Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges has hinted that the company is now well positioned to realise his expansion goals, after the German operator returned to profitability in 2013.
Orange impressed the markets on Thursday with better than expected forecasts for its margin and core profits in 2014, although the French operator emphasised the figures will partly be achieved through continued cost cutting.
After months of speculation and rumour, the battle for SFR has finally begun. Vivendi announced late on Wednesday that it had received binding offers for the French mobile and fixed operator from both Numericable shareholder Altice and the Bouygues group.
Etisalat said it expects to complete the somewhat drawn-out acquisition of Vivendi's 53 per cent stake in Maroc Telecom by the end of May, bringing to an end a process that started in the first quarter of 2013.
MTN Group cashed in on its strong position in growth markets in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) with healthy gains in net profit, subscriber numbers, and revenue in 2013.
MegaFon's net income nearly halved in the fourth quarter of 2013, blighting an otherwise successful year when sales and operating income increased at Russia's number two operator.
Vodafone said mobile literacy programmes for women could boost economic activity in emerging markets by $3.4 billion (€2.4 billion) per year from 2020, and cut domestic violence in developed countries.
Hutchison Whampoa's 3 Group Europe reported 6 per cent revenue growth in 2013 and also hit a new profit milestone of positive EBITDA less capex for the year, bucking a trend in Europe that has seen operators continuing to suffer from falling revenue and competitive pressures.
Worldwide LTE-related subscriptions reached 229.7 million in 2013, and will continually grow at a CAGR of 43.6 per cent between 2013 and 2019 to exceed 2 billion, according to latest forecasts from ABI Research.
The GSMA reported that more than 85,000 visitors from 201 countries attended the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which it said set another new record. In addition to the more than 80,000 attendees at MWC at Fira Gran Via, more than 5,000 people participated in a range of partner programmes at Fira Montjuïc.