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September 4, 2014

European Policy

Exclusive: The Juncker team revealed
Euractiv (Sept 4, 2014) Although president-elect Jean-Claude Juncker is still interviewing candidates for Commissioners, EurActiv has seen a draft organigram prepared by his services and dated 2 September, in which every single commissioner is assigned a portfolio.     read more...
Oettinger wird Internet-Kommissar
Bild (Sept 3, 2014) The former Energy Commissioner Günther Oettinger will be the next responsible for the digital economy in the new EU Commission under Jean Claude Juncker presidency.     read more...
Pascal Lamy report: the results of the work of the High Level Group on the future use of the UHF band
European Commission (August 29, 2014) Pascal Lamy, Chairman of the High Level Group on the future of the UHF spectrum, proposes to repurpose the 700 MHz band for wireless broadband and asks for regulatory stability for broadcasting to continue in the 470-694 MHz band until 2030.     read more...
European Commission position for Internet Governance Forum 2014
European Commission (Sept 3, 2014) Ministers and Internet leaders including Neelie Kroes are discussing the theme 'Connecting Continents for Enhanced Multi-stakeholder Internet Governance'.     read more...
Net governance: EU seeks consolidation of IGF
Europolitics (Sept 2, 2014) The European Commission will press for stable funding for the Internet Governance Forum at the body's meeting in Istanbul. For Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes, the forum is still the best platform for gathering the views of all stakeholders.     read more...
Italian Presidency’s dilemma over telecoms package
Europolitics (Sept 3, 2014) The Italian Secretary of State for Telecoms, Antonello Giacomelli, presented an ambitious road map for his presidency of the Telecoms Council to the European Parliament's Committee on Industry (ITRE.     read more...
Las 'telecos' piden a la CE que controle a los gigantes de internet
LaVanguardia (Sept 3, 2014) The relationships of the major telecommunications companies with European authorities are far from ideal, as Cesar Alierta, president of Telefónica, said.     read more...
EU fines SIM card chip cartel €138 million
Euractiv (Sept 4, 2014) European Union antitrust regulators fined Philips, Samsung Electronics and Infineon Technologies a total of €138 million for fixing prices of chips used in mobile SIM cards.     read more...
PM+: Tide is turning for EU's telecoms sector
The Parliament Magazine (August 25, 2014) Europe's top leaders are publicly acknowledging the need for new policies that will encourage investment and stimulate progress in creating a genuine single digital economy.     read more...
Kroes calls for “action” on internet governance
Europolitics (Sept 1, 2014) 'My fear about current internet governance is that it leaves a great deal of space for talk and too rarely moves us into action,' says Neelie Kroes.     read more...
EU queries rivals of Facebook, WhatsApp
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 1, 2014) European Union antitrust officials have sent a second wave of extremely detailed questions to the competitors and customers of Facebook and messaging service WhatsApp, an unusual move that might call into question the proposed $19 billion acquisition of the latter by the California-based social network.     read more...
EC says probe of Facebook, WhatsApp deal simply part of procedure
Total Telecom (Sept 2, 2014) The European Commission confirmed reports it is probing Facebook’s $19 billion (€14.4 billion) acquisition of mobile messaging company WhatsApp, but played down suggestions the move is in any way unusual.     read more...
EU launches project to develop millimetre-wave radio for 5G
Telecompaper (Sept 1, 2014) French research institute CEA-Leti has announced that a consortium of 15 leading telecommunications operators, vendors, research centres and academic institutions have launched a project, partly founded by EC, to develop millimetre-wave (mmW) radio technologies for 5G cellular mobile networks.     read more...
Del Castillo given mandate to negotiate telecoms package
Europolitics (Sept 3, 2014) The European Parliament's Committee on Industry (ITRE) voted to give Pilar del Castillo a mandate (55 in favour, two opposed), on 2 September, to start negotiations with the Council on the telecoms package. The Spanish EPP member served as rapporteur during the previous legislature.     read more...
Un 'principe d'innovation' réclamé à l'Europe par les industriels et FAI
Numerama (August 29, 2014) Nearly a dozen of industry lobbyists, the group of European ISPs, wrote to the new president of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker requesting that a "principle of innovation" shall radiate all laws in Europe.     read more...

