3 good reasons to be happy with the GDPR (and 1 not to be)
By Cristina Vela and Paolo Grassia
GPDR… many appear to be frustrated at the wave of consent-seeking e-mails flooding the inbox these days, but we believe that there are at least 3 good reasons to be happy about the new General Data Protection Regulation (GPDR). There is also 1 reason to be unhappy about it, but let us explain more.
ETNO ThinkDigital interview – Embracing the Digital Economy and the changes it brings
Christina Colclough, Head of EU Affairs, Uni Europa: “We need to look at the Digital Economy and everything it brings with it in terms of potential and challenges, of new business models, of changing customer behaviour, but also in terms of actually making our societies work on the social, economic and environmental levels.” #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital blog: Messaging Apps, SMS, Voice or Internet calls? Preferences vary among 16-35 year olds.
Bjørn Taale Sandberg, Head of Telenor Research: “The survey shows that the preferences differ from market to market. Traditional telco services like voice calls and SMS are still an important part of communication habits in most of the surveyed countries" #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital Blog: Audiovisual Media Services in Europe - Adapting rules to the new innovative landscape
“It is important that the new framework does not impose unnecessary regulatory burdens on players in areas where self-regulatory initiatives are already effectively implemented.”#ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital interview - Making 5G a reality for the connected consumer
Andreas Geiss, Head of Unit for Spectrum Policy in DG CONNECT: “5G is much more than just higher speeds, it is about new services and business cases (the verticals). Connected vehicles, remote health care and smart cities are just a few examples of the wider scope we are looking at.” #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview - Speed, latency, content, ubiquitous coverage: Pleasing today’s Digital consumer
On the occassion of the FTTH Conference 2016, Matthias Kurth, Executive Chairman of Cable Europe speaks to ETNO: “The best stimulus for broadband growth is an investor-friendly climate, teamed with a fading out of regulatory constraints where competition is alive and well.”
ETNO Think Digital blog post: Machines with a deeper understanding of digital content, big data as a solution to addressing greater societal challenges – telecom trends in 2016
Bjørn Taale Sandberg, Senior Vice President and Head of Telenor Research outlines his best guess at the six most important trending areas of 2016. #ThinkDigital
ETNO Think Digital Blog Post: A modern and balanced copyright framework fit for the Digital Age
"Online content can reach people in a way that could never have been imagined before, new business models are emerging every day. It is time to look at the new reality and create a modern and balanced copyright framework" #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital Blog Post - Three ingredients for successful reform
"If our industry continues investing at the current pace, the good old Digital Agenda targets will be missed by a €106bn investment gap. A real leap in investment is what we need to be working for collectively.", Steven Tas, ETNO Executive Board Chairman #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview: Digital power maps, data flows, the new way of working and the future of smarter citizens
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.” #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital Blog Post - New CERRE study: Concentration in the mobile communications industry generates a true economic trade-off
"A merger will have static price effects to the detriment of consumers but also dynamic benefits for consumers, as investments can enhance their demand for services." Professor Bruno Liebhaberg, #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview: Aiming for the highest standard of 5G in Europe
Pierre-Yves Danet, Head of European collaborative Research at Orange Labs and Chair of ETNO's Research and Innovation Working Group shares advice on what Europe can do to remain a global leader in the race for 5G and how start-ups and telcos can collaborate.
ETNO ThinkDigital interview – Filling the e-skills gap in Europe
Deutsche Telekom (DT)’s Markus Lecke, Programme Manager for corporate HR-Development, talks to ETNO about future ICT skills requirements, what his company is doing to prepare for the future expert gap and how to make the sector more attractive to women.
