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July 17, 2014

European Policies

A New Start for Europe: My Agenda for Jobs, Growth, Fairness and Democratic Change
European Commission (July 15, 2014) 'As candidate for President of the European Commission' declared Juncker, 'I see it as my key task to rebuild bridges in Europe after the crisis. To restore European citizens’ confidence. To focus our policies on the key challenges ahead for our economies and for our societies. And to strengthen democratic legitimacy on the basis of the Community method'.     read more...
ETNO on Juncker's election
ETNO (July 15, 2014) On the occasion of Jean-Claude Juncker’s election as President of the European Commission, ETNO takes the opportunity to welcome his high prioritization of the ICT sector and recognition of its extraordinary enabling potential. The debate on a new set of digital public policies is imminent and ETNO continues its long standing commitment to contributing to such a pivotal discussion.     read more...
BusinessEurope ed Etno si congratulano con Juncker. Marcegaglia e Gambardella: anni cruciali per futuro Europa
Puntoit (July 16, 2014) Emma Marcegaglia, President of Business Europe, and Luigi Gambardella, president of ETNO, on behalf of the entire European business community, congratulate Jean-Claude Juncker.     read more...
Digital Agenda reloaded
Europolitics (July 15, 2014) Jean-Claude Juncker announces an "ambitious" digital programme for the first six months of his presidency of the Commission     read more...
Digital Agenda Reloaded: la ricetta di Jean-Claude Juncker piace a telco e PMI
Key4biz (July 16, 2014) Europe, says Juncker, shall have the courage to speak with one voice and to consider the digital in a 'horizontal' way, as an element covering all sectors of the economy.Ethno and Businesseurope compliment his statement.     read more...
Barnier forced to delay copyright roadmap
EuropeanVoice (July 16, 2014) A dispute between European commissioners over reforming the European Union’s rules on intellectual property has forced Michel Barnier, the European commissioner for internal market and services, to remove his white paper on copyright from the agenda of next week’s meeting of commissioners.     read more...
EC launches broadband initiative to boost Digital Agenda
European Communication (July 10, 2014) The European Commission has launched a new Connected Communities initiative as it looks to hit its flagging broadband Digital Agenda targets.     read more...
Call for local, regional and national leaders to take advantage of new EU broadband funding and support
European Commission (July 10, 2014) The European Commission launches its 'Connected Communities' initiative – an umbrella for several systems designed to connect towns, cities, local broadband partnerships and operators to the advice they need to access finance and develop tailored business models for bringing fast broadband to their community.     read more...
The European Commission Wants High Speed Broadband Everywhere. But Is It Worth It?
Forbes (July 10, 2014) Here in Europe, we are usually keen to depict ourselves as a developed, technologically advanced region. We love to quote Copenhagen, Barcelona, Amsterdam, London, as leading models for aspiring “smart cities” of all over world. However, this is only part of the picture.     read more...
Digitise new Commissioners, Kroes tells Juncker
Euractive (July 10, 2014) European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes called for Jean-Claude Juncker's new EU executive to be staffed with 'digital commissioners', as she launched a free website to encourage SMEs to adopt cloud computing yesterday.     read more...
EuCNC2014: The Net-Tech EU pioneering research showground towards 5G – the place to be!
European Commision (July 10, 2014) I was delighted to see so many experts and PhD students from the European research community on network technologies all together, that I like to call the EU's Net-Tech and 5G research pioneers, once again reunited with industry and policy-makers to discuss future trends, research results as well as funding opportunities under the Horizon 2020 programme.     read more...
New project aims to boost cloud computing in Europe
European Commission (July 15, 2014) While cloud computing is indeed a revolution in the way we use our computers, the main players in this growing market are still struggling to captivate and build trust among businesses and everyday citizens.     read more...
The European Commission Doesn’t Want Facebook To Play Monopoly
InnerActive (July 10, 2014) The European Commission sent a series of questionnaires out to competitors of Facebook and WhatsApp. Competitors mostly consisted of technology and online messaging companies. The commission wants to know more about the effect that the pending $19B acquisition could have on the competition.     read more...
‘PARTICIPA’, the new social network for Public administration
Broadband4europe (July 16, 2014) A new social network for the participation in public activity, created and developed in Europe, will facilitate a greater direct connection between Administrations and the public, who will thereby have an open direct communication channel with their representatives.     read more...
New Beginnings
Euractiv (July 15, 2014) Of all the industries that have the potential to create economic growth, the information and communications technology sector is without a doubt our best opportunity to spur new companies, new jobs and increase productivity. The need to accomplish a single digital market has already become one of those self-evident truths among European policy makers.     read more...

