With a Dutch CEO, and French and German parents, EE today has a more European than British flavour. That could all change if BT acquires the UK operator: the former UK incumbent entered into exclusive negotiations with EE shareholders Orange and Deutsche Telekom on Monday.
The evolution of mobile networks and services has continued to dominate in 2014 as operators across Europe roll out LTE, LTE Advanced, and Voice over LTE (VoLTE). At the same time, operators, vendors, regulators, standards bodies, and others have been spending an increasing amount of time investigating what 5G will be, and when it is likely to happen.
Whether BT now rues the day it sold O2 is a moot point; it now knows it needs a mobile strategy, and has confirmed it is in "highly preliminary" talks with O2 and one other operator--which Orange and Deutsche Telekom on Wednesday confirmed is EE. If BT does buy O2 or EE, there is a fair chance that its strategy to roll out a small cell network, building what some term as an "inside out" mobile network, may be put on hold.
With some 80 per cent of the population in Africa still not connected to the Internet, the thorny problem of how to get citizens online in some of the most challenging parts of the world was a key topic at the AfricaCom conference in Cape Town last week.
Latest research suggests that smartphones are making us clumsier. According to SquareTrade, our tendency to browse and walk leads to tripping incidents that often cause us to damage our phones and ourselves.
The latest round of third-quarter results has revealed some bright spots in mobile markets that were previously pretty gloomy. In France, for example, Orange performed much better than expected in the three months from July to end-September.
If you take a closer look at the various smartphone and mobile data plans of European operators, you'll see that data sharing--and here I define it as mobile data plans with at least one extra SIM card to share a data bundle between two devices--is now thriving as an increasing number of operators adopt various forms of this pricing and marketing approach.
With what appeared to be a Gallic shrug and a large sniff in the best traditional style, Iliad this week finally abandoned plans to buy T-Mobile US, thus ending a period of intense speculation over what Iliad owner Xavier Niel might offer next for the Deutsche Telekom-owned operator. The question now is: what will Niel and Iliad do next?
Not content with mere quad-play offerings, the two Portuguese operators MEO and NOS have now gone further still: both have now entered the realm of the "quintuple play".