ETNO ThinkDigital interview - A Bulgarian telco’s perspective on stimulating innovative ideas, local start-ups and getting the EU’s priorities right
Janet Zaharieva, Chief Regulatory Advisor to the Managing Board, Vivacom: “We believe that support for young and ambitious people with good ideas is the cornerstone of a better future for local and global businesses as well as for society as a whole” #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital interview - Transforming Europe into a Digital Economy by giving businesses the tools to invest in the future
Kjell-Morten Johnsen, Executive Vice President and Head of Telenor’s European operations : “I think there is no other power that can save so much time and energy as the internet services whether broadband or mobile” #ThinkDigital
ETNO Think Digital interview – Putting Europe back in the driver’s seat.
David Cantor, Attorney & Advisor, Telecommunications Law & Strategy: “My own feeling is that the only revolutionary way forward, with a real chance of putting Europe back in the driver’s seat, is to repeal the sector ex-ante regulatory framework.” #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital interview – International Law firm Pinsent Masons’ Diane Mullenex on achieving the degree of super-connectivity that the world demands.
Diane Mullenex, French lawyer and UK Solicitor: “Regulation in my view, must not inhibit investment or innovation in the development and deployment of high-speed networks to achieve the degrees of super-connectivity that the world demands” #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital Blog Post: Digital technologies fundamental to our sustainable future
Luis Neves, GeSI Chairman: "With GHG emissions rising and Europe still recovering from the financial crisis, there is an increased sense of urgency for a comprehensive strategy to achieve low-carbon growth. ICT, with its cross-sector role, is central to this approach."
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview – ICANN and the transition of the IANA stewardship: Ensuring a unified, global Internet for all
ETNO’s #ThinkDigital team interviews Jean-Jacques Sahel, Vice-President, Europe at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN): “A successful transition would ensure the continuation of the Internet as a global platform for innovation, by maintaining its open, secure, stable and interoperable nature for all users across the globe."
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview – Net Neutrality, Data Protection and more in the new world of the Internet of Things
Imagine ordering a pizza simply by pushing a button on the door of your fridge - On the occasion of the 2015 edition of the annual “Internet of Things European Summit” in Brussels, ETNO took the opportunity to talk to Francisco J. Jariego, Telefonica’s Director of Industrial IoT (Internet of Things) and Member of the Executive Committee of Telefonica’s I+D (Research & Development).
ETNO ThinkDigital Blog Post: MEP Hökmark’s #ThinkDigital vision of the future
With the publication of the European Commission's Digital Single Market Strategy, MEP Hökmark reiterates his view following the first #ThinkDigital event on 22 April 2015: “It is in our hands to give Europe its strength and leadership back: the more advanced services our networks will allow for, the more businesses will invest in them.”
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview – Aiming for a stronger Europe with less national division
Telekom Austria's CEO Hannes Ametsreiter looks at the changes in the telecom industry and how policy should adapt: “We are no longer just telecommunication providers. We have to transform into digital companies, driving digital business and the lifestyle of the 21st century”
ETNO ThinkDigital interview - Global trade agreements in a fast-changing world
As Chairman of ETNO’s newly formed Trade Working Group and Manager for Latin American Affairs and Trade Policy at Telefónica, David Frautschy Heredia shares his thoughts on trade negotiations and their place in the new Digital landscape: “Trade agreements should incorporate a chapter on the Digital Economy, settling a new scenario of market openness, with equivalent responsibilities and obligations for all market participants” #ThinkDigital
ETNO ThinkDigital Interview - Support entrepreneurship, reform the rules of the past
In this week’s ETNO #ThinkDigital interview, Orange’s Deputy CEO Pierre Louette discusses the digital ecosystem, start-ups and how regulation and policymaking can promote a more innovative and investment-conducive environment.
“Invest in the jobs of the future, drive demand for ICT” - ETNO ThinkDigital interviews Rene Summer of Ericsson
Ericsson’s Director of Government & Industry Relations Rene Summer tells us about the “Networked Society” vision, and why the debates on jobs, copyright and demand-side policies are all linked.
Welcome to ETNO's #ThinkDigital blog which gathers thoughts from Brussels and beyond on key topics surrounding the regulatory developments that are shaping Europe's Digital Future. You can comment on this blog's content via our ETNO Digital Linkedin account.