Global Policy

Internet Governance Forum 2014 topics include Human Rights, Network Neutrality and Child Protection
Forbes (Sept 1, 2014) The ninth annual IGF takes place in Istanbul, Turkey, September 2nd through the 5th. There will be several sessions on Network Neutrality, which has become a major topic in the United States, but also around the world, including in Europe.     read more...
Internet Governance and the NETmundial Initiative: a flawed attempt at turning words into action
Electronic Frontier Foundation (August 28, 2014) EFF was amongst a handful of user representatives invited to attend the NETmundial Initiative, which was held in Geneva. In introducing the event, Virgílio Almeida of Brazil's Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation gave his prediction that the new Initiative could eventually come to take its place amongst other high-profile Internet governance institutions such as the IGF, ITU and ICANN.     read more...
Europol launches taskforce to fight world’s top cybercriminals
The Guardian (Sept 1, 2014) Cybercrime experts from police forces around the world are coming together to form a new body, the Joint Cybercrime Action Taskforce (J-CAT), aiming to tackle the smartest online criminals.     read more...
Netflix to FCC: kill Comcast-TWC deal
LightReading (August 28, 2014) In a 256-page petition filed with the Federal Communications Commission, Netflix urged the Commission to block the $45 billion merger of the two largest US MSOs because of the power that the combined company would have over interconnections and the US broadband market.     read more...
The neutrality of Internet regulations
Forbes (August 28, 2014) The debate over net neutrality is back. This time, advocates claim that the best way to continue today’s fast pace of innovation and investment in broadband services is to put the Internet under the thumb of federal regulations from the 1930’s, sometimes referred to as Title II or common carrier regulation.     read more...
Net neutrality, FCC: The Internet is already open
The Seattle Times (Sept 1, 2014) The Federal Communications Commission did not propose a 'two-tiered' Internet, and has said there is no company that has constructed Internet 'fast lanes' or 'slow lanes.' The Internet has always operated within what we call net neutrality — consumers can access the legal content they want, and expect that traffic to travel uninhibited across the open Internet.     read more...
Ooh-la-la, the French get (Inter)Net Neutrality right: It’s all about the platform monopolies
Gurstein's Community Informatics (August 27, 2014) Whether 'Net Neutrality' is or is not possible from a technical perspective, all these issues and arguments are still raging in the OpEds and online forums from Silicon Valley to New York to Tokyo and beyond.     read more...
Gericht stoppt Uber in ganz Deutschland
Der Spiegel (Sept 2, 2014) The district Court in Frankfurt am Main has given a restraining order against Uber that had to provisionally stopped its service in Germany.     read more...
Telecom industry asks FCC not to push municipal broadband
The Wall Street Journal (August 29, 2014) Cable and telephone companies are urging the Federal Communications Commission to ease off its proposal to help municipalities offer Internet service, arguing the agency lacks the authority to override state rules.     read more...
E-Plus takeover gets final clearance from EC
Telecompaper (Sept 1, 2014) The European Commission has given final approval for KPN's sale of German mobile operator E-Plus to Telefonica Deutschland.     read more...
Portuguese regulator approves assessment of mobile spectrum
Telecompaper (Sept 2, 2014) Portugal's National Communications Authority (Anacom) has approved the decision on the assessment of the market for mobile communications, confirming its preliminary findings. The regulator found no need to correct any imbalance resulting from the allocation of spectrum and will take no further any regulatory action.     read more...
How France set off a protectionist arms race on tech
Euractiv (Sept 2, 2014) The French government acquired patents from the private sector to protect their national smartphone producers from emerging markets' products. This has changed the game for the increasingly disputed market.     read more...
Baden-Wurttemberg sidesteps Berlin for EU broadband approval
Factiva (Sept 1, 2014) The government of the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg said it expanding its second broadband initiative with amendments to make it fit for European Commission approval. The regional state used to be able to subsidise projects that were not commerically viable, but the national government had failed to renew its notification of the relevant protocol to the European Union.     read more...
Experts warn banks of more cyber attacks
Financial Times (August 31, 2014) Cyber security experts have warned of a constant threat of organised cyber criminals on the financial sector after the US Federal Bureau of Investigation and the US secret service announced an inquiry investigating recent cyber attacks against several financial companies including JPMorgan, the largest US bank by assets.     read more...
Lamy Report, Gina Nieri (Mediaset): “Free access to television services safeguarded to the benefit of EU consumers”
Broadband4europe (Sept 2, 2014) Mr. Lamy’s Report provides a roadmap on the future use of spectrum resources for the development of both enhanced television and mobile broadband offers. Equal opportunities to grow and thrive are being recognized to both digital terrestrial television and mobile operators.     read more...

