Hutchison Whampoa's Austrian unit H3G, or 3 Austria, has decided it will not appeal against the results of last year's spectrum auction even though it still believes the auction was "illegal in form and content."
Carlos Slim may have gained majority control over Telekom Austria, but the Austrian state has indicated that it has every intention of maintaining its minority stake in the operator.
Sprint has stressed time and again that it is not rushing to launch voice over LTE (VoLTE), but that does not mean the operator is snubbing the technology. Far from it, in fact, given that a "high-level" Sprint executive has shared details regarding the "programming phase" the operator is reportedly in as it prepares to launch a VoLTE network designed for interoperability with domestic and international carriers.
Telecom Italia CEO Marco Patuano said a merger of its Brazilian unit with a local operator is not on the agenda for now, but said he does not rule out the possibility of such a move in future. Patuano also made use of a meeting in Brazil to stress that Telecom Italia operates completely independently of its Spanish shareholder Telefónica.
UK-based mobile operator EE doubled its LTE subscriber base to 4.2 million in the first half of 2014, and said it remains on track to meet its target of 6 million LTE subscribers by the end of the year.
AT&T's User-Defined Network Cloud initiative continues to expand, with Alcatel-Lucent and Fujitsu Network Communications becoming the latest vendors to join the program, which is launching a number of so-called beachhead programs starting this year as part of the operator's shift to an IP- and cloud-based network.
European Union-mandated cuts to roaming rates did little to boost travellers' data usage with close to 60 per cent of travellers still switching data off when roaming, analysis of usage over the past 12 months shows.
Abu Dhabi-based Etisalat reported a 27 per cent increase in revenue to AED12.6 billion (€2.5 billion/$3.4 billion) in the second quarter of 2014 following the completion of its acquisition of Maroc Telecom from Vivendi in May.
Vodafone's announcement that it is teaming with Portugal Telecom to boost fibre coverage in Portugal is bad news for NOS as the move undermines the domestic rival's chances of being re-rated following a downgrade in January, according to analysts.
KPN appointed the former Dutch Minister of Finance, Jan Kees de Jager, as its new CFO starting Nov. 1, replacing Steven van Schilfgaarde who has been interim CFO since last September.