Vodafone Germany has signed a deal with Deutsche Telekom to allow the mobile operator to use the German carrier's VDSL network for the launch of new high-speed broadband and IPTV services. The deal with Deutsche Telekom also caused a fall in the share price of Germany's largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland, because Vodafone Germany will have less need to buy cable assets.
T-Mobile Netherlands said it is investing "hundreds of millions of euros" in the further development of its network, and is spending some of the money on a multi-year deal with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei.
Deutsche Telekom, Telenor and Telefónica have all recently announced new offerings based on machine-to-machine technology.
Greek operator OTE said it will sell its Globul unit in Bulgaria to Norway's Telenor, and will use the proceeds to reduce debt and strengthen its competitive standing in recession-hit Greece.
MetroPCS shareholders approved the company's merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, clearing the final hurdle for the merger of the nation's No. 4 and 5 carriers in a move that DT hopes will strengthen its U.S. brand. DT had improved the terms of its initial offer to win over wary shareholders.
Deutsche Telekom confirmed it will implement monthly data caps for any new wireline DSL broadband subscribers, which it says is a way to keep up with the rising demand for data.
European regulators plan to publish a blueprint for a single regional telecoms market in June and implement regulations before the end of the year, which is well ahead of original plans.
Vodafone Germany confirmed plans to cut 500 jobs as the company battles to "remain a premium company" in an increasingly hard-fought mobile market.
T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom sweetened its offer for MetroPCS shareholders less than two days before MetroPCS shareholders will vote on a merger between MetroPCS and T-Mobile. The move represents a major concession by DT to MetroPCS shareholders, which have been demanding for weeks that the company improve its offer.
As T-Mobile USA parent Deutsche Telekom hurtles toward an April 12 meeting where MetroPCS shareholders will vote on a merger with T-Mobile, it has one distinct advantage: it gets to count the votes.