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.
Telefonica became car maker Tesla's largest connectivity provider in Europe, with a deal to provide machine-to-machine (M2M) communications for the auto company's Model S car.
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.
U.S. programmers and wireless carriers will likely be paying close attention to a pilot test that KPN plans to kick off on March 20 in the Netherlands, where it will use its LTE network to deliver a package of 16 live TV network to subscribers using tablets and smartphones.
Orange immediately struck back against news that Facebook is acquiring over-the-top (OTT) messaging firm WhatsApp, by revealing changes to its Libon messaging application that will open the service to more users and operators.
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.
Ongoing reports and speculation that Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim could next target Telekom Austria in his bid to break into Europe, are causing some anxiety among the operator's workforce, which is now calling for clarity over the issue from its major shareholder, state holding company ÖIAG.
There are four reasons why enterprises purchase Internet of Things (IoT) services from communications operators, all of which hinge on the fact that IoT systems are complex to design, test, implement and run.
KPN signalled a thawing of its relationship with minority shareholder América Móvil, as the Mexican group also indicated it is still interested in the Dutch operator despite lowering its stake this week from 29.8 per cent to 27.1 per cent.
Carlos Slim's América Móvil has big plans for its stake in Telekom Austria and has not invested in the Austrian operator simply to make a fast buck, the company CEO told an Austrian newspaper.