EE saw the number of its LTE subscribers increase by 1.4 million to 5.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, although it reported flat operating revenue of £1.523 billion (€1.925 billion/$2.448 billion). Including the impact of regulatory cuts, operating revenue was 1.2 per cent lower.
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.
A flotation or possible sale could be back on the agenda for EE after reports said parent companies Deutsche Telekom and Orange have resumed talks about the future of their UK joint venture.
Orange is considering a separation of and initial public offering (IPO) for its operations in Africa and possibly also the Middle East, in what would form part of efforts to also raise funds to strengthen its European business.
Deutsche Telekom and China Mobile have signed an agreement on the creation of a 50:50 joint venture in China that will focus on the development of connected car services and technology.
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".
At least 19 operators worldwide have confirmed they are either trialling or deploying LTE Broadcast, and operators and broadcasters in seven European markets have now publically revealed trials to date.
Orange became the second operator in Europe to sign a direct connectivity supply deal with electric car maker Tesla, with an agreement covering wireless services in France.
Netflix is set to tighten its grip on the French market after Orange's CEO revealed the operator has become the second in the country to sign a direct content distribution deal with the U.S.-based video streaming company.
Consumers are getting savvier about the value of their personal data to businesses and the majority are comfortable with sharing information despite recent furore over personal data privacy, according to latest research.