Only a week after Free Mobile announced it had added LTE to its €19.99 ($27.60) mobile plan for no extra charge, the Iliad-owned operator is now including the high-speed service in its €2-a-month plan, while Bouygues Telecom said it is extending LTE to its entire portfolio at no extra charge.
Telekom Austria became the second Austrian operator in recent weeks to cautiously predict that the price war on the domestic market may soon be over, with the company's CFO now hoping it will stabilise its core profits next year.
There was good and bad news for Orange this week, after revelations from the operator that it faced a €2.15 billion ($2.84 billion) tax payment overshadowed more positive news that the price war on the French mobile market had begun to stabilise.
French operator SFR said it is ready to sell its shares on the market, although Chairman Stephane Roussel also warned that the price war on France's mobile market is far from over.
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.
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.
SFR could be the next operator after Maroc Telecom to face the Vivendi axe, although the French media and telecoms group insisted it is in no rush to sell anything, especially at the wrong price.
France Telecom (FT) said its 2012 profits were heavily impacted by the ongoing price war in its domestic market and writedowns totalling €1.84 billion on some of its units.
Battle-scarred Telekom Austria has warned that revenue will fall this year for the fifth year in a row, but the incumbent fixed and mobile operator declined to give a forecast for earnings this year against the background of a fiercely competitive market.
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