Deutsche Telekom and Orange reportedly held talks over a mega merger

Reports claim Deutsche Telekom held talks about a mega merger with Orange last year, but the discussions fizzled out with the companies failing to agree on terms. Le Monde claims the German and French telcos, each the biggest player in their respective domestic markets, held talks about a tie-up between May and September 2017, but

89% of UK businesses would consider switching to wireless broadband, says report

Cambridge Broadband Networks (CBNL), a provider of licensed point-to-multipoint (PMP) microwave and millimetre wave, has announced the results of its UK Enterprise Broadband Index. According to the survey findings 89% of UK businesses said they would consider switching to wireless broadband. It also found that many said that poor broadband connectivity has impacted its performance

French presidential candidate declares privacy war on tech giants

French presidential candidate Emmanuel Macron has unleashed his latest campaign promise; to force internet companies to release encrypted messages to intelligence services. Privacy advocates around the world will be on the edge of their seats for the next couple of weeks as Macron’s scare-tactics bring data privacy into the equation. According to the BBC, should

IGAW 2017, speeches of Fabrizio Rauso (Sogei) and Gian Gherardo Calini (GSA)

IGAW 2017 (International GNSS Advances Workshop) is  dedicated to  the evolution of satellite navigation technology   and the new opportunities provided  by the availability of multiple constellations (GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, Beidou).  IGAW 2017 is organised and hosted by Sogei, a company  always  at the forefront of research and development activities  in the delivery and use

EU institutions agree on the WiFi4EU initiative

The European Parliament, the Council and the Commission reached last night a political agreement on the WiFi4EU initiative and its funding which supports installing free public Wi-Fi hotspots in local communities across the EU: in public squares, piazzas, parks, hospitals and other public spaces. As stated by Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, the WiFi4EU initiative will

Telefonica Deutschland promotes COO Haas to CEO

  Markus Haas, the current COO of Telefonica Deutschland, will take over as CEO of the group from 01 January 2017. Haas has been appointed as the successor of Thorsten Dirks, who recently announced plans to join Lufthansa as the head of Eurowings. Haas has held a number of leadership roles since joining Telefonica in


Why Blockchain Is Real And Bitcoin Is A Mirage

In less than a decade, bitcoin has gone from being an obscure curiosity to a household name. Its value has risen — with ups and downs — from almost nothing to $16,000 at the time of writing. Bitcoin’s rise is spectacular. Its price is up almost thirtyfold in the past two years. Currently, the value

ViaSat, Eutelsat in-flight Internet partnership wins European service contract with SAS

ViaSat Inc. (NASDAQ: VSAT) and Eutelsat Communications (NYSE Euronext Paris: ETL) continue to execute on their strategy to deliver high-quality satellite-based Internet connectivity to the commercial airline market in Europe with a new service contract for SAS, Scandinavia’s leading airline. SAS is equipping its short and medium-haul fleet to offer on-board WiFi speeds of at

Internet of Humans – How we would like the internet of the future to be

Bruno Kessler Lecture by Roberto Viola, Director-General for Communications Networks, Content & Technology at the European Commission.   “I am very honoured to be the 2017 Bruno Kessler lecturer and I am also humbled to be following previous talks held in former years by world famous international scholars like Jared Diamond, Marcus du Sautoy, and

Amazon sells off parts of its cloud business in China for $300m

Amazon has sold off hardware from its public cloud business in China to Beijing Sinnett Technology. Amazon signed an agreement in August 2016 to let the Chinese tech firm operate cloud technology and related services provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS) around the Beijing area in China, based on Sinnet’s own internet infrastructure around the


How Customers Find Ideas And Inspiration [INFOGRAPHIC]

What did you do the last time you had to buy something? Who did you turn to for ideas and inspiration? When was the last time you bought something without looking for opinions or reviews? The answer to these questions leads us to the fundamental role that mobile technology plays in our daily decisions, from

Making Europe digitally fit

This article is part of our special report ‘Working’ toward healthy eating. Time is at a premium and many people simply don’t have enough of it to shop, cook and eat healthily. How can new technologies induce change in the eating habits of workers? It can be hard to make the right food choices in

Making Europe digitally fit

This article is part of our special report ‘Working’ toward healthy eating. Time is at a premium and many people simply don’t have enough of it to shop, cook and eat healthily. How can new technologies induce change in the eating habits of workers? It can be hard to make the right food choices in

EP ready to start talks with EU governments on new rules for online TV and radio

More cross-border access to online news and current affairs TV and radio programmes Copyright clearance to be made easier for broadcasters and operators who offer packages of channels Talks with EU governments on new rules that aim to give consumers a wider choice in online TV and radio news can start after the full House

Eu digital summit, the letter by the tech and telecoms industry

The signatories, which represent the tech and telecoms industry as well as start-ups, welcome the upcoming Tallinn Digital Summit. This is a crucial moment for Europe’s heads of state and government to discuss how Europe can fully embrace digital transformation, which is expected to contribute over €1 trillion to Europe’s GDP by 2020.   Dear H.E.

European Commission Proposals Want to Increase the Fight Against Online Piracy

For governments and rights holders alike, the war against online piracy is as serious as it is never-ending. The European Commission is no different, and this week it revealed a new set of proposals designed to protect rights holders from online piracy and counterfeit products – that being said not all of the proposals are

Public consultation on fake news and online disinformation

The consultation will collect views from all parties concerned by fake news across the EU as regard the scope of the problem and the effectiveness of voluntary measures already put in place by industry to prevent the spread of disinformation online. The objective is also to better understand the rationale and possible directions for action