Vodafone, Orange, and Telenor are among the first 11 operators to sign up to a new GSM Association (GSMA) code of conduct for mobile money providers designed to promote responsible digital financial services.
Xavier Niel, the founder of France's Iliad and Free, dashed French consolidation hopes by saying he was not interested in buying domestic rival Bouygues Telecom.
Here's your pop quiz for the day: Which country has the most hotspots? If you guessed France, you'd be right, according to new research released by iPass, which bills itself as the world's largest Wi-Fi network. France is the "country of Wi-Fi," with the most hotspots, followed by the United States and the UK. By 2018, however, that's going to change, and the U.S. will hold the top spot, followed by China and France.
It's been long in the making, but a planned network-sharing agreement between Bouygues Telecom and SFR appears to be on track after the two companies reportedly signed an amendment to the original contract from January this year.
Numericable announced plans to raise its capital by around €4.7 billion ($5.9 billion) through a rights issue as the France-based cable operator seeks funding to help finance its €13.5 billion acquisition of SFR from Vivendi.
The latest round of third-quarter results has revealed some bright spots in mobile markets that were previously pretty gloomy. In France, for example, Orange performed much better than expected in the three months from July to end-September.
Vodafone continues to be dogged by taxation problems as the operator confirmed it is probing a potential fraud at Spanish unit Ono just weeks after finally making progress in a long running tax dispute in India.
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.
Orange produced better-than-expected results in the third quarter of 2014 as the France-based operator halted the pace of revenue decline and made progress with cost cutting.
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.