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Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson ink 5G deal; Spotify, Deezer seek fair competition


* Ericsson AB will deliver 5G-ready network infrastructure to Deutsche Telekom AG in Germany under a five-year agreement, the company said. Ericsson is contracted to modernize Deutsche Telekom's 2G, 3G and 4G network with a 5G-ready multi-standard solution.

* Spotify AB and Deezer SA, together with other European platforms, are urging Brussels to ensure fair competition, arguing that U.S. tech companies, such as Apple Inc. and Inc., are practicing unfair competition that affects other companies, London's The Financial Times reports. The European tech companies said they are disadvantaged when their apps are purchased via Apple's app store, which takes a 30% cut from the subscription fee.


* France and the U.K. have agreed to use bands between 470 MHz and 694 MHz for DTT services in both countries, Telecompaper reports, citing an announcement from France's ANFR. In relation to this, 700 MHz spectrum will be freed up for mobile broadband use.


* The Russian-linked accounts submitted by Twitter Inc. to the parliamentary committee were "completely inadequate," London's The Guardian reports, citing a statement from U.K.'s Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee Chairman Damian Collins. The company has listed only six Russian tweets that were promoted as paid advertisements. Collins explained that it requested a list of Russian-linked accounts and previous posts from such accounts that are connected to the U.K.

* The Irish government has filed a brief to the U.S. supreme court in relation to Microsoft Corp.'s case over U.S. attempts to access the company's stored emails in Dublin, Dublin's The Irish Times reports. Ireland said that the submitted brief is not intended to side either party.

* Subscribers of Vodafone Ireland were unable to send or receive text messages for a number of hours, Dublin's The Independent reports. The issue, which has been said to affect subscribers nationwide, has been resolved, according to a spokesperson of the Vodafone Group Plc unit.


* German marketing company SevenOne Media GmbH AG, part of ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE's portfolio of companies, has announced plans to guarantee viewability for display ads. The company plans to charge advertisers only if at least 50% of their display ads are viewable for at least one second.

* Sven Froberg, current CEO of German sports news agency Sport-Informations-Dienst is joining German sports club VfL Wolfsburg as head of media and communications, reports Sportbuzzer.


* With the support of local authorities and private operators, Prime Minister Edouard Philippe presented measures to bring "good broadband" to 100% of French households by 2020 and "very high speed" broadband by 2022, reports Le Figaro. Urban and peri-urban areas will be 100% fiber covered by 2020 with Orange SA and Altice NV's SFR Group SA firmly committed to these objectives. The "Ardèche Drome Numérique" project, aimed at bringing fiber to 97% of households will receive €147 million in state funding.

* According to Les Echos, Claude Perdriel, owner of the finance magazine Challenges, and Carlos Ghosn, owner of Renault, have announced an alliance. Perdriel has sold 40% of his shares to the car manufacturer about five years after selling French magazine L'Obs to Xavier Niel, Pierre Bergé and Matthieu Pigasse.

* Radio France and ARTE have signed a collaboration agreement that provides for the development of a range of musical content on ARTE-France musique. The platform will feature videos of concerts and online content on both France Musique and ARTE websites, as well as the creation of a new European music festival and interactive digital tools for choral singing.


* Philips Lighting BV announced that its supervisory board will propose the appointment of current KPN NV CEO Eelco Blok as a member of the supervisory board at the annual general meeting of shareholders to be held on May 15, 2018. Blok has been CEO of KPN since 2011 but announced earlier this year he will leave his role in April 2018.

* The radio director of Talpa Radio, Dave Minneboo, has announced he will be leaving the company in March 2018. Minneboo is responsible for the popular radio channels 538, Radio 10, Sky Radio and Radio Veronica.

* The Belgian company be.wan, which supports large small and medium enterprises in their digitization process, has been selected by operator Proximus to integrate its ICT Expert program.

* After an earlier plea from the Dutch minister of Economic Affairs, regulator ACM is also pleading for a free choice of routers when customers take out a subscription with an Internet provider, reports TotaalTV.


* Spotify has moved into a new headquarters in central Stockholm, writes Digital Di. The headquarters is housed in the newly renovated Urban Escape city block and comprises about 20,000 square meters of office space. The annual rent is estimated at 140 million Swedish kronor.

* TDC A/S, Telenor ASA and Telia Co. AB are examining new ways to increase revenues in Denmark, writes Børsen. The telcos, which re-engaged in a price war for TV and mobile subscribers in Denmark, are considering selling customer data to third parties to bolster income.

* Elisa Oyj has launched a 1 Gbps Internet service on its cable-TV network in Finland, the company said. The 1 Gbps offering will initially be available to about 300,000 households.

* Åsa Hedin, a board member in Fingerprint Cards AB, has bought 5,500 shares in the Swedish tech firm, reports Affärsvärlden. The share purchase amounted to about 100,000 Swedish kronor.


* Axel Springer SE units Axel Springer España SA and Business Insider Inc. teamed up to launch a Spanish version of the news website, according to a news release. The planned Spanish version of Business Insider will cover business topics and trends in the Spanish community.

* Mediaset SpA's shareholders will vote on a proposal to reduce the company's maximum seats for the board members to 15, from 21, Reuters reports. The move is anticipated to limit Vivendi SA, the company's investor to only two to three board seats.


* Kino Polska announced plans to acquire the remaining stake of about 30% that it does not yet own in Cable Television Networks & Partners for about 10 million Polish zlotys, Broadband TV News reports. Kino Polska will acquire the remaining stake from Polish cable industry group PIKE, which when completed, will make the company the sole owner of thematic channel Zoom TV.

* Rostelecom PJSC eyes to further invest about 260.4 million Russian rubles in its search engine and browser Sputnik, Telecompaper reports. The Russian operator is looking to further develop Sputnik, which is on its way to function with big data.


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Anne Freier, Amanda Kelly, Charlotte van Hek and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report. The Daily Dose has an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external links may require a subscription.