There are opportunities for operators to exploit their biggest assets and maintain average revenue per user, particularly as they roll out LTE services, according to analysts and executives from operators and vendors.
Vodafone has a bumpy history when it comes to acquisitions, with some expensive fallouts from large deals of the past. Renewed efforts to buy fixed and cable operators in Europe may fuel speculation even further (if that's still possible) that a sale of its Verizon Wireless stake is imminent, but the equation for Vodafone is far from simple.
An increasing number of operators are signing partnerships with Fon to deploy Wi-Fi networks that partition a proportion of bandwidth from consumers' fixed broadband line for public use. The results of such partnerships have been promising, particularly in terms of reduced churn for operators. However, certain areas of such partnerships could be extended, and the user experience on the Wi-Fi networks could be improved.
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Siemens has approached private equity companies to discuss a possible sale of Nokia Siemens Networks according to reports in the Wall Street Journal and Reuters, which cited sources close to the matter.
Orange became the second Spanish operator to announce LTE pricing in Spain, as both it and rival operator Vodafone Spain also cut mobile tariffs in an increasingly difficult competitive environment.
Vodafone has raised its preliminary offer for Kabel Deutschland in an effort to fend off a competing bid from Liberty Global, as the two companies look set to enter a bidding war for the German cable operator, according to multiple reports.
The European Union's digital chief, Neelie Kroes, called this week called for the EU to step up its pace on the creation of a single market for telecoms.
Huawei lived up to its earlier smartphone hype by unveiling what it called "the world's slimmest smartphone" and throwing down the gauntlet to the world's leading smartphone makers, Samsung Electronics and Apple.
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