* The 3rd Generation Partnership Project, or 3GPP, an industry body that governs cellular standards, approved the first-ever 5G specification at a meeting in Lisbon. Meanwhile, Ericsson AB, Orange SA, Vodafone Group Plc, Qualcomm Inc.'s Qualcomm Technologies Inc. and other companies demonstrated a multivendor interoperability connection that complies with the Non-Standalone 5G NR global 3GPP standard.
* Ericsson appointed Luis Miguel Silva as the executive president of the company's Portuguese unit, effective Jan. 31, 2018, Telecompaper reports, citing Jornal de Negocios. Silva will replace Pedro Queiros who will be leaving the company.
* The European Investment Fund and France's Institut pour le Financement du Cinéma et des Industries Culturelles, agreed to guarantee more than €130 million of loans to support EU-based small and medium-sized enterprises in the cultural and creative industries, the European Commission said.
UK AND IRELAND
* Ireland's Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement asked Independent News & Media PLC Chairman Leslie Buckley to explain who granted security company Trusted Data Solutions UK access to the newspaper publisher's IT system, Dublin's The Irish Times reports. The regulator's inquiry came amid an ongoing probe into Trusted Data Solutions' possible involvement in a suspected data breach at INM.
* Media executive and Iliad SA director Orla Noonan is likely to have provided insights that led to the Xavier Niel-owned company pursuing the acquisition of a majority stake in Irish telco eir Group plc, The Irish Times reports. Noonan happens to be the daughter of former Irish Finance Minister Michael Noonan.
GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA
* Swiss media group Tamedia AG said it has reached a deal to take over Goldbach Group AG for CHF35.50 per share, as part of a strategic partnership. The acquisition also includes Goldbach's subsidiaries such as TV marketing company Goldbach Media (Switzerland) AG and digital advertising marketing company Goldbach Audience (Switzerland) AG.
* The executive board of German media company Constantin Medien AG recommended that shareholders of the company accept the takeover offer made by Highlight Communications AG and Studhalter Investment AG, citing the offer price to be appropriate.
* German broadcaster Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg rejected a Spiegel report that public broadcaster ARD's Infocenter within its main studio would be shut down. Instead, the company plans to modernize the service.
* Vivendi SA unit Canal Plus SA is claiming €44 million in damages from France Télévisions SA, Télérama reports. The claim concerns the program "Vu," headed by presenter Patrick Menais, which was deemed to be a copy of the show "Zapping."
* The Android version of the CanalPlay app is no longer available, Univers Freebox reports. Subscribers can access Canalplay content on mobile devices via the myCanal app.
* Sigfox SA CEO and co-founder Ludovic Le Moan addressed rumors of a shortfall in revenues, Les Echos reports. Lemoan said revenues for the internet of things connectivity company in 2017 will close at about €60 million compared to €32 million in 2016.
NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG
* Belgian Telecom Minister Alexander De Croo said net neutrality will be maintained in Belgium, and that there will be "No Trump" policies, De Morgen reports. De Croo's statements came after Proximus CEO Dominique Leroy commented positively on the U.S. decision to abolish net neutrality, saying it is unfair that small companies and streaming giants like Netflix Inc. are treated equally.
* The Belgian Competition Authority approved De Persgroep NV's takeover of Medialaan, which consists of VTM, Q2, Vitaya, Q-music and JOE fm, De Tijd reports. De Persgroep already owned 50% of Medialaan, and has now successfully acquired the other half from Roularta Media Group NV.
* De Persgroep will lay off 60 employees at the editorial offices of AD, Volkskrant and the regional newspapers in 2018, Villamedia reports, citing De Persgroep's journalism director, Erik van Gruijthuijsen. The reductions will reportedly be compensated with more efficient processes and investments in online activities such as online video.
* Belgian children's channel Studio 100 TV will move to Proximus on Jan. 1, 2018, Proximus said. Proximus and Studio 100 NV also announced they will jointly launch digital platform Studio 100 GO and music channel Studio 100 HITS, and that Proximus will become partner to Studio 100's Plopsa amusement parks.
* Xtera, a sub-sea fiber-optics solutions provider, filed a complaint with the U.S. International Trade Commission against Nokia Corp., including Alcatel-Lucent, and NEC Corp., for alleged infringement of its intellectual property in sub-sea telecommunications systems, the company announced. It is asserting five patents against the two companies.
* Ericsson said it has signed new funding agreements for 5G research. The company signed agreements for credit facilities with the Nordic Investment Bank for $220 million and with AB Svensk Exportkredit for $150 million.
* Norwegian telecom regulator Nkom said it has ordered Telenor ASA to reduce wholesale prices for operators renting access to the company's mobile network from Feb. 1, 2018. Telenor is obliged to give other operators access to its network for a reasonable price, in order to facilitate equal conditions of competition.
* Danish TV distribution company Stofa A/S withdrew from a film project, saying that it will no longer be involved in content production, Mediawatch reports. The documentary film project "Redaktionen" will be shown by TV channel Dk4 instead of Stofa.
* Guovdageainnu Lagasradio, an FM radio station in northern Norway, struck a deal to broadcast 93 hours of BBC World Service English content per week, the British Broadcasting Corp. division said.
* Vodafone Greece and WIND Hellas Telecommunications SA have submitted binding offers to buy CYTA Hellas Telecommunications SA, Telecompaper reports. The submission of offers is part of the second phase of tenders for the Greek unit of Cyprus-based operator CYTA.
* Mediaset SpA acquired exclusive rights to air the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Italy and Spain, Advanced Television reports. The company will provide free-to-air broadcast of all 64 matches of the tournament.
* Iliad is delaying its launch in Italy to the second quarter of 2018 due to issues in building its management team for the regional expansion, Telecompaper reports, citing Il Sole 24 Ore. Iliad founder Xavier Niel earlier intended to launch between November 2017 and January 2018.
* Russian search engine Yandex NV acquired local food-delivery company Foodfox for an undisclosed sum, Bloomberg News reports, citing a company statement. The acquisition is expected to help boost Yandex's joint venture with Uber Technologies Inc. in the country.
* President Vladimir Putin called on local authorities to monitor the social media activities of selected companies during next year's elections, Reuters reports. The planned monitoring is part of Putin's plan to assess the companies' involvement in Russian politics.
* Rostelecom PJSC announced that its unit Bashinformsvyaz PJSC has fully acquired Tvingo Telecom LLC, the major internet service provider in Vladikavkaz. The financial details of the deal remain undisclosed.
* Polsat Media Sp zoo will add eight channels to its lineup beginning January 2018, Telecompaper reports. The Polish broadcaster will add seven channels from ZPR Media SA, following Cyfrowy Polsat SA's acquisition of channels from ZPR, and Viasat's new channel, Epic Drama.
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