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* French President Emmanuel Macron nominated Atos SE CEO and Chairman Thierry Breton as France's European commissioner, London's Financial Times reports. Following the nomination, the European Parliament's legal affairs committee will look into potential conflicts on Breton's financial and business interests. Breton will also notify of his resignation from his executive roles at Atos, which will take effect Oct. 31.

* Telia Co. AB named Allison Kirkby as its new president and CEO, effective in the second quarter of 2020. Christian Luiga will remain as Telia's acting CEO, while Kirkby is currently the CEO of TDC A/S.

* Nokia Corp. executives said the company is weighing a pullback from bidding on 5G contracts in China amid intense competition that is driving down profit margins for the region. Speaking on an earnings call, CEO Rajeev Suri said it would take years for 5G contracts in China to reach profitability. Given that time frame, the company may opt not to bid on certain contracts.

* The British Broadcasting Corp.'s future hinges on its ability to engage young audiences that are increasingly deserting traditional TV for streaming services, U.K. media regulator Ofcom said. An inability to win back younger viewers could lead to the public shunning the license fee, which funds the majority of the broadcaster's annual budget, Ofcom warned in its second annual report on the leading public service broadcaster.


* HBO is joining the BBC in producing "January 22nd," a 12-episode drama series, TBI Vision reports. The show, which is being produced by Various Artists Ltd. and Falkna Productions, will be aired on BBC One.

* Inc. announced three new renewable energy projects in the U.S. and the U.K. to help its goal of reaching 80% renewable energy by 2024 and becoming completely carbon neutral by 2040. They will supply energy to Amazon's cloud-based Amazon Web Services Inc. data centers.

* Australian hardware company Atomos Ltd. is acquiring U.K.'s Timecode Systems Ltd., according to a news release. The move will allow the companies to work together on developing integrated multicamera workflow solutions.

* Sky Ltd.'s Sky Sports News appointed former Sky News digital output Head Mark Alford as director, Advanced Television reports. Alford will be reporting to Sky Sports Content Executive Director Steve Smith.

* British broadband company Truespeed Communications Ltd. appointed Simon Wall as director of operations, Telecompaper reports. Wall previously was an executive of Liberty Global PLC's Virgin Media.

* British trade association Pact will halt conducting deals with China due to political tensions between the two countries, as well as increasing concerns on China's IP infringement, TBI Vision reports.

* U.K.-headquartered Dialog Semiconductor PLC reported revenues of US$409 million during the third quarter, 2% higher than previously issued guidance. The company expects operating profits to reach $85 million.


* Swiss chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV reported third-quarter net revenues of $2.55 billion. The company's net profit was $302 million, a decrease from its reported net profit of $369 million during the year-ago period.

* Axel Springer SE acquired the remaining shares in real estate software provider Immowelt AG. The group will be merged with Springer's AVIV Group to expand the company's ambitions with real estate portals.

*Atos announced that it will acquire German IT consulting firm X-perion Consulting AG to combine with Atos' fully owned subsidiary ENERGY4U GmbH.

* Telefónica Deutschland Holding AG extended the contracts of five members of its executive board until 2023, reports Telecompaper. Chief Information Officer Guido Eidmann decided not to extend his contract for personal reasons.


* Production and investment company Anton agreed to become a co-investor in distribution rights for TF1 Group SA unit Newen up to €35 million.The deal will include distribution rights for group productions and third-party programs.

* The French Press Alliance, comprising more than 300 regional, national and magazine titles, has filed a complaint against Alphabet Inc. unit Google LLC with the French Competition Authority, reports Le Monde. France is the first country in the EU to apply the European directive on copyright reserved for press.

* Molotov SA's content will be integrated into Altice France SA channels such as BFM TV, BFM Business, BFM Paris, BFM Lyon Métropole, RMC Découverte, RMC Story and i24NEWS, under an agreement between the companies. The content will be free for Molotov's paying subscribers. Altice Europe owns Altice France.

* Orange SA announced the opening of its second digital center in Africa and the Middle East. The Orange Digital Center in Dakar, Senegal, will be the first of its kind in West Africa, bringing together several free strategic programs including digital training, startup acceleration, guidance and investment.

