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June 19, 2014

European Policies

Europe's top court to review personal data exchange between EU and US
Computer World (June 18, 2014) The Irish High Court has referred to a 14-year-old agreement governing the exchange of personal data between the European Union and the U.S. to the EU's top court. The referral came in a case over whether the Irish Data Protection Commissioner was right to refuse to investigate Facebook's alleged involvement with the U.S. government surveillance program Prism.     read more...
Google Faces Fresh Antitrust Complaint in Europe
The Wall Street Journal (June 16, 2014) Google Inc. is facing fresh accusations of anticompetitive behavior in Europe over its Android operating system for mobile phones, even as the Web giant struggles to overcome separate concerns over its dominance of online search.     read more...
European court to rule on allegations Facebook passes personal data to NSA
June 18, 2014 (The Guardian) A European court has been asked to rule on a landmark case which seeks to force watchdogs to audit the personal data Facebook allegedly releases to US spy chiefs. The high court in Dublin has referred to Strasbourg a challenge by an Austrian privacy campaigner on the back of the Prism surveillance operation exposed by whistleblower Edward Snowden.     read more...
EU to team up with South Korea in global 5G race
EurActive (June 17, 2014) The European Union is teaming up with South Korea to jointly research the next generation of mobile broadband technology, hoping the Asian country's expertise will help it catch up in a field crucial for economic growth and jobs.     read more...
ECTA says too early to deregulate fixed market
Telecompaper (June 16, 2014) Th European Competitive Telecommunications Association said it is too soon to start deregulating fixed-line markets. The lobby group for alternative carriers issued a statement in support of the opinion of Berec, which earlier published its views on the review of the EC Recommendation on Relevant Markets.     read more...
Telefonica to win EU approval for $11 billion E-Plus bid: sources
Reuters (June 16, 2014) Telefonica will win EU approval for its 8.6-billion-euro ($11.7 billion) bid for KPN's German unit E-Plus after agreeing to let smaller rivals in Germany piggyback on its mobile network.     read more...
Vodafone mulls legal action on EC permission for O2 purchase
Irish Independent (June 19, 2014) Vodafone Ireland has begun industry consultations as it considers legal action over the European Commission's decision to allow Hutchison Whampoa, trading as 3 Ireland, to purchase O2 Ireland from telecoms multinational firm Telefonica.     read more...
Communication on big data confirmed for late June
Europolitics (June 12, 2014) The European Commission is expected to adopt, in late June or early July, its communication on big data, confirmed Carl-Christian Buhr, a member of the cabinet of Digital Agenda Commissioner Neelie Kroes. Speaking at the 'Big data, big value' conference sponsored by Digital Europe, on 12 June in Brussels, Buhr said the communication would be presented together with the report on implementation of the European Union's cloud strategy.     read more...
Germany's anti-trust body raises concerns over Telefónica/E-Plus plan
FierceWirelessEurope (June 16, 2014) Germany's antitrust watchdog remains concerned that a proposed merger between Telefónica Deutschland and KPN-owned E-Plus would be detrimental to mobile pricing competition in the country, even though the European Commission is understood to be close to approving the deal.     read more...
La France veut placer les géants du Net sous surveillance
Les Echos (June 16, 2014) Neutrality major platforms is challenged by an official report. The French Digital National Council called Brussels to take up the issue and do everything to avoid the fragmentation of the Internet in large enclosed ecosystems organized around Google, Apple, Microsoft, Amazon and others.     read more...
ICANN 50 In London Set For Unprecedented Attendees
Domain Pulse (June 17, 2014) The upcoming ICANN meeting to be held in London is set to be one of the largest ever for the number of participants with 2,200 people pre-registered. The meeting, ICANN's 50th Public Meeting will be held in London from 22 to 26 June.     read more...
Spectrum: Convergence on 700 MHz band still two years away
Europolitics (June 17, 2014) The advisory group on spectrum management, headed by Pascal Lamy, will be turning in its report in July. The group, set up in January, aims to align the positions of broadcasters, which have to hand over part of the UHF band to telecoms operators to allow the development of broadband.     read more...
Disparities persist in termination rates between operators
Europolitics (June 12, 2014) Although it is currently being lowered, the average rate in Luxembourg for mobile calls was eight times higher than that in France in January 2014, and - to compare it to another small country - four times higher than the rate in Cyprus. These figures have emerged from the latest report by the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), which was approved by the organisation's last general assembly.     read more...
Europe's creative industry is at the mercy of Google
EurActiv (June 17, 2014) For Europe's creative sector, the threat now and in the future does not come from the imbalances of the banking system, but from one company whose dominant position imposes its business model on the entire market: Google, writes Ana Gomes.     read more...
Why EU digital advocacy is more than social media
June 18, 2014 (EurActiv) Engaging an audience around a message is now the rule, not the exception, in EU public affairs. Digital advocacy is here to stay, writes András Baneth.     read more...

