The fledgling LoRa Alliance is shoring up some significant backing, with the Dutch telco KPN promising to introduce LoRa devices later this year.
In this overview of 2014, we have focused on five key trends: fixed-mobile convergence and quad-play; mergers and acquisitions; "5G;" connected cars; and the resurgence of European device manufacturers. The reasons for focusing on these five areas and the news that shaped them are probably obvious to anyone who has been following the industry closely this year.
BASE Belgium plans to stop marketing fixed services on the Belgian market at the end of June 2015 because it believes it is no longer economically feasible to continue with the service.
Belgium-based mobile operator Mobistar has taken its first concrete steps towards resuming sales of fixed-line services with tests of its Internet and digital TV services on cable networks and the recruitment of its first external test users in the Charleroi borough.
Telefónica Deutschland has agreed to sell yourfone, the secondary brand launched by E-Plus in April 2012, to its mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) partner Drillisch, but stressed that it does not intend to sell any further customers after its merger with E-Plus.
Telefónica's net income and revenues fell in the first nine months as the Spanish operator continues its strategy of acquisition and sell-offs to focus on key European and Latin American markets.
ZTE revealed further progress in Europe after its local German subsidiary scored two managed services deals with operators in the Netherlands and Luxembourg.
KPN failed to profit from subscriber growth in the third quarter, with the company slipping to a net loss during the period as group revenue fell.
Orange-owned Belgian operator Mobistar saw its mobile subscriber base grow again for the first time in eight quarters in the third quarter of 2014, and also confirmed its intention of resuming sales of fixed-line services in the final quarter of the year.
Telefónica Deutschland announced today that it intends to cut its workforce by around 1,600 full-time positions by 2018 as a result of the Germany-based company's recent merger with E-Plus.