The issue of coverage versus signal quality was addressed this week by the CEO of Vodafone UK, Jeroen Hoencamp. Perhaps he was attempting to allay any potential concerns that Vodafone is still well behind EE in terms of LTE network coverage, but he made some valid points over the value of consistency when 4G services are actually available.
Bouygues Telecom looks set to face another difficult year after analysts revised previous EBITDA forecasts downwards for 2014 and said they expect to see further declines in earnings in 2015.
France's telecoms regulator Arcep has awarded spectrum in the 1800 MHz frequency band to Free Mobile, which will be able to use the airwaves for the expansion of its LTE network across the country.
Altice CEO Dexter Goei has further stirred up the telecoms market consolidation debate in France after he made it clear that the company would be more than interested in buying Bouygues Telecom.
Bouygues Telecom unveiled a new range of mobile plans that will see the company integrate its low-cost B&YOU plans into its overall offering, and reposition itself on the still highly competitive French market.
Xavier Niel, the founder of France's Iliad and Free, dashed French consolidation hopes by saying he was not interested in buying domestic rival Bouygues Telecom.
It's unclear what T-Mobile US and parent Deutsche Telekom think of Iliad's $15 billion bid for 56.6 percent of T-Mobile, though early indications are that DT likely thinks the price is too low. However, analysts said the benefits from an Iliad deal are difficult to discern at this point.
Iliad's surprise $15 billion bid to purchase a majority stake in T-Mobile US could put more pressure on Sprint and its parent SoftBank to strike a deal sooner than they had expected. Although SoftBank has more financial firepower than Iliad and its rumored bid is seen as stronger than Iliad's, SoftBank could face more regulatory challenges in merging Sprint with T-Mobile, according to financial and industry analysts.
"Who the heck is Iliad?" asked the U.S. version of PC Magazine, and indeed that question is probably still reverberating around a market that is wondering why the maverick billionaire owner of a French operator would want to spend billions of dollars on buying T-Mobile US.
Iliad, the French mobile and Internet company, confirmed it has made a $15 billion bid to purchase a majority stake in T-Mobile US.