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August 28

European Policies

Luigi Gambardella on WSJ: 'what Telecom investors want'
The Wall Street Journal (August 11, 2014) A new wave of EU digital policies is about to rise. Jean-Claude Juncker, the president-elect of the European Commission, has put the digital single-market at the top of his list of policy priorities. Mr. Juncker's headline is clear: Digital is a main enabler of economic growth, and European leaders need to exploit policies on Internet and communication technologies to deliver. But how to get there?     read more...
The right to be forgotten and the EU data protection reform: Why we must see through a distorted debate and adopt strong new rules soon
European Commission (August 18, 2014) Martine Reicherts, EU Justice Commissioner: 'Like the Court's ruling, the reform seeks a fair balance of rights: it empowers citizens to manage their personal data while explicitly protecting the freedom of expression and of the media'.     read more...
Europe’s new data laws will affect MSPs
MSP Mentor (August 25, 2014) With the proposed General Data Protection Regulation expected to be adopted in late 2014 or early 2015, managed service providers (MSPs) may face an uphill battle to become compliant with handling data in the European market.     read more...
Valls 2, un gouvernement plus « digital » que numérique
Le Monde (August 27, 2014) In Valls 2, Emmanuel Macron, replacing Arnaud Montebourg, is much more 'digital'. It was he for example, who decided govenamental actions on the web entrepreneurs who were protesting against the taxation of capital gains on resale of companies.     read more...
Data restrictions cause Europe to lag in research efforts
Signal Online (August 1, 2014) A commission report reveals that copyright laws are harming innovation compared with other parts of the world.     read more...
Privacy and Data Protection: the view from Europe
Corporate Compliance Insights (August 25, 2014) In the European Union in the past year, a whole range of corporate risk and regulatory issues have been at the top of the agenda, but at the top of my list are data protection and information security.     read more...
Monitoring methodologies for Web accessibility in the European Union
European Commission (August 22, 2014) A call for tenders is launched by the European Commission for a service contract of a maximum value of EUR 250 000. The objective of the study is to collect information on the monitoring methodologies for verification of compliance with Web accessibility requirements in the different Member States.     read more...
EU to boost RFID use & privacy
EE Times (August 20, 2014) Although radio-frequency identification (RFID) has been around for many years, its use has not been properly regulated until now. Now the European Union is taking steps to ensure that RFID technologies are used properly, in line with the EU Privacy Directive.     read more...
EU: Annulment of data retention directive results in diverging national responses
Internet Society (August 19, 2014) The decision of the European Court of Justice annulling the EU’s data retention directive has left governments and national courts across the EU tackling the legality of national rules based on the directive.     read more...
Ethereum: the decentralised platform that might displace today’s institutions
Policy Review (August 25, 2014) Cryptocurrencies have now become commonplace in the online world. Although most of the media attention is focused on Bitcoin, Litecoin, Dogecoin, or other decentralised payment systems, the true revolution is happening at a much deeper level, one that does not involve only money.     read more...
Commissioners urge coding classes at school
Euractiv (July 31, 2014) Commissioner for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes, and Youth and Education Commissioner Androulla Vasiliou, wrote a letter to the EU's 28 education ministers, urging them to give every child the opportunity to develop basic coding skills at school.     read more...
Google is ‘distorting’ and undermining EC privacy ruling
Russia Today (August 21, 2014) Google and other prolific search engines are “distorting” and undermining the European High Court’s recent ‘Right to be Forgotten’ ruling, the EU Justice Commissioner, Martine Reicherts, has warned.     read more...
EU regulators set Nov. 3 deadline for Liberty Global, Ziggo deal
Reuters (August 25, 2014) European Union antitrust regulators have resumed their review of cable TV provider Liberty Global's bid for Dutch peer Ziggo and will decide by Nov. 3 whether to clear the deal.     read more...
Driving growth through the mobile economy
Euractiv (August 20, 2014) The mobile economy has the potential to drive Europe's economic recovery but it needs industry and European institutions to work together, in order to streamline regulation, encourage market consolidation, deliver data protection reform and spectrum harmonisation,     read more...
Nominate your favourite European Web entrepreneur for a europioneers award
European Commission (August 21, 2014) Who will become this year’s most successful European Web Entrepreneur? Applications are open until 31 August for the Europioneers 2014 Web Entrepreneur of the Year awards.     read more...