Digital Economy

What’s holding up Europe’s mobile broadband roll-out?
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 2, 2014) As Europe’s increasingly data-hungry consumers clamor for better services – from faster download time to reduced latency on virtual reality online gaming – industries are keen to avert a future capacity crunch, as well as cash in on faster Internet services.     read more...
La concurrence crée de l'emploi, même dans les télécoms!
La Tribune (August 28, 2014) 'Not only competition in telecoms favors lower prices, but it encourages innovation and helps create jobs', says Maxime Lombardini, Iliad Chief Executive Officer.     read more...
Free Mobile a dépassé 9 millions d’abonnés
Les Echos (August 29, 2014) Iliad first half sales grew beyond 2 billion. The annual target for 2015 is expected to be reached this year.     read more...
Bouygues Telecom a « toutes les chances de réussir » en solo selon Martin Bouygues
La Tribune (August 28, 2014) We suffered 'but Bouygues Telecom successfully deploys its offensive strategy' ensures Martin Bouygues. However, sales of its subsidiary Telecom fell a further 5% and its operating result was a loss.     read more...
Alierta and Colao urge EU to end internet monopolies
Telecompaper (Sept 2, 2014) The leading executives of Telefonica and Vodafone have joined forces to call on the European Union to put a stop to the regulatory and tax privileges enjoyed by internet companies such as Facebook and Google.     read more...
La machine Netflix arrive en France
Le Figaro (August 31, 2014) It's only a matter of days before Netflix allows to watch video at all hours of the day in France, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland.     read more...
Telenet to invest €500M in Gigabit Network
Light Reading (August 29, 2014) Belgian cable operator Telenet has unveiled plans to invest €500 million over the next five years in a massive network upgrade that will enable it to offer broadband services of 1 Gbit/s or even faster.     read more...
Alibaba Plans IPO launch week of Sept. 8
The Wall Street journal (August 30, 2014) Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba plans to launch its U.S. IPO early in the week of Sept. 8, as the company aims to complete its monthslong dialogue with U.S. regulators.     read more...
Google's new strategy to unseat Microsoft Outlook
The Wall Street Journal (Sept 2, 2014) Google believes it can disrupt the stodgy world of corporate technology and win a chunk of the roughly $300 billion companies spend each year on workplace software. But pioneering driverless cars and delivery drones may be easier than changing the way people send email at work.     read more...
Iliad reports 10% rise in H1 sales, but profits edge down
Telegeography (Sept 1, 2014) French telecoms operator Iliad, which is currently considering a plan to purchase T-Mobile US from Deutsche Telekom, has reported a 10.4% year-on-year increase in revenue to EUR2.02 billion (USD2.65 billion) for the six months ending 30 June 2014     read more...
Iliad in talks with potential allies over fresh offer for T-Mobile US
Financial Times (Sept 1, 2014) Iliad, the French low-cost telecoms operator, is in talks with several potential partners about making a fresh offer for a stake in T-Mobile US, the US mobile operator.     read more...
Microsoft will not hand over overseas email, despite order
Reuters (August 29, 2014) A judge lifted a suspension on her order directing Microsoft Corp to turn over a customer's emails stored overseas to U.S. prosecutors. But the software company said it would not release any emails while it appeals the ruling.     read more...
Major European telecoms provider warms to Bitcoin, sponsors conference in Slovenia
Coin Telegraph (August 29, 2014) Telekom Slovenije, the Slovenian national telecommunications provider, has told CoinTelegraph its intention to consider Bitcoin as a payment option. Telekom Slovenjie provides a range of fixed line, mobile, and Internet communications services in Slovenia and mobile and Internet communications services in Macedonia and Kosovo.     read more...

