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September 18, 2014

European Policy

Team Juncker - connecting the EU's digital dots
The Parliament Magazine (Sept 16, 2014) The publication of the names and portfolios of the proposed Juncker commission ended weeks of speculation. While the Commissioners-designate will have a few more hurdles to overcome as the European Parliament scrutinises and finally votes on team Juncker, we now have a digital roadmap.     read more...
Oettinger: Deutschland hinkt bei Digitalisierung hinterher
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Sept 16, 2014) The new EU-Commissioner for the Digital Economy warns in an interview that Germany underestimated the speed of the digital revolution.     read more...
Digital single market needs to be better integrated, say MEPs
European Parliament (Sept 17, 2014) More effort is needed to integrate the EU digital single market, so as to unlock its growth and job-creating potential, stressed MEPs in Tuesday’s debate with EU Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier.     read more...
Commissioners’ private offices start to take shape
European Voice (Sept 16, 2014) The next intake of European commissioners has begun putting together the teams of officials who will work most closely with them – the private offices, or cabinets.     read more...
EU Commissioner pushes Estonia as model for e-identity
Fierce Enterprise Communications (Sept 15, 2014) Not only may Estonia's digital identification system be used as a roadmap for a pan-European initiative, but the way it was developed has been worked into new regulations that span the continent.     read more...
MEP Albrecht: Oettinger risks being crushed by his portfolio
Euractiv (Sept 12, 2014) By putting Günther Oettinger in charge of the digital economy in the new European Commission, President-elect Jean-Claude Juncker has committed a fatal mistake, said MEP Jan Philipp Albrecht, warning that Oettinger risks being "crushed" by his new portfolio.     read more...
European digital single market needs greater effort: MEP
Brudirect (Sept 18, 2014) More effort is needed to integrate Europe's digital single market to unlock its growth and job-creating potential, members of the European Parliament (MEPs) stressed in a debate with EU Internal Market Commissioner Michel Barnier.     read more...
Almunia faces Facebook challenge
European Voice (Sept 18, 2014) The European Commission’s review of Facebook’s €15 billion bid for mobile messaging service WhatsApp is becoming caught up in politically charged debates about data privacy and the health of Europe’s telecoms companies.     read more...
EU data chiefs meet to rein in Google over 'right to be forgotten' approach
The Independent (Sept 17, 2014) Google faces criticism this week from European Union (EU) privacy regulators seeking to rein in the way it has been cutting search links in response to a court ruling on the so-called 'right to be forgotten'.     read more...
Swedish ISP urges European Commission to end 'illegal data retention'
PC World (Sept 15, 2014) Swedish law requiring network operators to retain communications metadata continues to breach European Union rules, according to Swedish ISP Bahnhof, which has asked the European Commission to intervene.     read more...
EU’s designated digital boss doesn’t want Google building cars
Automotiv (Sept 17, 2014) Europe’s designated commissioner for the digital economy says Europe has to modernize faster to avoid being overtaken by high-tech companies such as Google.     read more...
How geeky is the new Commission?
Euractiv (Sept 16, 2014) Some of the new European Commissioners, including Günther Oettinger, tasked with the Digital Economy portfolio, are lagging behind in their digital communications. Particularly on Twitter.     read more...
EU preparing guidelines for 'right to be forgotten' complaints
Euractiv (Sept 18, 2014) European regulators are working on guidelines for appeals from people whose requests to remove information from search results under their name have been turned down by search engines such as Google.     read more...
German fingerprints on Juncker’s Digital Agenda?
OpenEurope (Sept 16, 2014) The 'digital agenda' was a key plank of Jean-Claude Juncker's 'campaign' to become European Commission President and will be one of the top priorities for the next five years. Indeed, his new look Commission has its own dedicated 'digital single market' cluster, which incorporates a large number of the Commission departments.     read more...
EU regulators plan to scrap phone call price caps to help telcos
Reuters (Sept 17, 2014) EU telecoms regulators plan to scrap price caps on fixed phone calls in Europe in a move likely to give a revenue boost to Orange, Telecom Italia and other operators.     read more...

