Italy-based TIM tested full duplex relay technology from U.S. start-up Kumu Networks that is designed to enable the transmission capacity of LTE networks to be doubled from current levels through the use of self-interference cancellation (SIC) techniques.
A new study predicted that around 23 per cent of European mobile towers could end up under the ownership of independent tower companies this year following recent tower divestment announcements by several mobile network operators.
Orange and Bouygues Group faced fresh merger speculation after reports in France said the companies had entered into deep negotiations over an acquisition of Bouygues Telecom.
Xavier Niel said he sees Telecom Italia as a consolidator in Europe rather than a target for consolidation, and indicated he might want to play a more active role at the Italian operator in future.
Vivendi CEO Arnaud de Puyfontaine maintained pressure on Telecom Italia's management to appoint four Vivendi staff to the operator's board ahead of a key shareholders meeting this week.
Orange remained at the centre of takeover speculation this week amid continuing rumours that the France-based company is looking for acquisitions in its domestic market as well as in the wider European market.
Orange said it is not involved in talks with Telecom Italia nor has any particular target in mind, as the France-based operator attempts to quell mounting speculation about its future expansion plans.
Nokia Networks said it has struck a pioneering agreement with Telecom Italia to scout for potential start-up partners covering technologies including NFV, SDN, RAN Evolution and next generation SON.
Vodafone, Telecom Italia and Etisalat committed to opening six Narrow Band Internet of Things (NB-IoT) open laboratories as part of their involvement in a new industry forum focussed on promoting the development of the technology.
Telecom Italia saw earnings drop year-on-year in the third quarter and opening nine months of 2015, but the figures satisfied analysts by being broadly in line with the company's forecasts and consensus estimates.