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July 3, 2014

European Policies

Mergers: Commission clears acquisition of E-Plus by Telefónica Deutschland, subject to conditions (July 2, 2014) The European Commission has approved under the EU Merger Regulation the proposed acquisition of Dutch Telecom operator KPN's German mobile telecommunications business E-Plus by Telefónica Deutschland (Telefónica).     read more...
Fighting Google: Europe Eyes Digital Agenda to Better Compete with the US
Spiegel online International (July 1, 2014) Jean-Claude Juncker, the next head of the European Commission, plans to implement a new digital strategy for the Continent. Europe, he believes, needs to become better equipped to defend itself from the US and Asia.     read more...
Etno: ricavi delle telco sempre più giù, Ue deve cambiare quadro regolamentatorio
TechEconomy (June 26, 2014) Despite a new increase of users, the revenues of telecom operators continue their descent, while investments are always at stake. This is the image that emerges from the interim forecast of Etno-IDATE, announced at the time of the ETNO -MLex summit.     read more...
Kroes: Europe is open for business regarding electronics
Neurope (July 1, 2014) 'Today' said Kroes, 'you've heard about experts outlining their proposals, projects, predictions. A vision for the future innovations enabled by electronics, in virtually every sector. And a vision for how to ensure continuing European leadership'.     read more...
Jean-Claude Juncker nuovo presidente della Commissione Ue. Buona notizia per il single market
Key4Biz (June 27, 2014) Luigi Gambardella, president of Puntoit and ETNO associations, which brings together leading European telecom operators, has declared'... the appointment of Jean-Claude Juncker is very good for Europe, for Italy and for our industry'.     read more...
Las operadoras telefónicas cogen carrerilla
Cinco Dias (June 29, 2014) The European Commission estimates that it is necessary to invested 200,000 million euros for the deployment of telecommunications networks between 2014 and 2020. Behind this figure is the response to the exponential growth in the volume of data traffic.     read more...
EU telecom services market to contract 1.9% in 2014
Telecompaper (June 25, 2014) Telecom service revenues are expected to fall again this year in the EU, to EUR 225.2 billion from EUR 229.6 billion in 2013, according to forecasts from Idate for the industry group ETNO. The forecast was released by ETNO at its regulatory summit in Brussels, as part of an update to its annual economic outlook. In the period 2009-2013, the market already contracted 11 percent.     read more...
Mergers: Commission approves acquisition of ONO by Vodafone (July 2, 2014) The European Commission has cleared the proposed acquisition of Grupo Corporativo ONO ("ONO") by Vodafone Group Plc under the EU Merger Regulation. Both companies provide fixed and mobile telecommunications services in Spain.     read more...
Roaming fees drop
European Voice (July 7, 2014) The cost of using a mobile phone when travelling within the European Union fell today by as much as 50% as new EU legislation came into effect.     read more...
Roaminggebühren sollen bis Ende 2015 abgeschafft werden
Luxemburger Wort (July 1, 2014) According to the EU Commission, the abolition of roaming charges for calls abroad could still be resolved in the current year.     read more...
Telecoms: Scrambled signal
Financial Times (June 30, 2014) Across Europe lie some of the industrial world’s fastest networks and some of its worst laggards, some of the cheapest deals and some of the globe’s more punitive rates. And all this in what is supposed to be a seamless European market for 500m people.     read more...
EU could probe Google's YouTube dominance
Euractive (June 30, 2014) Europe's antitrust chief said on Monday (30 June) he could investigate Google's YouTube if he saw any attempt by the company to abuse its dominant position in online video searching.     read more...
Renzi inspires in Strasbourg, but draws heat from critics
Euractiv (July 3, 2014) As Italy takes over the rotating presidency of the EU for the next six months, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi has received a standing ovation in the European Parliament in Strasbourg for giving a passionate and inspiring speech, putting aside the programme and focusing on the vision for a new Europe. But some MEPs have urged him to deliver intelligent policies, rather than words.     read more...
European Commission releases standard cloud SLA guidelines
Businesscloudnews (June 27, 2014) The European Commission has released a set of cloud service level agreement (SLA) standards designed to give EU businesses more certainty around what cloud service providers and consumers are responsible for when entering into contractual agreements.     read more...
European Commission gives go-ahead to purchase of O2 Ireland by Hutchinson 3G
The Irish Time (June 30, 2014) The merger of the second- and fourth-largest mobile network operators in Ireland will now go ahead after the European Commission approved the acquisition of Telefónica Ireland (O2 Ireland) by Hutchinson 3G (H3G).     read more...

