China’s smartphone boom is being fueled by an unlikely source: Japanese parts makers.     read more...

Tech & Services

Orange Romania launches My Network app
Telecompaper (Oct 18, 2014) Orange Romania launched My Network, an app for smartphones powered by Android which enables end-users surf the web at the best available internet speeds by accessing Orange's mobile network at 4G+, 4G, 3G+ or 3G speeds.     read more...
Huawei enables Telefónica 1Gbps FTTH service
Capacity Magazine (Oct 17, 2014) Telefónica has selected Huawei’s XG-PON solution for its 1Gbps fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service, which it plans to launch in 2015.     read more...
Google's ambitious broadband plans include testing wireless technology, filing shows
IT World (Oct 17, 2014) Documents filed by Google to the Federal Communications Commission show that the Internet giant hopes to test wireless broadband technology.     read more...
How Google Search is changing to fight online piracy
The Washington Post (Oct 20, 2014) From autocomplete filtering to new ad products, the search giant is trying to keep copyright holders happy with tweaks to its search results.     read more...
How to try Apple Pay today—and where to use It
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 20, 2014) Attention early adopters: Apple has turned on Apple Pay, its big bet to turn the iPhone into a wallet.     read more...
Apple computers now collect your location info
The Washington Post (Oct 20, 2014) Apple has begun collecting location and other data about its users with the launch of new Mac computers and the Yosemite operating system.     read more...
South Korean ISP set to unveil 10Gbps fiber connection
Bigmid (Oct 20, 2014) One gigabit per second (1Gbps) fiber connections like those offered by Google Fiber is considered the Holy Grail of broadband in the US. The truth of the matter, however, is that Americans lag (no pun intended) far behind other countries in terms of Internet speeds.     read more...
Yik Yak: the anonymous app taking US college campuses by storm
The Guardian (Oct 21, 2014) The app launched in November 2013 by two 23-year-old graduates: Tyler Droll and Brooks Buffington. In April the app raised $1.5m in investment, and in June, a further $10m. Its clean, simple user interface is the colour of Tic Tacs.     read more...
The biometrics revolution is already here -- and you may not be ready for it.
The Washington Post (Oct 18, 2014) Fingerprint scanning and facial recognition technology aren’t science fiction anymore.     read more...
13 apps that will supercharge your iPhone or Android
Venture Beat (Oct 19, 2014) The best utility apps are designed to make your hectic life a little bit easier, and maybe even more enjoyable.     read more...
Microsoft warns of Windows zero-day; hackers serve exploits in PowerPoint files
Computer World (Oct 21, 2014) Microsoft warned Windows users that cyber criminals are exploiting a zero-day vulnerability using malicious PowerPoint documents sent as email attachments.     read more...
iMac with retina 5K display first impressions: a screen In which to lose oneself
Techrunch (Oct 19, 2014) Apple’s new iMac boasts a screen with an almost preposterous resolution of 5180×2880 pixels, which makes it the world’s highest resolution display.     read more...
'Nestify' has become a word to rival 'Uberization' for the internet of things industry
Gigaom (Oct 21, 2014) While the services industry has taken Uber as its big product inspiration, the hardware industry has picked Nest.     read more...
Wi-Fi is now free when you visit the UK, if you have a MasterCard
CNET (Oct 22, 2014) Using your phone or tablet when you're overseas can be pretty pricey. Luckily, for everything else there's MasterCard, as you can now enjoy free Wi-Fi in the UK thanks to the card in your wallet.     read more...
New Microsoft Garage site invites public to test a wide range of app ideas
Venturebeat (Oct 22, 2014) Microsoft launched a new section on its website: The Microsoft Garage is designed to give the public early access to various projects the company is testing right now.     read more...

Focus on

ITU elects new Chairman and holds Plenipot in South Korea
Bruxelles (Oct 23, 2014)
During the 19th Plenipotentiary Conference (Busan, South Korea), ITU, the International Telecommunications Union, elected Houlin Zhao of China as its next Secretary-General. ETNO Chairman Luigi Gambardella said: 'We acknowledge the hard work of Hamadoun Touré and praise the results he achieved during his mandate and we are looking forward to collaborating with the new Chairman, Houlin Zhao. ITU is an important institution that fosters debate and coordinates action to bridge the digital divide'.     read more...


FT-ETNO Summit 2014, Panel 'Digital Policies for Growth: Towards a Telecoms Reform'
(Oct 1, 2014)

Press Releases

Elisa's Interim Report January – September 2014 (Oct 17, 2014)
CEO Veli-Matti Mattila: Strong earnings thanks to comprehensive improvement of competitiveness

TeliaSonera Interim Report January–September 2014 (Oct 17, 2014)
Operational performance remained stable in the third quarter.

Telefónica and VLX Ventures team up to invest in Israeli start-ups (Oct 20, 2014)
Telefónica, a leading global telecoms company, is joining forces with the innovation incubator VLX Ventures to make potential investments in Israeli start-up companies.

Orange - Women for Change Award: two projects in support of women in Africa receive award (Oct 16, 2014)
The Women for Change Award is a joint initiative of the Orange Foundation and the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society in partnership with Marie Claire magazine.

Partnership of Makedonski Telekom and T-Mobile Macedonia with the “Vardar” Sports Club (Oct 15, 2014)
Makedonski Telekom and T-Mobile Macedonia officialised the partnership with the most successful Macedonian sports club.


Digital nation report shows rapid adoption of Mobile Internet use
NTIA (Oct 16, 2014)

Dutch Apps Market - October 2014 edition
Telecompaper (October 2014)

Spectrum Sharing
4Gamericas (October 2014)

Finland - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts
Budde (Oct 21, 2014)

Austria - Broadband Market Insights, Analysis and Forecasts
Budde (Oct 21, 2014)


Tablet connections in USA

Source: CTIA

Next Week

Wifi World Summit (Oct 28-29, 2014)
Barcelona, Spain

Powering the Cloud (Oct 28-29, 2014)
Frankfurt am Mein, Germany

Telecoms Social Network Summit (Oct 28-29, 2014)
London, UK

VSAT Mobility 2014 (Oct 28-29, 2014)
Hong Kong, China

Rich Communication 2014 (Oct 28-29, 2014)
Berlin, Germany


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

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

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

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

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

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