Global Policies

Mobile 'net neutrality' faces new day of reckoning
Reuters (June16, 2014) A surge in mobile internet usage has US regulators considering whether to apply the same rules to fixed and wireless internet traffic, and large technology firms are siding with consumer advocates to call for such a change. The Federal Communications Commission is now rewriting the so-called 'net neutrality' rules, aimed at ensuring that Internet providers do not unfairly block or slow down users' access to content on the web     read more...
New NSA Revelations: Inside Snowden's Germany File
Der Spiegel (June 18, 2014) An analysis of secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden demonstrates that the NSA is more active in Germany than anywhere else in Europe -- and that data collected here may have helped kill suspected terrorists.     read more...
Factbox: What is net neutrality? U.S. debates once again
Reuters (June 15, 2014) The U.S. Federal Communications Commission is collecting public comments until Sept. 10 on new 'net neutrality' or 'open Internet rules' that may let service providers charge content companies for faster and more reliable delivery of their traffic to users.     read more...
Neutralité : deux sénateurs américains veulent bloquer la priorisation des flux
Next INpact (June 18, 2014) Two U.S. Senate Democrats have filed a bill to seriously review the new proposal by the Federal Communications Commission on net neutrality rules. If the law were to become a reality, service providers would no longer have the right to offer their business customers to pay more for fast transfers.     read more...
Most ISPs improving performance, says FCC
Financial Times (June 18, 2014) Most broadband internet service providers in the US are improving their performance, but those using local telephone networks are falling behind in advertised online access speed for customers, says a government report on Wednesday.     read more...
Samena Council: l'economia della banda larga al centro del Summit del 19 giugno a Dubai (June 16, 2014) The broadband economy will be one of the many topics of the next 'Council SAMENA Telecommunications Leaders' Summit on 'The Rise of The Broadband Economy'. Europe will be represented by Luigi Gambardella, ETNO chair of the board.     read more...
EU, South Korea to Ally on Faster Mobile Access
The Wall Street Journal (June 16, 2014) In the race to get the world's fastest mobile Internet service, South Korea and the European Union on Monday announced a major new pact to join forces on so-called 5G networks. The deal sets up a joint group to develop systems, set standards and get radio frequencies ready to accommodate the new technology. The aim is to have a global consensus and vision on 5G by the end of 2015.     read more...
Brazil is an example for Europe in the field of internet user protection, says vice-president of the European Commission
Broadband4Europe (June 13, 2014) The vice president of the European Commission and Commissioner responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, Viviane Reding, argues that the European Union should follow Brazil in relation to safeguarding the rights of internet users. During the launch of the 'Friends of EUBrasil' networking event, organised by the EUBrasil Association in Brussels, Ms Reding said that Brazil and Europe must work together to a level of digital privacy protection.     read more...
Uns bleiben nicht mehr zwei Jahren
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung (June 14, 2014) The fight for an open, unified Internet is getting worse. What to do? Who are the opponents? And what can the European contribution be? An interview with Fadi Chehadé, the president of the network management organization ICANN.     read more...
15 questions for Tim Wu, the net neutrality scholar who's running for N.Y. lieutenant governor
The Washington Post (June 17, 2014) 15 questions for Tim Wu, the law professor who invented the term net neutrality and is running for New York lieutenant governor alongside Democratic primary candidate Zephyr Teachout, a law professor at Fordham University, who is running for governor.     read more...
Le CNNum propose des 'agences de notation' de la neutralité des plateformes
ZdNet (June 13, 2014) The french Digital National Council (CNNum) presented its report on neutral platforms. Submitted to the Secretary of State in charge of digital, Axelle Lemaire, the report highlights four components of recommendation to ensure the neutrality of platforms.     read more...
Social media mass surveillance is permitted by law, says top UK official
The Guardian (June 17, 2014) The true extent of the government's interception of Google, Facebook and Twitter - including private messages between British citizens - has been officially confirmed for the first time.     read more...
GCHQ to pass data to companies to fight cyber spies
Financial Time (June 17) GCHQ, Britain's electronic spy agency, is to begin regular, bulk sharing of classified intelligence material with some of the UK's biggest companies in an effort to combat the digital espionage threat.     read more...
Big Money Keeps Flowing to Big Data Companies
Bloomberg (June 13, 2014) The technology industry's big promises about big data haven't quite materialized. Organizations and governments are amassing huge amounts of digital information, but they're often finding the tools aren't sophisticated enough to provide much insight.     read more...
Interview: Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of World Wide Web
France 24 (June 17, 2014) Sir Tim Berners-Lee, inventor of the World Wide Web, is now fighting for the rights of the netizens he helped to father. Amid growing concerns over data privacy and government spying, he is developing new tools to promote transparency on the internet and defends whistleblower Edward Snowden. 'He in fact has played a very important role; he deserves protection', he tells France 24's Marjorie Paillon.     read more...