Global Policies

German digital agenda is 'better late than never'
Euractiv (August 21, 2014) Chancellor Angela Merkel's cabinet has approved Germany's first "Digital Agenda", including plans to provide nationwide access to fast internet by 2018.     read more...
Bitkom wants 700 MHz band kept for mobile broadband
Telecompaper (August 22, 2014) German ICT federation Bitkom said the700 MHz band should be reserved for mobile broadband operators. The government should not let its ambitious broadband goals to be undermined by allocating spectrum to other potential users, it said.     read more...
Net neutrality: how sponsored data plans would promote competition on the edge
4G Trends (August 22, 2014) The FCC’s one-sided approach to Net Neutrality makes a barrier for potential Android rivals to overcome. In an unrestricted two-sided market, Amazon could respond to Google’s marketing restrictions by entering into partnerships with ISPs in order to ease its entry into the mobile market.     read more...
Facebook faces EU and US probes over data harvesting
Euractiv (August 1, 2014) Facebook faces separate investigations by EU and US data regulators over its plans to collect web browsing histories for targeted advertising after a complaint by consumers on both sides of the Atlantic.     read more...
German govt to tighten laws on data protection, IT security
Telecompaper (August 19, 2014) German Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maiziere said in a contribution to Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (FAZ) that the government is preparing for major changes in IT security and data protection.     read more...
President Obama: No Internet Fast Lanes
The New York Times (August 13, 2014) The Federal Communications Commission, which could soon allow phone and cable companies to block or interfere with Internet content, has been deluged with more than a million comments. Last week, President Obama offered some thoughts of his own by saying that the Internet should be left open “so that the next Google or the next Facebook can succeed.”     read more...
Obama on net neutrality: My administration is against Internet fast lanes
The Washington Post (August 5, 2014) Obama offered a much more forceful defense of net neutrality, more clearly describing what activities he viewed as antithetical to the open Internet. Addressing reporters at a summit for African leaders in Washington, Obama said making the Internet more accessible to some at the expense of others was against his administration's policy.     read more...
Véronique Cayla (Arte) dénonce la logique de prédation des géants du numérique
Telerama (August 25, 2014) 'The Internet giants, the famous GAFA (Google, Apple, Facebook and Amazon), have a development strategy based only on a logic of 'digital predation' of our cultural richness'.     read more...
Anacom confirms decisions on fixed telephony deregulation
Telecompaper (August 19, 2014) Portugal's National Communications Authority (Anacom) approved the final decisions on fixed telephony retail and wholesale markets. The decisions include feedback from the European Commission on its earlier drafts.     read more...
The Internet of Things will be vulnerable for years, and no one is incentivized to fix it
VentureBeat (August 23, 2014) The Internet is everywhere and the Internet of Things is a trend that will continue to grow. Unfortunately this growth in technology is being matched by an equally large growth in security concerns. Just last month multiple presentations at the Black Hat and Defcon security conferences highlighted weaknesses in various IoT devices.     read more...
Why the FCC shouldn’t let Comcast buy Time Warner cable
Public Knowledge (August 26, 2014) Public Knowledge and the Open Technology Institute joined many other organizations in filing our formal Petition to Deny with the FCC, asking it to stop the merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable.     read more...
Netflix admits paying for internet 'fast lane' for its customers
Irish Independent (August 22, 2014) The movie-streaming giant Netflix has admitted paying cable operators for faster customer access to its service. It comes as a debate over whether telecoms firms should be allowed to charge internet companies extra for customers' high-speed access continues to intensify.     read more...
Brazil 4G auction to take place 30 September
Telecompaper (August 22, 2014) Brazil's National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) has published the rules for the auction of the 700 MHz band, which will be used to provide 4G services. The auction will take place on 30 September and should raise a minimum of BRL 7.7 billion.     read more...
Google Fiber Is Fast, but Is It Fair?
The Wall Street Journal (August 22, 2014 ) Telecom and cable companies generally have been required to blanket entire cities, offering connections to every home. By contrast, Google is building high-speed services as it finds demand, laying new fiber neighborhood by neighborhood.Others including AT&T and CenturyLink are copying Google's approach, underscoring a deeper shift in U.S. telecommunications policy.     read more...
Spanish law raises concerns of EU-level 'Google Tax'
Euractiv (August 1, 2014) Spanish newspaper publishers could soon demand fees from news aggregators like Google News for posting links to their articles. The law is the latest in a series of similar initiatives by national legislators, leaving EU stakeholders wondering if the Commission will follow suit with EU law.     read more...

