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October 9, 2014

European Policy

Telecoms: Commission to cut number of regulated markets in Europe
European Commission (Oct 9, 2014) the European Commission – in agreement with Member States - decided that two telecom markets should no longer be subject to regulation in Europe, and that two more should be redefined to reflect market and technology developments. The rules take effect immediately.     read more...
EU watchdog targets Amazon's Luxembourg tax deals
Euractiv (Oct 8, 2014) Amazon's tax arrangements with Luxembourg are being investigated by EU regulators, as the online retailer becomes the latest global company to be accused of striking tax-minimising deals with member states that may break the bloc's rules.     read more...
Europe digital nominee demands stronger U.S. data rules
The New York Times (Oct 6, 2014) Europe may suspend data-sharing agreements with the United States if American policy makers do not improve how Europeans’ online information is protected, according to Andrus Ansip, the nominee to lead Europe’s digital agenda.     read more...
Ansip tops class on digital matters
European Voice (Oct 6, 2014) Andrus Ansip, who has been nominated to be vice-president for the digital single market, again and again used examples from “the country I know best” during his hearing.     read more...
In new EU Digital Commissioner, U.S. tech faces hardliner
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 7, 2014) Europe’s new digital single market commissioner may have muddled the definition of net neutrality – the idea that all Internet traffic should be treated equally — with search engine economics, but Andrus Ansip left no doubt as to his thinking regarding Google dominant position on the Internet.     read more...
EU member states to speak with one voice on Internet governance
My ICANN (Oct 4, 2014) European Union (EU) member states have pledged to act as coherent partners on Internet governance. At an informal meeting of EU telecommunications ministers in Milan, member states supported the evolution of Internet governance within an open and transparent multi-stakeholder model.     read more...
EU Data Protection Directive: staff support stronger regulation
ITProportal (Oct 2, 2014) With the EU's new Data Privacy Act expected to reach final agreement in 2015, research from Sophos has revealed the level of concern across Europe over data protection and security.     read more...
Digitalkommissar Oettinger verspricht mehr Datenschutz
Volksstimme (Oct 5, 2014) The designated EU Commissioner for Digital Economy Günther Oettinger says 'For everything that happens in the EU, we can and will provide to enforce effective data protection rules.'     read more...
Ansip and Oettinger: Pragmatic duo on digital affairs
Europolitics (Oct 9, 2014) Vice-President Ansip, coordinator and compromise broker, alongside Commissioner Oettinger, not yet totally comfortable with the issues.     read more...
Brussels clears telecoms groups of ‘throttling’ services of rivals
Financial Times (October 3, 2014) Deutsche Telekom, Orange and Telefónica have been cleared by regulators of 'throttling' the services of rivals – avoiding a potentially bruising competition case.     read more...
In the balance: telcos do deals to grease regulatory wheels
Total Telecom (Oct 3, 2014) The world's telecoms operators are spending a significant amount of time, effort and even money to stay on the right side of the various regulatory bodies they are required to answer to.     read more...
A #FollowFriday for the next Commission
European Commission (Oct 3, 2014) As you may know, my term in office as EU Commissioner is due to end. Jean-Claude Juncker has put forward the names for those who will succeed me in digital issues.     read more...
Almunia approves Facebook’s bid for WhatsApp
European Voice (Oct 3, 2014) The European Commission concluded that the merger would not harm competition in the social media and consumer communications sectors.     read more...
EU clears Facebook's $19bn bid for WhatsApp
Euractive (Oct 3, 2014) Facebook gained European Union clearance for its proposed $19 billion takeover of mobile messaging startup WhatsApp in a deal setting it against the telecoms industry.     read more...
BEREC report fuels debate on end of roaming charges
Europolitics (Oct 3, 2014) Pending delivery of their opinion on the functioning of the European roaming market, EU regulators confirm the drop in charges.     read more...