Digital Economy

Why Would Amazon Want to Sell a Mobile Phone?
Harvard Business Review (June 16, 2014) There are obvious reasons for Amazon to be eying the category. The mobile phone industry is massive, with close to 2 billion devices shipped annually and total spending on wireless-related services of more than $1.6 trillion across the world. As mobile devices increasingly serve as the center of the consumer's world, their importance to a range of companies is increasing.     read more...
Amazon in smartphone talks with carriers
Financial Times (June 17, 2014) Amazon is in talks with European carriers for the rights to sell its long awaited smartphone, which will be revealed at an event in the US on Wednesday. The group has spoken to O2 and Vodafone in the UK, according to three people familiar with the discussions. Vodafone already has a relationship with the online retailer having supplied the data plans shipped with the group's popular Kindle tablets and ereaders.     read more...
Smartphone makers look to other products as saturation looms
Financial Time (June 16, 2014) The growth of smartphone sales in developed countries is slowing or has even peaked, according to research, giving further impetus for strategic shifts by companies such as Apple and Samsung into services, content and products such as wearable devices.     read more...
Cisco: Broadband providers should not treat all bits the same
PcWorld (June 10, 2014) All bits running over the Internet are not equal and should not be treated that way by broadband providers, despite net neutrality advocates' calls for traffic neutral regulations, Cisco Systems said     read more...
Huawei Pitches For More Clout In Europe
Wall Street Journal (June 13, 2014) Senior executives of Huawei Technologies are busy promoting the Chinese company in Europe this week, meeting political and industry leaders while promising to bring more investment and jobs to the region. Huawei's Acting CEO Guo Ping meets Enda Kerry, Prime Minister of Ireland. The three European events in four days this week are part of Huawei's efforts to solidify its position in Europe.     read more...
Huawei is becoming a member of ETIS, the IT Association of Telecommunications Industry
Portal (June 13, 2014) Huawei has joined the industry association ETIS as an associate member this week. The membership association brings together the largest telecoms providers in Europe and serves it as confidential platform for knowledge exchange on important issues of information and communication technology.     read more...
Tech giants seek to halt overseas snooping by US
AP (June 16, 2014) Microsoft Corp. and four other large American technology companies are using a Manhattan court case to draw a line in the cloud, saying the U.S. government has no right to seize computer data stored outside the country.     read more...
Taxis Today, Airplanes Tomorrow? 5 Businesses Uber Could Steer Toward Next
Bloomberg (June 18, 2014) The growing popularity of Uber's car-sharing service has been a jarring ride for the taxi industry, and it's not the only business on the startup's road map.     read more...
Telefonica Offers $400 Million for Mediaset's 22% DTS Stake
Bloomberg (June 18, 2014) Telefonica SA (TEF) offered to buy Mediaset SpA (MS)'s 22 percent stake in Distribuidora de Television Digital SA for 295 million euros ($400 million) to gain full ownership of the Spanish pay-TV company.     read more...
Mediobanca and Intesa quit Telecom Italia shareholder group
Financial Time (June 16, 2014) Mediobanca and Intesa Sanpaolo have become the latest members of the dominant shareholder group in Telecom Italia to announce their withdrawal, which will leave Spanish rival Telefónica with the largest direct holding in the business.     read more...
TD-LTE subs to reach 130m this year - Huawei
Total Telecom (June 18, 2014) The number of TD-LTE subscribers in the world will reach 130 million by the end of this year, driven by rapid growth from China Mobile, Huawei predicted on Wednesday. Earlier this year there were 36 networks running on the TDD variant of LTE with 11 million subscribers globally, Dennis Zhang, senior marketing director at Huawei, told attendees at CommunicAsia on Wednesday.     read more...
Google in talks to buy stake in Virgin space tourism business
The Guardian (June 13, 2014) Google is in talks to buy a stake in Virgin Galactic, Sir Richard Branson's space tourism business, that would give it access to satellite launch technology, according to reports. The deal, estimated to be worth £17.8m, has not yet been sealed, but negotiations are thought to be at an advanced stage.     read more...
Level 3 to Buy TW Telecom for $5.7 Billion
The Wall Street Journal (June 16, 2014 ) Long-haul Internet provider Level 3 Communications Inc. agreed to acquire rival TW Telecom for about $5.7 billion in cash and stock, merging the two companies' base of business customers as consolidation sweeps the communications sector.     read more...
London Welcomes the Tech Set and Its Money
The New York Time (June 15, 2014) From hipster hangouts in East London to corporate headquarters in West London, the British capital will roll out the red carpet this week for many of the world's leading tech entrepreneurs and investors.     read more...
Facebook Just Fired A Huge Shot At Cisco
Business Insider (June 18, 2014) Facebook has announced a new product that should have Cisco shaking in its boots (and we're not talking about its Snapchat-killer Slingshot). On Wednesday, Facebook introduced Wedge, making good on its promise from last year to push into the $23 billion Ethernet switch market, currently dominated by Cisco.     read more...

