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KPN denies foreign acquisition plans; TIM receives offers for Persidera


* KPN NV said it is not interested in pursuing any foreign takeovers for now, responding to a report that KPN's incoming CEO Maximo Ibarra could target Belgium's Proximus or Denmark's TDC A/S, Reuters reports. According to the telco, they are purely focusing on the Dutch market for now.

* Telecom Italia SpA provided updates on the sale of its broadcasting unit Persidera following a request from Italian securities regulator Consob. The telco said the sale process is in the due diligence phase and Persidera's potential buyers have submitted initial nonbinding offers.


* The European Union said it would file an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in relation to the latter's hearing of the Microsoft Corp. case on requesting access to emails stored on a server outside the U.S. The mentioned emails are held by the company's Irish unit. The European body said that it wanted to ensure that "EU data protection rules on international transfers are correctly understood and taken into account by the U.S. Supreme Court."


* NBCUniversal International Networks Ltd. launched its U.K. channels such as Universal Channel, E! Entertainment Television, SYFY and Movies 24 on British streaming platform TVPlayer, Advanced Television reports. NBCUniversal International Networks is a subsidiary of Comcast Corp.-owned NBCUniversal Media LLC.

* Buzzfeed UK Ltd. is looking to lay off about 45 employees, or one-third of its London staff, after the BuzzFeed Inc. unit failed to meet its revenue targets, London's The Daily Telegraph reports. The job cuts will come mostly from the company's commercial and editorial operations.

* Xilinx Ireland plans to create about 100 jobs in Dublin and Cork as part of the Xilinx Inc. unit's $40 million investment for research and development, as well as engineering work, Dublin's The Irish Times reports.


* German technology company Voith Group has announced strong operational and financial results for 2016 to 2017. Orders rose 6.3% to €4.4 billion, exceeding expectations, while net result climbed to an all-time high of €596 million.

* The Oberlandesgericht court in Munich has directed Telefónica SA unit O2 Germany to not make false statements about competitors when calling customers, Handelsblatt reports. According to court filings, O2 marketers had contacted Deutsche Telekom AG customers and made false claims.

* German broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg expects earnings of about €458.3 million for the coming year as well as expenditures of about €541.5 million, creating an annual shortfall of €83.2 million, according to the company's business plan for 2018.

* German broadcaster Westdeutscher Rundfunk said it is strengthening its video and audio content across its online portal The company plans to restructure its online services for the digital era and improve content consumption on mobile devices.


* Orange SA said it will return to growth in revenue and adjusted EBITDA one year ahead of its Essentials 2020 strategic plan time frame. The operator said it will also exceed its gross savings targets of €3 billion for the 2015-2018 period.

* Orange will focus on upgrading networks rather than content, Reuters reports, citing CEO Stéphane Richard. He said Orange will keep upgrading broadband and mobile networks in its three key markets of France, Spain, and Poland and could seek partnerships with operators for content.

* The European Commission questioned French telecoms regulator ARCEP on the measures taken to control Orange's dominant position in the fiber-optic market, Les Echos reports.


* TV Vlaanderen NV launched its new Belgian TV subscription via antenna in Flanders and Brussels that allows people to access 15 channels via DVB-T2, Het Nieuwsblad reports. The new service, which was announced earlier this year, is distributed via Norkring België NV.'s network.

* Tele2 AB unit Tele2 Netherlands will start terminating accounts of customers who use their SIM card in a router, dongle or laptop, Tweakers reports.

* The Dutch Data Protection Authority has decided that film distributor Dutch Filmworks can collect details such as IP addresses from people who have illegally downloaded films and use them to impose fines, RTLNieuws reports.

* Dutch regulator Authority for Consumers & Markets has informed premium-rate telephone number holders that all holders of such numbers — 0900, 0906 and 0909 — must immediately clarify their services at the beginning of each call.


* Sweden's Stillfront Group AB has acquired German game studio GoodGame Studios for €270 million. The Swedish game production company will pay GoodGame's parent company, Altigi GmbH, €39 million in cash and the rest in shares. GoodGames will operate semiautonomously.

* Finnish mobile data services provider Ukkoverkot Oy said modernizing its 4G network is expected to take between six and 12 months from January 2018. The upgrade was recently contracted to Nokia Corp.

* Swedish telecom regulator Post and Telecom Authority said it has updated its preliminary study for allocation of frequencies in the 700 MHz band and said the band should be assigned to wireless broadband services in publicly available communications networks.


* Sky plc added live La Liga streaming to its over-the-top service in Spain under a deal with the Spanish soccer league, Rapid TV News reports. The deal covers 10 live games of La Liga's second division, La Liga 1|2|3, while the other games will be accessible on demand.

* ZTE Corp.'s Italian unit plans to invest €500 million in the country over the next five years, Telecompaper reports, citing Il Sole 24 Ore. The Chinese company earlier revealed plans to build its European 5G hub in Italy as well as 5G deals with Wind Tre SpA and Enel SpA unit Enel Open Fiber SPA.

* Mediaset SpA Chairman Fedele Confalonieri said he is hoping to resolve the company's dispute with Vivendi SA over their failed pay-TV deal in a court hearing set for Dec. 19, Reuters reports.

* Orange España plans to raise its fiber investment by €2 billion as it aims to reach 16 million premises by 2020, Advanced Television reports.


* Lithuanian operators UAB Bite Lietuva, UAB Tele2 and Telia Lietuva AB each acquired a 33.3% stake in UAB Mobilieji Mokejimai, which is set to introduce a digital payments platform in the Baltic countries. The deals resulted in an increase in Mobilieji Mokejimai's authorized capital to €2.1 million.

* Eutelsat Communications SA denied reports about its supposed plan to roll out a direct-to-home platform in Ukraine, Broadband TV News reports. The company said it does not intend to launch a satellite service in Ukraine since it has a local partner, Xtra TV.

* Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov urged member countries of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to step up cybersecurity-related efforts, Reuters reports. Lavrov also told OSCE countries to stop "wasting breath with unfounded accusations," amid charges of Moscow's involvement in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and a recent string of hacking attacks.

* Antenna Hungária Zrt. is set to reintroduce AMC channels Sport1 and TV Paprika as part of its MinDig TV Extra offer, beginning Jan. 1, 2018, Broadband TV News reports. The move comes after the Hungarian operator sealed a deal with AMC Networks International Central and Northern Europe, a unit of AMC Networks Inc.'s AMC Networks International.


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Anne Freier, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Charlotte van Hek 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.