*Amazon.com Inc.struck a partnershipwith the British government to explore the possibility of delivering parcels usingdrones. A cross-government team permitted the e-commerce giant to explorebeyond line-of-sight operations in rural and suburban areas, sensor performancetesting and multiple drone flights operated by a single person.
*Amazon is planning tolaunch its third-party streaming program in Europe through Amazon Video,Digital TV Europe reports.In a job posting for a senior digital content editor, the company reportedlysaid that it will launch a similar service in Europe, and that the new hirewill ensure that the additional subscription content is "well presentedand promoted across Amazon Video."
*Hans Vestberg is quitting as CEO of Ericsson AB, effective immediately, the companyannounced. Vestberg,who will also exit the company's board of directors, will temporarily bereplaced by Executive Vice President and CFO Jan Frykhammar until a new CEO isappointed. Vestberg is set to receive a severance package of about 28 millionSwedish kronor, Affärsvärlden reports.
*British telecom regulator Ofcom unveiledproposals for an overhaul of British Telecom's infrastructure divisionOpenreach. Ofcom said Openreach will become a legally separate company withinthe BT group with its own board, strategy and annual operating plans. Openreachwill also be required to conduct consultations with customers on large-scaleinvestments.
*British Telecomoffered to appoint anindependent board and chairman for its unit Openreach, in a bid to preventbreaking up the group and to placate rivals, Reuters reports.BT opposes a full separation, claiming that it could invest in new technologyduring the economic downturn by holding Openreach within the group.
*Ofcom may not be able to take over its watchdog role for the until atleast April 2017, three months after the broadcaster's new charter takeseffect. BBC Trust Chairman Rona Fairhead noted the tight deadline for thetransfer of powers, saying they are still working with Ofcom and the governmenton the transition, The Guardian of Londonreports.
*London Stock Exchange-listed investment firm Falcon Acquisitions Ltd. enteredinto a conditional agreement with Internet TV software platform providerQuiptel Hong Kong Ltd. and its parent company, Orbital Multi Media HoldingsCorp., to acquire the two companies in a reverse takeover deal,StockMarketWire.com reports.
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* Inline with the upcoming football season, Axel Springer SE is testing a daily football newspapercalled Fussball Bild, Der Aktionaer reports.The paper, which will be published Monday to Saturday from Aug. 26, willfeature content from the sports department of German tabloid paper Bild.
*Sky Ticket, which replaced Sky Online, offers a more flexible way to accessSky Deutschland GmbHpay TV programs, accordingto a news release posted on Ots.at. The service is based on a subscriptionmodel which costs €9.99 a month.
*German public broadcaster ARD has yet to decide whether to air the 2017 Tour deFrance, after viewing quota similar to the previous year, DWDL reports.Viewer numbers of this year's broadcasts reflect around a 10% market share,according to the report.
*Orange SA andVivendi SA unitCanal Plus SA announcedthe upcoming launch of a joint offering that gives Orange's fiber subscribersfree access to channels from CanalSat Panorama. The offer will be available atthe end of 2016, although details have not been confirmed.
*Intel Corp. employeesand politicians are denouncing the 750 job cuts in France announced in June bythe U.S. tech company, suggesting Intel took advantage of significant researchtax credits to make a profit. The redundancies, which affect 80% of thecompany's workforce in France, have been attributed to lower sales of personalcomputers, Le Figaro reports.
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*Ziggo NV willcompensate pay TV subscribers who missed the July 24 online broadcast of theFormula 1 GP in Hungary due to network issues, TotaalTV reports.A spokesman for the LibertyGlobal plc unit confirmed that about a thousand customers who haveclaimed compensation will be refunded the price of the daily or monthlysubscription they bought.
*Dutch mobile operators, the government and railway operator ProRail are workingon plans to provide mobile coverage in tunnels, Telecompaper reports,citing Sharon Dijksma, secretary for infrastructure and environment. The government and ProRail will facilitate inthe implementation of mobile coverage in tunnels, while mobile operators willtake charge of the actual implementation.
*Vestberg's departure as Ericsson CEO caused the Swedish company's share priceto rise sharply in Stockholm on July 25, reportsDagens Industri. Ericsson's shareprice rose in morning trading by 6% on the strength of news that the company'sboard had dismissed Vestberg, and closed the day's trading by being up by 1.5%.