Global Policy

Estonia opens up its borders to new digital citizens
Techweek Europe (Oct 7, 2014) Estonia has become the first nation in the world to offer an “e-residency” permit, allowing people from outside the country to benefit from its online resources.     read more...
Slovenian regulator Akos warns of mobile phone interference
Telecompaper (Oct 5, 2014) Slovenia's Agency for Communications Networks and Services (Akos) has warned of an increase in the number of reported incidents of interference in public mobile communications services.     read more...
Italy preparing EUR 7 bln fibre expansion plan
Telecompaper (Oct 6, 2014) The Italian government is finalising the details of a EUR 7 billion plan to expand the country’s fibre-optic network to areas beyond the reach of private operators.     read more...
Turk Telekom CEO Aslan calls for improved business models
Telecompaper (Oct 3, 2014) Turk Telekom CEO Rami Aslan, who attended the panel ‘An Open Digital Agenda for growth and innovation’ at CEO Summit 2014, highlighted that the sector needs novel and sustainable models in order to create a fair system.     read more...
FCC prepares for AWS-3 and 600 MHz Spectrum auctions
Daily Wireless (Oct 3, 2014) The FCC claims there are no limitations on bidding eligibility for the upcoming AWS-3 auction, scheduled to start on Nov. 13th. The AWS auction will be the most significant airwaves auction since the 700 MHz auction in 2008.     read more...
FCC Commissioner on Net Neutrality: ‘We are for a free and open Internet’
Social Times (Oct 4, 2014) Commissioner and former acting chair of the FCC Mignon Clyburn addressed the issue of net neutrality at the FOCUS100 conference in New York. Clyburn said that 'we are for a free and open Internet.'     read more...
FCC's Wheeler: IP transition is not a license to limit competition
Fierce Telecom (Oct 6, 2014) FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, like his commission colleagues, is a champion of the IP transition and the capabilities it will bring to service providers but wants to ensure it does not affect competition.     read more...
Google asks Supreme Court to decide Oracle copyright fight
Reuters (Oct 8, 2014) Google has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to wade into contentious litigation against Oracle Corp (ORCL.N), arguing that the high court must act to protect innovation in high tech.     read more...
Google’s Schmidt: Surveillance fears are ‘going to end up breaking the Internet’
The Washington Post (Oct 8, 2014) The first sign that Wednesday's session, billed as a roundtable on "The Impact of Mass Surveillance on the Digital Economy," would be an intensely personal one was that the dais, adorned with the U.S. Senate seal, was set up in a Silicon Valley gym     read more...
ICANN operations chief: “The whole world is watching” the U.S.’s net neutrality debate
The Washington Post (Oct 7, 2014) 'I find myself in a unique point in history where either we will be able to succeed as a human race, almost, in maintaining the Internet as a platform for solidarity and for economic progress, or, frankly, we will fail.'     read more...
Europol warns of IoT murder and ransomware for smart cars
ZDNet (Oct 6, 2014) Europol, Europe's criminal intelligence agency, has painted a grim picture of threats that will be ushered in alongside the Internet of Things (IoT), even predicting that a death caused by an by internet-connected device may happen within the year.     read more...
FBI chief compares Chinese hackers to 'drunk burglars'
ZDNet (Oct 6, 2014) FBI Director James Comey has compared Chinese hackers to a "drunk burglar" — not so subtle, but prolific and reckless enough to cost US companies billions each year.     read more...
7 things to do right now because your personal data is under attack
The Huffington Post (Oct 3, 2014) Merchants including Target, Neiman Marcus, Supervalu and P.F. Chang's China Bistro have suffered data breaches.     read more...
Twitter sues U.S. government over data requests
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 7, 2014) Twitter sued the U.S. government for the right to disclose more detailed information on government surveillance of its users, extending a clash between Silicon Valley and Washington, that has intensified in recent months.     read more...
Ofcom will be leaderless in early 2015
Telecoms (Oct 3, 2014) UK communications regulator Ofcom has announced that Ed Richards, the group’s Chief Executive, will be standing down from his role at the end of 2014.     read more...