Tech & Services

Huawei, Vodafone Spain team up for dynamic spectrum-sharing trial
Electronista (June 17, 2014) Communications company Huawei and cellular carrier Vodafone have come together to test a technology that could combat the growing congestion in the LTE spectrum. The pair were able to successfully implement what is being called GSM-LTE Dynamic Spectrum Sharing (GL DSS) on Vodafone's network in Spain.     read more...
Amazon chief launches 'Fire' smartphone
Financial Times (June 18, 2014) Amazon muscled into the smartphone market on Wednesday, launching a handset called Fire and betting that the ecommerce group's vast library of digital content would help it take on big-gun rivals Apple and Samsung. The launch of the smartphone ends years of speculation on when or even if Amazon would enter a hugely competitive and increasingly saturated market.     read more...
AT&T to Exclusively Carry Amazon Smartphone
The Wall Street Journal (June 17, 2014) AT&T Inc. will be the exclusive carrier for Inc. new smartphone, which is expected to be unveiled this week, according to people familiar with the plans. The arrangement extends Amazon's relationship with AT&T, which also provides wireless service to Kindle tablets and e-readers     read more...
Mozilla Firefox Smartphone To Come To India In July
The Wall Street Journal (June 13, 2014) Noida-based cellphone seller Spice Retail said it plans to launch in India a smartphone that will run on Mozilla's Firefox software in July. The news comes a senior executive at Mozilla said earlier this week that smartphones as cheap as $25 powered by Firefox software will be available in India and Indonesia later this year.     read more...
Samsung bets big on fingerprint scanning in its war with Apple's iPad
The Guardian (June 13, 2014) Samsung has beaten Apple to a fingerprint-reading tablet with the launch of two new flagship Galaxy Tab S models, four months before Apple unveils its next iPad. The new 8.4in and full-sized 10.5in Galaxy Tab S are also the first tablets available with a high-resolution large-size organic LED (OLED) screen showing that the new display technology has reached maturity beyond smaller smartphone screens and high-priced televisions.     read more...
Vodafone connects to telematics revolution with Cobra deal
Financial Time (June 16, 2014) Vodafone has taken a further step towards its aim of becoming a global provider of connected car services, with the £115m acquisition of Cobra Automotive Technologies. Analysts predict that the next generation of vehicles will be connected to cloud databases in order to provide remote control, monitoring, maintenance and other services.     read more...
Best Google alternatives: the tech you need to live without the Big G
Techradar (June 14, 2014) The first step to a Google-free world is to bin any Google hardware. That leaves you with several hardware options, most of them from other giant corporations and most of them costing more than Google's offerings.     read more...
Chinese-Made Smartphone Comes With Spyware, Security Firm Says