* Iliad's Free launched a new 4G+ box which provides easy ultra-fast Internet access for 4G+ subscribers in non-fiber supported areas. The new plan is available for €29.99/month.

* Ubisoft Entertainment SA decreased its annual profit targets and delayed its blockbuster game releases to the next fiscal year. The company now expects net bookings of approximately €1.45 billion and non-IFRS operating income of between €20 million and €50 million, versus previous targets of net bookings of about €2.19 billion and non-IFRS operating income of about €480 million.


* Belgian operators Proximus, Orange Belgium SA and Telenet are refusing to accept creative proposals to enable the arrival of super-fast 5G networks in Belgium, De Tijd reports, citing Minister of Telecom Philippe De Backer.

* Deutsche Telekom AG unit T-Mobile Netherlands BV will build a series of antenna sites in the North Sea, outside Dutch territorial waters, with the goal of improving mobile accessibility in the busiest and most navigated areas of the North Sea.


* Swedish hosting company Miss Group AB acquired all shares in Ballou Internet Services AB. The purchase deal increases the number of global accounts managed by Miss Group by 13,000 to about 193,000.

* Swedish network security company Clavister AB named Håkan Rippe as CFO, effective Nov. 1, according to a news release.

* Subscribers to Viaplay AB's broadcasting and streaming services rose by 25% in the last year, its parent Nordic Entertainment Group AB said in its third-quarter report.


* The Italian Parliament gave an initial approval to measures that would authorize the government to protect the country's 5G telecom networks from foreign takeovers, Reuters reported. Once ratified, the government will have protective powers on 5G supply deals. Two houses of parliament in Italy have until Nov. 21 to approve the decree.

* Vodafone Group PLC's Greek unit named Khristina Paraskevopoulou as director of commercial operations, replacing Panagiotis Georgiopoulo, Telecompaper reports.

* Telefónica SA's O2 brand in Spain launched its first fiber-only plan for €38 a month, which comes with symmetric 300 Mbps fiber-to-the-home, a landline with unlimited calls to national fixed lines and mobile numbers, Telecompaper reports.


* The Czech Republic intends to continue dealing with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and follow the footsteps of Germany, Reuters reports, citing Pravo's interview with Czech Industry Minister Karel Havlicek. Meanwhile, Estonia "share[s] U.S. worries over security perspective of new 5G technologies," a separate Reuters report said, quoting Estonian Foreign Minister Urmas Reinsalu's statement during a news conference.

* NTV-Plus' over-the-top platform number of paying subscribers increased by about 34% to 74,000 during the quarter, Digital TV Europe reports.

* Russia's OTT service acquired streaming rights for Russian Premier League, European Champions League and Europa League, from Gazprom-Media Holding, Telecompaper reports, citing Kommersant.

* An agreement to expand Orange's international accelerator network for startups to Russia has been signed in Skolkovo, a Russian high-tech business hub. Orange Fab will support business-to-business innovations, supported by Orange Business Services' expertise in Russia.


Hires and Fires Europe: Telecom Italia appoints new chairman; Apple names new Russian unit head: Telecom Italia named Salvatore Rossi its new board chairman, while U.S. tech giant Apple appointed Tatiana Akhmatova country manager and director for Russia.

Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max arrive in LatAm; Amazon Prime Video in Mexico: A number of U.S. streaming services will launch in Latin America from 2020. Amazon is also expanding in the region, with a launch in Mexico and additional original content in Brazil.


Global Multichannel: European service providers ramp up fixed-mobile bundles: Fixed mobile convergence strategies have accelerated over the last decade within the existing subscriber base for all of the large operating groups.


Twitter's Q3 earnings miss due to ad glitch rattles Wall Street: Shares in Twitter cratered after the social media giant attributed its disappointing third-quarter results to a technical glitch on its ad platform, leading several analysts to question how the issue could impact the company's growth prospects.

Intel stock surges on strong Q3 results despite continued supply shortages: Intel's stock climbed in after-market trading Oct. 24 after the company posted better-than-expected earnings for the third quarter, despite continued CPU supply shortages.

Anne Freier, Amanda Kelly, Marieke Pijnappels and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report.

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