Global Policy

Experts weigh in on FCC Internet regulations
Daily Surge (Sept 16, 2014) The Federal Communications Commission hosted the first segment of its Open Internet Roundtable on Tuesday, focusing on potential policy approaches for 'protecting and promoting internet openness.'     read more...
For FCC, a push to tighten Net neutrality rules for wireless
CNET (Sept 16, 2014) As the Federal Communications Commission closes the books on public comments for its upcoming rewrite of Net neutrality rules, the agency is strongly considering reversing its stance that wireless networks should be treated differently than wired networks.     read more...
FCC revisits net neutrality exemption for mobile broadband
The New York Times (Sept 15, 2014) High-speed cellular Internet access has been largely exempt from regulations aimed at preventing Internet providers from slowing down or blocking websites and applications.     read more...
Senators hear calls on the FCC to step back from net neutrality rules
Computer World (Sept 17, 2014) The U.S. Federal Communications Commission should abandon its efforts to pass net neutrality rules because new regulations would hurt investment and the deployment of broadband, a parade of Republican senators and advocates said.     read more...
Deutsche Telekom says finds no evidence of NSA, GCHQ surveillance
Reuters (Sept 14, 2014) Deutsche Telekom said it had found no indication that the U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and Britain's GCHQ had obtained access to its computer network.     read more...
CEOs mull regulation, services if Scotland votes 'yes'
Telecompaper (Sept 15,2014) The CEOs of six UK telecom operators have written an open letter about the upcoming referendum on Scottish independence and the strategic and operational factors that will come into play, should the majority of Scots vote for independence.     read more...
Partial breakthrough in Horizon 2020 for Switzerland
Europolitics (Sept 15, 2014) Berne will be fully reintegrated into the programme's first pillar until the end of 2016, but is still a third country for the rest.     read more...
Google: US government demands for user data have risen 250% since 2009
The Guardian (Sept 15, 2014) Government demands for information on Google’s users have risen 150% since the tech giant first started publishing their numbers, the company said.     read more...
Berlin pushes Google to reveal search engine formula
Financial Times (Sept 15, 2014) Berlin is calling on Google to disclose details of the secret formula that has allowed it to monopolise web search in Europe, in a move that is likely to be welcomed by competitors and fiercely resisted by the US tech company.     read more...
Transcript of interview with Heiko Maas, German justice minister
Financial Times (Sept 15, 2014) It has long since been established that the digital world no longer knows any national boundaries. This means that when companies offer the citizens in the EU their goods and services, it is only fair that they are required to adhere to European law.     read more...
Ireland has not scaled back on broadband ambitions
SiliconRepublic (Sept 12, 2014) The Government of Ireland has not scaled back on its broadband ambitions, Communications Minister Alex White, TD, said.     read more...
Policy Approaches to Ensure an Open Internet
Federal Communication Commission (Sept 16, 2014) In the 2014 Open Internet NPRM, the Commission began the process of closing the gap created by the Verizon decision, which left no legally enforceable rules for the Commission to prevent broadband providers from acting to limit Internet openness.     read more...
Europe strikes back
Financial Times (Sept 15, 2014) While the backlash against US technology dominance is spreading across the continent, nowhere is it stronger than in Germany.     read more...
Phones 4U founder calls for probe
Financial Times (Sept 15, 2014) John Caudwell, the outspoken founder of Phones 4U, has called for the markets regulator to investigate whether the “bully boy” mobile phone industry acted in collusion to cause the demise of the high street retailer on Monday.     read more...
France Announces An Ambitious New Data Strategy
Techcrunch (September 17, 2014) After four long months of speculations and political maneuvering, the French Government finally announced that France is getting its first Chief Data Officer.     read more...