Digital Economy

Swisscom may sell Fastweb to Vodafone
Business Day Live (Oct 9, 2014) Telecom operator Swisscom is considering a possible sale of its Italian broadband company Fastweb, which is worth up to €5bn and has been a target for Vodafone,     read more...
Telefónica opens LTE-A era in Spain
Rapid TVnews (Oct 6, 2014) Looking to the recently released 800Mhz band, which will soon be free from DTT channels, Telefónica has launched a pioneering LTE Advanced service in Barcelona and Madrid, enabling data transmission speeds over 1Gbps.     read more...
Telenor, Comvik eye MobiFone stake
Telecompaper (Oct 6, 2014) Telenor and Comvik International Vietnam plan to acquire a controlling stake in Vietnamese mobile operator Mobifone.     read more...
TeliaSonera acquires cloud & hosting outfit Ipeer
Telecoms (Oct 6, 2014) TeliaSonera has acquired Ipeer AB, a cloud and hosting service provider for the Swedish corporate sector.     read more...
Polish telecommunications market worth PLN 44.7 bln in 2013
Telecompaper (Oct 7, 2014) In 2013, the value of the telecommunications market in Poland was PLN 44.7 billion, down by 4 percent compared with 2012, reports     read more...
Tech and telecoms groups fight to dominate ‘internet of things’
Financial Times (Oct 5, 2014) An intense battle is developing between technology and telecoms groups over who will provide the software and services to enable the internet of things.     read more...
TIM Brasil hires Bradesco to explore bid for Oi
Telecompaper (Oct 4, 2014) Brazil's TIM Participacoes has hired Banco Bradesco's investment banking unit to analyse a potential bid for rival Oi.     read more...
AT&T pays $105m to settle bogus charges case
Financial Times (Oct 8, 2014) AT&T, the second-largest US mobile carrier, has agreed to pay a record $105m to settle allegations it allowed its customers to be “fleeced” by adding millions of dollars of bogus charges to their phone bills.     read more...
Hewlett-Packard Plans to Break in Two
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 5, 2014) Hewlett-Packard plans to separate its personal-computer and printer businesses from its corporate hardware and services operations, the latest attempt by the technology company to improve its fortunes by breaking itself in two.     read more...
With HP and eBay breakups already underway, could Cisco be next?
Gigaom (Oct 6, 2014) CEO John Chambers has said he wants Cisco to be the biggest IT provider in the universe. RBC Capital Markets Analyst Mark Sue thinks Chambers should break it up instead.     read more...
Yahoo nears investment in Snapchat
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 3, 2014) Yahoo plans to reinvest a small portion of the cash it made from an early bet on Alibaba in another fast-growing startup: Snapchat.     read more...
Google’s tax setup faces French challenge
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 8, 2014) Google Chief Executive Larry Page met with France’s premier late last month and quietly pressed home a message: Google has invested heavily in France and is willing to do more.     read more...
Les trois années qui ont profondément changé la face des télécoms
Le Figaro (Oct 9, 2014) An old world is gone and a new world is emerging. This revolution is the result of a combination of three factors: technology, consumer pressure and regulatory decisions.     read more...
Samsung Electronics makes $14.7 billion bet with new South Korean chip plant
Reuters (Oct 6, 2014 ) South Korean IT giant Samsung Electronics plans to spend $14.7 billion on a new chip facility - its biggest investment in a single plant - leaning on its semiconductor business to bolster profits as its smartphone dominance wanes.     read more...
Why China will leapfrog the world in Internet of Things
Venture Beat (Oct 4, 2014) The U.S. led the world in the PC revolution. Europe was where cell phones took off. So where will the wellspring of innovation and customer adoption take place for the Internet of Things? China.     read more...