Digital Economy

Deutsche Telekom envisage des acquisitions
Les Echos (August 20, 2014) Deutsche Telekom really want to get rid of its American subsidiary T-Mobile US coveted by Free and its parent company Iliad? The incumbent leaves doubts. But the context is campaigning for an assignment.     read more...
BT announces bill hikes of up to 6.5% for phone and broadband customers
The Independent (August 23, 2014) BT is raising its prices by up to 6.5 per cent for millions of customers, the telecoms giant has announced. Line rental for direct debit customes will increase by 6.25 per cent to £16.99 (up by £1), from 1 December, while the pence per minute rate for calls to UK landlines and 0870 numbers will go up to 9.58p – a rise of 6.44 per cent.     read more...
Intel moves closer to wire-free computing
ComputerWorld (August 21, 2014) Intel is taking more steps to provide what it calls "wire-free" computing by 2016. The company is developing a smart dock through which laptops can wirelessly connect to monitors and external peripherals.     read more...
Teliasonera declares joint venture with Finland telecoms Dna for mobile network sharing
TechNews (August 21, 2014) Telecom operator TeliaSonera declared a joint venture between its Finnish arm Sonera and rival DNA to share mobile network in Northern and Eastern Finland.     read more...
Les opérateurs télécoms poussent leurs box sur tous les fronts
Le Figaro 21, 2014 (August) Telcos make their battle for the subscription price, but they also try to sell more services. This happens through a broader range of offers related to the TV, while two-thirds of French households have a box.     read more...
How Google Fiber is disrupting the broadband deployment model
Network World (August 26, 2014) Google’s groundbreaking Fiber program, which offers 1 gigabit-per-second broadband for just $70 per month, has thrived because it takes a different approach to deployment that incumbent ISPs have been reluctant to embrace.     read more...
Vodafone offers €72.7m for majority stake in Hellas Online
Financial Times (August 22, 2014) Vodafone has agreed to buy the majority of Hellas Online, a Greek broadband provider, for €72.7m to bolster its internet services in the country.     read more...
US may be a gamble too far for Masayoshi Son’s SoftBank
Financial Times (August 20, 2014) Last year SoftBank paid $22bn for a majority stake in Sprint, the third-largest US mobile provider. The aim is 'to do a Vodafone' by using an also-ran carrier as a vehicle to disrupt an entire sector.     read more...
United States: during Q2 Broadband equipment revenue reaches US$ 2.1 billion
Hispanic Business (August 21, 2014) During the second quarter, worldwide broadband aggregation equipment revenue - DSL, PON and Ethernet FTTH - reached US$ 2.1 billion, an increase of 17 percent quarter-over-quarter and 19 percent year-over-year.     read more...
London internet issues 'ludicrous', City averages 11.2Mbps
ZDNet (August 22, 2014) Businesses in central London are losing more than 50,000 working days and £37 million ($A67.54 million) a year because of broadband issues, according to a new report on internet speeds in the capital.     read more...
Security spending gets boost from mobile, social and cloud,
PCWorld (August 22, 2014) Worldwide spending on information security will top US$71 billion this year, an increase of 7.9 percent over 2013, with the data loss prevention segment recording the fastest growth at 18.9 percent, research firm Gartner said.     read more...
Apple shares close at record high
Financial Times (August 19, 2014) Apple shares closed above $100 on Tuesday, beating their previous high after almost two years, as investors anticipate the launch of new products including wearable devices and a payments service in the coming months.     read more...
Cablecom to offer triple-play as standard
TeleGeography (August 22, 2014) Switzerland’s largest cableco and second largest internet service provider (ISP) by subscribers UPC Cablecom has announced that from 1 January 2015 it will offer triple-play as standard, adding a telephony service as part of its basic offer.     read more...
3 Ireland kicks off €300m network investment plan
Total Telecom (August 22, 2014) When it completed the acquisition of O2's local unit a month ago, 3 pledged to invest €300 million in building out its 4G network over the next three years.     read more...
Cisco posts 'solid' Q4 results, but 6,000 jobs will go
Total Telecom (August 14, 2014) Cisco Systems plans to shed 6,000 jobs in the upcoming financial year as it seeks to reduce costs in a difficult operating environment and channel its focus onto key business areas.     read more...

