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.
Altice CEO Dexter Goei has further stirred up the telecoms market consolidation debate in France after he made it clear that the company would be more than interested in buying Bouygues Telecom.
Leading mobile operators in the UK are in the process of determining how far they will go in offering bundles that incorporate mobile, fixed voice, fixed broadband and TV services as they prepare for increased competition from fixed players.
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.
With some 80 per cent of the population in Africa still not connected to the Internet, the thorny problem of how to get citizens online in some of the most challenging parts of the world was a key topic at the AfricaCom conference in Cape Town last week.
Bouygues Telecom unveiled a new range of mobile plans that will see the company integrate its low-cost B&YOU plans into its overall offering, and reposition itself on the still highly competitive French market.
CAPE TOWN--LTE networks and services are not yet widely available across the African continent, but there are clear signs that operators in several markets are planning their rollout strategies while some have already started offering commercial LTE services.
CAPE TOWN--The cost of smartphones in Africa remains a barrier to bringing more people online in many countries even though unit prices have come down, in large part due to the high taxes levied on devices by some governments.
CAPE TOWN--Orange has ambitious plans for its operations across the Middle East and Africa (MEA) and said it is in a position to invest in its 20 businesses in the region to drive growth.