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September 11, 2014

European Policy

The Juncker Commission: a strong and experienced team standing for change
European Commission (Sept 10, 2014) President-elect Juncker unveiled his team and the new shape of the next European Commission. After the European Union has come through one of the most testing periods in its history, one of the biggest challenges will be to convince citizens that things will change.     read more...
Juncker macht Oettinger zum Digital-Kommissar
Sueddeutsche Zeitung (Sept 10, 2014) Two months after the European elections Jean-Claude Juncker has revealed his new Commission team.As Commissioner of Germany, CDU politician Günther Oettinger is represented for a further five years in Brussels.     read more...
Oettinger wird EU-Kommissar für digitale Wirtschaft und Gesellschaft
Heise (Sept 10, 2014) The new President of the European Commission, Jean-Claude Juncker, has now officially unveiled his cabinet. Günther Oettinger (CDU) will supervise the digital economy and society and promote the copyright reform.     read more...
Meet the new European commissioners who will have the biggest impact on the tech world
Gigaom (Sept 10, 2014) Europe’s digital strategy will likely be led by the liberal former Estonian prime minister, Andrus Ansip, and the current energy commissioner, center-right German politician Günther Oettinger.     read more...
Oettinger’s new digital job raises eyebrows in Berlin
Euractiv (Sept 11, 2014) In Germany, reactions across party lines reflected the surprise over Günther Oettinger’s appointment to the Digital Economy and Society portfolio in the new Juncker Commission.     read more...
Digital as seen by Oettinger
Europolitics (Sept 10, 2014) He admits he's no 'digital native' but already has ideas on Google and competition in telecoms.     read more...
Digital economy: the challenges awaiting Oettinger
Europolitics (Sept 10, 2014) The new commissioner for the digital economy risks starting his term with a retreat by the Commission on the telecoms package.     read more...
Oettinger: how many divisions?
Europolitics (Sept 9, 2014) Tipped as the new Digital Agenda commissioner, the German national will have to oversee data protection and copyright to ensure progress.     read more...
Robert Madelin: EU ‘not putting its money where its mouth is’ on broadband
Euractiv (Sept 5, 2014) Europe is lagging behind on super-fast internet connections, warns Commission director general Robert Madelin, in charge of digital matters. In a broad interview with EurActiv, he also speaks about emerging issues for the incoming Juncker Commission.     read more...
EURid: Languages on the move in the Internet landscape
Domain Pulse (Sept 7, 2014) 'Only by pursuing a policy of multilingualism in Internet access can we give effect to our policy of an Internet that is truly global, and truly accessible to all,' states European Commission Vice-President, Neelie Kroes, in the foreword of the IDN World Report 2014 produced by EURid with UNESCO in cooperation with Verisign and the country code Top Level Domain regional organisations (CENTR, LACTLD, APTLD and AFTLD).     read more...
Commissioner Kroes and a delegation of MEPs sign a joint declaration at the Internet Governance Forum
Europolitics (Sept 5, 2014) The European Parliament and the Commission have signed a joint declaration at the Internet Governance Forum, which was held in Istanbul and concluded on 5 September.     read more...
Germany set to face EU wrath over MTR stance
Total Telecom (Sept 5, 2014) The European Commission and Germany’s telecoms regulator could be heading for a major clash over the country’s latest proposed reductions in mobile termination rates, which remain among the highest in Europe and produce millions of euros in revenue a year for Germany’s mobile operators.     read more...
WhatsApp in Brussels
Euractiv (Sept 5, 2014) Incoming Commission President Juncker’s recent calls for modernizing EU competition policy, and an aggressive industrial strategy geared to bolstering Europe’s position in global digital markets, suggest Brussels is likely to weigh a Facebook/WhatsApp merger carefully     read more...
EC rejects Google's latest antitrust offer
Telecompaper (Sept 5, 2014) The European Commission has rejected Google’s second proposal to settle the antitrust investigation into its search business according to comments made on Spanish radio by competition commissioner Joaquin Almunia.     read more...
Former Vice-President of the EC and MEP Viviane Reding joins EUBrasil
Broadband4europe (Sept 8, 2014) MEP Viviane Reding, former Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship of the European Union between 2010 and 2014, is the newest member of the group of parliamentarians who are part of the EUBrasil association.     read more...

