China's Huawei Technologies says 2014 profit likely rose 17 percent

China's 3 carriers built an estimated 1 million 4G towers by end of 2014

Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) - Huawei Technologies Co Ltd likely booked a 17 percent increase in operating profit last year, as worldwide adoption of fourth-generation (4G) mobile technology boosted earnings at China's leading telecommunications equipment maker.

Profit likely reached 33.9 billion yuan ($5.47 billion) to 34.3 billion yuan in 2014, on a roughly 20 percent increase in revenue at 287 billion yuan to 289 billion yuan, the company said on Tuesday in unaudited results.

Obama to propose new laws to protect consumer data, privacy

Congress has long wrestled with how to beef up federal laws to protect consumers

Reuters

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. President Barack Obama on Monday plans to discuss three new proposed laws aimed at protecting Americans and the trail of data they leave on smart phones, computers and other devices.

Congress has long wrestled with how to beef up federal laws to protect consumers and their privacy, a struggle that intensified after hackers stole massive amounts of credit card data from companies like Target and Home Depot.

The White House said Obama will weigh in with his legislative ideas during a speech at the Federal Trade Commission at 11:55 a.m. ET.

U.S. FCC chief's speech seen supporting Obama on net neutrality

Remarks by Wheeler at CES in Las Vegas suggest he leans toward regulating ISPs more strictly

Reuters

LAS VEGAS/WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The top U.S. communications regulator on Wednesday touted a "just and reasonable" standard for policing Internet traffic in remarks seen as the strongest indication yet that he plans to follow President Barack Obama's lead on "net neutrality."

The remarks by Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler at a trade show in Las Vegas appeared to show he was leaning toward regulating Internet service providers more strictly under Title II of the U.S. communications law, as Obama has suggested.

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10th International Conference on ICT for Development, Education and Training

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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
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eLearning Africa is the key networking event for ICT enhanced education and training in Africa. Bringing together high-level policy makers, decision makers and practitioners from education, business and government, eLearning Africa 2015 will take place from 20 - 22 May in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. 

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'

Reuters

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.

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