* Telecom operator Turkcell Iletisim Hizmetleri AS teamed up with Swedish tech giant Ericsson to perform a 5G speed test in Turkey over a 5G-compatible smartphone. The speed test, which yielded maximum download speeds of 2.283 Gbps, was performed using Turkcell's network and 5G-ready SIM card on the Oppo Reno 5G smartphone.
* The U.K. Football Association will roll out FA Player, a live streaming service dedicated to women's soccer, Advanced Television reports. The over-the-top platform is expected to go live at the start of the 2019-2020 season.
* Towers operator Cellnex Telecom SA acquired part of broadcast operator Broadcast Partner for €40 million, Media Magazine reports. The acquisition mainly includes parts of Broadcast Partner's technical broadcasting operation that support Dutch and Flemish radio stations.
* Ziggo NV revealed that its TV Everywhere app Ziggo Go has about 1.5 million active users, Broadband TV News reports. The app is available in the entire European Union, as well as in Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein, along with selected countries outside Europe.
UK AND IRELAND
* British operators have urged Prime Minister Boris Johnson to take urgent action as part of his demand's to ensure the full rollout of fiber broadband services across the country by 2025, Advanced Television reports. The Internet Services Providers' Association, the Federation of Communications Services and the Independent Networks Cooperative Association want action on reforms to the "fiber tax," and speeding up plans allowing telecom operators to provide broadband in premises where landlords are unresponsive.
* Sky Mobile, the mobile service of Comcast Corp.'s pay TV unit Sky Ltd., unveiled a smartwatch for children. Dubbed SPACETALK Kid's Watch, the smart device combines the features of a smartphone, a GPS tracker and a watch.
* Irish technology company Taoglas Ltd. acquired Dublin-based peer Firmwave Ltd. for an undisclosed sum, Dublin's The Irish Times reports. Firmwave focuses on developing internet of things and artificial intelligence-based machine learning solutions for companies such as Vodafone Group PLC.
* A total of 13.3 million or about 47% of U.K. households are already subscribed to streaming service such as Netflix Inc. in 2019, according to the latest figures by British media and telecom regulator Ofcom. Meanwhile, public broadcasters such as the British Broadcasting Corp. have aired 100 times more original content than their streaming rivals.
GERMANY, SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA
* German streaming app Joyn announced Aug. 6 that its app has been installed more than 2.4 million times since it launched 50 days ago. The Joyn app reached 3.8 million users per month, marking an increase of 380% compared to its predecessor 7TV.
* FreeTéléc, a remote control app for Free's set-top device Freebox, has been updated with new buttons, Univers Freebox reports. The update is being rolled out on Google LLC's Play store and also offers improvements in stability. Iliad SA owns Free.
* France Télévisions SA unveiled details of its offers for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, CB News reports. The offers will be broadcast in full on all France Télévisions channels from July 24, 2020, to Aug. 9, 2020, while 49 direct streams will be exclusively broadcast on France.tv.
NETHERLANDS, BELGIUM AND LUXEMBOURG
* VEON unit VEON Holdings BV's mandatory offer to purchase up to 1,997,639,608 shares of Global Telecom Holding SAE, representing about 42.31% of GTH's issued shares, expired Aug. 6. The company said an aggregate number of shares validly tendered and accepted for purchase and not validly withdrawn was 1,914,322,110 shares.
* Ziggo will shut down its analog services in the Eindhoven region Sept. 23, Telecompaper reports. The scheduled shutdown is in line with the Dutch operator's switch to digital services.
* The Siri fragments that Belgian company GlobeTech listened to on behalf of Apple Inc. to improve the voice assistant were not as anonymous as the company suggests, Dutch privacy experts told NU.nl. As Apple shared additional data with the analysts, analysts could reportedly link the excerpts to specific users.
* SmartOptics AS has launched a new series of transceivers linked to an open line system for 32G Fibre Channel SAN applications. The new transceivers can be used with passive filters to extend the reach up to 80 kilometers between data centers.
* Ericsson finished pilot tests on a private cellular network for Elisa Oyj in Finland. The pilot tests, which ran from January to June, used a prepackaged Ericsson Private Network solution that included Router 6000 and Radio Dot System for indoor coverage.
* Italian broadcasters Rai and Mediaset SpA should work together to form a content platform that would rival global players such as Netflix, Digital TV Europe reports, citing La Stampa's interview with Antonio Campo Dall'Orto, Rai's former director general.
* Mediapro appointed Juliana Barrera the head of content at the Spanish broadcaster's recently opened office in Colombia, TBI Vision reports.
* Italy's Ministry of Economic Development is allocating €5 million for 5G projects related to blockchain, artificial intelligence and the internet of things, Telecompaper reports.
* SPI International Inc./FilmBox launched Timeless Drama Channel in Romania through UPC Romania. The Turkish drama channel will be offered with Romanian subtitles.
* A new channel, Premier Sport HD, is launching in the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Aug. 9, Broadband TV News reports. The channel will be available in the Czech Republic through T-Mobile Czech Republic as, DIGI Czech Republic sro's Digi TV and O2 Czech Republic as. Meanwhile, it will be available in Slovakia through Slovak Telekom, Digi Slovakia sro and Orange Slovensko as. Deutsche Telekom AG owns T-Mobile, while Orange SA owns Orange Slovensko.
* Poland's Office of Competition and Consumer Protection will look into the details of granting rebroadcasting rights in the country due to indications of irregularities, Broadband TV News reports, citing Wirtualne Media. The regulator intends to launch investigations against companies that may be restricting competition in the country.
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Anne Freier, Amanda Kelly, Marieke Pijnappels and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report.
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