Telefónica hailed a return to both revenue and core earnings growth in Spain in the first quarter of 2016, with the group's new CEO José María Álvarez-Pallete noting that "for the first time in eight years both OIBDA and revenues are growing simultaneously."
A new study by TowerXchange predicted that 48 per cent of European mobile towers will be owned by independent tower companies by 2020 as mobile network operators continue to divest their infrastructure.
Telefónica is considering alternative options to the planned sale of its O2 UK business to CK Hutchison, as hopes that the European Commission will approve the merger proposal continue to recede.
CK Hutchison lost no time in responding to an open letter written by the CEO of the UK Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) that clearly opposed the company's plan to buy O2 UK, describing the proposed remedy of selling Three UK or O2 to a new MNO to gain approval for the merger as a "red herring".
Wireless Infrastructure Group (WIG), a UK-headquartered independent mobile tower operator, said it now has the financial backing to expand its footprint in the UK and other Western European markets.
It seemed somehow fitting that the CEOs of two major European operators with what have been very strong ties quit their respective roles within days of each other. First, Marco Patuano of Telecom Italia resigned, with the operator this week confirming he is to be replaced by Flavio Cattaneo. Then Telefónica said long-standing CEO César Alierta is to step down after 16 years in this position. He is to be succeeded by José María Álvarez-Pallete.
While the Wi-Fi Alliance in the U.S. is working to deliver a coexistence test plan by this summer around LTE-U and Wi-Fi, Ericsson and Spanish operator Telefonica say they've demonstrated live, over-the-air delivery of LTE-U through Telefonica's network using an Ericsson indoor pico cell.
Telefónica became the latest major operator in recent days to announce a change in its leadership after the Spain-based company said José María Álvarez-Pallete would succeed current CEO César Alierta.
CK Hutchison said it is considering the sale of a stake in Three UK to another investor, in a move that could lead to Three and O2 being maintained as separate entities in future should the group's proposal to buy O2 be approved.
Deutsche Telekom could become the next operator in Europe to sell off its mobile tower assets, after reports suggested the German company is considering various options for its infrastructure assets.