Global Policies

Broadband lessons from Europe
The Baltimore Sun (July 11, 2014) As the FCC considers whether to regulate the Internet as a public utility, it should look to the real-world experiences of other countries that have followed that course. Consider Europe, which has long subjected the Internet to the regulatory regime applicable to the telephone system, just as proposed in the U.S. If promoting investment in high-speed service is the goal, the results in Europe have been far from encouraging.     read more...
Google to Tour Europe to Discuss Privacy
The New York Times (July 10, 2014) Google is about to start a grand tour of Europe. The search engine company will soon send a group of executives and legal experts, including the company’s executive chairman, Eric E. Schmidt, around the region to explain Google’s stance on online privacy.     read more...
The Internet of Things and Cybercrime – what risks?
Security Affairs (July 10, 2014) The Internet of Things is expected to lead to 50 billion connected devices by 2020 collecting and exchanging personal data about their users, their lives, their preferences and tastes. This will lead not only to relevant data protection issues, but also to increased cybercrime related risks triggering the need to ensure a higher level of cyber security.     read more...
US and China in “frank” talks over cyber crime
Euronews (July 10, 2014) What have been described as “frank” talks on internet security have taken place between the US and China during the annual Strategic and Economic Dialogue meeting now in its fifth year.     read more...
Apple denies Chinese report that location data are a security risk
Financial Times (July 12, 2014) Apple has responded to criticism of its handling of iPhone customers' location data in the Chinese state media by insisting that the device does not present a security risk. 'Apple does not track users’ locations – Apple has never done so and has no plans to ever do so', Apple said.     read more...
Should Google Be Regulated Like A Utility?
Webpronews (July 14, 2014) Germany’s Federal Cartel Office has reportedly drafted a “secret” 30-page document outlining, among other things, how it would treat Google and other large tech companies – specifically American tech companies – like utilities. This is aimed at limiting how much power they have.     read more...
Edward Snowden condemns Britain's emergency surveillance bill
The Guardian (July 13, 2014) The NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden has condemned the new surveillance bill being pushed through the UK's parliament this week, expressing concern about the speed at which it is being done, lack of public debate, fear-mongering and what he described as increased powers of intrusion.     read more...
Web giants call for equal Internet traffic rules
CNET (July 14, 2014) Major Web companies called on US regulators to establish rules requiring all Web traffic be treated the same way - regardless of what network it's routed through - weighing in yet again on Net neutrality issues as federal officials consider new rules governing the open Internet.     read more...
Net neutrality: Telecom operators, act now or be left on the platform when the EU net neutrality train leaves the station August 18
Broadband4europe (July 17, 2014) Many talk about net neutrality in the European Union but few understand the consequences for industry, innovation and consumers. The deadline for input to the EU’s net neutrality rules is August 18, just at the launch of the Italian presidency. Net neutrality, if imposed in Europe, will be a paradigm shift and have an drastic impact on the already ailing telecom industry in Europe.     read more...
This is why the government should never control the internet
The Washington Post (July 14, 2014) Net neutrality rules have been sold for a decade as a way to keep the Internet “open and free” by keeping Internet service providers (ISPs), such as phone and cable companies, from blocking or degrading Web sites.     read more...
Internet's big guns back net neutrality
Total Telecom (July 15, 2014) A lobby group that counts Amazon, Facebook, Google, Netflix and Twitter as members has called on the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to adopt rules that protect net neutrality.     read more...
The Future Internet World Order
The Time Magazine (July 13, 2014) In the future, who – or what – will govern the Internet? The answer to that question could also shed light on one of the biggest foreign policy questions of the decade: As power is shifting among states and diffusing, what is the future of the world order?     read more...
BnA announces fixed line access fee proposal
Telecompaper (July 11, 2014) The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur or BnA) has announced a draft document for fixed line interconnection fees for Telekom Deutschland to be valid from 01 December 2014.     read more...
UK broadband not fit for purpose, says business group
BBC (July 14, 2014) The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) says that the UK's broadband target is simply not ambitious enough when compared to other nations. It is calling on the government to commit to delivering a minimum of 10Mbps (megabits per second) for all homes and businesses by 2018/19.     read more...
Irish Data Privacy Watchdog To Probe Facebook’s Research Methods
The Wall Street Journal (July 10, 2014) The Irish data privacy watchdog said it will take a broader look at Facebook’s research practices, including previous research activity, to review the company’s use of personal user information, after a paper published in June showed how Facebook manipulated the news feeds of nearly 700,000 users to see the effect on people’s emotions.     read more...

