Deutsche Telekom has become the latest European operator to launch Wi-Fi calling as part of efforts to enable users to make calls where cellular network coverage is poor or non-existent.
TIM became the latest European operator to sign an agreement with a leading vendor as part of efforts to boost the development of future 5G technology through a deal with Ericsson.
Berg Insight said Europe's smart home market lagged North America by two to three years in terms of penetration and market maturity at the end of 2015, with an installed base of 5.3 million smart homes compared to 12.7 million in North America.
Deutsche Telekom CEO Tim Höttges declared that 5G is the industry's answer to future demands for network connectivity, and hit out at rivals' criticism regarding the operator's domestic broadband business.
Deutsche Telekom's first-quarter 2016 earnings were broadly in line with analysts' expectations, although the Germany-based operator's domestic and broader European operations continued to show weakness during the period.
Ovum said the popularity of quad-play services in Europe has been damaging for pure-play mobile operators, which tend to be the smallest operators in their respective markets.
Deutsche Telekom's MD for healthcare solutions said Germany's health industry is not keeping pace with growing sales of fitness trackers or the expanding capabilities of smartphones, and that hospitals must not be put off digitising services by a rash of recent cyber attacks.
Deutsche Telekom has yet to rule out the possibility of maintaining its Netherlands business as a mobile-only operation, despite preferring to compete with the converged services being offered by the unit's rivals.
Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG), a UK-headquartered independent mobile tower operator, said it now has the financial backing to expand its footprint in the UK and other Western European markets.
Deutsche Telekom is considering taking a page from its T-Mobile US business to boost its foundering carrier in the Netherlands, according to a Bloomberg report.