Digital Economy

Orange offers to buy Jazztel for EUR 3.4 billion
Telecompaper (Sept 16, 2014) Orange has launched an offer to acquire Spanish broadband operator Jazztel in a bid to compete with its two main rivals Telefonica and Vodafone.     read more...
Orange veut jouer son rôle de leader en Europe
Le Figaro (Sept 16, 2014) Stéphane Richard, le PDG de l'opérateur français, vient d'annoncer le rachat de Jazztel pour 3,4 milliards d'euros.     read more...
Romtelecom and Cosmote will have a new brand identity as Telekom Romania
Balkans (Sept 15, 2014) Telecom operators Romtelecom and Cosmote will have a new brand identity as Telekom Romania starting September 13, following a nearly EUR 15 million investment, the company announced.     read more...
Netflix startet mit kleinem Angebot
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (Sept 16, 2014) Netflix is now available also in Germany. The American streaming service has made ​​waves with the self-produced series 'House of Cards'.Therefore, it is now speculated if it will conquer also the Federal Republic.     read more...
Telekom Romania partners with Viaccess-Orca, Zenterio for IPTV
Digitaltveurope (Sept 14, 2014) Telekom Romania has partnered with content delivery and protection specialists Viaccess-Orca and TV operating system provider Zenterio and for the rollout of its new IPTV and OTT multiscreen service, Telekom TV.     read more...
Telefónica entra en campaña contra la secesión de Escocia
Expansion (Sept 15, 2014) Telefónica invested 17,000 million pounds in 2005 in O2, which today is the second British mobile operator with 23 million customers (8% in Scotland). According to Bloomberg Dunne statements, generate significant secession to force the business division of O2 into two parts costs.     read more...
BT and big UK telco’s warn of increased costs for an independent Scotland
Ispreview (Sept 15, 2014) The heated debate over Scottish independence, which is due to be decided in a referendum this week took another twist over the weekend as national telecoms and broadband operators including BT, TalkTalk, O2, Vodafone, EE and Three UK united in a rare show of unity to highlight some of their considerations.     read more...
Bouygues Telecom to Integrate Netflix into Boxes
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 15, 2014) Bouygues's telecom unit said it will offer Netflix's on-demand video streaming service on its TV set-top boxes, a major step for the U.S. company.     read more...
UK's tech industry calls for new leadership to develop the digital economy
ZDNet (Sept 16, 2014) The industry group says that appointment of a digital minister to the Cabinet is essential to unite differing groups behind a single leadership if the economy is to get maximum benefit from the fast-growing digital economy.     read more...
All-clear for BSkyB's buy of Sky Deutschland and Sky Italia
Europolitics (Sept 12, 2014) The consolidation that creates a pay TV giant in the EU will not raise competition problems.     read more...
Alibaba Asia roadshow begins; Jack Ma says company to expand aggressively in U.S.
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 15, 2014) Alibaba plans to expand aggressively in the U.S. and European markets following its listing, as the Chinese e-commerce giant kicked off the Asia roadshow for its U.S. initial public offering, which could raise as much as $24 billion.     read more...
Rural broadband group Gigaclear targets Aim
Financial Times (Sept 15, 2014) A company going head-to-head with BT in bringing fibre broadband to rural Britain is set to go public with the backing of high-profile fund manager Neil Woodford.     read more...
Phones 4U administration boosts Dixons
Financial Times (Sept 15, 2014) Phones 4U, the British retailer founded by entrepreneur John Caudwell that has spent most of the last decade in private equity hands, has gone into administration, boosting the share price of rival Dixons Carphone by nearly 3%.     read more...
Launch of Apple's iPhone fails to dazzle in China's more advanced mobile market
Forbes (Sept 13, 2014) 'Apple’s announcement vis-à-vis China is a non-event. The payment items that Apple introduced are not innovative at all compared to China. It’s not a breakthrough announcement,' said venture capitalist Gary Rieschel of Qiming Ventures on Silicon Dragon Talk.     read more...
Las ‘telecos’ diseñan sus nuevas adquisiciones con la deuda bajo control
Cinco Dias (Sept 18, 2014) Some of the main European telecom operators are already underway in the consolidation process. The companies have announced acquisitions to gain a foothold in other markets, to provide revenue, EBITDA and customers.     read more...

Tech & Services

Telia Denmark launches new 4Business tariff range
Telecompaper (Sept 17, 2014) Telia Denmark has launched new 4Business tariffs. It said among other things, it is now offering small business customers unlimited voice calls, SMS and MMS across the European Union.     read more...
Albtelecom picks Minerva's entertainment delivery platform
Telecompaper (Sept 15, 2014) Minerva Networks, a provider of software products for the delivery of multiscreen television services, announced that Albanian operator Albtelecom selected Minerva’s Entertainment Delivery Platform to offer television services in the region.     read more...
Scottish independence referendum inspires 10m Facebook interactions
The Guardian (Sept 16, 2014) There were more than 10 million interactions on Facebook relating to the referendum on Scottish independence during a five-week period, research has found.     read more...
Apple iPhone 6 map error misplaces Canadian cities
Technology (Sept 13, 2014) Geography has again stumped Apple Inc, with the technology company mixing up and relocating both Canada's largest city and its national capital on a map showing when different parts of the country can expect new iPhone deliveries.     read more...
Want an iPhone 6? Your year-old iPhone could be worth $300
Blogxp (Sept 13, 2014) The market for used iPhones has always been hot compared with other mobile devices, but it's gotten even more active since the new iPhone 6 was introduced last week. Apple's iPhone 6 doesn't come cheap, but the good news is your old iPhone will help you pay for it.     read more...
Apple iOS 8 review: a new phone without buying one
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 16, 2014) It turns out iPhone 4S, 5, 5S and 5C owners will end up with a basically new phone when they upgrade to iOS 8, a free download. I've been testing the new software on older iPhones and the new handsets and I can say it isn't the size of the screen but what's on it that is pushing the iPhone ahead.     read more...
Don't underestimate Smartwatches
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 14, 2014) It's important to understand that like the iPhone before it, the Apple Watch isn't at all what its name would imply. Let's call it what it is: a wrist-top computer.     read more...
The NFC chip in your new iPhone is only good for Apple Pay — for now
Gizmodo (Sept 16, 2014) You're not going to be able to use that NFC chip in your shiny new iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus for anything other than Apple Pay. No tapping to pair your phone with NFC-enabled speakers, no NFC tags all over your house, no nothing.     read more...
How to choose between iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 16, 2014) For many, the question of the moment isn't whether to get a new iPhone, but which one: large or extra-large. The choice between iPhone 6 and 6 Plus is fraught for Apple customers used to having superstar designer Jony Ive make most of the big choices for them.     read more...
AT&T confirms release of LG G3 Vigor on its 4G LTE Network
Droidlife (Sept 15, 2014) AT&T announced a new device for its network this afternoon, the G3 Vigor from LG. The G3 Vigor is much likes its big brother, minus a few of the top-tier specs.     read more...
Amazon brings ‘login and pay with Amazon’ service for buying from third-party sites to Europe
The next Web (Sept 15, 2014) Amazon introduced its ‘Login and Pay with Amazon‘ service in Europe. The tool allows businesses to update their websites with an Amazon login option, which customers can then choose to quickly pay using the details they have stored with the e-commerce giant.     read more...
5 Ways Mobile Apps are Driving the Store of the Future
Retail Customer Experience (Sept 15, 2014) Improve revenue, loyalty, and productivity while controlling costs. It’s a given: Most shoppers are now armed with a mobile device when they enter a retail store.     read more...
Intel says laptops and tablets with 3-D vision are coming soon
MITechnology Review (Sept 12, 2014) Laptops with 3-D sensors in place of conventional webcams will go on sale before the end of this year, according to chip maker Intel, which is providing the sensing technology to manufacturers.     read more...
20 best Android apps and games this week
The Guardian (Sept 15, 2014) Want more apps? Browse previous Best Android Apps roundups on The Guardian. And if you’re looking for iOS apps, browse the archives of Best iPhone and iPad apps roundups instead.     read more...
Chinese city launches special lane for cellphone addicts
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 15, 2014) Last week, the city of Chongqing unveiled a lane specially designated for people who want to walk as they use their cellphones. 'Cellphones, walk in this lane at your own risk' is printed in the lane in white lettering. The adjoining lane reads 'No cellphones.'     read more...