Digital Economy

Microsoft to Eliminate Up to 18,000 Jobs
The New York Times (July 17, 2014) Microsoft announced on Thursday that it would eliminate up to 18,000 jobs over the next year as part of a major restructuring. Previously, the largest layoffs at the company were in 2009, when about 5,800 people were affected amid the recession.     read more...
Apple and IBM take on corporate market together
Financial Times (July 15, 2014) iPhones and iPads moved an important step towards becoming staples of modern working life on Tuesday as Apple sealed a groundbreaking alliance with IBM to turn its gadgets into fully business-friendly devices.     read more...
Telefonica in talks to exit Telecom Italia
ET Telecom (July 12, 2014) Spain's Telefonica SA is in talks to sell its stake in Telecom Italia in a move that could ease regulatory pressure in Brazil's wireless market.     read more...
Telefonica completes sale of Irish unit for 850m euros
Channelnews Asia (July 15, 2014) Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica said on Tuesday it has completed the sale of its Irish subsidiary to Hong Kong's Hutchison Whampoa for 850 million euros (US$1.2 billion).     read more...
Telecoms industry welcomes data protection
Financial Times (July 10, 2014) Mobile phone networks and internet service providers have been warning the government for weeks that they were unsure about their legal right to hold on to customer data following the European Court of Justice ruling.     read more...
Inside the Chinese Market That Produces 45% of the World’s Tablets
The Wall Street Journal (July 14, 2014) Silicon Valley has recently taken an interest in doing business with Shenzhen’s low-cost tablet makers, casting a spotlight on these small companies that have collectively become a major force. Analysts say Shenzhen’s tablet makers churn out around 45% of the world’s tablets — mostly sold in China and other developing markets — putting pricing pressure on big players like Apple and Samsung.     read more...
'Tlc, meno regole e più mercato'. Intervista a Franco Brescia (Telecom Italia)
Key4biz (July 11, 2014) Europe, smashed between Asian competitors and the U.S., needs investment in innovation to boost growth. Where to start?     read more...
French telco takes on US rival Netflix... with whose dongle?
The Register (July 14, 2014) There were never going to be any prizes for guessing that the first user for Chromecast rival “Cast”, introduced by SoftAtHome in March, is likely to be Orange France Telecom.     read more...
Telecom Companies Dial Up Content Plays
The Wall Street Journal (July 14, 2014) Not content to dominate cell phones and internet connections, Telefónica is on a mission for TV sets, too. The telecom operator is bulking up in content, buying the rest of Spanish pay-TV business Digital Plus it didn't already own for just over €1 billion ($1.4 billion).     read more...
ICO to publish guidance on big data
ComputerWorld (July 15, 2014) At an event marking the publication of its annual accounts, where the data regulator said that it dealt with a record number of cases last year, the ICO said that new technology was raising more data protection issues.     read more...
Tele2 Sweden gets Q2 boost from mobile streaming demand
Telecompaper (July 16, 2014) Tele2 Sweden suffered a drop in customer numbers and revenue in the second quarter, but mobile end-user sales and earnings rose, thanks to continued increase in demand for mobile streaming and keen pricing in a competitive market.     read more...
América Móvil Secures Majority Stake in Telekom Austria
The Wall Street Journal (July 14, 2014) Mexican telecommunications company América Móvil has secured a majority stake in Austria Telekom following an offer to buy all of the European carrier's outstanding shares in a bid to bolster its presence in Europe.     read more...
Vodafone unlikely to consider America Móvil acquisitions
Capacity Magazine (July 16, 2014) Vodafone is unlikely to acquire any telecoms assets in Mexico, CEO Vittorio Colao said today. Carlos Slim's America Móvil is looking to divest in the country, and Vodafone has moved to squash rumours that it is interested in investing in the company's assets.     read more...
Telecom firms establish base station JV
4-Traders (July 11, 2014) The nation's top three telecom carriers - China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom - signed an agreement to set up a joint venture to deploy base station network infrastructure in China.     read more...
Ring the Bell: Internet speed record set using XG-FAST
Telecomstech (July 11, 2014) The brilliant researchers at Bell Labs have broken the broadband internet speed record by over eight times the previous holder - and it was all achieved over copper landlines. At 10 gigabits per second, Bell Labs' technology is 1,000 times faster than your typical broadband speeds.     read more...