Global Policies

Telecoms executives cheer Brussels’ antitrust decision on E-Plus
Financial Times (July 2, 2014) Telecoms executives in Europe are cheering Brussels’ decision to remove a mobile network operator from as large a country as Germany. Here are several reasons why they consider the €8.6bn acquisition of E-Plus by Telefónica an important milestone on the road to restoring health to the sector.     read more...
NSA Fears Prompt Germany to End Verizon Contract
Time (June 27, 2014) The German government is ending a contract with Verizon over fears the company could be letting U.S. intelligence agencies eavesdrop on sensitive communications, officials said Thursday.     read more...
New York Judge Ruled Against Facebook
The Wall Street Journal (June 27, 2014) The Manhattan district attorney has won a legal battle against Facebook Inc. with a New York judge's ruling that the social network was required to turn over user information in a fraud investigation.     read more...
We don’t need net neutrality; we need competition
ArsTechnica (June 26, 2014) The network neutrality debate is a muddy one at best, with different people using the term in different ways. Regulatory enforcement of the idea would at best prove inadequate to achieve what people want. At worst, it might even prove harmful to innovation and progress, potentially outlawing existing widespread and harmless practices.     read more...
Google pushes to prove its Fiber upholds net neutrality
Politico (June 27, 2014) As it looks to expand its Fiber services to potentially 34 new cities, Google's taking a message straight to the FCC: we don't strike deals with video providers or discriminate among Internet traffic. That message comes as the Commission works to rewrite its net neutrality rules — with a plan that Google itself has criticized.     read more...
Reader Forum: Net neutrality is anything but neutral
RCRWireless (June 30, 2014) Neutrality sounds good because it conveys the idea of “fair-play,” and we all like that. But neutrality doesn’t work in any other sphere of commerce or technology – so why would it work for the Internet?     read more...
Facebook emotion study breached ethical guidelines, researchers say
The Guardian (June 30, 2014) Researchers have roundly condemned Facebook's experiment in which it manipulated nearly 700,000 users' news feeds to see whether it would affect their emotions, saying it breaches ethical guidelines for 'informed consent'.     read more...
The byzantine, meandering discussion on the future of the internet
The Guardian (July 1, 2014) Icann isn’t a corporation competing with others for a share of its market. Instead, it’s a centralised, monopolistic, hardly accountable private organisation that exercises public authority and power. At the same time that it’s providing services to the domain name industry, it is also trying to regulate it.     read more...
The privacy week that was
Microsoft on the Issue (June 28, 2014) This week’s unanimous decision by the Supreme Court in the case of Riley v. California ranks with other key historical moments. More than in any other recent decision, the Supreme Court this week advanced privacy in a digital era characterized by ubiquitous computing.     read more...
The FTC is accusing T-Mobile of jacking up customers’ phone bills
The Washington Post (July 1, 2014) According to the FTC, the wireless carrier got kickbacks when other companies offering "flirting tips, horoscope information or celebrity gossip" tried to bill customers for spammy content they didn't want or didn't ask for.     read more...
Orange rules out French telecoms consolidation deals
Financial Times (July 2, 2014) Orange, France’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, has ruled out for now any deals with its domestic competitors, deflating consolidation hopes in one or Europe’s most competitive markets.     read more...
Cancel broadband spectrum held by RJio: CAG draft report
Business Standard (June 30, 2014) A recent draft report by the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) has suggested cancelling nationwide broadband spectrum allocated to Infotel Broadband Services, now a Reliance Industries company, for allegedly rigging the auction and violating rules.     read more...
US sets personal cloud privacy precedent
Telecoms (June 30, 2014) A recent landmark US Supreme Court ruling on the legality of searching a mobile phone without a warrant is a ‘historical moment’ for defenders of privacy rights according to Microsoft general counsel & executive vice president, legal & corporate affairs Brad Smith.     read more...
Martin Bouygues tire à boulets rouges sur l’Arcep En savoir plus sur
Les Echos (July 1, 2014) 'ARCEP has made an error in the allocation of the fourth license' considers Martin Bouygues. Significant benefits were granted to new entrants, such as the 2G and 3G roaming.     read more...
Gowex to take action against critical Gotham City report
Telecompaper (July 2, 2014) Spanish wireless internet services provider Gowex has pledged to take legal action against US research firm Gotham City Research, accusing it of spreading false rumours about the company to push down its share price.     read more...

