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October 2, 2014

European Policy

FT-ETNO Summit 2014, EU telcos presented their 'Agenda for Europe'
ETNO (Oct 1, 2014) ETNO, the Association representing the EU’s leading telecom operators, has presented today its 'Agenda for Europe' in view of the next term of the European Commission.     read more...
ETNO Agenda for Europe
ETNO (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. As an industry that underpins this economy, we see an urgent need to act and constructively participate in enabling recovery.     read more...
Neelie Kroes at FT-ETNO Summit 2014: Adapt or die, what I would do if I ran a telecom company
European Commission (Oct 1, 2014) 'I welcome the fact that ETNO appears to be looking at the need to change. The "Think Digital" manifesto announced earlier today should help ETNO to play a positive role in shaping Europe's digital future.'     read more...
For European Telcos, parting from Kroes is no sweet sorrow
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 1, 2014) European telecommunications operators represented by ETNO, the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ association, gathered in Brussels Wednesday to hear from outgoing European Commission digital agenda chief Neelie Kroes.     read more...
Europe carriers urge looser rules to revive $380 billion market
Bloomberg (Oct 1, 2014) Telecommunications executives meeting in Brussels will look for promises from the new European Commission for simpler regulation to help return the region’s $380 billion market to growth.     read more...
E.U. Telecom companies look for room to grow
The New York Times (Oct 1, 2014) On Wednesday, senior executives of many of Europe’s largest telecoms, including Orange of France and Deutsche Telekom of Germany, called on local regulators to cut back on red tape and allow consolidation within the sector as a way to jump-start Europe’s economy.     read more...
Leading operators present Agenda for Europe at ETNO summit
Telecompaper (Oct 1, 2014) The EU’s leading telecoms operators presented their “Agenda for Europe” at the latest summit of industry lobby group ETNO.     read more...
Operadores telecomunicaciones piden condiciones para mas inversion a nueva CE
ABC Espana (Oct 1, 2014) The European Organization for Telecommunications Operators (ETNO) presented its "Agenda for Europe" in which they proposed to the future European Commission (EC) key policies that facilitate the promotion of investments.     read more...
Gunther Oettinger: 'We are in the midst of a revolution'
Euractiv (Sept 30, 2014) German Commissioner-designate for the Digital Economy and Society portfolio, Günther Oettinger, was drilled by MEPs on Monday 29 September in the European Parliament, where he called on the EU to catch up with international competitors.     read more...
Günther Oettinger: Digital Economy and Society
European Parliament (Sept 29, 2014) Oettinger has been designated the Digital Economy and Society portfolio in the Juncker Commission. In a European Parliament fact sheet the digital single market is described as 'one of the most promising and challenging areas of progress, creating potential efficiency gains of EUR 260 billion per year.'     read more...
Letter to president Juncker from the leaders of the digital technology industry
Digital Europe (Sept 26, 2014) Dear president Juncker, Europe is at a turning point. Its economy is struggling to recover from the worst recession in living memory and growth remains sluggish with unemployment still unacceptablu high in many EU countries.     read more...
Net neutrality: BEREC puts debate into concrete realm
Europolitics (Sept 30, 2014) The European regulatory body proposes a strategy to monitor internet access quality on the ground.     read more...
Alle gegen Google
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Sept 30, 2014) All against Google. In Brussels the new European Commission and the Berlin politicians do not want to stand back. Almost every minister who feels responsible for the Internet, comes these days with a new regulation proposal.     read more...
EU privacy watchdogs give Google guidelines to change privacy practices
Euractive (Sept 26, 2014) European data privacy regulators handed Google a package of guidelines to help it bring the way it collects and stores user data in line with EU law, after six regulators opened investigations into the US internet giant.     read more...
EU: Irlands Steuerregeln für Apple wohl nicht rechtens
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Sept 30, 2014) For the EU is clear after a preliminary examination: Ireland's tax rules for Apple are State aid.     read more...