Global Policy

FCC Chairman calls for stronger broadband competition, especially for high-speed connections
Techcrunch (Sept 5, 2014) FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler discussed the state of American broadband, arguing that there is a lack of competition in the market, especially in terms of truly fast connections.     read more...
What's next after Wheeler's speech on slow broadband speeds
Politico (Sept 5, 2014) The big question on everyone's lips is what this speech really means for policy at the agency — especially in its review of the proposed Comcast-Time Warner Cable merger. If there's not enough competition to encourage faster broadband now, would there be after that merger?     read more...
Cyber crime: battling a growth industry
Financial Times (Sept 5, 2014) Software security provider McAfee has reported cyber crime is a growth industry with high returns and low risks.     read more...
Cyber threat now ‘real and growing’, EU official warns
Euractiv (Sept 5, 2014) National leaders have turned down European Commission calls for a coordinated EU cyber-security strategy, leading to a 'regulatory gap' and a 'clear and present danger' of cyber attacks,     read more...
Germany and EU head for 'war' over mobile termination fees
Financial Times (Sept 4, 2014) The German telecoms regulator and the European Commission are set for a 'war' over mobile termination fees, which generate hundreds of millions of euros for Europe’s largest mobile operators.     read more...
Deloitte Report: tough times ahead for US Economy if mobile broadband policy don't change
Techzone (Sept 4, 2014) If U.S. policies are insufficient to address carriers’ growing need for spectrum, U.S. wireless development can be constrained, putting America’s mobile broadband leadership at risk over the coming decade.     read more...
Mobile telecoms groups reject shared networks proposal
Financial Times (Sept 7, 2014) A government demand to improve mobile phone coverage in Britain’s rural areas by asking operators to share networks has been rejected by telecoms executives, forcing ministers to consider other options.     read more...
Highest-profile Democrat in Congress comes out in full force for net neutrality
VentureBeat (Sept 8, 2014) The push for net neutrality has a new high-profile backer in Congress: Democratic minority leader Nancy Pelosi. The San Francisco rep is officially urging the FCC to take the controversial stance of reclassifying the Internet as a utility.     read more...
FCC may put mobile under same net-neutrality rules as wired broadband
PCWorld (Sept 9, 2014) The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is reexamining how it treats wireless net neutrality, in response to public comments on the agency’s proposed Open Internet rules.     read more...
The State Department’s plan to spark a global SOPA-style uprising around Internet governance
The Washington Post (Sept 9, 2014) ICANN and the 150-year-old International Telecommunications Union, which has long acted as the traffic cop of global non-Internet telecommunications, might be headed to a crucial face-off next month.     read more...
US telcos shy away from broadband definition benchmark boost
ZDNet (Sept 9, 2014) US telecommunications giants AT&T and Verizon have called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) not to boost its definition of broadband to 10Mbps from its current benchmark of 4Mbps.     read more...
Two big tech names are headed to the White House
Techzone (Sept 5, 2014) On September 4th, President Obama named Google employee Megan Smith as the next U.S. CTO and assistant to the president. In addition, Twitter lawyer Alexander Macgillivray was appointed to serve as Deputy U.S. CTO. Smith will be the third U.S. Chief Technology Officer.     read more...
Uber launches offensive with Commission
Europolitics (Sept 8, 2014) The ride-sharing service hires a lobbyist as the Commission reviews its case from the angle of freedom of establishment.     read more...
Google hosts meetings across Europe on privacy rights
The Economic Times (Sept 8, 2014) A panel appointed by search engine Google will hold the first of a series of meetings to debate the balance between privacy and the free flow of information after a May court ruling reinforced Europeans' 'right to be forgotten'.     read more...
Towards a global research agenda on children’s rights in the digital age
LSE (September 7, 2014) Policy makers rely on high quality research to underpin evidence-based governance decisions. But just how this evidence is to be obtained is rarely discussed publicly between researchers and research users.     read more...

