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Vodafone invests $7.2B in Indian unit; Deutsche Telekom to restructure German ops

TOP NEWS

*Vodafone Group Plc isinvesting $7.2billion in its Indian unit in anticipation of the upcoming spectrum auction inthe country, Reuters reports.The multibillion-dollar fund will allow Vodafone India to carry on with itsinvestments in spectrum and network expansion, according to the report, citingCEO Sunil Sood.

*Deutsche Telekom AG said that it made twoappointments under a reorganization that seeks to merge the different serviceunits of its German operations. The telco named Ferri Abolhassan as director ofservice transformation for Telekom Deutschland GmbH, while Bruno Jacobfeuerbornwill serve as managing director of Deutsche Funkturm GmbH and chief technologyofficer for Deutsche Telekom.

PAN-EUROPEAN

*Amazon.com Inc.'sHandmade at Amazon, an online store offering handmade goods from Europeanartisans, is expanding to Europe, according to a news release. More than 30,000handcrafted items will be available on the store for customers in France,Germany, Italy,Spain, the U.K. and other European countries.

AND IRELAND

*British Telecom is intalks to secure a deal in the £60 million region for a full of YouView, its set-top boxjoint venture with TalkTalkTelecom Group PLC and British broadcasters, The Daily Telegraph of London reports,citing sources. The negotiations reportedly suffered several drawbacks, withTalkTalk and the BritishBroadcasting Corp. pushing for a higher price and guarantees overthe project's future.

*The News Media Association, a group of British newspaper publishers, urged thecountry's government to regulate the activities of online platforms such asAlphabet Inc. unitGoogle Inc. andFacebook Inc. In a statement,the NMA said the government must ensure that online platforms operate within aframework that is "fair, non-abusive and respectful of media plurality."

*British Telecom's infrastructure unit Openreach tappedHuawei Technologies Co.Ltd. and NokiaCorp. to supply equipment for its fiber broadband rollout. The twocompanies will provide switches, modems and cabinet "side pods" insupport of Openreach's goal to extend its fiber network to 10 million Britishpremises by the end of 2020.

*U.K. telecom regulator Ofcom's review of the broadcasting transmission servicesmarket has foundthat Arqiva Ltd. doesnot have significant market power in the provision of network access for bothdigital terrestrial TV as well as analog and digital radio broadcasters. Ofcomsaid that it will remove the regulatory conditions it imposed in 2005 on CrownCastle UK Ltd. and National Transcommunications Ltd., which were merged to formArqiva.

*British Telecom's BT Sport will airthe Sept. 24 Premier League match between Chelsea and Arsenal in virtualreality mode in four EELtd. stores across London. BT Sport is working with VR platformcompany LiveLike to bring the experience to audiences.

,SWITZERLAND AND AUSTRIA

*Rocket Internet, a German tech company specializing in web startups, reducedthe combined loss of the biggest companies narrowed in the first six months of2016 after aggregate revenues rose by 32%, TheWall Street Journal reports.Rocket Internet's adjusted loss before interest, taxes, depreciation andamortization of these companies declined to €210 million, from €300 million inthe same period in 2015.

*Telefónica SA isplanning to sell the data of movement of its customers in Germany to companiesand authorities, Wirtschaftswoche reports.It had planned a similar move three years ago, but decided, after objections ongrounds of data protection, to share this on an anonymous basis.

*Orange SA saidthat it is launching two virtual reality experiences in a new partnership withU.S. startup Wevr. OCS VR is available in October and will enable subscriberswith a VR headset to watch movies and TV shows in a VR environment.

*The TF1 Group saidit will comply with the order issued by the French broadcasting regulator toLCI requiring it to discontinue "cross-promotion" of the LCI channelon the TF1 core channel. TF1 also noted its desire to explore how best tocorrect the "unprecedented competitive situation" caused by publicservice media such as FranceTélévisions SA and Radio France.

*The mayor of Halluin said the city will no longer work with 's SFR to install tohigh-speed broadband in the municipality because of delays, La Voix du Nord reports.A new operator will be appointed in mid-October, with work expected to begin in2017 and be completed in late 2018. SFR confirmed it is building the networkand said delays were caused by the city.

*The media group owned by Matthieu Pigasse is set to announce digital mediaacquisitions focusing on young people and live events, Les Echos reports.Acquisitions are expected to be announced in the next three or four weeks inFrance, the U.K. and the U.S.

, BELGIUM ANDLUXEMBOURG

*Vodafone Nederlandaims to launch its Internet of Things network mid next year but is stillconducting several trials, Telecompaper reports.According to the provider, its network is ready, but its ecosystem is not.

*KPN NV will be thefirst Dutch provider to offer as many as 13 regional channels in HD quality,TotaalTV reports.The HD channels will be accessible from Sept. 27 via the interactive TVservices from KPN and its daughter companies such as XS4All and Telfort.

*Dutch mobile provider Robin Mobile and retailer Primera struck a deal underwhich the SIM card-only subscriptions from Robin Mobile will be exclusivelyoffered by the retailer, Connexie2B2 reports.With the move, the provider is meeting the desire of consumers to quickly andeasily purchase a SIM card.

*Various content providers in the Netherlands, including anti-piracyorganization BREIN and RTL Nederland, launched a new platform that will enableusers to easily search for all available film and series content, Telecompaper reports.Film.nl is a free service consisting of an app and a website, which aredeveloped by digital agency TamTam.

