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October 29

European Policies

EU's Oettinger sees more European telecoms tie-ups
Reuters (Oct 28, 2015) Mergers among European telecoms operators are likely to continue as regulators will increasingly assess markets in a global or regional rather than a national context, the European Union's digital economy commissioner said on Wednesday.     read more...
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview: Digital power maps, data flows, the new way of working and the future of smarter citizens
ETNO-Think Digital (Oct 29, 2015) An interview to Dr Tim Jones, Programme Director for Future Agenda, a global open foresight programme: “Perhaps data should be treated like water in that the ability to control the flow is not down to national governments and agreements, but more down to protocols and security levels."     read more...
A deeper and fairer Single Market
European Commission (Oct 28, 2015) The European Commission has decided to give the Single Market a new boost with a number of ambitious and pragmatic actions.     read more...
ETNO Statement on the final TSM vote
ETNO (Oct 27, 2015) The European Parliament has today given its final green-light to measures on Open Internet and Roaming. In the past years, ETNO has consistently supported EU-level measures, as opposed to a patchwork of national telecoms rules.     read more...
ETNO Executive Board meets Business Europe
ETNO (Oct 29, 2015) The Executive Board of ETNO met today with Business Europe's Director General Markus Beyer. During the meeting, ETNO Board members and Mr. Beyer discussed digital reform, the importance of broadband investment for empowering Europe's businesses, as well as the Digital Single Market Strategy.     read more...
European Parliament approves net neutrality, end to roaming
Telecompaper (Oct 27, 2015) The European Parliament has approved the Telecom Single Market legislation, opening the way to an end to roaming surcharges from mid-2017 and protection for net neutrality across the EU.     read more...
La réforme numérique européenne doit 'assurer la libre circulation des données', pour Andrus Ansip
L'Usine Digitale (Oct 26, 2015) A la veille du sommet numérique franco-allemand, Andrus Ansip, le vice-président de la Commission européenne qui pilote la réforme européenne du numérique en cours, en dessine les enjeux.     read more...
El Parlamento Europeo cierra la tramitación para poner fin al 'roaming'
El Mundo (Oct 27, 2015) Las nuevas normas prevén que los sobrecostes por llamar, enviar mensajes o navegar por internet a través del móvil en un Estado miembro diferente al de origen del operador desaparezcan para el 15 de junio de 2017.     read more...
Telekom-Chef: Weniger Regulierung für alle
Heise Netze (Oct 28, 2015) Die europäischen Provider machen immer geringere Umsätze, während Konzerne wie Facebook und Google reichlich Gewinne einfahren. Die Großprovider fordern nun Hilfe vom Gesetzgeber – und erhalten Unterstützung aus dem Bundeswirtschaftsministerium.     read more...
EU agency hones in on cybersecurity and connected cars
Euractiv (Oct 27, 2015) The European cybersecurity agency ENISA is putting together a team of experts to start working on connected cars next year.     read more...

US & Global Policies

Senate Approves a Cybersecurity Bill Long in the Works and Largely Dated
The New York Times (Oct 27, 2015) After four years of false starts and strife over privacy protections, the Senate passed legislation by a vote of 74 to 21 on Tuesday that would help companies battle a daily onslaught of cyberattacks.     read more...
Call For Robust Privacy Legislation In Wake Of EU Safe Harbor Strike-Down
Tech Crunch (Oct 27, 2015) A group of U.S. and EU digital rights organizations and consumer NGOs — including the EFF, the U.S. Center for Digital Democracy, the European Consumer Organization and Privacy International — have issued a statement calling for a “meaningful legal framework” to protect fundamental privacy rights in the digital era.     read more...
Judge Critical of Past FCC Net Neutrality Efforts Draws Latest Case
The Wall Street Journal (Oct 28, 2015) The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit assigned U.S. Judge David Tatel to a three-judge panel to review the Federal Communications Commission’s net neutrality rules. Judge Tatel’s presence is intriguing because of his central role in two previous cases that went against the FCC and left the commission to contemplate more sweeping open-Internet regulations, which it adopted in February.     read more...
Tech spats spark fears of ‘digital protectionism’
The Japan Times (Oct 25, 2015) As American tech giants extend their global reach, fears are growing on their side of the Atlantic over trade barriers some see as “digital protectionism.”     read more...
Facebook users urged to check privacy settings
The Guardian (Oct 26, 2015) Facebook users are being encouraged to double-check their privacy settings after the social network introduced an update to its search feature which adds almost 2 trillion older posts by its members to the index.     read more...

Blogs & Opinions

​Safe Harbor was for EU privacy: But how safe is US data in Europe?
ZDNet (Oct 22, 2015) While all the talk has been about the now-defunct Safe Harbor deal and protecting European data in the US, a recent case involving Google flips that debate on its head.     read more...
Google vs. the German car engineer
Politico (Oct 28, 2015) Germany’s cultural sensitivities about data privacy may impair its carmakers’ ability to compete with American rivals.     read more...
Sod the hoverboard, where's my broadband?
Telecompaper (Oct 23, 2015) Back to the Future promised us a 2015 with flying cars and self-tying shoes, but better network connectivity is a more pressing concern.     read more...
Net neutrality: Finding consensus in the minefield
Deutsche Telekom (Oct 28, 2015) In our society, it is the role of politics to strike a balance between competing interests. This was certainly no mean feat in regard to net neutrality: The battle lines are drawn,     read more...
Who’s off the Internet — and why
The Washington Post (Oct 22, 2015) If the gap between technology rich and technology poor was primarily physical in the 1990s, the gap in this decade is increasingly skills-based.     read more...

