Whether BT now rues the day it sold O2 is a moot point; it now knows it needs a mobile strategy, and has confirmed it is in "highly preliminary" talks with O2 and one other operator--which Orange and Deutsche Telekom on Wednesday confirmed is EE. If BT does buy O2 or EE, there is a fair chance that its strategy to roll out a small cell network, building what some term as an "inside out" mobile network, may be put on hold.
BT said it is in early discussions with two mobile network operators about a possible acquisition, and confirmed that Telefónica-owned O2 UK is one of the companies involved.
Telekom Austria Group said it intends to play a decisive role in defining the future standard for 5G, after joining the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance.
Deutsche Telekom is setting up what it claims is one of Europe's largest investment funds, with an eye to boosting German start-ups, as reports emerge suggesting the German state will sell its stake in the operator.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Höttges said its UK joint venture with Orange should focus on gaining more fixed-line subscribers before any decisions on its future ownership structure are made.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Timotheus Hoettges said that T-Mobile US can fund purchases of spectrum in upcoming U.S. auctions by itself, taking pressure off the parent to inject funds into T-Mobile as it invests to beef up its network.
Deutsche Telekom blamed the impact of regulation for a 3.6 per cent year-on-year decline in revenue from its European operations (excluding the UK and Germany) that translated into a 10.1 per cent drop in earnings before interest, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) in the third quarter of 2014.
EE hinted that its plan to launch new TV services in the UK market is something of a defensive strategy against an expected increase in converged offerings from rival operators, with BT regarded as a particular threat.
Magyar Telekom faces a tax bill of HUF10 billion (€32.6 million/$41.4 million) if the Hungarian government fails to cap the liability of communications service providers (CSPs) to pay a proposed new Internet service tax.
EE saw the number of its LTE subscribers increase by 1.4 million to 5.6 million in the third quarter of 2014, although it reported flat operating revenue of £1.523 billion (€1.925 billion/$2.448 billion). Including the impact of regulatory cuts, operating revenue was 1.2 per cent lower.