Tech & Services

Wanderer zwischen zwei Welten
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (August 20, 2014) It's bigger than a smartphone but smaller than an iPad. What exactly will be the Mediapad X1 and what does it do?     read more...
Überwachung für jedermann: Firmen verkaufen Handy-Ortung weltweit
Spiegel online (August 25, 2014) To localize mobile phones you don't need intelligence or the police.The location of cell phones work much easier, as the 'Washington Post' reported. A software and a weakness of the international mobile system make it possible.     read more...
So my phone can be tracked anywhere. Can I make it stop?
The Washington Post (August 25, 2014) The Monday's story on surveillance technology that can track cell phone users anywhere in the world left some readers with a question: what can they do, short of tossing their phones into the sea, to keep their locations private?     read more...
Apple 'to release biggest-ever iPad'
The Telegraph (August 26, 2014) Apple will begin making a new iPad with a 12.9-inch screen in the first quarter of 2015, making it the biggest product in the range. Apple currently produces iPads with 7.9-inch and 9.7-inch displays.     read more...
Swisscom will WLAN gegen schlechten Empfang einsetzen
PCTipp (August 25, 2014) Thanks to new LTE mobile frequencies and progresses, Swisscom intends to improve cell phone reception quality.     read more...
What is it like for a small business when your website gets hacked?
The Guardian (August 22, 2014) According to the latest statistics from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), 60% of small businesses had a cyber security breach in 2013, slightly down from 64% in 2012. Malicious software (malware) is increasingly the method being used for these attacks, accounting for 45% of the breaches.     read more...
Anonymous sharing app ‘Secret’ isn’t so anonymous after all
The Washington Post (August 22, 2014) The chief executive of Secret, the anonymous sharing app that has attracted many users to share their confessions anonymously, just confirmed the app's vulnerability and that anonymity is not guaranteed.     read more...
Security researchers expose Gmail smartphone hack
Digital Trends (August 24, 2014) Researchers from the Universities of Michigan and California say they’ve come up with a smartphone hack that can get into your Gmail account via your mobile device. A number of apps are affected by the vulnerability but Gmail was exploited with a 92 percent success rate.     read more...
How to prepare your iPhone or iPad for iOS 8
CNET (August 21, 2014) Apple announced the eighth major release of its iOS mobile operating system. With iOS 8 slated to arrive on devices in the coming weeks, now is the perfect time to ensure that your iPhone or iPad is prepared to receive the update. These tips will help make the transition to iOS 8 from iOS 7 as smooth as possible.     read more...
Mobile technology and ERP software improve productivity
Toolbox (August 23, 2014) Implementing ERP software with mobile device capabilities can amplify productivity, customer satisfaction and business growth.     read more...
These Companies Are Benefiting From Different Areas Of Mobile Technology
Gurufocus (August 21, 2014) Technology is moving at a fast pace, and different companies are benefiting from it in different ways.     read more...
Sprint and T-Mobile's breakup good value for customers
Total Telecom (August 22, 2014) T-Mobile US offers a year of unlimited data to users who refer Sprint customers to it; Sprint hits back with $60 unlimited tariff.     read more...
Salesforce Ceo Benioff Heeds call for European data centers
The Wall Street Journal (August 25, 2014) The demands of many companies in Europe, which want Internet infrastructure within their own national borders, are being heard. 'Germany wants the German cloud, France wants the France cloud and U.K. wants the U.K. cloud,' CEO Marc Benioff says.     read more...
Rebooted Foursquare now offers a Yelp-like service to judge local businesses
The Washington Post (August 22, 2014) Foursquare has gone through a reboot, taking its expertise in processing location data and applying it to a new Yelp-like service that relies on 'tips' from previous customers to judge local businesses.     read more...
France’s well-connected retailer
Financial Times (August 26, 2014) The French chain of bricks and mortar stores, called Lick, is a 'geeks’ paradise. On display at the La Défense branch in Paris are 'intelligent' products such as the popular fitness bands from brands including Jawbone and Sony.     read more...

Focus on

FT ETNO Summit 2014 - The new digital agenda - towards a European Renaissance
Bozar (October 1, 2014)
As we move towards the new term of the European Commission (January 2015), the FT-ETNO Summit 2014 will bring together Europe’s political and business leaders to provide timely input into the Commission’s next wave of digital policies.     read more...


ETNO Interview with Ola Bergström, Director for International Affairs, Swedish Post and Telecom Authority
(June 25, 2014)

Press Releases

Harvest time for Deutsche Telekom on both sides of the Atlantic (August 7, 2014)
For Deutsche Telekom, the second quarter of the current year was dominated by an improved earnings trend.

Eircom announces receipt of required consents for potential corporate reorganisation (August 22, 2014)
Eircom announces that it has received the required consents from its shareholders, bondholders and lenders related to a potential corporate reorganisation

Swisscom sees growth in revenue and operating income (August 20, 2014)
'Our business has shown a very pleasing development over the first half of the year,' says Urs Schaeppi, CEO.

Telecom Italia: term of the sale of Telecom Argentina extended to 1 September (August 12, 2014)
Telecom Italia and Fintech have agreed to extend to September 1 the term of the stock purchase agreement for Telecom Argentina

Die A1 Social Impact Studie 2014 (August 22, 2014)
How smartphones change our linguistic behavior


Cable operators are Broadband operators. And they’re better at it than you are
Telco 2.0 (August 2014)

Study puts squeeze on Spectrum crunch claims
TVNews Check (August 21, 2014)

UK Fixed Line Broadband Statistics
ISPreview (Aug 2014)

Broadband aggregation equipment passes $2 billion in 2Q14 as operators ‘binge on broadband’
Infonetics Research (August 21, 2014)

Internet content providers provide boost to North American optical spending, Asia up 56% in Q2
Infonetics Research (August 18, 2014)


Construction cost of new submarine cables entering service by region, 2012-2015

Source: TeleGeography

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