China has finally issued TD-LTE licences to the country's three mobile operators in a move that will reinforce the position of European equipment manufacturers as well as local Chinese vendors that have won lucrative deals to help build next-generation networks there.
Next year will see LTE reach 50 per cent subscriber penetration in multiple European markets, says a new report from Northstream.
Free Mobile, the Iliad-owned enfant terrible of the French mobile market, has reportedly indicated that it would like to join the network-sharing negotiations currently being carried out by rival operators SFR and Bouygues Telecom.
Vodafone is rolling out its Near Feld Communications-based mobile wallet service in Europe, and said this is the first European mobile payment service to be based on the open-standard GlobalPayment platform.
Germany's competition authority is seeking the right to probe the €8.55 billion ($11.5 billion) deal between Telefónica and KPN that would see the two operators merge their respective German units to create the largest operator by customers and provide a stronger rival to Vodafone Germany and Deutsche Telekom.
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Bosses of the UKs four mobile network operators were summoned to meet Prime Minister David Cameron this week as the UK coalition government attempts to prove it is making efforts to bring down the cost of living amid soaring energy prices.
Bouygues Telecom and SFR reported slight improvements in their third-quarter results while Iliad registered a slow-down in subscribers to its Free Mobile service, signalling that France's more established mobile operators may finally be regaining their momentum following a price war that has been ravaging France's mobile market since January 2012.
América Móvil is not planning a hostile takeover bid for Telekom Austria despite the recent failure of its efforts to gain control of Dutch operator KPN, and said it sees itself as a long-term partner for the Austrian operator.
Auctions of spectrum licences for LTE networks are continuing across Europe, with Belgium the latest country to announce the successful issue of licences while the Czech Republic launched a second attempt to allocate frequencies for LTE networks.