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How digital is your country? Europe needs Digital Single Market to boost its digital performance

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Brussels, 18 May 2018 — Today the European Commission is publishing the results of the 2018 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), a tool which monitors the performance of Member States in digital connectivity, digital skills online activity, the digitisation of businesses and digital public services.

According to it, the EU is getting more digital, but progress remains insufficient for Europe to catch up with global leaders and to reduce differences across Member States. This calls for a quick completion of the Digital Single Market and increased investments in digital economy and society.

Andrus Ansip, Vice-President for the Digital Single Market, said:This is a shift, albeit small, in the right digital direction. As a whole, the EU is making progress but not yet enough. In the meantime, other countries and regions around the world are improving faster. This is why we should invest more in digital and also complete the Digital Single Market as soon as possible: to boost Europe’s digital performance, provide first-class connectivity, online public services and a thriving e-commerce sector.”

Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society, said: We look forward to a rapid progress on major reforms such as the European Electronic Communications Code aiming at boosting investments in enhanced connectivity. This year’s Digital Economy and Society Index demonstrates that we must deploy further efforts to tackle lack of digital skills among our citizens. By integrating more digital technologies and equipping them with skills, we will further empower citizens, businesses and public administrations. This is the way to succeed the digital transformation of our societies.

Over the past year, the EU continued to improve its digital performance and the gap between the most and the least digital countries slightly narrowed (from 36 points to 34 points). Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Netherlands scored the highest ratings in DESI 2018 and are among the global leaders in digitalisation. They are followed by Luxembourg, Ireland, the UK, Belgium and Estonia. Ireland, Cyprus and Spain progressed the most (by more than 15 points) over the last four years. However, some other EU countries still have a long way to go and the EU as a whole needs to improve to be competitive on the global stage.

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DESI 2018 shows:

Connectivity has improved, but is insufficient to address fast-growing needs

  • Ultrafast connectivity of at least 100 Mbps is available to 58% of households and the number of subscriptions is rapidly increasing. 15% of homes use ultrafast broadband: this is twice as high as just two years ago and five times higher than in 2013.
  • 80% of European homes are covered by fast broadband with at least 30 Megabits per second (Mbps) (76% last year) and a third (33%) of European households have a subscription (23% increase compared to last year, and 166% compared to 2013).

The number of mobile data subscriptions has increased by 57% since 2013 reach 90 subscriptions per 100 people in the EU. 4G mobile networks cover on average 91% of the EU population (84% last year).

Indicators show that the demand for fast and ultrafast broadband is rapidly increasing, and is expected to further increase in the future. The Commission proposed a reform of EU telecoms rules to meet Europeans’ growing connectivity needs and boost investments.

More and more Europeans use the internet to communicate

The highest increase in the use of internet services is related to telephone and video calls: almost half of Europeans (46%) use the internet to make calls, this is almost a 20% increase compared to last year and more than 40% increase compared to 2013. Other indicators show that 81% of Europeans now go online at least once a week (79% last year).

To increase trust in the online environment, new EU rules on data protection will enter into force on 25 May 2018.

The EU has more digital specialists than before but skills gaps remain

  • The EU improved very little in the number of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) graduates (19.1 graduates per 1000 people aged 20 to 29 years old in 2015, compared to 18.4. in 2013);
  • 43% of Europeans still do not have basic digital skills (44% last year).

Alongside the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition, the Commission has launched the Digital Opportunity Traineeships to tackle the digital skills gap in Europe. The pilot initiative will provide digital traineeships for up to 6,000 students and recent graduates until 2020 in another EU country.

Businesses are more digital, e-commerce is growing slowly

While more and more companies send electronic invoices (18% compared to 10% in 2013) or use social media to engage with customers and partners (21% compared to 15% in 2013), the number of SMEs selling online has been stagnating over the past years (17%).

In order to boost e-commerce in the EU, the Commission has put forward a series of measures from more transparent parcel delivery prices to simpler VAT and digital contract rules. As of 3 December 2018, consumers and companies will be able to find the best deals online across the EU without being discriminated based on their nationality or residence.

Europeans use more public services online

58% of internet users submitting forms to their public administration used the online channel (52% in 2013).

  • 18% of people use online health services.

In April 2018, the Commission adopted initiatives on the re-use of public sector information and on eHealth that will significantly improve cross-border online public services in the EU.

Background

The annual Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) aims to measure the progress of EU Member States towards a digital economy and society. It helps EU countries identify areas requiring priority investments and action. The DESI is also a key tool when analysing digital in the European Semester, which allows EU countries to discuss their economic and budget plans and monitor progress at specific times throughout the year.

This year, both DESI and the more detailed analysis of national digital policies, providing an overview of progress and of policy implementation by Member States (previously called Europe’s Digital Progress Report) are published jointly using the DESI name. A more detailed Telecoms Chapter for each Member State is annexed to the reports. To make better comparison between Member States, DESI also develops cross-country analyses in connectivity, skills, use of the internet, take-up of digital technology by businesses, digital public services, ICT R&D and innovation investment and use of Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme funds by Member States.

The Commission has presented 29 legislative proposals under its Digital Single Market strategy and called, in a recent Communication, the European Parliament and Member States to adopt these proposals by the end of 2018.


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Bethard.com is granted license to operate in Denmark

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“2018 is a truly exciting year for us” – Erik Skarp, CEO

”We are very satisfied to get a green light in Denmark and we look forward to start growing our presence in the Danish market”, said Erik Skarp, co-founder and CEO of Bethard Group. ”2018 is a truly exciting year for us, one in which we are determined to lay a solid foundation for establishing Bethard as Europe’s leading sports betting brand. And we have had a great start. First with the announcement of Zlatan Ibrahimovic’ joining our team, followed by a very successful start in the UK market and a great World Cup. Now the time has come to conquer Denmark”.