Tech & Services

Sony, Samsung lead Elisa bestsellers list
Telecompaper (Sept 1, 2014) Estonian mobile operator Elisa announced a new list of bestseller devices in its shops this summer. The Samsung Galaxy Trend Plus was at the the top of the list of bestselling handsets,     read more...
Albtelecom introduces call blocking for Eagle Mobile users
Telecompaper (August 29, 2014) Albanian operator Albtelecom has introduced the 007 Service for Eagle Mobile subscribers, giving them the opportunity to block all incoming calls, whenever they prefer to not answer the phone.     read more...
How you’ll be able to use your iPhone 6 as a wallet
Time (August 31, 2014) Apple is expected to unveil the iPhone 6 on Sept. 9, and rumors about some possible features have been years in the making. One of those features is expected to be Apple’s big foray into a mobile-payment system, which would allow users to make purchases on the go with just their iPhones instead of their wallet.     read more...
Apple eyes pay-by-touch for next iPhone
Financial Times (August 29, 2014) Apple is working with Dutch chipmaker NXP to add secure short-range wireless technology into the next iPhone, enabling new pay-by-touch capabilities in the latest bid for the smartphone to replace the wallet.     read more...
Apple iPhone 6: Visa, MasterCard and American Express sign up for mobile payments
The Guardian (Sept 1, 2014) The three big credit card companies – MasterCard, Visa and American Express – have signed deals with Apple and its iPhone 6 contactless payments plan,     read more...
Nokia starts partner programme
Telecom Paper (Sept 2, 2014) Nokia has announced a new Partner Business Unit, aimed at extending its portfolio with partner products and boosting its sales channels.     read more...
KPN predicts further consolidation on Dutch market
Telecompaper (Sept 3, 2014) KPN expects the Dutch market to consolidate further, to two operators with both fixed and mobile networks and one player with only a mobile network.     read more...
INEA takes control of regional fibre project
Telegeography (Sept 1, 2014) Polish triple-play cableco INEA has taken a 74.68% stake in Wielkopolska Broadband Network, a company which is rolling out a fibre-optic backbone/distribution network in western Poland under an agreement inked in December 2010 between the public-private venture’s participants.     read more...
Alibaba teams up with Huawei to let Alipay Wallet users pay with just their fingerprint
The next Web (Sept 2, 2014) Alibaba has announced a way to make its payments service Alipay even more secure on a smartphone with the introduction of fingerprinting technology in a deal that it inked with smartphone manufacturer Huawei.     read more...
IEEE Predicts Top Technologies for 2022
eWeek (Sept 2, 2014) Curious about what the technology landscape will look like in 2022? The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), which represents more than 400,000 engineers, has come up with a report that looks to the future and predicts what the hot technologies of 2022 will be. - See more at:     read more...
Intel Moves to Excite Extreme PC Speed Freaks
The Wall Street Journal (August 29, 2014) Intel announced a highly anticipated upgrade to the highest end of its PC chip line, courting gaming enthusiasts and professionals willing to shell out thousands of dollars for greater performance.     read more...
Everything connected to the Internet, in one map
The Washington Post (August 29, 2014) Sometimes it's hard to visualize just how connected the Internet has made our world. But, behold, programmer and 'Internet cartographer' John Matherly is here to help.     read more...
Hyperlapse, the latest app from Instagram, is great for fast-moving shots
The Washington Post (August 29, 2014) Instagram’s latest app, Hyperlapse, gives everyday smartphone users a tool to make time-lapse videos through the back-facing camera of your iPhone.     read more...
Twitter redesigns signup process to entice new users
The Wall Street Journal (August 29, 2014) The company redesigned the layout of the signup process to address common complaints among new users that the service is too difficult to understand. The redesign, the first in three years, is subtle in its changes.     read more...
MSN Messenger is completely shutting down on October 31st
Forbes (August 31, 2014) It’s the end of an era for one of Microsoft's most popular instant messaging software products. Microsoft started to phase out MSN Messenger globally in April 2013 and it will be completely shut down on October 31st.     read more...

Focus on

Internet Governance Forum, ETNO: “the right place for an inclusive debate”
Istanbul (Sept 2-5, 2014)
ETNO Chairman Luigi Gambardella on Internet Governance Forum: "ETNO has been a supporter of the IGF since its creation and is contributing to work around how to further strengthen the IGF, a need recognised by the NETmundial multistakeholder statement of April this year. Internet governance now attracts significant attention globally and ETNO looks forward to actively engaging in the debates in Istanbul”.     read more...


Report on the future of Ultra High Frequency spectrum
(Sept 1, 2014)

Press Releases

Radio spectrum: Pascal Lamy presents his report to the Commission (Sept 1, 2014)
Vice President Neelie Kroes was presented a report by former Commissioner Pascal Lamy on how to use the Ultra High Frequency (UHF) spectrum

Telefónica submits a new offer for GVT (August 28, 2014)
Telefónica and Telefónica Brasil have submitted to Vivendi a new binding offer for the combination of Telefónica Brasil and Global Village Telecom replacing the prior offer already presented.

Deutsche Telekom: All in the best network (August 29, 2014)
Deutsche Telekom is positioning itself as an integrated telecommunications provider, building on its strong standing in access business.

Three and eircom reach network sharing agreement (August 29, 2014)
Three and eircom have signed a new network sharing agreement, fulfilling one of the commitments Three entered into as part of receiving EU Commission approval for its acquisition of O2 in Ireland earlier this year.

Telekom-FTC cooperation for development and recruitment (August 25, 2014)
Magyar Telekom signed a contract to support Ferencváros for three years. The most important aim of the cooperation is to support development and recruitment.


Interim report shows mobile broadband subscriptions top 2.4 billion in Q2 2014
Ericsson (August 21, 2014)

From Gigabit Testbeds to the 'Game of Gigs'
Aspen Institute (Sept 2, 2014)

The Communications Market 2014
OFCOM (August 2014)

DOCSIS channels pass 1 million for first time in Q2; CCAP revenue up 42%
Infonetics (August 26, 2014)

Asia Pacific is world’s largest source of LTE revenue thanks to China’s colossal LTE rollouts
Infonetics (Sept 2, 2014)


The Internet is getting faster, faster

Source: NCTA Platform

Next Week

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Las Vegas, NV USA

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RTS London Conference 2014 (Sept 9, 2014)

The Second Machine Age Conference (Sept 10-11, 2014)
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IBC 2014 (Sept 11-15, 2014)


FT ETNO Summit 2014
Brussels (Oct 1, 2014)

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

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

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

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

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