Spain's leading mobile operators will introduce smartphones from HTC, LG Electronics, Nokia, Samsung Electronics and Sony Mobile Communications with Joyn embedded into the smartphones' operating systems.
The cost of building Free Mobile's mobile network ate into Iliad's net profit in 2012, although the French fixed and mobile operator said it was still in the black and achieved an almost 50 percent increase in sales to €3.15 billion last year, with over €840 million generated by the new mobile unit.
Shares in Bouygues Telecom jumped 3.5 per cent after news broke that the French telecom regulator Arcep gave it the go-ahead to refarm existing 1800 MHz for LTE services starting this October.
Vodafone and France Telecom-Orange's Spanish subsidiaries are investing up to €1 billion ($1.3 billion) to build out a joint Fiber to the Home network covering 50 of Spain's major cities.
Vodafone and France Telecom's Orange will invest up to €1 billion to jointly build a fibre network in Spain that will bring high-speed Internet service to six million households across 50 major cities by September 2017.
BARCELONA, Spain--Huawei pulled the curtain back on its latest high-end device, the Ascend P2, which it called its fastest quad-core smartphone yet. The company also used a press conference here ahead of the start of the Mobile World Congress trade show to unveil its consumer-facing brand and the slogan "Make it possible."
France sees broadband as a major driver of economic growth, and on Friday the government revealed plans to dedicate €20 billion ($27 billion), using a mix of public and private funds, to the buildout of fiber-based broadband networks.
AT&T, China Mobile, NTT DoCoMo and Orange are among the first wireless service providers to complete initial network assessments for the Wireless Broadband Alliance's Interoperability Compliance Program (ICP). The ICP aims to encourage international Wi-Fi roaming by helping carriers adopt a common set of requirements and procedures.
A new study from research firm Analysys Mason questions whether other European operators will be able to mimic the success of Iliad, Orange and Telefónica in gaining millions of quadruple-play or fixed–mobile bundle subscribers in a very short space of time.
France Telecom will announce a price increase by April for its LTE service following the launch of the high speed technology in 15 French cities.