Ericsson said Netherlands-based operator KPN inaugurated a C-RAN small cell in an Amsterdam bus stop that will offer subscribers seamless coverage when moving in and out of the cell's coverage area.
The Belgian mobile market faces significant changes ahead after Mobistar confirmed plans to adopt the Orange brand in future, and the European Commission (EC) conditionally approved a proposed €1.33 billion ($1.48 billion) acquisition of KPN-owned Base Belgium by Liberty Global's Telenet.
KPN CEO Eelco Blok said the operator will focus on increasing consumer revenues and expanding its service offerings during 2016 after it recorded a steep fall in earnings in 2015.
Vodafone and Liberty Global have confirmed that they are in talks over a possible joint venture in the Netherlands.
KPN announced plans to deploy a SIM-based NFC mobile payment service this spring in collaboration with leading Netherlands banking group Rabobank.
Operators across Europe heralded the start of 2016 with reports of surging data traffic and record numbers of texts sent during 2015 and the first hours of the New Year.
A new report revealed Dutch telecoms operators increased revenue from multi-play subscriptions by 7.4 per cent year on year to €933 million ($1 billion) in the third quarter of 2015 as interest in plans that combine three or more telecoms services continues to grow.
Vodafone Netherlands launched legal action against KPN, alleging that anti-competitive behaviour on the part of the incumbent telecoms operator delayed its ability to compete effectively during a crucial period for the Dutch multi-play market.
Orange remained at the centre of takeover speculation this week amid continuing rumours that the France-based company is looking for acquisitions in its domestic market as well as in the wider European market.
Telefónica Deutschland is to formally begin the consolidation of the O2 Germany and E-Plus GSM and 3G networks in January 2016, and also said it plans to enable "joint LTE use" from the middle of next year.