The Wall Street Journal (June 17, 2014) The Star N9500, a cheap Android-powered smartphone made in China, ships with more than just an 8-megapixel camera and quad-core processor, according G Data, a Germany cyber-security company. The company says it has discovered malicious software-which could be used to track the phone's user and manipulate the device remotely-embedded in the device.     read more...
T-Mobile US adds Apkudo to device manufacture requirements
Telecompaper (June 13, 2014) Mobile device quality assurance company, Apkudo has announced that the tier 1 service provider, T-Mobile US, has added Apkudo Approved Application Platform testing to its latest Android smartphone requirements for device manufacturers. Apkudo's analysis will complement T-Mobile's existing pre-launch device approval process by adding app platform testing, enabling the operator to proactively identify and rectify and consumer-impacting issues before the device is sold.     read more...
Elisa, Lampserve test VLC wireless broadband
Telecompaper (June 16, 2014) Estonain mobile operator Elisa, in cooperation with the start-up Lampserve, plans to provide wireless broadband over Visible Light Communication (VLC) technology during the National Song Festival in Tallinn, which starts soon     read more...
O2UK brings carrier billing to Android
Telecoms (June 17, 2014) Telefónica's UK mobile operation, O2, this week said that its customers can now pay for items in the Google Play store through direct carrier billing -adding the cost of apps and content into their monthly bill or deducting it from their prepay credit.     read more...
Facebook Says Its Slingshot App Is No Snapchat Copycat
Bloomberg (June 17, 2014) Facebook Inc. took the wraps off its Slingshot mobile application for sending friends annotated photos and videos that disappear. Just don't call it a Snapchat Inc. copycat.     read more...
SanDisk to buy Fusion-io in $1.1B flash merger
CNET (June 16, 2014) SanDisk is acquiring Fusion-io in a merger of businesses that both focus on the flash business. Fusion-io, which makes flash memory products and software that go into data centers for large and small business, makes for a logical fit for SanDisk, which makes flash memory cards like the microSD card that stores files on smartphones and tablets. A deal would allow SanDisk to improve its positioning in the business arena.     read more...
Voice recognition firm Nuance reportedly eyed by Samsung
The Guardian (June 17, 2014) Speech-recognition software company Nuance has reportedly held discussions with Samsung over an acquisition. Among the licensees of Nuance's technology is Apple for its Siri personal digital assistant, and Samsung itself, which already uses the technology in its phones, tablets and televisions. Other customers include cable companies, car manufacturers, and a number of telephone helpline providers.     read more...
Apple settles $840m ebook price-fixing case
The Guardian (June 17, 2014) Apple has settled its case with US states and consumers over ebook price fixing, according to a filing with a New York court made on Monday. The settlement avoids a trial that could has seen as much as $840m (£495m) in claims against Apple and follows similar settlements made by the fivebig publishers also involved in the price fixing     read more...