Global Policy

The Gigabit Gap and some thoughts on how to bridge it - by René Obermann
European Commission (September 2014 ) Building a state of the art gigabit infrastructure, combining fibre based (including hybrid) and wireless networks to provide a high-speed Internet access for everyone and “every-thing” is one of the most important European projects of our time.     read more...
Cybercrime-as-a-service the new criminal business model
SC Magazine (Sept 29, 2014) The 2014 Internet Organised Crime Threat Assessment (iOCTA) report highlights that a service-based criminal industry is developing to the point where an increasing number of those operating in the virtual underground – or darknet – are starting to make products and services for use by other criminals.     read more...
Europe's police need data law changes to fight cybercrime - Europol
Reuters (Sept 29, 2014) Law enforcers in Europe need greater powers to retain data for longer in order to catch cybercriminals selling discrete services that police cannot trace under existing regulations, according to a Europol report.     read more...
Crimtrac Acorn system could enable cybercrime reporting by mouse click
The Guardian (Sept 26, 2014) Reporting cybercrime could become as easy as clicking a mouse, under a government program to be unveiled soon. The national police information agency, Crimtrac, is putting the final touches to the scheme known as the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (Acorn)     read more...
Google ordered by German commissioner to stop data profiling
The Washington Post (Oct 1, 2014) A local data commissioner in Germany said this week that Google's extensive combining of the data it has on individual users is abusive and must be stopped.     read more...
Instagram bloqué en Chine, sans doute en réaction à « Occupy Central »
Le Monde (Sept 29, 2014) Instagram, the popular photo-sharing service, has been blocked since Sunday in China, according to numerous eyewitness accounts.     read more...
Here’s why top economists unanimously agree the government should stop regulating Uber
Venture Beat (Sept 30, 2014) When asked whether the government and taxi unions should stop interfering with ride-sharing services, every single economist agreed that Uber, Lyft and their competitors should be let free.     read more...
Uber: we’ll ‘correct and discuss’ allegations by San Francisco, Los Angeles
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 26, 2014) Uber plans to fight back against new allegations by the San Francisco and Los Angeles district attorneys that ride-sharing services are breaking the law and misleading consumers.     read more...
EU believes Apple, Fiat tax deals broke rules
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 30, 2014) European Union regulators said they believe that tax deals granted to Apple in Ireland and Fiat in Luxembourg constitute illegal state support for the companies.     read more...
FCC Makes Pitch for TV Stations' Spectrum
The Wall Street journal (Oct 1, 2014) The Federal Communications Commission is adopting a hard-sell strategy for next year's spectrum incentive auction in an effort to entice reluctant broadcasters to participate.     read more...
Merkel: Mehr Informatik in der Schule wagen
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Sept 27, 2014) 'In the German schools we need to talk more about the computer challenges and the digital world' says cancellor Merkel.     read more...
Phone database at center of debate
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 28, 2014) Law-enforcement and national-security officials are closely watching the fate of the database, which tracks the vast majority—about 680 million—of the U.S. cellphone and land-line phone numbers in use.     read more...
FCC considers regulations for Web-Video services
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 29, 2014) The Federal Communications Commission is considering regulations for companies that provide cable-like subscription video services via the Internet, according to several people with knowledge of the matter.     read more...
TalkTalk and 3 call for sector reform
Financial Times (Sept 29, 2014) Three and TalkTalk, the UK’s 'challenger' telecoms groups, have called for market reforms to make it easier for customers to switch mobile operators.     read more...
Sir Tim Berners-Lee: world needs an 'internet Magna Carta'
The Telegraph (Sept 29, 2014) The world needs a bill of rights for the internet to stop governments and big businesses from abusing their power, censoring certain information and controlling the web, warns Tim Berners-Lee.     read more...

