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Qualcomm moves to ban sale of iPhones in Germany; Mediaset, Sky Italia sign deal

OTT Helps To Offset Pay TV Losses for Video Security Vendors

5G Survey: Despite COVID-19 delays, operator roadmaps still lead to 5G

Southeast Asian broadband providers report varying performance amid COVID-19

Cable networks react to pandemic by cutting SG&A, programming costs


Qualcomm moves to ban sale of iPhones in Germany; Mediaset, Sky Italia sign deal

TOP NEWS

* Qualcomm Inc. said it has posted security bonds totaling €1.34 billion to enforce a permanent injunction against Apple Inc.'s iPhones in Germany. The bonds were posted as part of a legal requirement by the District Court of Munich, which on Dec. 20, 2018, banned the sale of iPhones in Germany that were found to have infringed the chipmaker's patented power savings technology used in smartphones. The court also ordered Apple to recall infringing iPhones from third-party resellers in Germany.

* Mediaset SpA's Mediaset Premium channels have been reinstated to Sky Italia SRL's pay TV platform after the Italian broadcaster and the Sky PLC unit entered a distribution agreement in 2018, Digital TV Europe reports. Mediaset's channels have previously been pulled from Sky Italia after the parties failed to agree on fees.

PAN-EUROPEAN

* Google LLC transferred about €19.9 billion to its Bermuda-based affiliate Google Ireland Holdings in 2017, through Google Netherlands Holdings BV, Reuters reports, citing documents filed at the Dutch Chamber of Commerce in December. The move is part of an agreement that allows the Alphabet Inc. unit to cut down its foreign tax bill. The said arrangement that eases up on Google's tax will end on 2020.

UK AND IRELAND

* Apple's international commercial chief Ben King has been appointed as senior vice president of global distribution and business development at Perform Group Ltd.-owned DAZN, Digital TV Europe reports. King's role at DAZN will begin in February, where he will be responsible for the sports streaming service's growth strategy and commercial and distribution partnerships.

* U.K. mobile game developer and publisher Rebellion Developments Ltd. has announced that it has acquired TickTock Games for an undisclosed amount. TickTock Games will become a game studio under Rebellion and will be known as Rebellion North.

* London-headquartered The Internet Group Ltd. acquired IT consultancy company netConsult Ltd. for an undisclosed sum, according to a news release. The purchase was backed by a £6 million investment from private equity firm Business Growth Fund plc. TIG, a managed service provider, will use the investment from BGF to support its organic growth and acquisition strategy, beginning with the acquisition of netConsult.

* U.K.-based mobile commerce company Bango plc announced that it has appointed Carolyn Rand, who has been serving as interim CFO since October 2018, as permanent CFO and member of the board, effective Jan. 1.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* Following the announcement that German electronics fair Cebit was to cease operations in Germany, operating company Deutsche Messe Aktiengesellschaft announced that it would continue to consider a global expansion. Cebit Russia will be held at the Moscow Innovation Center Skolkovo in mid-June, reports Handelsblatt.

FRANCE

* Roaming speeds on Orange SA's 3G network for Free subscribers have been further reduced, ZD Net reports. Under the phase out schedule leading to the termination of the contract in 2020, speeds are now limited to 768 kbit/s download and 384 kbit/s upload, compared to 1Mbit/s and 448kbit/s, respectively. Iliad owns Free.

* The ES1 channel is now available free of charge on Freebox TV, Univers Freebox reports. The French esports channel assembles the leading journalists, experts and personalities in the field.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* Dutch satellite TV provider Canal Digitaal will stop offering channels EDGEsport and eSports TV in February, reports TotaalTV. The change will be applicable to both the operator's linear TV and online offering.

* Create2Fit BV, parent company of the online store Televisiewinkel.nl, has filed for bankruptcy, reports Tweakers. Alongside Televisiewinkel.nl, Create2Fit also owns Koffiediscounter.nl, Barbecueshop.nl, Koffiestore.nl and Sneeuwkettingen.com.

* Dutch radio channel Groot Nieuws Radio will stop its AM broadcasting, reports MediaMagazine. The radio station can only be heard online or via digital cable packages.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Public relations management company Cision Ltd. acquired Danish social media company Falcon.io ApS for an undisclosed sum. Falcon will be integrated with Cision Communications Cloud and will also continue to be offered as a stand-alone social media platform. Falcon's social media marketing capabilities will immediately be made available to Cision customers, according to a news release.

* Shares of InCoax Networks AB were officially listed on the Nasdaq First North Exchange on Jan. 3, reports Dagens Industri. InCoax delivers network access solutions to telecom and broadband service providers.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Spanish operators MásMóvil Ibercom SA and Euskaltel SA will work together to build a pilot 5G network that will enable them to limit their costs in investing in mobile technology, Digital TV Europe reports. The network will be made available to other operators as well, the report said, citing Expansión.

* Portugese broadcaster RTP has ordered cooking show series "Family Food Fight" from Endemol Shine Group's Shine Iberia SLU, TBI Vision reports. The 13-episode series, which will be aired in late January, will be titled "Famílias Frente a Frente" in Portugal.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Belarusian mobile operator velcom ACS has launched its video-on-demand platform called Start, Telecompaper reports. The service, which will be run by Russian company Yellow, Black and White, will focus on Russian films transmitted in Full HD and 4K standard.

* Russia's State Commission on Radio Frequencies has allocated frequencies in the 4,800 MHz to 4,990 MHz and 27.1 GHz to 27.5 GHz bands for pilot areas of 5G services, Telecompaper reports.

FEATURED NEWS

Netflix pulls comedy show episode in Saudi Arabia; iflix exits Africa: Netflix took down an episode of "Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj" in Saudi Arabia, while iflix sold its stake in Kwesé iflix to Econet Global.

FEATURED RESEARCH

Wireless Investor: Global mobile IoT, postpaid and prepaid subscriber trends: Our analysis shows emerging economies suffer single-digit average revenues per user, high prepaid composition and low 4G uptake, while predominantly postpaid Europe and North America are leveraging their networks for advanced services.

Anne Freier, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Charlotte van Hek and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report.

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