*Online radio station Werken.FM (Working.FM), which attempted to link employersand job seekers through its broadcasting, has been declared bankrupt by thecourt in The Hague, MediaMagazine reports.It is expected that all eight employees of the channel will lose their jobs.

NORDIC COUNTRIES

*Ericsson AB is opento selling off part or possibly all of its manufacturing operations inSweden, SvenskaDagbladet reports.Internal leaked documents suggest that around 3,000 jobs would be affected bysuch a downsizing project at production plants in Borås and Kumla.

*Fingerprint Cards AB is refusing to comment on reports that China's BeijingWatertek Information Technology made a bid to acquire the company in recentmonths, Dagens Industri reports.The offer, which was rejected, is thought to be significantly higher than theSwedish biometric company's present market value.

*Kinnevik AB will investfurther capital into online e-retailer Linio AB, a company that operates inSpanish-speaking markets. Linio raised €50 million in new funding in September2016. Kinnevik, which owns 27% of Linio's shares, will invest €12 million ofthis amount.

*Com Hem said in a statementthat it obtained clearance from the Swedish Competition Authority to acquireBoxer TV-Access AB. Com Hem is buying the digital terrestrial television operator fromstate-owned company Teracom Boxer Group AB.

* Anunnamed investment group in Sweden wants to buy , Dagens Nyheter reports.Stampen's local newspaper publishing business has estimated debts of 2.5billion Swedish kronor. Of the amount, Stampen owes about 384 million kronor tobanks such as Handelsbanken, Nordea and SEB.

SOUTHERN EUROPE

*Netflix Inc.launched a localizedversion of its service in Turkey,offering over 80% of its catalog either dubbed or subtitled in Turkish for pricesstaring 15.99 Turkish lira a month. The company added that it is alreadyworking with local TV maker Vestel and will start a broad partnership withVodafone's Turkish unit in October, according to a statement.

*Mediaset SpA could bewilling to compromise with Vivendi SA to avoid a lengthy legal , Telecompaper reports,citing unnamed sources mentioned by MF Online. The Italian media group couldreportedly lower its valuation of Mediaset Premium, among other measures, toenter a new deal with Vivendi.   

*Vodafone Italia addedthe RealTimes video montage app to its Dropbox Inc.-backed Vodafone Backup+ service,Telecompaper reports.The app selects users' best photos and videos via geolocation, basis of eventsand dates, and turns them into RealTimes Stories for saving and sharing.

EASTERN EUROPE

*Nikolay Ivanov quit his post as CFO of VimpelCom Ltd.'s Russian unit,doing business as Beeline, Telecompaper reports,citing Comnews.ru. Ivanov, who became Beeline's CFO in 2013, will reportedlypursue outside opportunities.

*Polish operator Play added linear channel The QYOU into its over-the-topservice Play NOW, The QYOU announced.The QYOU features commercial-free HD content such as short films, comedy,music, dance and stunts.

*Tricolor TV launchedTricolor City, a new alternative offering aimed at multiple dwelling units andhouseholds that are unable to set up a satellite dish, Digital TV Europe reports.Tricolor City will reportedly feature more than 200 TV and radio channels,including over 30 in HD.

* Anew sports channel from Elements Channel could soon launch in in October, Broadband TV News reports,citing Medialne. Called 213, the channel will reportedly feature 80% sportscontent and 20% local culture.

FEATURED NEWS

: SonyPictures Entertainment is reportedly in final discussions with Dalian WandaGroup for a financing and marketing partnership spanning multiple films, whileVodafone Group is investing $7.2 billion in its Indian unit ahead of thatcountry's spectrum auction.

: With a pair ofstation groups having withdrawn their guidance for the year and spending fromthe Trump campaign yet to materialize in a significant way, projections callingfor stations to realize $3.3 billion in advertising from the political arena in2016 are being revised downward.

: S&P GlobalMarket Intelligence presents a biweekly rundown of executive and board changesin the European media and communications industries.

:S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a weekly rundown of executivechanges in the media and communications industries.

: S&P Global Market Intelligence presents a roundup ofrecent programming announcements from various networks and online videoplatforms, including the return of Comedy Central's "The Meltdown withJonah and Kumail" on Sept. 27 and the cancellation of "Roadies"on Showtime after its first season.

: The nation's largestbrick-and-mortar retailers are looking to e-commerce to help prop up in-storesales, but competing with Amazon.com at its own game has proven a challenge.

FEATURED RESEARCH

Economics of Networks:Scripps Networks Interactive execs still bullish on Travel Channelpotential: Scripps has been one of the strongest independent cablenetwork players. Although it faces the sector's cord-cutting/shavingchallenges, it has done a good job of getting carriage on new VSP platforms andexpanding overseas.

Economics of Networks:The bull and bear arguments for the cable network industry: Both2015 and 2016 have been extremely volatile years in the cable network sector,once considered a bastion in the media world as it's performed well through thelast three recessions.

Global Multichannel: IBC2016 conference: Maturing digital plays typify operator shift inmindset: Pay TV operators are finally coming to grips withdisruptive digital services as a critical testing ground for more engagingcontent experiences.

Economics of Networks:Investors eyeing impact of Olympics on nets not carrying the games inQ3: Due to the Olympics' typical "sucking out" effect,investors will be paying close attention to the Q3 results of the publiclytraded cable network owners.

Amanda Kelly,Charlotte van Hek and Gerard O'Dwyer contributed to this report. The Daily Dosehas an editorial deadline of 7 a.m. London time. Some external links mayrequire a subscription.