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Fibre upgrade cost traps Britain in cyber slow lane

LONDON, Dec 2 Britons desperate for faster broadband are unlikely to get it from a plan to separate the country's biggest network from BT unless the industry tackles how to pay up to 25 billion pounds ($76 billion) to upgrade to fibre-optic cables.

BRIEF-Spain's Repsol sells 3.06 pct in LNG project in Indonesia

* Sells a 3.06 percent stake in LNG project in Indonesia to BP for capital gains of $26 million Source text for Eikon:

5:21pm GMT

UK telecoms watchdog wants more powers to block M&A post Brexit

LONDON, Dec 2 British regulators should be given wider powers to block mergers, particularly if a company has strategic significance, after the country's exit from the European Union, Sharon White, head of communications watchdog Ofcom said.

Regulatory News 12:17pm GMT

BRIEF-Russia's Rusagro boosts land bank in Far East

* It has acquired 33,000 hectares of land in the Primorye region in the Russian Far East.

9:28am GMT

BRIEF-Russia's Lukoil says to sell diamond mine to Otrkritie for $1.45 bln

* Lukoil says concluded an agreement to sell its 100% stake in Arkhangelskgeoldobycha diamond mine to Otkritie Holding group for $1.45 billion in cash Further company coverage: (Reporting by Christian Lowe)

7:11am GMT

U.S. software group CA buys Austrian peer Automic in 600 mln euro deal

FRANKFURT, Dec 1 U.S. software management group CA Inc said on Thursday it has agreed to buy Austrian business automation firm Automic from private equity group EQT in a 600 million euro ($635 million) deal as it seeks to expand in Europe.

UPDATE 3-Glencore to pay $1 billion dividend in 2017

* New dividend policy for 2018 could add up to $1 billion more (Updates after analyst call, detail on coal hedge)

Company Outlooks, 01 Dec 2016

Deutsche Boerse offers gamers place to trade virtual goods

FRANKFURT, Dec 1 Normally the place to buy or sell shares in Germany's top companies, Deutsche Boerse is launching a new exchange for people to trade virtual goods from video games, tapping into a multi-billion U.S. dollar market.

Regulatory News 01 Dec 2016

Mediaset CEO says to carry on with pay-TV projects without Vivendi

MILAN, Dec 1 Italian broadcaster Mediaset said it will look for other partners for its pay-TV arm after failing to sell the unit to France's Vivendi, adding there was no contact with UK-based rival Sky at present.

Company Outlooks, 01 Dec 2016

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