Focus on

ETNO Chairman Luigi Gambardella speaks at Telecom Leaders' Summit 2014 in Dubai
Dubai (June 19, 2014 )
The SAMENA Telecommunications Council's Telecom Leaders' Summit 2014 kicked off today in Dubai. Hosted by Huawei, the Summit will cover "The Rise of the Broadband Economy - Shaping Excellence in Cooperation - Government, Telecom Operators, Internet Players". The aim of the event, according to Samena, is to provide stakeholders with opportunities to exchange ideas and cooperate on industry issues to identify solutions with far-reaching benefits. This comes as particularly important for the region, considering that ICT, in this area of the world, is on the threshold of a digital revolution.     read more...

ETNO-MLex Regulatory Summit
Bruxelles (June 25, 2014 )
The purpose of the Summit is to create a platform for up to 200 high level delegates representing telecom operators, the EU institutions, regulators, academics, investors and other industry stakeholders to discuss key EU regulatory issues. Two panel discussions will cover 'Net Neutrality and enabling innovation in the Internet value chain' and 'The future of telecoms regulation and competition politicies in Europe'.     read more...


EU's top court backs Commission antitrust fine to Intel
(June 13, 2014)

Press Releases

Taking consumer rights into the digital age: over 507 million citizens will benefit as of today (June 13, 2014)
new EU legislation will bolster 507 million consumer rights throughout the European Union.

Landmark agreement between the European Commission and South Korea on 5G mobile technology (June 16, 2014)
The agreement signed on 16 June between the European Commission and South Korea is a milestone in the global race to develop 5G mobile technologies.

Swisscom speeds up mobile communications even more with the rollout of LTE advanced (June 16, 2014)
Swisscom is the first mobile network provider in Switzerland to roll out LTE advanced. The new LTE technology has been undergoing tests in the Swisscom lab since February 2014.

Telenor Sweden offers annual phone upgrades (June 17, 2014)
Telenor Sweden said it is launching 'Telenor Change', which enables customers to upgrade their smartphones annually at no charge.

Slovak Telekom's LTE network covers 31% of population (June 16, 2014)
Slovak Telekom has increased its LTE coverage, reaching the capitals of six out of the eight counties,


Smartphone internet usage price ranking of EU28 & OECD mobile network operators - Q1 2014
Digital Fuel Monitor (June 2014)

The Internet of Things
MIT Technology Review (July/August 2014)

Neutralité des plateformes
CNNum (May 2014)

KPCB Internet Trends 2014
KPCB (May 28, 2014)

How well do tech companies protect your data from snooping?
NPR (June 12, 2014)


Cybercrime loss as a percent of GDP

Source: McAfee

Next Week

European Young Innovators Forum (June 20, 2014)
London, UK

LTE World Summit (Amsterdam, Netherlan)
June 23-25, 2014

ICANN's 50th Public Meeting (June 22-26, 2014)
London, UK


Strenghtening Data Protection Standard in Europe: Towards a harmonized European Digital Market
Brussels, Belgium (July 1, 2014)

Cloud World Forum Latin America
Sao Paulo, Brazil (Aug 26-27, 2014)

Telecoms World Middle East 2014
September 29-30, 2014 (Dubai, UAE)

Interop Conference
New York (Sep 29 - Oct 3, 2014)

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