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Spain's OTT tax; Google antitrust complaint; Vodafone's 5G rollout in Ireland

TOP NEWS

* The Spanish government is looking to introduce a regulation that would require streaming companies to pay up to 8% of their revenues on the real number of their subscribers in the country, Advanced Television reports. Streaming companies such as Netflix Inc., HBO and Amazon.com Inc., are reportedly paying a small amount of tax in Spain, deemed disproportionate to their revenues.

* A total of 23 job search portals in Europe, including the U.K.'s Best Jobs Online and Germany's Intermedia and Jobindex, have urged the European Commission to probe Google LLC for antitrust practices involving its job listings tool found on top of its search results, Reuters reports. The sites sought EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager's intervention to temporarily order the Alphabet Inc. to stop playing unfairly while the probe is on.

* Vodafone Ireland Ltd. has rolled out its commercial 5G network in portions of Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford, The Irish Times reports. The Vodafone Group PLC unit is targeting a full rollout of its 5G network across Ireland by end-2020.

UK AND IRELAND

* Facebook Inc. affirmed that it provided consistent evidence to a U.K. parliamentary inquiry on its role in the data scandal involving Cambridge Analytica LLC, Bloomberg News reports, citing the social media giant's letter to the British Parliament. Damian Collins, head of the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Committee of the House of Commons, had said that Facebook provided inconsistent evidence in the probe.

* Mid-market private equity firm LDC (Managers) Ltd. has acquired a minority equity stake in Plimsoll Productions Ltd., in a deal that values the Bristol-based independent production company at about £80 million. Plimsoll specializes in producing natural history content for television.

* The U.K. Health and Social Care Information Centre, which operates as NHS Digital, has tapped Accenture PLC to provide cybersecurity services to hospital trusts and other NHS care organizations, Telecompaper reports. Accenture will use technology from Palo Alto Networks Inc. and IT security firm Imperva Inc. under the contract.

* Fremantle's Vice President of global acquisitions and development, Levina Negi, is leaving the company after a seven-year stint, TBI Vision reports.

* Sports streaming service DAZN named Paul Sexton-Chadwick as its senior vice president of commercial propositions, Rapid TV News reports. He joins DAZN from Sky Ltd. unit Sky Deutschland GmbH, where he most recently led the over-the-top business Sky Ticket.

* Wireless and fiber internet service provider Airband Ltd. has rolled out fiber broadband services in 164 premises across Tedstone Wafre, Herefordshire, Telecompaper reports.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* German classified portal Scout24 AG increased its revenue by 20% to more than €300 million during the first six months of 2019. The group's ordinary operating EBITDA grew 10.9% to €153.9 million.

* Scout24's Head of Finance, Dirk Schmelzer, said the company may buy back shares in the future, Reuters reports. Scout24 could reportedly be buying back shares for another €150 million to €180 million.

FRANCE

* Online companies such as Google, Facebook and Amazon will testify at a U.S. government hearing in the week of Aug. 19, in relation to France's digital services tax, Reuters reports. The companies, through their representative, Jennifer McCloskey, vice president for policy at the Information Technology Industry Council, are expected to offer their rationale about why such a levy would hinder the growth of digital companies.

* Julien Bergeaud was appointed director general of Mediapro's French unit to lead the launch of the broadcaster's new channel for French soccer, starting from the 2020 to 2021 season. Bergeaud served as head of the Discovery Inc./Eurosport Group in France until now.

* VSD magazine was placed in receivership by the Paris Commercial Court, Strategies reports. The measure comes one year after Georges Ghosn acquired the publication from Prisma Média SNC.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* Intelsat SA and Stratosat Datacom (Pty.) Ltd. have teamed up to provide high-speed broadband services to sites across Central Africa. Intelsat's managed connectivity will be integrated with Stratosat's engineering and management services.

* The Dutch Data Protection Authority has approved, in principle, the new code of conduct for industry body Netherlands ICT for the handling of personal data, but does impose the condition that the sector establishes a supervisory body. Organizations that process data of citizens in the Netherlands can join the code of conduct in order to observe concrete rules for data processors.

* A recent malfunction at a Proximus data center in Evere, Belgium, caused problems for professional customers but has been resolved, Techzine reports. Due to the malfunction, the e-health platform, which exchanges patient data and manages electronic doctor's prescriptions, went offline, and other business customers faced connectivity issues.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Telia Co. AB has offered to make additional concessions to the European Commission regarding its bid to acquire Bonnier Broadcasting AB, Dagens Industri reports. The commission is scheduled to announce a final decision on the takeover in November.

* Proact IT Group AB will deliver a cloud-based backup solution to Norway's Coop retailing group under a new contract. The backup solution will be used for Coop's cloud-based Office 365 environment.

* The Oslo Stock Exchange approved the voluntary offer document related to Piano Software BV's acquisition of Cxense ASA. The offer document sets out the terms under which Piano plans to acquire outstanding shares from Cxense's shareholders.

* Telenor ASA has joined forces with NHH and NTNU to enhance digital innovation in Norway. The open-arena collaboration aims to develop new industries and drive digital transformation and innovation.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Portugal's National Communications Authority imposed a €2.6 million fine on NOS SGPS SA for violating rules on ending contracts with subscribers, Telecompaper reports. The company allegedly had 186 violations for refusing contract terminations and for not making contract notice forms available to customers.

* GO PLC is deploying CDN and Origin platforms from Swedish company Edgeware AB, which will allow the Maltese operator to offer multiscreen services.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Russian internet company Yandex NV is in discussions with Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. to introduce its digital assistant Alice into the Chinese company's smartphones, Telecompaper reports, citing Huawei Mobile Services President Alex Zhang's statement to Vedomosti.

* Slovakia is aiming to launch a spectrum auction intended for the 5G network this year, Telecompaper reports, citing sources mentioned by Zive.aktuality.sk. The planned auction may include the 700 MHz and the 1,500 MHz bands.

* Serbia will not commercially launch 5G networks before 2021, despite activating its first 5G test base station in Belgrade in June, Telecompaper reports, citing Regulatory Agency for Electronic Communications and Postal Services Director Vladica Tintor's statement to Blic Biznis. The radio frequency spectrum purpose plan is under consideration by the Ministry of Telecommunications and will then need further approvals.

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FEATURED RESEARCH

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