Digital Economy

Ericsson to promote 5G unification through 5GEx project
Telecoms (Oct 27, 2015) Ericsson has launched an initiative to unify 5G’s infrastructure in Europe. The 5G Exchange (5GEx) project aims to integrate multiple operators and technologies through cross-domain service orchestration.     read more...
UK sets £70m reserve on 2016 spectrum auction
Total Telecom (Oct 26, 2015) Ofcom on Monday confirmed that it will go ahead with plans to auction off spectrum in the 2.3 GHz and 3.4 GHz bands early next year, setting a reserve price of £70 million (€97 million) for the airwaves.     read more...
BT-EE deal cleared by Competition and Markets Authority
BBC News (Oct 28, 2015) BT Group's takeover of mobile phone network EE has been provisionally cleared by the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA).     read more...
Huawei Q3 smartphone shipments surge 63%
Total Telecom (Oct 27, 2015) Huawei on Tuesday announced that third-quarter smartphone shipments surged 63% year-on-year, driven by particularly strong growth in China and Europe.     read more...

Technology Trends

Apple could be the victim of its own success
The Guardian (Oct 29, 2015) After the success of the iPhone, Apple may struggle to come up with new innovations that will dominate markets in quite the same way.     read more...
Samsung keeps its crown as king of smartphones
Fortune (Oct 28, 2015) Apple remains a close second. Smartphone sales may be slowing from their meteoric growth as developed countries become saturated. But demand remains high.     read more...
Alphabet's Project Loon partnering with Indonesia telecoms for air balloon Wi-Fi test
The Verge (Oct 28, 2015) Project Loon, the ambitious initiative to bring balloon-delivered internet access to remote areas and developing countries, is partnering with three of Indonesia's biggest telecom companies for a country-wide test period starting next year, Alphabet announced today.     read more...
YouTube works toward 'melt my brain' virtual reality
CNET (Oct 27, 2015) Soon after Matthew Mengerink became YouTube's engineering chief a few weeks back, he got a taste of the virtual reality footage Google has been working on but hasn't released to the public yet.     read more...
For the first time, Americans will do most of their holiday e-shopping on mobile devices
VentureBeat (Oct 28, 2015) New projections from Adobe say that mobile shopping will hit an important tipping point this holiday season. Adobe said that, for the first time ever, the majority of online shopping visits in the U.S. — 51 percent — will be on mobile devices. The data comes from the Adobe Marketing Cloud, Adobe says.     read more...

Focus on

The Industrial Internet Era, a Politico event presented by ETNO
Brussels (November 26, 2015)
focus on
How can the Digital Single Market spur the development of the Industrial Internet? What incentives can policymakers create to encourage its adoption? Can the Industrial Internet deliver on its promise to turn Europe’s traditional industries around? What will the impact on the workforce be?     read more...


FT ETNO 2015 - Opening Keynote - Jean Tirole
(Oct 13, 2015)

Press Releases

Spectrum: leading EU telcos publish common position in view of WRC-15 (Oct 28, 2015)
In its position, ETNO encourages European regulators to recognise the key role of the Conference’s decision for the future of the mobile industry.

EBU welcomes EU net neutrality compromise and calls for staunch implementation (Oct 27, 2015)
The European Broadcasting Union believes that the adoption today by the European Parliament of a single, identical set of rules for net neutrality in Europe is a step in the right direction for the Digital Single Market.

First mid-year sustainability update launched (Oct 19, 2015)
In conjunction with TeliaSonera’s Q3 financial report the company presented its first midyear “sustainability update”. Communicating more regularly is a way for us to increase transparency and to encourage a public discussion and review of our company.


Five Priorities for Achieving Europe’s Digital Single Market
The Boston Consulting Group (October 2015)

ETNO Climate Change Report- Looking forward to COP21
ETNO (October 2015)

Mobile service provider satisfaction survey 2015
CHOICE (October 2015)

Global Study On Connected Car Buyers
AT&T Drive Studio and Ericsson (October 2015)

75 Percent of U.S. Adults Want More Product Information Via Mobile
Digimarc Corporation (October 2015)


What’s the future of SMS Marketing?

Source: Text Anywhere

Next Week

World Radiocommunication Conference 2015 (Nov 2- 27, 2015)

Capacity Europe 2015 (Nov 2- 4, 2015)

TU-Automotive Europe (Nov 2- 3, 2015)

Mobile Enterprise Innovation Forums (Nov 3 - 5, 2015)

Innovations in Information Technology (IT) 2015 (Nov 1 - 3, 2015)


IoT World Forum 2015
London ((Nov 18 - 19, 2015))

Mobile Convention Brussels
Brussels ((Nov 24, 2015))

The Industrial Internet Era
Brussels ((Nov 26, 2015))

Mobile World Congress
Barcelona ((Feb 22 - 25, 2016))

FTTH Conference 2016
Luxembourg ((Feb 16 - 18, 2016))

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