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Facebook faces €100M Belgian privacy fine; Liberty Global mulls Swiss unit sale


* Facebook Inc. could face a fine of up to €100 million if it fails to comply with Belgium's privacy laws, Reuters reports. Ruling on a case filed by the Belgian privacy watchdog, a Belgian court ordered the social networking giant to delete all the information it has collected illegally about the country's citizens, including people who did not use Facebook.

* Liberty Global plc is looking to sell off its Swiss subsidiary UPC Schweiz to mobile service providers Salt Mobile SA or Sunrise Communications AG, or to a private equity firm, Neue Zürcher Zeitung reports. The news follows Liberty Global's recent decision to sell off UPC's Austrian unit to Deutsche Telekom AG.


* HBO Europe and Turner Broadcasting System Inc.'s German channel TNT Serie have co-produced six-part original thriller investigative series "Hackerville." The series will air in central Europe, Scandinavia and Spain via HBO Europe, and in Germany, Austria and Switzerland through TNT Serie. Time Warner Inc. owns HBO and Turner.

* European visitors in several Caribbean islands that are part of the Netherlands and France, as well as Guyana, will now be able to access several European streaming services remotely while on holiday or a business trip, Broadband TV News reports. The development came after the enactment of European laws enabling cross-border access to streaming platforms.


* British Broadcasting Corp. unit BBC Worldwide Ltd. struck a deal to distribute its drama series "McMafia" on Chinese IPTV operators OPG and Youku. Swedish national public broadcaster SVT also secured linear broadcast rights to the series.

* Industry group TechUK, which represents tech companies in Britain, has warned against suggestions that the country might want to diverge from EU data protection laws after Brexit. The group said U.K. companies are implementing the EU General Data Protection Regulation, which would help boost "a culture of data trust and confidence."

* The Church of England will allow its buildings and other properties to be used for improving internet connectivity in England's rural communities, following an agreement with the U.K.'s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport as well as the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

* Uber Technologies Inc. will set up a 24-hour hotline for its British customers, after transport officials in London unveiled plans for tighter controls on private transport companies, London's The Guardian reports. The ride-hailing company also pledged to proactively report incidents to police.


* Microsoft Corp.'s Windows 10 programs, which German local, regional and national authorities regularly purchase from the U.S. giant, are fraught with security issues, according to a pan-European journalist research team, Investigate Europe, Heise reports. Germany's Federal Office for Information Security has complained that Microsoft is completely ignoring contentious questions and wants changes made, such as protecting citizens' data from foreign hackers.

* Olaf Schröder will continue as CEO of Constantin Medien AG until Dec. 31, 2021, following the supervisory board's move to extend his term for three years. Schröder has been CEO since August 2017.

* The German United Services Trade Union is demanding a 5.5% pay rise for Deutsche Telekom's 80,000 employees with contracts running for 12 months, Handelsblatt reports. Emphasis is being placed on those in the lower-income brackets to achieve improved pay equality.

* Deutsche Telekom, in collaboration with infrastructure partner Crown Castle, and vRAN solution vendor Altiostar Networks Inc., announced the extension of its Living Edge Lab, an ultralow-latency mobile testbed to three sites at the Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.


* Orange SA cancelled its advertising campaigns on TF1 Group channels, Le Figaro reports, citing a source. The decision was reportedly taken two weeks ago, but it is not yet noticeable to viewers as the contract provides for a four-week advanced notice.

* TF1 Group CEO Gilles Pélisson said the company expects to reach a deal with Orange quickly, Le Journal du Dimanche reports. In the absence of a financial agreement with Orange, TF1 had asked the operator to stop broadcasting its channels, including TF1 (FR), TMC, HD1, and NT1.

* The board of directors of Radio France appointed Jean-Luc Vergne as interim president, Le Figaro reports, citing an internal letter. The interim period will start March 1 until a new president takes office, no later than April 14.