Digital Economy

Belgian telecom investments up 49% in 2013
Telecompaper (July 1, 2014) Investments in the Belgian telecom market increased 49.2 percent in 2013 to EUR 1.87 billion, according to annual statistics from the regulator BIPT. Two-thirds of the increase was due to the sale of licences for the 800 MHz band     read more...
AT&T Sells Its Stake in Mexican Telecom América Móvil to Carlos Slim
The New York Times (June 27, 2014) AT&T said that it was selling its $5.6 billion stake in América Móvil, the Mexican telecommunications company, back to its majority shareholder, the billionaire Carlos Slim Helú. The sale comes as AT&T seeks to acquire the satellite television operator DirecTV in a $48.5 billion deal.     read more...
Numericable, Virgin Mobile sign takeover deal
Total Telecom (June 30, 2014) Numericable has formally signed a deal to acquire mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Virgin Mobile France. The French cable operator last month announced that it had entered exclusive talks to buy Virgin Mobile in a deal worth €325 million.     read more...
Telekom Austria, Telecom Liechtenstein confirm partnership
Telecompaper (July 1, 2014) Telekom Austria Group has signed a formal partnership agreement with Telecom Liechtenstein under which Mobilkom Liechtenstein will merge with Telecom Liechtenstein.     read more...
Collaborative effort needed for successful digital economy: Cisco CEO
The Times of India (June 27, 2014) Speaking at the CII CEOs roundtable, John Chambers, chairman and CEO, Cisco, said 'Creating a successful digital economy requires a collaborative effort drawing on the experiences, ideas and ingenuity, as well as global innovation and experience'.     read more...
Telecom Italia shareholders go their separate ways
Total Telecom (June 27, 2014) Telecom Italia's controlling shareholder group Telco is splitting up, having recorded a €830.5 million writedown on the value of its stake in the Italian telco.     read more...
Verizon Phone Bill Quiz: You Won't Get Any Answers Right.
Huffington Post (July 2, 2014) Every month you pay your communications bills, and yet, in plain sight, these indecipherable collection of charges hold the secrets to solving Net Neutrality, (NN). If fixing America's communications problems and NN required you to understand something about the charges on your phone, broadband, Internet, cable and wireless bills, would you be willing to do it?     read more...
Telenor Serbia says ready to expand 3G footprint
Seenews (June 30, 2014) Telco Telenor Serbia said it is ready to use 3G technology on the 900 MHz frequency band once Serbia implements technology neutrality. The move would boost Internet speed and quality and increase the territory of 3G coverage by more than 10%.     read more...
Brazil's mobile broadband penetration reaches 22% by end-Feb
Telecompaper (July 1, 2014) Penetration of mobile broadband services in Brazilian homes reached 22 percent by the end of February, according to a recent survey carried out by the Center for Research on Information and Communication Technology (     read more...
Reality Check: The rise of mobile-first enterprises and the impact on devops
RCRWireless (July 1, 2014) It’s hard to determine whether culture changed the technology or if technology change the culture. Either way, we are getting good at it. Take, for example,’s frequently quoted deployment stats: 11.6 seconds between deployments; more than 1,000 deployments in a single hour; and as many as 30,000 hosts receiving a deployment simultaneously.     read more...
Google Is Shutting Down Orkut, Its First Effort at Social Networking
The Wall Street Journal (June 30, 2014) Google on Monday said it will shut Orkut to focus on its other social-networking businesses, including YouTube, Blogger and Google+.     read more...
Greek telco OTE offers to buy rival Forthnet's pay TV unit
Reuters (July 1, 2014) Greek telecoms company OTE said on Tuesday it had submitted a non-binding offer of 250 million to 300 million euros to acquire rival Forthnet's pay TV operations.     read more...
Lenovo's acquisition of Motorola Mobility gets green light
Europolitics (June 30, 2014) The €2.15 billion deal, announced in late January, does not raise competition concerns and was consequently cleared by the European Commission, on 27 June. The takeover, which concerns the market for smart mobile devices (smartphones and tablets), is compatible with EU merger rules.     read more...
Romtelecom and Cosmote Romania sign 7 year managed services contract
Ericsson (July 1, 2014) Ericsson has signed a seven-year managed services agreement with leading Romanian operators Romtelecom and Cosmote, both subsidiaries of OTE, the Hellenic Telecommunications Organization, Group of companies.     read more...
Liberty Global launches bid for Ziggo, Coopmans to be CEO
Telecompaper (June 27, 2014) Liberty Global has announced the subscription period for its takeover bid for Dutch cable operator Ziggo, first announced in January.     read more...

