With WebRTC, the Skype's no longer the limit

Analysts expect WebRTC will be a market worth $4.7 billion by 2018

Reuters

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - WebRTC, a free browser-based technology, looks set to change the way we communicate and collaborate, up-ending telecoms firms, online chat services like Skype and WhatsApp and remote conferencing on WebEx.

Web Real-Time Communication is a proposed Internet standard that would make audio and video as seamless as browsing text and images is now. Installed as part of the browser, video chatting is just a click away – with no need to download an app or register for a service.

Alleged UK hacking of Belgian telecoms firm was far-reaching

Reports allege GCHQ hacked three employees, able to 'poke around undisturbed'

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Hacking of computers at Belgian telecoms firm Belgacom, alleged to have been carried out by a British spy agency, was more far-reaching than previously thought and went undetected for more than two years, according to reports published on Saturday.

News of the intrusion into Belgacom's networks first broke late last year when Belgium asked Britain, its NATO and European Union partner, to respond to allegations that its intelligence service was responsible.

Vietnam's Viettel nears deal to invest $800 million in Myanmar telecoms

Small minority of the 53M population has a mobile phone in one of the world's 'last telecoms frontiers'

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HANOI/YANGON (Reuters) - Vietnam's Viettel Global and Myanmar's state-backed Yatanarpon Teleport are awaiting approval for an investment of at least $800 million to build Yatanarpon's telecoms infrastructure in Myanmar, officials from both companies said on Friday.

Myanmar - where communications were tightly controlled by the former military junta - is one of the world's last telecoms frontiers, with just a small minority of the 53 million population having a mobile phone.

U.S. manufacturers group opposes stricter Internet regulations

Wednesday's letter illustrates the heated and multifaceted political battle

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. National Association of Manufacturers on Wednesday wrote to congressional and Federal Communications Commission leaders to oppose potential stricter regulations for Internet service providers.

The FCC is working on new rules that would dictate Internet service providers' freedom to manage web traffic on their networks, aiming to ensure that ISPs do not discriminate against any content in ways that could harm competition or consumers.

Internet firms push to be left out of EU cybersecurity law

Lawmakers want law to cover critical sectors such as energy, transport and finance

Reuters

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - Internet companies like Cisco and Google are seeking to be excluded from a new EU cybersecurity law that would force them to adopt tough security measures and report serious security breaches to national authorities.

The so-called Network and Information Security directive is due to be finalised in talks between the European Parliament, the European Commission and member states over the coming weeks.

EU lawmakers want the law to cover only sectors that they consider critical, such as energy, transport and finance.

Service Providers Making Headway on SDN

Common concerns and cautious optimism voiced by carriers at MEF’s GEN14

Software Defined Networking (SDN) technology has offered a little bit of everything for everyone: Hype, promise, and challenges. After many years of the hype, the promise has so far exceeded the productivity for service providers. But that may be about to change.

At the recent Metro Ethernet Forum (MEF) event held in Washington D.C. in late November, GEN14, network operators were given the chance to share their respective outlooks, and discuss the challenges in a public forum.

Telenor and TeliaSonera signal truce with Danish mobile merger

Combined business would be on a par with Denmark's former national telecoms operator TDC

Reuters

OSLO (Reuters) - Norwegian telecoms company Telenor and Sweden's TeliaSonera have agreed to combine their Danish mobile businesses to boost margins in their toughest market.

The plan to put their Danish operations into a 50-50 joint venture, which aims to save 800 million Danish crowns ($133 million) a year by 2019, lifted the share price of both companies and their main rival on investor hopes of an end to cut-throat price competition.

Optinet China Conference & China FTTH Forum

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, June 17, 2015
End Date: 
Thursday, June 18, 2015

China:

As the nation’s premier event for optical communications and networking , OptiNet China offers world-class presentations on issues critical to telecom operators from increasing bandwidth and operational efficiency to lowering costs and achieving greater flexibility, automation and better control of the optical and data layer. An educational program led by the eminent Wei Leping, Director of China Telecom's Science & Technology Committee draws on the knowledge and experience of distinguished experts from around the world. 

China SDN/NFV Conference

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, April 22, 2015
End Date: 
Thursday, April 23, 2015

China:

The 3rd China SDN/NFV Conference allows you to catch up on all the exciting new developments for creating your SDN and NFV strategy, running your SDN and NFV evaluation projects, and other initiatives. Over 700 delegates took part in the inaugural China SDN/NFV Conference in 2013 and more than 900 attended the second event in 2014 which provided a lively forum for discussions, information exchange, and dialogue.

Telecom Council Deep Dive: LTE Advanced

Date
Start Date: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
End Date: 
Wednesday, February 11, 2015

California:

Join 80+ executives for our meeting at LTE-A we will look at the hardware and network technologies that will bring LTE-A to market. We'll also discuss the products, services, user experiences, and lifestyle changes that LTE-A can bring.

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