Bethard.com is currently licensed in Malta, Denmark and the UK. Applications for a gambling license has been filed in Sweden. Work on a license application for a state license in Schleswig-Holstein in Germany has been initiated. The company is actively seeking licenses in several other markets and expects to have a licensed presence in most key European markets already by 2020.

Bethard will start welcoming Danish players to the site within weeks.

For more information, please contact:


Erik Skarp, co-founder and CEO Bethard Group Ltd
E-mail: erik@bethardgroup.com

Jan Lindow, CMO Bethard Group Ltd
E-mail: media@bethardgroup.com


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1xBet announces sponsorship with the Tottenham Hotspur

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Tottenham has announced a new long-term agreement with 1XBET as its Official Betting Partner for Africa. 1XBET is one of the most visited betting and gaming websites in the world, with over 1,000 available markets.

As part of the partnership, 1XBET will have an in-stadium advertising presence at the Club’s home matches on the LED perimeter system, as well as a presence on the new website and digital channels across the continent.

The Club has 100 million followers across Africa and fully mobilised official Supporters’ Clubs in Ghana, Nigeria and South Africa. To celebrate the launch of the partnership, 1XBET is offering the Club’s fans the opportunity to win a signed shirt if they can successfully predict which Tottenham Hotspur player scores our first goal at home this season.

This is 1XBET’s first partnership in English football following high profile existing relationships with the CAF African Nations Cup and the Nigerian Football Association.

Fran Jones, Head of Partnerships, Tottenham Hotspur, said: “We are delighted to welcome 1XBET to the Tottenham Hotspur partner family and look forward to working with them to engage with and grow our African fan base.”

Eugene Kiryukhin, 1XBET’s Director for Development of International Partners, added: “We are thrilled to sign with Tottenham Hotspur, they have impressed us with their vision for the future, their players, their new stadium and we are committed to helping each other grow in Africa. We look forward to working alongside and supporting them.”


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Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board Reports Table Games Revenue for July

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HARRISBURG, Pa.Aug. 16, 2018 – Figures released and posted today by the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board on its web site, www.gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov, display tables games revenue for July 2018 at $73,820,267 a decrease of 5.2% over July of last year when revenue was $77,855,644.

The Board also reported that when combining July’s table games revenue with the earlier reported July slot machine revenue, total gaming revenue decreased by 3.3% compared to July of last year.

The Board is also reporting total tax revenue from table games play during July in the amount of $11,888,675* with an average of 1,272 tables in daily operation statewide.

Gross table games revenue at each of the casinos for July 2018 and July 2017 along with a similar comparison for total casino gaming revenue are displayed in the following tables:

Casino

July 2018 Table
Games
Revenue

July 2017 Table
Games
Revenue

% Change

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

$21,136,815

$20,616,680

2.52%

Parx Casino

$15,308,027

$15,470,427

-1.05%

SugarHouse Casino

$10,040,595

$9,708,046

3.43%

Rivers Casino

$5,657,336

$5,626,840

0.54%

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack

$4,226,527

$6,014,716

-29.73%

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$3,951,802

$5,099,335

-22.50%

The Meadows Casino

$3,201,602

$3,762,922

-14.92%

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$2,627,085

$3,964,159

-33.73%

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$3,008,576

$2,629,191

14.43%

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

$2,954,506

$3,155,992

-6.38%

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$1,330,964

$1,320,322

0.81%

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin

$376,433

$487,013

-22.71%

Statewide Total

$73,820,267

$77,855,644

-5.18%

 

Casino

July 2018
Total Gaming
Revenue

July 2017
Total Gaming
Revenue

% Change

Parx Casino

$50,019,386

$49,917,524

0.20%

Sands Casino Resort Bethlehem

$46,903,725

$47,060,002

-0.33%

Rivers Casino

$30,061,001

$29,937,226

0.41%

SugarHouse Casino

$24,976,685

$24,610,094

1.49%

The Meadows Casino

$22,090,033

$23,238,992

-4.94%

Harrah’s Philadelphia Casino and Racetrack

$20,834,168

$22,936,616

-9.17%

Hollywood Casino at Penn National Race Course

$20,251,246

$21,774,599

-7.00%

Mohegan Sun Pocono

$19,586,941

$22,568,354

-13.21%

Mount Airy Casino Resort

$17,115,022

$19,813,776

-13.62%

Presque Isle Downs and Casino

$11,958,484

$11,906,194

0.44%

Valley Forge Casino Resort

$10,625,296

$9,889,706

7.44%

Lady Luck Casino Nemacolin

$3,042,265

$3,327,527

-8.57%

Statewide Total

$277,464,252

$286,980,610

-3.32%

*Tax revenue figures reflect amounts generated prior to any adjustments by the PA Department of Revenue

About the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board:

The Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board is tasked to oversee all aspects of the state’s casino industry, along with oversight of new gaming initiatives created through amendments to the Race Horse Development and Gaming Act recently approved by the signing of Act 42 of 2017.

The Commonwealth’s casino industry currently consists of 10 stand-alone and racetrack casinos in operation, along with the two smaller resort casinos.  These facilities collectively employ 17,000 people and annually generate approximately $1.4 billion in tax revenue from slot machine and table games play. The largest portion of that money is used for property tax reduction to all Pennsylvaniahomeowners.

Additional information about both the PGCB’s gaming regulatory efforts and Pennsylvania’s gaming industry can be found at gamingcontrolboard.pa.gov. You can also follow the agency on Twitter by choosing @PAGamingControl.

CONTACTS: Doug Harbach or Richard McGarvey
(717) 346-8321

 

SOURCE Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board


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