Digital Economy

German ICT revenues up 1.8% in Q2
Telecompaper (Sept 10, 2014) Revenues from information and communication technology in Germany went up by 1.8 percent year on year in the second quarter of 2014, according to data from the German Federal Statistics Office (Destatis).     read more...
Deutsche Telekom, O2 Agree to Sell Amazon’s Fire Phone in Europe
Bloomberg (Sept 9, 2014) Amazon will start selling its Fire phone in Germany and the U.K. as the world’s largest online retailer seeks to win a bigger slice of the smartphone market and sell more services in Europe. Amazon will begin selling the devices on Sept. 30 in the two countries in deals with Deutsche Telekom and Telefonica’s O2 brand in the U.K.     read more...
El 28 Encuentro de Telecomunicaciones y Economía Digital desarrolla con éxito su cuarta jornada
Empresa Exterior (Sept 5, 2014) Luis Miguel Gilpérez, chairman of Telefónica, declared that Spain is 'on the tip of development', and thus the contribution of his company has been 'key' to the changes.     read more...
Mobile payments: waiting is no longer an option
Wired (Sept 8, 2014) No doubt about it: the mobile payments marketplace is set to explode, and soon. The fuse has been burning for years, lit perhaps by PayPal, perhaps by Apple, perhaps by Near Field Communication (NFC) or other enabling technologies.     read more...
Italian online audience grows to 28.2 mln in May, 59% mobile
Telecompaper (Sept 10, 2014) The number of Italians connecting to the internet from a PC or a mobile device increased to 28.2 million in May from the previous month’s figure of 27.5 million, according to the latest internet audience figures released by Audiweb.     read more...
Eircom lines up Dublin flotation plans
Financial Times (Sept 8, 2014) Eircom, Ireland’s largest telecoms group, is working on plans for a flotation as early as next month that would value the business at close to €3bn.     read more...
Kabel Deutschland to offer 200Mbps broadband from November
Telegeography (Sept 5, 2014) Following a successful pilot in Mainz, German cableco Kabel Deutschland has revealed it will begin offering broadband connection speeds of up to 200Mbps in a number of cities from November.     read more...
América Móvil and Oi circling move for TIM Participacoes
Financial Times (Sept 9, 2014) Telecom Italia shares climbed on after América Móvil said it was in talks to bid for the Italian group’s Brazilian operations with Oi, the local telecoms group.     read more...
Telenor opens online bank in Serbia
Telecompaper (Sept 10, 2014) Telenor has announced the opening of its first wholly-owned financial institution, Telenor Banka in Serbia, providing customers with mobile and online banking services.     read more...
Dutch fixed telephony connections decrease to 6.21 million
Telecompaper (Sept 8, 2014) The Dutch fixed telephony connections decreased by 0.2 percent during the second quarter of 2014 to reach 6.21 million lines at the end of June 2014, according to Telecompaper’s quarterly Dutch Fixed Telephony Market report.     read more...
T-Mobile sues Huawei for stealing parts from its phone testing robots
Engadget (Sept 7, 2014) Cellular providers and phone makers don't always have the best relationships, but things are getting particularly sour between T-Mobile USA and Huawei. The UnCarrier is suing Huawei for trying not just to copy its phone testing robot technology, but to steal it.     read more...
Alibaba targets $155 billion value in IPO
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 5, 2014) Alibaba Group unveiled plans for an initial public offering that values the company at $155 billion, which would instantly make it one of the largest listed in the U.S. and mark one of the biggest stock-market debuts ever.     read more...
Facebook’s Zuckerberg says WhatsApp could reach three billion users
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 5, 2014) Mark Zuckerberg says a tie-up with Facebook could help messaging service WhatsApp reach two to three billion users, but that it would remain an independent service.     read more...
Rocket Internet plans €750m IPO
Financial Times (Sept 10, 2014) Rocket Internet, the German venture capital group that aims to dominate ecommerce in the developing world, is planning to float a stake of about 10 per cent in an initial public offering to raise about €750m in gross proceeds.     read more...
Companies that sell network equipment to ISPs don’t want net neutrality
Arstechnica (Sept 9, 2014) Thirty-three companies that make equipment used by Internet service providers today called on the US to avoid regulating Internet service as a utility. IBM, Cisco, and Intel signed the letter to US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, along with Alcatel-Lucent, Arris, Broadcom, D-Link, Ericsson, Panasonic, Sandvine, and others.     read more...