Digital Economy

Alibaba gives bigger incentive fees to Credit Suisse, Morgan Stanley
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 26, 2014) In its final doling out of fees to underwriters for their work on the offering, Alibaba rewarded Credit Suisse and Morgan Stanley the biggest share of a $50 million incentive pool. In contrast, the Chinese e-commerce company divided the bulk of the main $250 million fee pool in equal amounts among the top five banks on the IPO.     read more...
Alibaba pays $459 million for stake in Chinese hotel tech company
Reuters (Sept 28, 2014) Alibaba, in its first big investment since raising $25 billion in a record-breaking New York initial public offering, has bought 15% of Chinese hospitality technology provider Beijing Shiji Information Technology for 2.81 billion yuan ($458.66 million).     read more...
Uber takes to drink to win customers with contactless technology
Financial Times (Sept 28, 2014) Uber, the taxi-hailing smartphone app, is aiming to harness contactless payment technology to win over drinkers in London bars and clubs as part of a push to sign up new users in European markets.     read more...
Eircom chief Hribar steps down after pulling IPO
Financial Times (Sept 29, 2014) Eircom, the Irish telecoms group, is searching for a chief executive after Herb Hribar stepped down weeks after pulling the company’s initial public offering.     read more...
Big telecom companies band together to form open-source project for network functions virtualization
Gigaom (Sept 30, 2014) Companies like Cisco, Juniper Networks and Nokia Networks along with the Linux Foundation are hoping that the Open Platform for NFV Project will develop a standard for NFV, a network architecture concept that calls for all aspects of networking to be virtualized.     read more...
Reader Forum: Telcos and the supply chain – collaborative commerce at its best
RCRWireless (Sept 29, 2014) All around us, we’re seeing the telecommunications industry go through dynamic market changes. In the midst of this, communication service providers are keenly aware that they must become more agile and efficient to remain competitive and thrive.     read more...
Bitcoin goes mainstream: Circle's payments make cryptocurrencies easy
The Guardian (Sept 30, 2014) A new Bitcoin bank called Circle opens its doors to the public on Monday, following a stealth development period which saw it raise $25m from some of Silicon Valley’s biggest venture capitalists.     read more...
Tele Columbus plans IPO by year-end
Telecompaper (Sept 30, 2014) Tele Columbus, Germany's third-largest cable operator, announced plans for an initial public offering by year-end. It plans to raise at least EUR 300 million to help reduce debt and provide cash for expansion.     read more...
Yahoo, AOL pushed toward merger by fed up activist investor
Forbes (Sept 26, 2014) The Alibaba IPO dominoes are falling — and Yahoo and AOL may be next in line.     read more...
Microsoft and financial services group team up to fight cyber crime
V3 (Sept 30, 2014) Microsoft and the Financial Services Information Sharing and Analysis Center (FS-ISAC) have inked a deal to share threat data when combatting cyber crime, in a bid to help firms defend themselves against malware.     read more...
Intel invests $1.5 billion for stake in chinese chip maker
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 26, 2014) Intel forged its second alliance with a major Chinese chip maker through a $1.5 billion investment, highlighting the Silicon Valley giant's new strategy of teaming up with rivals.     read more...
BlackBerry shares jump as losses narrow
Financial Times (Sept 26, 2014) BlackBerry narrowed its losses in its latest quarter and dramatically slowed the rate at which it burnt through cash, but revenues continued to plunge in a sign the company still faces huge challenges as it tries to turn itself round.     read more...
Lenovo closing $2.1 billion IBM x86 server deal
Reuters (Sept 29, 2014) Lenovo has closed its acquisition of International Business Machines Corp's x86 server division on Oct 1 for $2.1 billion, giving China's biggest personal computer maker a major asset as it expands its offerings for business clients.     read more...
Tech investor Peter Thiel slams Europe’s 'pervasive pessimism'
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 26, 2014) Tech investor Peter Thiel has a theory about why the European Union is gunning for American tech companies: jealousy.     read more...
Finding Alibaba: how Jerry Yang made the most lucrative bet in Silicon Valley history
Forbes (Sept 30, 2014) Jerry Yang is giving a quick tour of the conference room at his private investment firm in Palo Alto, Calif. It’s dotted with gifts and photos from his 20 years in Silicon Valley.     read more...