Tech & Services

How to Dial Up the Privacy on Your Phone
The Wall Street Journal (July 1, 2014) A year after Edward Snowden made surveillance a household term, privacy and security are becoming services you can buy in your phone. This week, Blackphone, a $629 Android phone that can secure calls and messages, starts shipping. And FreedomPop, a small U.S. carrier, now offers an $8-per-month, add-on privacy service for Android handsets.     read more...
Nokia's best Android phone, but not good enough
CNET (June 30, 2014) Part Windows Phone, part Android handset, but really neither, the Nokia XL uses the same 'forked' version of Android that we saw on the Nokia X. So, if you can imagine it, that means it runs on Google's code, but with a Windows Phone-like interface.     read more...
Furor Erupts Over Facebook's Experiment on Users
The Wall Street Journal (June 29, 2014) A social-network furor has erupted over news that Facebook Inc. conducted a massive psychological experiment on nearly 700,000 unwitting users.     read more...
Look ma, no hands - Swedish start-up launches touchless selfie app
Reuters (June 30, 2014) Selfie fans, your life just got a little easier. A Swedish tech start-up has launched an app for Apple devices that lets people take photos of themselves without having to touch their screens.     read more...
Slovak Telekom launches new roaming packages
Telecompaper (July 1, 2014) Slovak Telekom is launching three new roaming packages for the EU, Norway, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Iceland and the US.     read more...
OTE makes takeover bid for Nova TV
Telecompaper (July 1, 2014) Greek operator OTE has made a non-binding bid to acquire the pay-TV service Nova from Forthnet. OTE said the bid was worth EUR 250-300 million excluding debt and cash on hand.     read more...
Orange Poland 900 MHz blocks extended for 15 years
Telecompaper (July 1, 2014) Orange Poland announced Polish regulator UKE assigned the operator the frequency blocks 908.1–914.9 MHz and 953.1–959.9 MHz for a further 15 years, until 6 July 2029.     read more...
All of Apple's 2014 Mac updates, tested and reviewed
CNET (June 30, 2014) Halfway through 2014, we're still waiting for the flood of new gadgets that Apple CEO Tim Cook promised, and senior vice president Eddy Cue called 'the best product pipeline I've seen in 25 years'. But even though no new Apple hardware appeared at the recent annual WWDC conference.     read more...
Morgan Stanley brokers finally given freedom to tweet
The Telegraph (July 1, 2014) Morgan Stanley is allowing its brokers to tweet self-authored messages for the first time, as the brokerage firm loosens its strict social media policy.     read more...
Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE U.S. Debut Is With Verizon
TabletPc Review (June 26, 2014) Verizon has become the first U.S. carrier to offer its customers an LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 8.0. This 4G-enabled version is priced at $279 with a new two-year contract or for $379 sans contract.     read more...
Samsung's Galaxy S5 Mini now official
CNET (July 1, 2014) Samsung's latest Galaxy S5 Mini should come as no surprise to its fans. The company has previously made a smaller version of its flagship phone, and the new 4.5-inch S5 Mini is no exception. Sporting a similar design to the S5, the S5 Mini comes with the same perforated pattern on the rear cover and has IP67 certification, making it water- and dust-resistant.     read more...
BT Broadband outage affects thousands of UK internet users
Neowin (june28, 2014) Thousands of customers of UK broadband provider BT were affected by a short service outage lasting around two hours. The company has apologized for the issue but users have been left upset and disgruntled by the lack of connectivity.     read more...
Apple Inc. iPhone 6 Leaks and Rumors Are Starting to Pile Up
The Motley Fool (June 28, 2014) If you had any doubts about Apple launching iPhones with larger screens this year, the recent ramp in iPhone 6 related rumors should temper your concerns: Apple looks dead set on jumping in on the fast growing 4-inch plus smartphone market.     read more...
BlaBlaCar sets course for $100m fundraising
Financial Times (July 2, 2014) Investors are betting $100m that BlaBlaCar, a French start-up facilitating long-distance car sharing, can become the next big sharing-economy success after Airbnb and Uber.     read more...
Czech operator Materna Communications offers SMS parking
Telecompaper (July 1, 2014) Materna Communications, which provides mobile content, messaging services and MVNO/MVNE services, has launched a facility to pay for parking via a mobile phone in the Czech city of Krnov.     read more...

