Telefónica hailed a return to both revenue and core earnings growth in Spain in the first quarter of 2016, with the group's new CEO José María Álvarez-Pallete noting that "for the first time in eight years both OIBDA and revenues are growing simultaneously."
Ovum said the popularity of quad-play services in Europe has been damaging for pure-play mobile operators, which tend to be the smallest operators in their respective markets.
Orange said it plans to acquire a 65 per cent stake in Groupama Banque and establish a new banking service under the name of Orange Bank at the beginning of 2017.
Arcep figures showed that the decline in mobile services revenue that started on the French market in mid-2011 continued throughout 2015, but that the rate of decrease remained on a downward trend.
Orange said it completed the 100 per cent acquisition of Liberia-based mobile operator Cellcom through its subsidiary Orange Côte d'Ivoire less than three months after signing the deal.
Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile are the first of France's four mobile operators to gain authorisation for 4G sites in the 700 MHz spectrum band.
Apple faced a legal challenge to its mobile operator contracts in France that could cost the company nearly €50 million ($56.7 million) in repayments if the claims are accepted by a domestic court.
Orange signalled its intentions to pursue deals in markets outside of France as the operator started to look towards a future that will now not include Bouygues Telecom.
Bouygues Group said its telecoms unit would resume its previous strategy as a standalone operator after talks on a potential merger with Orange finally collapsed before the extended deadline of Apr. 3.
The phrase "alphabet soup" is regularly applied to the telecoms sector-- and with good reason. Now, developments in wireless connectivity options for machine-to-machine (M2M) communications and the Internet of Things (IoT) have unearthed a plethora of new acronyms that are certainly not for the faint hearted.