Virgin Group owner Richard Branson is planning to extend the Virgin Mobile brand to the Middle East, and has already submitted a bid for an MVNO licence in Saudi Arabia.
VimpelCom-owned units Wind in Italy and Orascom in Egypt have recently been eyed up by well-known billionaire investors, but the Russian operator has now said Wind is not for sale while Orascom has recommended to its shareholders that they reject an offer made in March by a subsidiary of Russian billionaire Mikhail Fridman's Altimo.
BT could return to the mobile services market with a vengeance next year, after its CEO dropped the strongest hints yet about the future mobile plans of the former UK monopoly.
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.
France Telecom's Orange Spain said it will launch commercial LTE services in six cities on July 8, which means that the operator would just beat rival Yoigo to market after the TeliaSonera subsidiary earlier said it would launch LTE on July 18.
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.
Yoigo said it will offer commercial LTE services to Spanish subscribers starting in July, making the TeliaSonera unit the first operator to provide the advanced mobile services in Spain.
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.
Telecom Italia continues to be dogged by speculation about what it plans to do with its fixed network, although the operator has dismissed talk of a possible listing of the network as "premature," according to Reuters . In a separate development, rumours suggest Naguib Sawiris has expressed interest in re-entering the Italian telecoms market, five months after the failure of his bid for Telecom Italia.