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Altice USA IPO eyed; Telia completes Phonero deal

TOP NEWS

* Altice NV and its partners are considering selling about 20% of the Altice USA business via an IPO this quarter, Bloomberg News reports, citing sources. Patrick Drahi, founder and controlling shareholder of Altice, is reportedly expected to use the proceeds to fund local acquisitions, including a potential play for Cox Communications Inc.

* Telia Co. AB completed the acquisition of mobile operator Phonero A/S, the company said. The deal was recently approved by Norway's competition authority. The transaction value of the deal is 2.3 billion Norwegian kroner on a cash and debt-free basis.

* Finnish media group Sanoma Corp. confirmed that Talpa Broadcasting will take over its Dutch television business SBS. Talpa will acquire Sanoma's 67% share in SBS for €237 million and thereby achieve full ownership of the SBS6, NET5, SBS9 and Veronica channels.

United Kingdom AND IRELAND

* Samsung Corp. plans to roll out Samsung Pay in the U.K. and Ireland, Dublin's The Irish Times reports. The service will be available in Britain in the summer and in Ireland shortly thereafter.

* Southeast Asian subscription video-on-demand platform iflix and British Broadcasting Corp.'s BBC Worldwide Ltd.. inked a licensing deal covering more than 150 hours of BBC content, according to a news release. The deal will allow iflix, which is set to launch across Sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa, to offer BBC programming such as "Top Gear," "Citizen Khan" and "Luther."

* Irish advertising agency Core Media is back to placing advertisements on YouTube on a limited basis after receiving brand safety assurance from Google Inc., Dublin's Irish Independent reports. The company, which spent €225 million in YouTube ads last year, recently suspended its placements on the online platform over fears of the ads appearing next to extremist content. Alphabet Inc. owns Google.

* Fujitsu Ltd.'s U.K. staff plan to strike in April in protest at the company's job cuts, BBC News reports. The electronics company said in October 2016 that it plans to lay off 1,800 of its 14,000 U.K. staff.

* Welsh public broadcaster S4C is seeking to increase its annual funding by £6 million to provide more Welsh-language content, Broadcast reports. The media company is looking to provide the content across various platforms, such as online video formats, on top of its TV platform.

* Condé Nast International named Edward Enninful as the new editor of the British edition of Vogue, the magazine reports. Enninful, who will take over from Alexandra Shulman on Aug. 1, joins British Vogue from W Magazine, where he is currently fashion and creative director.

GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

* Sky plc's Sky Deutschland GmbH received funding of €500,000 from Medienboard, which supports media projects in the Berlin and Brandenburg region in Germany. The money is intended to fund the media company's Berlin-set series "Acht Tage."

* Axel Springer SE appointed Dietrich von Klaeden to head its public affairs activities in Germany and abroad, according to a press release. Von Klaeden takes over from Christoph Keese, who has taken over other responsibilities within the Axel Springer group.

* Turkcell changed its roaming offer to allow its customers in Germany to also use their data allowances when roaming in Turkey, reports Telecompaper. Deutsche Telekom AG operates Turkcell Europe.

* Swiss telecommunications company Sunrise is expanding its fiber-to-the-home partnership with Zurich electricity company EWC, with the goal to take over operation of 30,000 minimum fiber optic connections on ewz.zürinet by 2025, according to a press release. The deal could mean new residential and business customers for Sunrise.

FRANCE

* Video platform Dailymotion, majority owned by French group Vivendi SA, will relaunch its service in June, largely abandoning its original user-generated content model, Variety reports. Maxime Saada, CEO of both Dailymotion and Canal Plus Group SA, said the new format will focus on news, sports, music and entertainment.

NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG

* Aldi Talk België and Simyo will abandon their activities in Belgium, effective June 6, due to new regulations that require mandatory identity registration for mobile prepaid customers, Tweakers reports. Aldi and Simyo customers will have to switch to other providers.

* Dutch startup Magnitude Space received €1 million growth capital for further development of technologies that should enable global coverage for Internet of Things devices, Nu.nl reports. Cofounder Laurens Groenendijk said the technology is similar to the current LoRa standard but does not need transmission towers, which allows worldwide deployment.

* KPN NV lost an appeal at the Court of Rotterdam regarding a €2 million fine imposed by the Authority for Consumer and Market for anticompetitive practices. The fine comes after the telco failed to inform competitors using the KPN network about the services KPN provides to its customers, De Telegraaf reports. According to the ACM, such information should be shared so that competitors have a fair chance to provide a similar offer.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

* Nordic banks have formed Nordic FinansCERT in a new collaboration to secure digital bank platforms against aggressive online cyber-attacks, reports Digital Di. The cooperation group includes Danske Bank, Nordea, DNB and SpareBank 1.

* Senior Telenor ASA executive Tine Wollebekk will become CEO of Bank Norwegian, reports Nettavisen. The bank's parent, Norwegian Finans Holding, confirmed the hiring. Wollebekk previously served as senior vice president and global head of Telenor financial services.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

* Telecom Italia SpA intends to challenge Enel SpA's broadband venture Enel Open Fiber in providing fiber-to-the-home services to several districts in Milan, Telecompaper reports, citing La Repubblica. The Italian telco struck an initial deal with utility company A2A to connect 100,000 homes in the areas and plans to offer a lower broadband price lower than Open Fiber.

* Spanish broadcaster Mediapro is planning to boost investments in eSports and digital media, content production for the global market, 4K/Ultra HD and expansion to America and Asia in 2017, Digital TV Europe reports. Mediapro revealed the plans as it reported its 2016 earnings, which showed sales of €1.54 billion, up from €1.51 billion in 2015.

* Italian state infrastructure company Infratel will consult with the country's telcos to decide which of the country's "white zones" need support for broadband backhaul networks, Telecompaper reports. The white zones include 718 Italian municipalities under the responsibility of the Ministry of Economic Development.

EASTERN EUROPE

* Telia Lithuania is set to include European cinema TV channel Eurochannel to its pay TV lineup, following a distribution deal between the two companies, Digital TV Europe reports. Subscribers of the Telia unit will be able to access Eurochannel's Lithuanian version as part of the Movie Package and My Package offerings.

* Radio and Television of Montenegro, or RTCG, named Andrijana Kadija as its new director general, Broadband TV News reports. Kadija has been the public broadcaster's acting director general since December 2016.

* Vodafone Group PLc unit Vodafone Czech Republic as is opening its 4G network to mobile virtual network operator SAZKAmobil, Telecompaper reports, citing Mobilenet.cz. SAZKAmobil will introduce 4G services for free this April as part of all its data plans.

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Stefanie Eschenbacher, Sylvia Edwards Davis, Koen Pijnappels 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.