Tech & Services

Ultra-Fast 5G Wireless Is Coming And Will Be Totally Different
Business Insider (July 14, 2014) Super fast "5G" mobile data networks will be vastly different than today's 2G, 3G, 4G, says CEO Hans Vestberg, Stockholm-based Ericsson.     read more...
OTE, Cosmote expand VDSL, LTE networks
Telegeography (July 15, 2014) Greece’s OTE announced in a press release that its high speed VDSL broadband network has been expanded to cover 280 local exchanges across the country, and 2,250 outdoor (street) cabinets located in Attica (Athens and its surrounds), Thessaloniki, Alexandroupoli, Komotini, Xanthi and Serres.     read more...
O2 Czech Republic upgrades LTE to 110 Mbps
Telecompaper (July 15, 2014) O2 Czech Republic announced an increase in its maximum LTE speed to 110 Mbps, available for all customers subscribing to mobile data services.     read more...
Intel's Answer to iPad: Cheap Tablets
The Wall Street Journal (July 11, 2014) Intel, the longtime king of processors for personal computers, has been largely frozen out of tablets and smartphones in favor of rivals using chip technology from ARM Holdings. It has little hope of swaying market leaders Apple and Samsung, which design their own ARM-based chips. That's why Star Wang was surprised last summer to hear that the world's biggest chip maker by revenue, wanted to talk business.     read more...
Dropbox to be preinstalled on Deutsche Telekom Android phones – but not in Germany
Gigaom (July 16, 2014) Dropbox has struck a deal with Germany’s big telco, Deutsche Telekom, that will see the cloud storage app preinstalled on the carrier’s Android devices across all of its central and eastern European markets     read more...
Liberty Global submits concessions on Ziggo takeover
Telecompaper (July 15, 2014) Liberty Global confirmed it has proposed concessions to the European Commission to secure approval for its proposed takeover of Dutch cable operator Ziggo.     read more...
Which is the best smartphone for less than £150?
The Guardian (July 15, 2014) Companies including Nokia and Motorola have released very good phones at prices below £150 – which makes you wonder why anyone would ever pay more for a smartphone, something that certainly wasn’t the case even just a year ago.     read more...
Cloud storage vs. external hard drives: Which really offers the best bang for your buck?
PCWorld (July 10, 2014) External hard drives are fast (everything backed up in minutes!) and safe from hackers (you control the data), but are susceptible to theft, fire, and hard drive failure. Meanwhile, cloud solutions provide ongoing, reliable service, but are slower than on-site solutions, and (theoretically) more vulnerable to hackers.     read more...
Twitter’s “buy now” button could finally unlock micropayments for the media
Gigaom (July 12, 2014) When Twitter first arrived on the scene, many believed that its transient nature, speed and news focus would be the perfect union for media companies and publishers. Years on, this scenario has not come about.     read more...
Google Search On Mobile Now Warns When A Site Won’t Work On Your Device
Techrunch (July 15, 2014) Google has announced that it will now flag to its users when websites listed in their search results may have elements that will not show up on a users’ device.     read more...
CES 2015: what we want to see
Techradar (July 12, 2014) We've put together a list of what we we want to see at CES 2015, so read on for our hopes and best guesses for the show. And don't forget to let us know what you're pining for come January, too.     read more...
We help people get stuff done': New Microsoft CEO dumps device and services focus, embraces productivity
PCWorld (July 10, 2014) Almost a year to the day after then-CEO Steve Ballmer reorganized Microsoft away from software and around a "devices and services" theme, his successor has issued a sweeping manifesto of his own, tightening company's core mission.     read more...
The Myo Armband Wants To Kill Your Computer Mouse
HuffingtonPost (July 14, 2014) A startup called Thalmic Labs is on the verge of releasing the Myo, an armband that allows you to interact with a computer through motion commands.     read more...
Intel beats expectations as PC shipments rise
Financial Times (July 15, 2014) Intel beat expectations and raised its full-year sales forecast on Tuesday as the market for personal computers, most of which rely on its chips, shows signs of recovery after years of being battered by the growth of smartphones and tablets.     read more...
Samsung and Nest develop network technology for connected home
The Telegraph (July 15, 2014) A handful of technology companies, including Samsung and Google's Nest Labs, have joined forces to encourage makers of smart home gadgets to adopt a new wireless networking protocol called Thread.     read more...