Tech & Services

Elisa starts daily data roaming billing
Telecompaper (Sept 8, 2014) Estonian mobile operator Elisa annouced that it plans to modify internet roaming rates from 1 October.     read more...
Tesla chooses Nevada for its battery Gigafactory location
The next Web (Sept 5, 2014) Tesla has announced that it will build its $5 billion battery Gigafactory in Nevada. News of the deal leaked out ahead of time, but the partnership is now official.     read more...
After months of preparation, Twitter now has a payments system powered by Stripe
Gigaom (Sept 8, 2014) Twitter is, at long last, introducing e-commerce into its tweets. The 'buy this product' button has been rumored for months, but Monday it was confirmed by the social media network.     read more...
China Mobile wants Apple's iPhone 6 to be a blowout success
The Mothley Fool (Sept 7, 2014) Earlier this week the world's largest mobile carrier, China Mobile launched a pre-order site for the new Apple iPhones. It wasn't the first time the carrier has done as much for an Apple product, and the pre-emptive move is just a small showing of just how much China Mobile is betting on Apple's new device.     read more...
iPhone 6 size draws battle line with Samsung and other Android makers
The Guardian (Sept 9, 2014) Apple is belatedly joining an evolutionary shift that has been driving the rest of the phone market for years. Its new larger screened phones will principally chase users in its two biggest markets: China and the US – but also gives it the weapons to compete directly with Android handset makers who staked a claim to large-screened handsets years earlier.     read more...
Apple Shows Off Smartwatch, Larger-Screen iPhones
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 9, 2014) In an ambitious blitz of new products, Apple Inc. AAPL +0.28% unveiled a pair of larger-screen iPhones, an Internet-connected watch and a new payment system that allows users to make in-store purchases with a smart device.     read more...
Apple Watch first reactions: a great bit of kit, or just plain ugly?
The Guardian (Sept 9, 2014) Announced with too much fanfare at an event in Cupertino, the watch has been heralded as 'the most personal device' Apple has ever created. Apple’s chief executive Tim Cook said: 'We’ve set up to make the best watch in the world. One that is precise. It’s synced with a universal time standard.'     read more...
Toyota sees 45% boost in traffic through targeted mobile ads
ADWeek (Sept 7, 2014) Toyota Central Atlantic—which covers Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia and Washington, D.C., dealerships—is joining with agency PivNet and mobile ad platform NinthDecimal to share results from the past year.     read more...
Intel snaps up 1,400 wireless patents originally owned by Powerwave Technologies
Venture Beat (Sept 10, 2014) Intel today announced that it has acquired 1,400 telecommunications patents and patent applications registered by Powerwave Technologies.     read more...
Viber introduces videos calls to its mobile chat apps for Android and iOS
The Nexrt Web (Sept 11, 2014) Viber, the mobile messaging app bought by Japan’s e-commerce giant Rakuten for $900 million, is spreading its wings beyond voice calling on mobile after it introduced video calling to its Android and iOS apps.     read more...
OneDrive finally gets file sharing as easy as Dropbox
Arstechnica (Sept 11, 2014) Microsoft's OneDrive cloud service is finally syncing files larger than 2GB. The company today confirmed the change, and disclosed what the new size limit is: 10GB. Not quite enough for a Blu-Ray, but it should solve the file size problem for most users.     read more...
Emoji-only messaging apps find growing market
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 9, 2014) For those who think short message service typing, with its new vocabulary—LOL, OMG, and other abbreviations, are too much work— there is always the Yo! App.     read more...
Alibaba Sees Mobile Games as Latest Trove
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 9, 2014) As Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. kicks off a U.S. initial public offering that could raise as much as $24 billion, the Chinese e-commerce company is charging into new areas to keep its growth momentum strong.     read more...
Hands-on: Moto 360 is a great leap forward for Android smartwatches
Arstechnica (Sept 5, 2014) Motorola is throwing its hat into the smartwatch ring with today’s release of the Moto 360. According to one Motorola executive, the company 'didn’t come to invent a new gadget, but to reinvent the wristwatch.'     read more...
IFA 2014: The future is all about curved TVs and wearables, maybe
Mashable (Sept 8, 2014) We got what we expected, and then some — the heavyweights of the tech world, including Samsung, LG, Asus and Sony, all brought their new smart wearables to the show, and added a couple of tablets, smartphones and enormous TVs in the process.     read more...

Focus on

New European Commission: ETNO advocates for a stronger European ICT sector
Bruxelles (Sept 10, 2014)
ETNO welcomes the announcement of the portfolios for the new European Commission, ahead of the Parliamentary hearings. We congratulate both Vice-President-elect Andrus Ansip and Commissioner-elect Günther Oettinger on their nomination respectively as Digital Single Market Vice-President and Digital Economy & Society Commissioner.     read more...


Juncker's new Commission unveiled
(Sept 10, 2014)

Press Releases

'The future is ONE' - the new media campaign by Deutsche Telekom (Sept 5, 2014)
The future is ONE.

Swisscom concludes public takeover of PubliGroupe Ltd (Sept 5, 2014)
Swisscom concluded the takeover of PubliGroupe as it transferred the purchase price and took possession of the tendered shares.

Telenor: Sigve Brekke appointed interim CEO of dtac (Sept 2, 2014)
Mr. Sigve Brekke, the Vice Chairman of Total Access Communication PLC (dtac), will assume the role as the interim CEO of dtac.

Telecom Italia: term of the sale of Telecom Argentina extended to 25 september (Sept 2, 2014)
Telecom Italia and Fintech have agreed to extend to September 25, 2014 the sale of Telecom Italia’s entire dir

ALBtelecom supports the 4th edition of Balkan Film and Food Festival, B3F Pogradec 2014 (Sept 2, 2014)
As a company that constantly supports and appreciates art and culture in the country, ALBtelecom will be present in


How policy actions could enhance or imperil America’s mobile broadband competitiveness
Deloitte (September 2014)

Smart Mobile Apps empower business executives on the go
TMCnet (September 2014)

Malware Threatens Connected Consumers
Alcatel-Lucent (Sept 4, 2014)

Dutch Fixed Telephony Q2 2014
Telecompaper (September 2014)

Living in a 4G world
Telecoms (September 2014)


The Juncker Commission: Who's Who

Source: European Commission

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