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4 February 2021 - Edition no.227
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Europe falls further behind US and Asia in 5G rollout

The Financial Times - 29 JANUARY 2021

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Joint Statement on Strengthening sectoral social dialogue in the services industry: The all-important role of social partners in building a resilient Europe

ETNO - 28 January 2021

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EU charts cybersecurity certification scheme for 5G

Euractiv - 4 February 2021

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Commission lays out arguments in appeal of Apple tax case

Politico - 1 February 2021

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TikTok is the latest target in Italy’s crusade against Big Tech

Politico - 1 February 2021

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Portugal blames COVID-19 for 5G delays, promises progress

Euractiv - 1 February 2021

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At a time in which the EU is striving for digital sovereignty, fresh data shows that Europe is trailing global peers on key network roll-out and digital investment metrics, including on 5G, AI, and network investment. Despite this, Europe shows progress with respect to last year, with more people covered by 5G, innovative services on the rise and the green transition picking up speed. 
The State of Digital Communications Report 2021 shows that significant progress has been made by telcos to improve connectivity: households covered by FTTH are expected to expand from 43% in 2020 to 50% in 2022. When it comes to mobile, the number of citizens covered by at least 1 5G network grew from 12.9% in 2019 to 24.4% in Q3 2020. The total telecom investment in Europe reached €51.7bn in 2019, up from €48.6bn in 2018. 70% of this investment is delivered by ETNO companies. In addition, the telecom sector confirms its significant contribution to the EU economy: the value added by ETNO companies to GDP was €141.5bn in 2019, up from €136.9bn in 2018.
Read the full #StateOfDigi report at the link below.

Harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution | Davos Agenda 2021

Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies driven by artificial intelligence (AI) are expected to fundamentally change the world; in a recent global survey, 63% of CEOs said they believe AI will have a larger impact than the internet. This Leadership Panel examines how industries and governments can work in partnership to unlock the potential of Fourth Industrial Revolution technologies for the benefit of all stakeholders in 2021. 

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Measuring consumer well-being from using zero price digital services: The case of navigation apps and location-based services


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Durability of smartphones: A technical analysis of reliability and repairability aspects


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Facts & Figures

Total number of 4G and 5G connections (excluding M2M) as a percentage of the population, Europe, 2013–2021 (forecast)  

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New #StateOfDigi Report: Europe is behind on key #digital metrics, but #5G and #FTTH roll-out improves compared to last year. We bring you the latest insights from the #telco sector, read the State of Digital Communications 2021 Report out just now:
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Proud to present #HorizonEU, our most ambitious #research & #innovation programme, together with @2021PortugalEU today! Let’s build a #green, #digital and #healthy future for everyone:
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Where does Europe stay in #5G network coverage? What about USA, Japan, or South Korea? #StateOfDigi has the answers and more updated stats:
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New step towards a EU-wide #cybersecurity certification scheme! The Commission has tasked @enisa_eu to prepare certification for #5G networks to reduce technical vulnerabilities of 5G technology! Learn more:
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“Telcos are uniquely equipped to make a profound & lasting impact on one big challenge of today: the climate crisis. #Digitalisation & #connectivity are key instruments for dealing with pressing environmental challenges affecting society at large”, @LiseFuhr opens @EIF4eu debate
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5G and Health > Introduction

Mobile UK - 4 February 2021

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BT announces new Halo 3+ converged home broadband product

telecompaper - 3 February 2021

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Google’s next big Chrome update will rewrite the rules of the web

Wired - 2 February 2021

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Bezos to step down as Amazon’s CEO — but isn't leaving Washington behind

Politico - 2 February 2021

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Chip sales rose 6.5% globally in 2020 after year-end rush

Reuters - 1 February 2021

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Qualcomm Opens New Research and Development Centre in France to Drive 5G Innovation

Qualcomm - 29 January 2021

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The Economist,
1-5 February 2021, Virtual Event

Innovation@Work Virtual Week: Reimagining Leadership, Collaboration and Productivity

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2-4 February 2021, Virtual Event

Cybersecurity Standardization Conference 2021

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Centre on Regulation in europe,
9 February 2021, Virtual Event

Digital Markets Act: Prohibitions and obligations to be imposed

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18 February 2021, Virtual Event

The Digital Services Act: How to address product compliance online?

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Forum Europe,
23-25 February 2021, Virtual Event

the European 5G conference 2021

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