Focus on

ETNO Digital interviews Christoph Steck, Director of Public Policy & Internet at Telefónica
Brussels, Belgium (April7, 2014)
Why did Telefónica decide to launch a Digital Manifesto now? We are right at the beginning of a Digital Revolution: new technologies, always-on broadband connectivity and apps are present in everyone´s life and re-shaping our work and private lives.     read more...


Extracts from the Midday statement by Neelie KROES on new lower roaming charges coming into effect on July 1:
(June 30, 2014)

Press Releases

Commission urges governments to embrace potential of Big Data (July 2, 2014)
Data collection and exploitation is a growing phenomenon; in response to industry and grassroots demands the European Commission is calling on national governments to wake-up to this “big data” revolution.

Big data: an opportunity to improve quality of life and competitiveness in Europe (July 2, 2014)
ETNO welcomes the European Commission’s Communication 'Towards a Thriving Data-Driven Economy' to foster the development of a data driven economy and the creation of a Big Data ecosystem in Europe.

Deutsche Telekom: Parking made easy-Smarter parking project in Pisa kicks off (June 24, 2014)
Pisa and Deutsche Telekom launch smart city pilot project to optimize inner city parking

eircom Business Solutions Launches 'SIP Voice' (June 26, 2014)
eircom Business Solutions today announced the introduction of 'SIP Voice' to its product portfolio.

Docsafe from Swisscom – access to digitally stored documents regardless of your location (June 24, 2014)
Swisscom is launching Docsafe, which is a Swiss cloud storage solution for residential customers


Global Telecom and Datacom Market Trends and Drivers report
Infonetics (June 30, 2014 )

Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews - Norway
Market Research (June 23, 2014)

German Mobile Operators Q1 2014
Telecompaper (June 2014)

France: To Cope with Fierce Competition, Converged Telecom Operators Focus on Bundling
Market Publishers (June 27, 2014)

Latest phone, broadband and pay TV complaints revealed
OFCOM (June 27, 2014)



Source: Analysys Mason

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