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Eurobites: Google's Q2 Gouged by EU Mega-Fine

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: online giants pressed on terms of use; Vodafone Germany hails half-gigabit rollout; Arqiva trials FWA with Samsung.

  • The whopping fine imposed on Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) by the European Commission last month for allegedly unfairly favoring its own comparison-shopping service in its search results has taken its toll on the second-quarter results of Alphabet Inc. , the search giant's parent company. As the BBC reports, while profits for the second quarter were a respectable $3.5 billion (on revenues of around $26 billion), they would have been a sight higher without the $2.7 billion fine from Brussels on the balance sheet. Not surprisingly, Alphabet is considering an appeal against the fine. (See Eurobites: EU Fines Google $2.7B Over Shopping Shenanigans.)

  • In related news, the European Commission is leaning on Google, Facebook and Twitter Inc. to amend their user terms, with, Reuters reports, two of the companies submitting amended proposals before the July 20 deadline and a third asking for more time. The user terms in question relate to things such as procedures for the removal of illegal content and the online giants' attempts to limit their liability for what is being posted on their websites.

  • Vodafone Germany is trumpeting progress in its rollout of cable-based 500Mbit/s broadband, with, the operator claims, the half-gigabit service now available in 100 cities, just two weeks after its launch in Munich. According to Vodafone, this equates to 20% of all households covered by its cable network. Prices for the service start at €19.99 a month.

  • Arqiva , the UK-based mobile infrastructure company, has announced that what it describes as the first field trial of 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) technology in Europe is now live in central London. The 5G FWA system is powered by Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. (Korea: SEC)'s 5G network software and CPE, and uses Arqiva's 28GHz millimeer wave (mmWave) spectrum. Arqiva believes 5G will have an important role to play in meeting broadband demand in the UK's capital. (See Arqiva: 5G FWA Can Shine in London.)

  • The Swedish prime minister has branded a data breach that struck one of its own departments in 2015 a "disaster." As the BBC reports, confidential data about military personnel and defense plans were exposed during an outsourcing prodecure carried out by the Transport Agency. The data was being outsourced to IBM Sweden, but the company is not being blamed for the incident.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

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