Tech & Services

Eircom, SVG Partners launch Lab353 Accelerator in Dublin
Telecompaper (Oct 9, 2014) Eircom Business Solutions and SVG Partners have announced the Lab353 Accelerator programme, based in Dublin, Ireland, a USD 10 million fund aimed at helping 10 of the most promising Irish tech start-ups to establish or scale their operations in Europe and the US.     read more...
Telekom Slovenije enables two subscribers per package
Telecom Paper (Oct 3, 2014) Telekom Slovenije has become the only operator on the Slovenian market to offer users the possibility of linking two subscribers to one subscription package.     read more...
Telenor Montenegro introduces new unlimited internet offer
Telecom Paper (Oct 5, 2014) Telenor Montenegro has introduced a new pre-paid offering with 30 days of free unlimited internet usage and 500 messages to any network in Montenegro.     read more...
Portugal Telecom's Meo Go app surpasses 1 million downloads
Telecompaper (Oct 3, 2014) Portugal Telecom's Meo Go has reached the threshold of 1 million downloads.     read more...
Pour le patron d’Orange, un Netflix à la française est « faisable à court terme »
Les Echos (Oct 4, 2014) A French video online service, on the model of Netflix, is 'quite feasible in the short term' according to Orange boss Stephane Richard.     read more...
Facebook 'planning money transfer service'
The Telegraph (Oct 6, 2014) A computer science student has discovered a payments feature hidden in Facebook Messenger's source code.     read more...
Broadband upgrade to raise data limits for smartphones
The Irish Independent (Oct 7, 2014) Mobile phone users may soon get a boost as more mobile broadband bandwidth is set to be released by the telecoms operator.     read more...
Samsung to launch Galaxy Note 4 in India on 10 Oct
Telecompaper (Oct 5, 2014) Samsung expects to launch its the Galaxy Note 4 phablet in the Indian market on 10 October.     read more...
Google developing giant, modular display
Telecompaper (Oct 6, 2014) Google is developing a display made up of smaller screens that would click together to create a seamless image, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing three people familiar with the project, taking place at the company’s advanced projects lab.     read more...
Google simplify Internet of Things with Physical Web
Net4tech (Oct 6, 2014) Google unveil Physical Web. The project aims to facilitate the link between smartphones and connected objects, without downloading a dedicated app. Physical Web is shared as an open source form.     read more...
EE to take on BT and Virgin Media with set-top box service
Financial Times (Oct 7, 2014) EE, the UK’s largest mobile operator, will take on BT and Virgin Media with a TV set-top box service that will be offered alongside its home broadband and mobile packages.     read more...
Finally, a $100 tablet worth buying
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 7, 2014) Now, four years after the first iPad, Amazon’s $99 Fire HD 6 has brought a new baseline of quality to tablets that are inexpensive enough to be essentially disposable.     read more...
Mobile revolution shakes up Silicon Valley
The Washington Post (Oct 7, 2014) Smartphones, tablets and other gadgets aren’t just changing the way we live and work. They are shaking up Silicon Valley’s balance of power and splitting up businesses.     read more...
Why GoPro is one of the hottest platforms for IoT app development
Forbes (Oct 6, 2014) A new wave of apps have started to spring forth to leverage the tsunami of connected devices for the consumer Internet of Things.     read more...
Why my front door is not web-ready
Financial Times (Oct 7, 2014) If the internet of things is going to work, two things need to happen. Programmers need to start writing error-free code, which is pretty unlikely (the industry standard is for about 15-50 errors per 1,000 lines of code).     read more...

Focus on

ETNO Agenda for Europe
Brusselles (Oct 1, 2014)
'We live in extraordinary times. 505 million European citizens are hoping for an economic recovery and a return to growth and prosperity'.     read more...


Lowell C. McAdam, Verizon: A Connected Future – The Opportunities and Challenges Ahead
(Oct 1, 2014)

Press Releases

Relevant markets recommendation: positive signals, more ambition needed (Oct 9, 2014)
ETNO welcomes the adoption of the revised recommendation on Relevant Markets, which was announced today by Vice-President of the European Commission Neelie Kroes.

Deutsche Telekom and SugarCRM announce partnership to deliver advanced CRM and Cloud services for the enterprise (Oct 6, 2014)
Deutsche Telekom and SugarCRM, a leading specialist for customer relationship management, announced a global reseller alliance.

eircom signs €80 million contract with Ericsson (Oct 3, 2014)
eircom today announced that it has signed a five-year exclusive agreement with Ericsson, the fifth largest software company in the world.

Telenor partners with Microsoft to secure customers’ digital memories (Oct 2, 2014)
For the first time two of Microsoft’s digital services are being offered to private customers as part of their mobile subscription.

Antonio Amendola named executive diretor of international External Affaris at AT&T (Oct 7, 2014)
AT&T* is delighted to announce the appointment of Antonio Amendola to the role of executive director of international external affairs.


Horizon Report Europe - 2014 Schools Edition
European Commission (October 2014)

Digitisation, online accessibility and digital preservation
European Commission (October 2014)

ENISA publishes new report on Network and Information Security Education
ENISA (Oct 6, 2014)

BuddeComm Intelligence Report - OTT and Industry Transformation
BuddeComm (Oct 7, 2014)

The Technology Report October 2014
Telecom Reseller (Oct 6, 2014)


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