Tech & Services

Orange Switzerland offers free tablets with new subscription
Telecompaper (Sept 30, 2014) Orange Switzerland has started an offer to mark its 15th anniversary, giving customers who take select contracts a free tablet.     read more...
Tele2 signs frequencies, infrastructure deal with Ice Norway
Telecompaper (Oct 1, 2014) Tele2 said its subsidiary Mobile Norway has signed an agreement with Access Industries unit Ice Communication Norge for the lease of frequencies in the 900 MHz band.     read more...
Hongkongers flock to 'off-grid' chat app FireChat amid fears of internet shutdown
South China Morning Post (Sept 29, 2014) A mobile messaging application enabling users to communicate without internet access has seen large numbers of new sign-ups from Hong Kong as pro-democracy demonstrators in the territory scrambled for alternative means of communication amid the weekend’s protests.     read more...
Facebook to test internet beaming drones soon
Rediff (Sept 28, 2014) Facebook plans to start testing its internet-carrying solar-powered drones in 2015, with the ultimate aim of getting two-thirds of the global population online.     read more...
Twitter, MIT Create New Research Lab to Analyze Every Tweet
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 1, 2014) With a $10 million investment from Twitter, data scientists at MIT’s Media Lab are creating a new research group that will get access to Twitter’s entire feed of real-time and archived public tweets dating back to Jack Dorsey’s first in 2006.     read more...
Why competition between Apple and Google is more brutal than ever
The Telegraph (Sept 29, 2014) Competition between Google and Apple is more brutal than ever, and is the 'defining fight of the computer industry', according to Eric Schmidt.     read more...
World's broadband gets broader, but U.S. still lags many countries
NBCNews (Sept 30, 2014) Broadband Internet is creeping into all corners of the world, but there's a lot left to be done, according to the latest report from networking services company Akamai.     read more...
Apple rebuts complaints of bending iPhones
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 25, 2014) Apple defended against reports that its largest iPhone bends easily in people's pockets, saying warping is 'extremely rare' through normal use.     read more...
Apple to bring iPhone 6, 6 Plus to China on 17 Oct
Telecompaper (Sept 30, 2014) Apple will bring its iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus to China on 17 October. The phone will be available on China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom.     read more...
Privacy is tech’s latest marketing strategy
The Washingon Postt (Sept 26, 2014) Apple and Google are both moving toward deployment of smartphone encryption so secure that law enforcement officials can't easily gain access to information stored on the devices — even with a search warrant.     read more...
Meet Amelia: the computer that's after your job
The Telegraph (Sept 29, 2014) A new artificially intelligent computer system called 'Amelia' – that can read and understand text, follow processes, solve problems and learn from experience – could replace humans in a wide range of low-level jobs.     read more...
Mobile Apps 2015: 5 Predictions of How Apps Will Change
Venturebeat (Sept 29, 2014) Mobile apps have become tablestakes both for B2B and B2C. Yet, just because apps are now seen as essential to any digital strategy, it doesn’t mean we can get comfortable. Change is constant. Brands will need to continually adapt as both technology and the marketplace suggest new directions.     read more...
EASA allows electronic devices to remain on and connected throughout the flight
EASA (Sept 26, 2014) EASA allows European airlines to permit use of mobile phones following the aircraft landing. Airlines can also allow the use of portable electronic devices throughout the flight, after a safety assessment process.     read more...
4 wearables that give you superpowers
Fastcodesign (Sept 30, 2014 ) Super strenght. Super hearing. Super artistry. Super expression. The future of wearables is really a quest for human enhancement.     read more...
Microsoft unveils Windows 10, asks for input
Telecompaper (Oct 1, 2014) Microsoft unveiled its upcoming Windows 10 operating system during an event in San Francisco, saying the system will handle both touch and mouse-based input for all devices, from Xbox to PCs and phones to tablets and tiny gadgets.     read more...

Focus on

Speech of the ETNO Chairman at the FT-ETNO Conference
Brusselles, Belgium (Oct 1, 2014)
'This year’s event comes at a particular moment, as we are about to experience a significant change in the life of European institutions. Later today, at our conference, Neelie Kroes will deliver one of her last speeches as European Commissioner'.     read more...


FT-ETNO Summit 2014, Luigi Gambardella, ETNO Executive Board Chairman
(Oct 1, 2014)

Press Releases

Orange: the 2014 hello show - leveraging innovation to enhance customer experiences (Oct 2, 2014)
The third hello show gathered 1,000 decision-makers, partners and journalists at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris.

Deutsche Telekom announces winners of International 'Business Wall of Fame' contest (Sept 24, 2014)
Deutsche Telekom is happy to announce the winners of the international 'Business Wall of Fame' contest: MiniCRM was chosen to be the best international app concept

eircom: our hunger for technology: Ireland emerges as a nation of bingers (Sept 29, 2014)
Virtually all Irish adults still prefer to watch live TV on their 'normal' TV set, in their own homes,

Telenor Board of Directors welcomes extension of CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas tenure (Sept 29, 2014)
The board of Telenor has asked CEO Jon Fredrik Baksaas to prolong his contract throughout 2015.

Information on investigations at TeliaSonera’s Kazakh operator Kcell (Sept 29, 2014)
Kcell’s board announced that initial investigations have revealed that a number of the Company’s external supplier contracts were entered into the Company's own internal policies and procedures.


ETNO Agenda for Europe
ETNO (Oct 1, 2014)

The Internet organized crime threat assesment
Europol (Sept 29, 2014)

Digital Europe: the rise of the Internet of Things and the integration of the single market
European Commission (Sept 23, 2014)

World Payments Report 2014
Capgemini (Sept 30, 2014)

Investments in networks, facilities and equipment by content and application providers
Analysis Mason (Sept 30, 2014 )


Evolution of the broadband network

Source: Commscope

Next Week

IIC Communications Policy & Regulation Week (Oct 6-9, 2014)
Vienna, Austria

LTE Voice Summit (Oct 7-8, 2014)
London, UK

Wi-Fi Global Congress (Oct 6-10, 2014)
San Francisco, CA Usa

Telco Cloud World Forum (Oct 7-8, 2014)
Dallas, TX Usa

Pricing Mobile data (Oct 8-9, 2014)
London, UK


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

Apps World
London, UK (Nov 12-13, 2014)

Broadband World Forum
Amsterdam, The Neatherlands (Nov 21-23, 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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