Focus on

Etno director's introductory remarks at the FCC Open Internet roundtable
Washington DC, Usa (Sept 16, 2014)
This roundtable will consider the proper scope of new open Internet rules, with a focus on the definition of reasonable network management, treatment of specialized services, and whether new rules should extend to the point of interconnection between last-mile Internet service providers and other networks and services.     read more...


Commissioner Kroes to her successors: “it’s about a different mindset”
(Sept 15, 2014)

Press Releases

Romania joins the Deutsche Telekom brand (Sept 12, 2014)
Romtelecom and COSMOTE Romania become Telekom Romania

eircom passes One million premises milestone (Sept 15, 2014)
eircom announced that it has reached a critical milestone in the rollout of Ireland’s largest fibre network by passing the one millionth premises with superfast broadband.

Over 7,000 Orange employees are involved in community projects (Sept 10, 2014)
Via the call for projects launched in 2010, around 600 of the projects submitted by over 1,500 employees involved in charitable initiatives were supported by the Orange Foundation in France.

Swisscom TV 2.0 now available in all packages (Sept 11, 2014)
Swisscom is including the TV 2.0 experience, launched in the spring, in all packages by adding the Vivo light, XS and S packages to its Vivo range.

TeliaSonera Capital Markets Day 2014, September 30 (Sept 11, 2014)
TeliaSonera invites you to its Capital Markets Day 2014 in Stockholm.


IT Outsourcing statistics 2014/2015: outsourcing trends and cost/service experiences for 11 key IT functions
Computer Economics (September 2014)

Anatomy of the Third-Party Web Tracking Ecosystem
MIT (September 2014)

Global Smart Infrastructure - Smart Grids and M2M are Key Developments
Telecoms Market Research (September 2014 )

The HetNet Bible (Small Cells, Carrier WiFi, DAS & C-RAN): 2014 - 2020 - Opportunities, Challenges, Strategies, & Forecasts
Telecoms Market Search (September 2014)

CEE Telecoms Risk/Reward Ratings, Q414 - OCT 2014
Telecommunications Insight (September 2014)


Fixed-mobile convergence sizzles as one of the hottest trends in European telecoms

Source: Fierce Wireless Europe

Next Week

Telecoms for smart grids (Sept 22-23, 2014)
London, UK

Middle East Com 2014 (Sept 22-23, 2014)
Dubai, UAE

International Conference on Mobile Networks and Management (Sept 22-24, 2014)
Wuerzburg, DE

Nordic Media Summit (Sept 25, 29014)
Copenhagen, DK

Oracle Open World (Sept 28-Oct 2, 2014)
San Francisco, CA Usa


FT ETNO Summit 2014
Bruxelles, Belgium (Oct 1, 2014)

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

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

Broadband World Forum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands (Oct 21-23, 2014)

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

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