A year ago when I hosted a panel discussion on the topic of 5G at the Mobile World Congress 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, my panellists predicted it would likely be at least 2020 before commercial 5G service would be launched and that even in that time frame availability would be limited, at best.
French billionaire and entrepreneur Xavier Niel reportedly approached UK regulator Ofcom to discuss a potential entry to the market by snapping up any mobile infrastructure CK Hutchison relinquishes in its bid to acquire O2 UK.
It's the day we've all been waiting for -- well, some of us, at least: the "new" Nokia is set to start operations on Thursday this week, completing the merger with Alcatel-Lucent and launching combined products and services onto the market.
The wrapping has only just come off the new and shiny year that is 2016, and already Europe's telecoms market is setting the pace for what looks to be another eventful 12 months ahead.
It's not easy to predict what might lie ahead in the mobile sector, and indeed it can at times be foolhardy to do so! But there's little doubt that some of the significant developments this year will continue to be the ones to watch in 2016.
Reviews of the year and forecasts for 2016 are starting to trickle in from analysts and industry alike. For example, CCS Insight and Ericsson took the approach of reviewing some of the consumer buzzwords and trends that have taken root this year and look set to stay with us over the coming months and years.
Shine Technologies' announcement that former Vodafone Europe CEO Philipp Humm is joining its board underscores how mobile ads are becoming an increasingly thorny issue for operators.
For a long time, it was all about data, but now mobile voice is firmly back in operators' sights as they seek to retrieve control of what was their former sole domain. Our recent special report on Wi-Fi calling, for example, explored some of the approaches, from dialler-integrated Wi-Fi calling through to downloadable apps such as Three InTouch and Telefonica's TU Go service.
In our latest special report we look at the approaches being taken by mobile operators in Europe to integrate Wi-Fi calling into their overall service offer. You can read the full report here.
The benefits of mobile money services for the so-called "unbanked" in developing markets across Africa have long been extolled. This week, a Bloomberg article also highlighted how mobile phones could now even be used to help the unbanked obtain loans.