Focus on

From Sao Paulo to Istanbul: Towards Better Internet Governance
Roma, Italy (July 21, 2014)
At a time in which the global debate on Internet governance is a shared political priority, ETNO, in collaboration with Puntoit, Key4biz, Open Network, Ego and, invites you to discuss the most relevant issues at this high level event.     read more...


New digital landscapes and competition authorities
David Cantor tells us about the challenges of the internet era in the competition policy field (June 25, 2014)

Press Releases

Call for local, regional and national leaders to take advantage of new EU broadband funding and support (July 10, 2014)
The European Commission launches its “Connected Communities” initiative

The economy recovery will gain strenghth in 2014 and 2015 (July 7, 2014)
The positive turnaround in the economic forecasts for Spain anticipated by the Cusiness Coun cil for Competitiveness (CEC) is now a reality.

GO renews support for Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna (July 7, 2014)
GO, Malta's leading communications provider, has renewed its support to Fondazzjoni Wirt Artna, the Malta Heritage Trust.

PT and Oi reaffirm their support for the business combination (July 16, 2014)
Portugal Telecom, SGPS, S.A. (“PT”) and Oi S.A. (“Oi”) announce that they remain committed to the full completion of their business combination and have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

Swisscom StartUp Challenge 2014: start-ups from French-speaking Switzerland set the tone (July 10, 2014)
More than 100 start-ups entered this year's Swisscom StartUp Challenge


TeliaSonera’s Interim Report January-June 2014
TeliaSonera (July 17, 2014)

Second Quarter Results 2014
ELISA (July 16, 20)

Mobile Broadband for Critical Communications in Europe
Telecoms Market Research (June 2014)

World Telecommunication/ICT Indicators database 2014
ITU (June 2014)

The Technology Report July 2014
Telecom Reseller (July 7, 2014)


Digital Agenda Targets Progress report

Source: European Commission

Next Week

From Sao Paulo to Istanbul: Towards Better Internet Governance (July 21, 2014)
At a time in which the global debate on Internet governance is a shared political priority, ETNO, in collaboration with Puntoit, Key4biz, Open Network, Ego and, invites you to discuss the most relevant issues at this high level event.

Transform Your Applications Strategy for a Digital World (July 21-22)
Today, key Nexus of Forces technologies such as cloud, mobile, big data and analytics are revolutionizing how applications are defined


Las Vegas, USA (Sept 9-11, 2014)

What's Next in Digital Marketing
Tokyo, Japan (Sept 17-18)

The Conference on the Emerging Technologies That Matter
Cambridge, MA, USA (Sept 23-25, 2014)

Bruxelles, Belgium (Oct 1, 2014)

SEMICON Europa 2014
Grenoble, France (Oct 7-9, 2014)

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