Top-performing IoT carriers over the next two to three years will focus on their evolution from providing legacy M2M connectivity services to offering a solution that extends IT-based technologies into operational technology organisations.
The CEO of Telenor's Hungarian business said a new mobile banking service launched in the country provides a boost to the operator's customer experience by providing a new form of banking to consumers.
BT's announcement this week that it has entered into exclusive negotiations with Deutsche Telekom and Orange over a potential acquisition of EE was generally given the thumbs up by analysts and industry players, although one question now being asked is what a successful deal might mean for rival mobile operator O2 UK and its parent company Telefónica.
Ericsson revealed it achieved data rates of 300 Mbps during trials of FDD LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation technology conducted with Orange in October and November.
Belgium-based mobile operator Mobistar has taken its first concrete steps towards resuming sales of fixed-line services with tests of its Internet and digital TV services on cable networks and the recruitment of its first external test users in the Charleroi borough.
Sales of smartphones to end-users grew 20.3 per cent year-on-year to reach 301 million units globally.
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.
BT has entered into exclusive negotiations with Orange and Deutsche Telekom regarding the sale of EE, ending weeks of speculation over whether the former UK incumbent would choose to buy, EE or its rival O2 UK. The purchase price of £12.5 billion (€15.7 billion/$19.6 billion) would be split equally between Orange and Deutsche Telekom.
Telefónica Deutschland intends to put itself on an equal footing with Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Germany by offering the same network quality as its rivals no later than 2017.
Nokia Networks said it completed the first demonstration of TDD-FDD carrier aggregation on a commercial chipset in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region, in conjunction with Saudi Telecom Company (STC).
Vietnam's Viettel Global plans to invest $800 million (€644 million) in building telecoms infrastructure in Myanmar and has confirmed that state-backed Internet service provider Yatanarpon Teleport will be its local partner in the project.
Tele2 set out its LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) rollout targets for the Netherlands and the Baltic States, as the Sweden-based group also unveiled a multi-year investment programme expected to cost around SEK1 billion (€107 million/$132 million) and yield annual savings of SEK1 billion from 2018.
Telefónica's UK mobile operator O2's customer service was ranked best by consumers quizzed by regulator Ofcom in a regular annual survey, although Virgin Mobile was the only operator to show a year-on-year improvement.
While shipments of Android tablets in MEA increased 47 per cent year on year in the third quarter of 2014, iOS and Windows OS both suffered declines over the same period.
Vodafone signed a global agreement with outdoor advertising company JCDecaux to deploy small cells on street furniture and billboards to further enhance its network performance.
Jolla, a start-up Finnish device maker, will seek partnerships with digital content providers and e-commerce players to strengthen its Sailfish operating system (OS) after completing a series-B financing round and smashing its goals for crowd-funding of a new tablet PC.
Ericsson is reportedly about to sign a contract to expand the telecoms network of state-run operator Ethio Telecom, taking a slice of an $800 million (€643 million) contract originally awarded to ZTE.
The number of smartphone users in the UK will grow more slowly than in other Western European countries between 2013 and 2018, figures from digital marketing, media and commerce research company eMarketer show.
European spectrum auctions moved back into the spotlight this week after an Austrian court rejected attempts by T-Mobile Austria to nullify the 2013 auction that raised €2 billion ($2.5 billion) for state coffers, and France said it would allocate frequencies in the 700 MHz band to telecoms operators in 2015.