*Nokia Corp. paid 95IT workers from India, China and Poland monthly salaries of €750 in 2014 and2015, Kauppalehti reports.The salary discrimination, illegal under Finnish law,was uncovered during an investigation of Nokia subsidiaries by the StateAdministrative Agency. The agency issued Nokia a warning.
*Nokia secured a contract to deliver its Cloud Packet Core solutions for useacross Tele2 Group'snetwork in Croatia,Sweden, the Baltic states, Austria, the Netherlands andKazakhstan. Nokia saidit will enable Tele2 to upgrade mobile broadband value and further prepare for 5G.
*21st Century FoxInc.'s Fox Networks Group Turkey promotedCOO Cenk Soner to general manager, in charge of the company's free-to-air andpay TV operations, Digital TV Europe reports.Meanwile, Mehmet Icagasioglu will replace Soner as COO and become senior vicepresident, while continuing to oversee the company's ad sales.
*Telefónica SA cut itsdirect stake in Spanish techgroup Indra to 2.94%, from a previous 3.16%, Telecompaper reports,citing market sources mentioned by Europa Press. Telefónica owns a further3.01% in options at Indra, according to the report.
*Tiscali SpA appointedAlexander Okun as chairman of its board of directors, following company founderRenato Soru's departure in May, Telecompaper reports.The board also greenlit the issuance of an unsecured convertible bond worth amaximum of €18.5 million, for refinancing the company's debt to Rigensis Bankwhich is due by March 2018, according to the report.
*Telecom Italia SpACEO Flavio Cattaneo announced a new redundancy program, which will affect 170of the company's current 648 top executives by 2018, Telecompaper reports,citing Il Sole 24 Ore. The companypreviously said it will lay off about 3,300 workers under its 2016-2018strategic plan.
*Portuguese cable operator is set to launch Nowo, a newmobile telephony brand, Telecompaper reports,citing Publico. Nowo could reportedly be launched in August, aimed atresidential customers, while Cabovisão's sister company ONI will launch aseparate mobile service for business clients.
*Russia's NTV-Plus expanded its partnership with unit ,with the addition of Paramount Channel to its pay portfolio, Digital TV Europe reports.The pay TV operator currently offers Viacom channels MTV, MTV Dance, MTV Rock,MTV Live HD, MTV Hits, VH1, VH1 Classic, Nickelodeon, Nickelodeon HD, Nick Jr.and Paramount Comedy.
*Polishcable operators VectraSA and MultimediaPolska SA secured broadband investment grants under the DigitalPoland initiative, Telecompaper reports,citing Telko.in. Vectra bagged about 7 million Polish zlotys for two projectsin Kartuzy and Elblag, while Multimedia Polska will get 3.6 million zlotys foran undertaking in Podkarpacie.
: China'sinternet regulator ordered online news portals to stop doing their own reporting,while a proposed deal by Baidu CEO Robin Li to buy the Chinese company's videounit iQiyi has collapsed.
: TV is not dying —but the structure that has propped it up for decades is, said a panelist at TheIndependent Show.
: More than two years into Satya Nadella's tenure asMicrosoft's CEO, the executive's mobile-first, cloud-oriented strategy appearsto be paying off.
: Analysts were generally upbeat on Verizon's planned purchaseof Yahoo for $4.83 billion, a price that analysts deemed fair even as someYahoo investors signaled disappointment.
: S&P Global Market Intelligence provides a wrap-up of mediaand communications deal announcements and completions from July 18 to 22.
: Twitterentered into a new digital media rights partnership with Campus Insiders, whileRedbox Automated Retail is testing a potential new transactional digitalvideo-on-demand and "EST" offering.
: Given that the threeDemocratic members of the FCC have already voted to approve the chairman'supdated media ownership rules, Republicans on the commission are running out oftime to make any changes.
: As Theresa May has been installed as the new primeminister of the U.K., S&P Global Market Intelligence looks at a number ofoutstanding bills and legislative measures across the media and communicationslandscape that will be dealt with by May and her new cabinet.
: S&P Global MarketIntelligence provides a wrap-up of European media and communications dealannouncements, completions and updates from July 18 to July 22.
Global Multichannel: Global markets update - Hong Kong, Singapore,U.K., Ireland, Spain, Romania: SNL Kagan has published updatedGlobal Multichannel & Broadband analysis for six markets.
Sprint CEO: Subs 'shouldn't have to pay more' for same networkperformance: Sprint CEO Marcelo Claure told analysts that thecompany's turnaround continues.
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