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Ruling looms on Liberty Global's Polish deal; BBC Worldwide bags SVOD content

TOP NEWS

* Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection, or UOKiK, is set to issue its decision on Liberty Global plc's proposed acquisition of Multimedia Polska SA in the first quarter of 2018, Broadband TV News reports, citing Wirtualne Media. The watchdog earlier raised concerns about the deal's potential threats to industry competition in 15 Polish cities.

* BBC Worldwide Ltd. acquired more drama content for its subscription video-on-demand services BBC First and BBC Player in Asia, the British Broadcasting Corp. unit said. Five titles were acquired from All3Media Ltd. unit All3media International Ltd., while another two titles were secured from ITV Plc's ITV Studios Global Entertainment.

UK AND IRELAND

* Amazon.com Inc.'s Prime members on Amazon Channels across the U.K. can now access Eros Now, a digital over-the-top South Asian entertainment platform. Subscription to the Eros International Plc-owned OTT platform will cost £5.99 per month, the company said.

* The British government unveiled plans for a "dramatic improvement" in mobile and Wi-Fi connections for train passengers. Under the plan, passengers will be able to access internet speeds of around 1 Gbps onboard all trains across Britain's railway system by 2025.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* Regional operator Heli Net and public utilities company GSW are planning to launch fiber broadband services in the municipality of Boenen in Germany's North Rhine-Westphalia state, Telecompaper reports. The companies will conduct campaigns to ramp up demand for the services in the first quarter of 2018.

* German operator Deutsche Glasfaser has begun building its fiber optic network at the Nord, Wallau and Im Langewann industrial parks in the city of Hofheim, Telecompaper reports. Companies in the said industrial parks are expected to get broadband access with a 200-Mbps minimum speed by end-April 2018.

FRANCE

* Canal Plus SA's SVOD service Canalplay will no longer be offered via the SFR Group set-top box from Jan. 1, 2018, Univers Freebox reports. Canalplay is still available on Iliad SA's Free, Orange SA, Bouygues Telecom SA and via the myCanal app.

* A petition against a France 2 project to produce a film based on the November 2015 Paris attacks has so far collected more than 30,000 signatures, PureMédias reports. The fictional story is closely tied to the real events in the Bataclan concert hall.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* Tele2 Netherlands will lower 3G upload and download speeds to 2 Mbps, effective Jan. 31, 2018, Tweakers reports, citing a Tele2 customer newsletter. The operator reportedly aims to make available more capacity for improving its 4G network, and plans to use 3G as a backup network.

* Belgian Parliament member Veli Yüksel criticized Proximus and bpost SA/NV, which together employ 1,600 Indian workers, while unemployment is still a large issue in Belgium, Het Nieuwsblad reports. Telecom Minister Alexander De Croo said these companies are free to make their own hiring decisions, while Proximus argues that Belgium simply lacks sufficient skilled IT specialists.

* The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate Policy plans to remove the zero-rating ban from the telecommunications law, and has proposed this in a bill to parliament, Telecompaper reports. The ban, stated in Article 7.4a, was earlier nullified in a Court of Rotterdam verdict regarding T-Mobile Netherlands' data-free music package.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Swedish tech company TalkPool AB said it has won its first large internet of things contract on Haiti. The contract, worth about $3 million, concerns a monitoring solution for all Digicel mobile operators in Haiti. The solution has been developed and is owned by LCC Pakistan, which was recently purchased by Talkpool.

* Ericsson AB said it has teamed up with Verizon Communications Inc. and Qualcomm Inc.'s Qualcomm Technologies Inc. to complete the first successful FDD Massive MIMO trial with a fully compatible customer device. The trial used Ericsson's software on a Qualcomm Snapdragon device on Verizon's network. The Massive MIMO technology is expected to be made commercially available in 2018.

* Danish telecom group TDC A/S is expanding its defenses against cyberattacks, Finans reports. TDC said it will hire 40 new employees to work on security issues.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Orange España is investing €4.5 million to boost its 4G and fiber broadband coverage in the Spanish resort town of Salou, Telecompaper reports. The total amount includes €2.7 million for deploying a fiber network and €1.8 million for a 4G network upgrade in the area.

* Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni said the country's media and telecom antitrust rules may be outdated in relation to global developments in the sector, Reuters reports. Existing rules prohibit a company from having a dominant presence in either the telecom or the media sector, as well as set limits on a company's revenue across the entire telecom industry.

* The Spanish government could hold the auction for the first 5G spectrum in the country in February 2018, Telecompaper reports, citing El Economista. The tender could reportedly include some frequencies in the 3.6-3.8 GHz bands and the 1.5 GHz band.

* Italian telecom regulator Agcom named new members of the supervisory board monitoring Telecom Italia SpA's wholesale network obligations, Telecompaper reports. The board now includes Maurizio Mensi as its new president, with Francesco Sclafani and Gianni Orlandi as new directors.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Magyar Telekom Plc said Károly Salamon, a member of its supervisory board and audit committee, acquired 51,990 shares in the company at 460 Hungarian forints per share. The transaction corresponds to a total price of about 23.92 million forints.

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Anne Freier, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Koen Pijnappels and Esben Svendsen contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external links may require a subscription.