As Germany's operators await the outcome of the European Commission's probe into the planned merger between Telefónica Deutschland and KPN-owned E-Plus, they have been stepping up their efforts to win the hearts and minds of a generation of German subscribers for whom mobile data is now becoming king.
Deutsche Telekom has partnered with Berlin-based Xyo to tap into its smart app search technology, also marking the first time that Xyo has publicly unveiled a tie-up with an operator for app search advertising.
Telefónica revealed that its landmark joint venture with Spanish banks CaixaBank and Banco Santander will be named Yaap, and that the first services will be launched in Spain in a matter of months.
The National Labor Relations Board has consolidated several complaints of labor violations against T-Mobile US and its MetroPCS unit into one national case. The NLRB decision does not yet represent a judgment against T-Mobile but is an escalation of the battle waged by the Communications Workers of America to get T-Mobile workers unionized.
SoftBank is reportedly turning its sights on a possible bid for Vodafone in the face of growing opposition by U.S. regulators to the Japan-based company's desire to merge Sprint with T-Mobile US.
The Slovenian government has finally started the ball rolling on plans to sell its 72.75 per cent stake in Telekom Slovenia by calling for interested parties to submit their expressions of interest by close of business on April 23.
Germany's telecoms regulator wants Telefónica Deutschland and E-Plus to give up some of their spectrum assets if the European Commission approves a planned €8.6 billion ($11.9 billion) acquisition of KPN's German unit, as it fears the merged entity would otherwise have a competitive advantage.
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.
TeliaSonera has completed a field trial of Huawei's G.fast technology, one that enables service providers to theoretically deliver up to 1 Gbps over existing copper loops.
As expected, Telefónica's German unit looks set to encounter objections from European Union (EU) regulators over its €8.55 billion ($11.76 billion) plan to buy and merge with KPN's E-Plus in order to create a formidable rival to Deutsche Telekom and Vodafone Germany.