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.
Argentina's telecoms regulator AFTIC has blocked plans by Telecom Italia to sell its indirect stake in Telecom Argentina to Fintech for a total of $960 million (€846 million), saying the investment firm had demonstrated neither "experience nor expertise" to run the local operator.
French media company Vivendi strengthened its hold on Telecom Italia by further increasing its stake in the Italian operator in early September.
Vivendi CEO Arnaud De Puyfontaine said the company may make further investments in Telecom Italia in future, but that such a move is not currently on the French media company's radar.
Telecom Italia reported a 16.4 per cent year-on-year drop in EBITDA for the first half of 2015 after the company was hit by a one-off charge of €399 million ($436 million) linked to provisions for regulatory and legal risks.
CK Hutchison Holdings and VimpelCom agreed to form a 50:50 joint venture that will own and operate their respective mobile businesses in Italy, hailing the transaction as the largest M&A deal in Italy since 2007 with a total value of €21.8 billion ($23.8 billion).
Telecom Italia confirmed plans to cut about 1,700 jobs and delay a scheme that would have seen the Italian operator hire up to 4,000 young people under a government proposal.
Telecom Italia has now rebranded its fixed, mobile and Internet services under the TIM brand on the 20th anniversary since the erstwhile mobile-only brand was first launched.
Telecom Italia shareholder Generali sold the bulk of its stake in the operator on the open market around the time that French media group Vivendi confirmed it would become the former incumbent's largest shareholder in place of Telefónica.