BSkyB became the latest provider of TV and fixed broadband services to throw its hat into the mobile ring in what is regarded as a largely defensive move, after the satellite company signed a wholesale agreement to use the network of Telefónica (O2) UK.
The European Commission (EC) will not refer the planned acquisition of Spain-based broadband provider Jazztel by Orange to the Spanish competition authority for assessment under Spanish competition law, saying it believes it is better placed to deal with the case.
European Commission (EC) precedents allowing a reduction in the number of mobile network operators (MNOs) in Germany and Ireland could prove key to Hutchison Whampoa's bid to acquire Telefónica's O2 UK, Jefferies International analysts said.
Hutchison Whampoa's plan to acquire O2 UK would benefit consumers by combining two operators that are focused on delivering consumer value, a spokesperson for the UK operator said.
Hutchison Whampoa faces a fight in its bid to acquire the UK mobile assets of Spanish incumbent Telefónica, with reports stating TalkTalk and BSkyB (Sky) are also circling O2 UK.
The Spice Girls may have waxed lyrical about two becoming one, but in Europe's mobile market many operators would be happy if four just became three. Indeed, the buzz around consolidation refuses to die down as we move further into 2015, and operators continue to believe that consolidation is necessary for their future survival.
Telefónica may have been offered a lifeline regarding its UK mobile operation by rival Three UK's parent company Hutchison Whampoa, as the Hong Kong-based company seeks to expand its European business.
BMW's board member for sales and marketing, Ian Robertson, raised a red flag over the concept of the connected car this week, as he revealed his company is fighting a tide of requests from technology and advertising companies for access to the data already being gathered by a host of on-board sensors.
In this overview of 2014, we have focused on five key trends: fixed-mobile convergence and quad-play; mergers and acquisitions; "5G;" connected cars; and the resurgence of European device manufacturers. The reasons for focusing on these five areas and the news that shaped them are probably obvious to anyone who has been following the industry closely this year.
With a Dutch CEO, and French and German parents, EE today has a more European than British flavour. That could all change if BT acquires the UK operator: the former UK incumbent entered into exclusive negotiations with EE shareholders Orange and Deutsche Telekom on Monday.