A recent survey of prospective smart watch purchasers found that desired pricing levels are very consistent across all groups, with the largest group of respondents saying they would likely pay $50-$200 (€36-€144) for a smart watch.
Sonera, the Finnish unit of Nordic operator TeliaSonera, has agreed to buy the consumer operations and fixed networks of AinaCom for €47 million ($65 million) in a move that strengthens Sonera's position on the Finnish market.
Smartphones dominated mobile phone device registrations in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in the fourth quarter of 2013, figures from the country's telecoms regulator show.
Vodafone has reportedly reached a preliminary agreement to buy Spanish broadband services provider Ono, although Ono's management board is also said to be moving ahead with plans to list the company until Vodafone makes a firm offer.
The battle for French operator SFR took a new turn over the weekend after Bouygues said it had reached an accord to sell its mobile network and some frequencies to Iliad if its offer to merge Bouygues Telecom with SFR is approved.
At the opening of the CeBIT trade fair in Germany, UK Prime Minister David Cameron announced fresh efforts on 5G research and pledged to pump millions of pounds into the Internet of Things (IoT).
Telecom Italia said it will not pay shareholders a dividend for 2013, even though the Italian incumbent was able to cut its group net loss by €1 billion during the year.
Vodafone announced a new agreement with Volkswagen and Audi in Europe to provide connected car services through embedded global SIM cards, starting with new Audi models from 2015.
The worldwide tablet market is forecast to grow by 19.4 per cent in 2014, down from a growth rate of 51.6 per cent in 2013, according to latest forecasts from IDC. The research company reduced the 2014 forecast by 3.6 per cent from its previous projection.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges has hinted that the company is now well positioned to realise his expansion goals, after the German operator returned to profitability in 2013.
Orange impressed the markets on Thursday with better than expected forecasts for its margin and core profits in 2014, although the French operator emphasised the figures will partly be achieved through continued cost cutting.
After months of speculation and rumour, the battle for SFR has finally begun. Vivendi announced late on Wednesday that it had received binding offers for the French mobile and fixed operator from both Numericable shareholder Altice and the Bouygues group.
According to the GSMA, more than 85,000 visitors from 201 countries attended the 2014 Mobile World Congress trade show, outstripping the 72,000 visitors who attended in 2013. In addition to the 80,000 at the Fira Gran Via, more than 5,000 people participated in a range of partner programs at Fira Montjuïc.
Etisalat said it expects to complete the somewhat drawn-out acquisition of Vivendi's 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom by the end of May, bringing to an end a process that started in the first quarter of 2013.
The second screen space is only a few years old, but the field is developing fast as ownership of smartphones and tablets rises. The lack of standardisation could provide a barrier to entry, however, and regulatory intervention could be required.
MTN Group cashed in on its strong position in growth markets in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) with healthy gains in net profit, subscriber numbers, and revenue in 2013.
Speculation surrounding the possible sale of SFR to a domestic rival reached fever pitch on Wednesday after Vivendi reportedly asked all potential bidders to submit their preliminary offers by 8pm this evening.