* TF1 Group announced annual results for the year 2017 with revenues of €2.12 billion, up 3% year over year. Net profit was €136.1 million, 3.3x increase higher than €41.7 million in 2016.


* KPN NV expanded its offer of fiber-optic internet subscriptions with a package containing 200 Mbps upload and download speeds for €8.99, TotaalTV reports. Until now, KPN only offered symmetric 100 Mbps and 500 Mbps subscriptions for €4.99 and €12.99, respectively.

* VodafoneZiggo successfully executed an international VoLTE call with Vodafone Germany, Telecompaper reports. The Vodafone Group Plc unit reportedly expects to finish the rollout of VoLTE for Dutch and German customers by end-March.

* VodafoneZiggo plans to soon expand video-on-demand app Ziggo Go with recording and offline watching functionalities, VodafoneZiggo revealed in its quarterly financial overview. No further details were given.


* TDC A/S said U.S. investment company BlackRock Inc. has increased its holdings in the company. BlackRock now owns 5.13% of the total share capital and voting rights in TDC, which recently received an acquisition offer from a group of Danish pension funds.

* Swedish telecom regulator PTS said it is inviting comments on its plans for 5G frequency assignments until March 14. PTS aims to make frequencies in the 3.4-3.8 GHz and 24.25-27.5 GHz bands available for 5G expansion from 2020.

* Finnish operator Elisa Corp. said it has made its first test of its 5G network in a moving car. The company tested two Huawei 5G terminals in a car driving through the Pasila district of Helsinki. The field test reached speeds of 1 Gbps.

* Discovery Communications Inc.'s Discovery Networks Norway AS, which owns Norwegian TV channels like TVNorge, Fem and Max, is worried about the Norwegian government's plans to ban gambling advertising, Dagens Næringsliv reports. In a meeting with the government, Discovery said the TV business stands to lose at least 150 million Norwegian kroner in advertising revenues.


* Grupo Televisa SAB agreed to sell its 19% stake in media group Imagina for about €284 million. The closing and total proceeds to be received are subject to the fulfillment of certain conditions and is expected to take place in the next few months, the company said.

* Spanish soccer league La Liga intends to launch an over-the-top sports channel in August, Advanced Television reports, citing league President Javier Tebas' interview with Expansion. The free streaming channel will include live and on-demand content of various matches and highlights.

* Cellnex Telecom SA CEO Tobias Martinez has been appointed chairman and director, replacing Francisco Reyes, who stepped down, Telecompaper reports. Martinez will continue his responsibilities as CEO while also taking his new roles in the company.

* Iliad SA signed a framework agreement to use about 8,000 sites owned by Cellnex Telecom in Italy, Univers Freebox reports. No launch date has been provided.

* A potential settlement agreement between Vivendi SA and Mediaset SpA is improbable to take place prior to Italy's March 4 national elections, Reuters reports, citing sources. The companies have been entangled in a legal battle after Vivendi withdrew from a deal to acquire Mediaset's pay TV unit Mediaset Premium SpA.

* Turkcell teamed up with Ericsson AB, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd., Samsung Group's Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. and ZTE Corp. for research and development on 5G, Reuters reports. The Turkish telecom operator is currently building its 5G network, CEO Kaan Terzioglu said.

* Production outsourcing company NEP Europe and Media Solutions opened an office in Spain. It will mainly provide support for sports and music events, as well as other live-streaming productions.


* Robert Redeleanu has been appointed CEO of Liberty Global unit UPC Polska LLC, effective April 1, Broadband TV News reports. Redeleanu, currently the CEO of UPC in Hungary and Romania, will replace Frans-Willem de Kloet, who is stepping down by end-February.

* Russia's Federal Antimonopoly Service ruled that Mobile TeleSystems PJSC's advertising campaign for satellite TV services was misleading due to claims that terrestrial services are unreliable and obsolete, Telecompaper reports, citing The Russian operator may face a fine of between 100,000 Russian rubles to 500,000 rubles.


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Daniela Latini, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Koen Pijnappels 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.