Germany is preparing for its next major spectrum auction, with the final bidding amount expected to come close to the €4.4 billion raised in the last auction in 2010, according to analysts.
Deutsche Telekom said it is to acquire the 49 per cent of Slovak Telekom it does not already own for €900 million ($1 billion), confirming previous reports that it was the sole bidder for the government-owned stake.
Telefónica Deutschland's CFO Rachel Empey said the merger of the operator with E-Plus not only sparked a wave of other mergers in the European telecoms sector, but also changed the telecoms market in Germany "forever" after bringing together the two smallest players to form a stronger competitor.
Slovakia has scrapped an initial public offering for its 49 per cent stake in Slovak Telekom after it received a higher offer from what reports say is majority shareholder Deutsche Telekom.
BT could submit its plan to buy UK mobile operator EE to regulators as early as this week, formally starting a process that will last several months with a decision expected by the end of March 2016.
EE said it is "firmly on track" to reach 14 million 4G subscribers by the end of the year, although subscriber growth is still not translating into higher revenue figures.
T-Mobile US likely won't have the financial backing of its parent company Deutsche Telekom in next year's incentive auction of 600 MHz broadcast TV spectrum, according to financial analysts at investment bank Macquarie.
FRANKFURT, Germany--The mobile industry has often been criticized for putting technology ahead of what users actually want, but operators and vendors appear to placing significantly more effort on putting users first as they prepare for "5G" networks.
A National Labor Relations Board judge ruled that T-Mobile US' employment practices violated U.S. labor laws by making it difficult for workers to organize and talk about their salaries. After years of complaints from watchdogs, settlements with workers and a push by Communications Workers of America to get T-Mobile workers unionized, the judge's ruling is a major victory for labor advocates and especially the CWA.
Vodafone Germany is demonstrating voice-over-LTE (VoLTE) services on a live network at the CeBIT conference and exhibition in Hanover, Germany this week and said the all-IP technology is now being rolled out across its 4G network, which now covers 70 per cent of the country.