At least 16 operators worldwide have confirmed they are either trialling or deploying LTE Broadcast, although operators in only five European markets have publically revealed trials to date.
Bouygues Telecom reported a 29 per cent drop in core earnings in the first half of 2014, as the French operator continued to suffer from ongoing pricing adjustments on France's mobile telecoms market.
EE faces a customer backlash after introducing a service that lets subscribers pay to skip to the front of the queue when calling customer service centres.
EE said customers are now able to use their mobile phones to pay for travel on London buses for the first time if they have handsets enabled with the 'Cash on Tap' service.
Orange may not yet be fully out of the woods, but the company remains confident that the race to the bottom in terms of pricing is coming to an end and is maintaining its EBITDA target for 2014.
France-based Altice said it is buying a 34.6 per cent stake in Numericable Group from Carlyle Cable Investments and Cinven, confirming plans that were originally announced on April 7 when Vivendi agreed to sell its French unit SFR to Altice.
Cisco plans to invest $30 million (€22 million) in a global innovation centre for the "Internet of Everything" (IoE) to be opened in Barcelona in summer 2016.
Orange has gotten regulatory clearance from the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) and its independent Committee of Experts to implement VDSL2 over all of its existing copper lines that are connected to its remote terminal (RT) cabinets.
Orange CEO Stephane Richard said the operator is still prepared to take part in consolidating the French mobile market in order to reduce pricing competition, but called on the operator's rivals to take the lead because Orange does not want to take a driving role.
Orange and Bouygues Group signalled that further consolidation of the French telecoms market is receding into the distance, despite the best efforts of the French government to encourage domestic operators to merge.