Vodafone Group reported what is being described as its biggest ever fall in full-year sales, as the operator also said it was happy with its Verizon Wireless stake and would reinvest the latest Verizon dividend payment of $3.2 billion to counter weaknesses in Southern Europe.
The mobile price war in France continues to have its winners and losers, with both Vivendi and Bouygues Telecom reporting worsening profits in the first quarter as Iliad boasted that its mobile revenue tripled in the same period.
Kuwaiti mobile operator Zain said its first-quarter net profits fell by 27 per cent, and blamed a steep devaluation in the Sudanese pound and loss-making unit Zain Saudi for the decline.
Two of Europe's largest operators reported lower sales in the first quarter of 2013, reflecting the weak European economy and fierce competition in their respective home markets.
Telekom Austria said its earnings fell by 7.1 per cent in the first quarter due to price pressure in its key markets of Austria, Bulgaria and Croatia, and said mobile services competition in the Austrian market will remain fierce despite the recent market consolidation.
Belgacom said its net income in the first quarter declined by to €171 million, down from €199 million in the year-ago quarter, and the company partly blamed regulatory pressures on its mobile business for the decrease.
Telefónica's O2 Germany said "challenging market conditions" were responsible for a decline in wireless service revenue and earnings in the first quarter, although the operator was able to report growth in revenue from wireless data services.
Etisalat reported flat first-quarter profit and weaker margins, as the Dubai-based company was widely reported to be on the brink of offering to buy Vivendi's stake in Maroc Telecom.
France Telecom is putting its hopes into new LTE services as the fixed and mobile operator continues to suffer from the ongoing cutthroat competition in its home mobile market.
Ericsson reported a bigger decline in profit than analysts expected in the first quarter of 2013, but the Swedish equipment manufacturer said the quarter was in line with its own expectations and expects softer areas of development to balance out over the year.