In May, a selection of quarterly results from some of Europe's largest operators indicated that the tide might be turning in the region's mobile sector. Now, as results for the April-June period start to emerge, the omens still look good as some operators report a return to revenue growth for the first time in some years.
It seems regulators and governments prefer impressive-looking obligation targets which are actually rather easy to achieve, while taking as much money as they possibly can out of the mobile sector in spectrum fees. Instead, it would be better to find ways of keeping more money in the sector by reducing auction transfers so that investments in infrastructure and service quality on a more widespread basis can be increased.
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The GSMA admitted it has yet to appoint a new director general to replace Anne Bouverot, who is stepping down from the role today.
Belgium-based Proximus predicted it will return to growth a year earlier than expected after the operator--which was formerly known as Belgacom--reported a strong set of results for the second quarter of 2015.
Smartphone shipments continued to rise during the second quarter of 2015, but the rate of growth slowed compared to previous years according to separate announcements from analysts at Strategy Analytics and Juniper Research.
French telecoms regulator Arcep authorised SFR and Orange to refarm frequencies in the 1800 MHz frequency band for use with 4G services with effect from May 25, 2016.
Telekom Austria said its Bulgarian mobile subsidiary Mobiltel has agreed to buy 100 per cent of cable operator blizoo Bulgaria from current owner EQT V for an undisclosed price.
The worldwide tablet market declined by 7 per cent year-on-year in the second quarter of 2015 with shipments totalling 44.7 million units.
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