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.
KPN is planning another round of job cuts as part of an aggressive cost cutting and streamlining programme designed to stem falling profits, the Dutch incumbent has revealed.
AT&T may have put its plans to invest in a major European operator on hold for the time being, but another industry heavyweight from across the pond is reportedly stepping up efforts to buy a majority stake in a company that itself has demonstrated an aggressive expansion strategy over the years.
Orange's Belgian unit Mobistar has set cable operators a six-month deadline to open up their networks in a move the operator hopes will enable it to offer bundles of fixed and mobile services once again.
Deutsche Telekom stoked the rumour mill over a sale of T-Mobile USA by shifting control of the US mobile operator to a non-domestic holding company based in the Netherlands.