Telefónica Group CTO Enrique Blanco said the operator has begun the process of launching 5G networks by signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei covering joint research of the technology.
Telefónica said it is Europe's first operator to launch a smartphone running the Cyanogen operating system (OS), a variant of Google's Android OS designed to offer users more customisation and privacy options.
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.
Telefónica said it returned to year-on-year revenue growth in Spain for the first time in seven years in the third quarter of 2015, although analysts and investors had expected a better performance and appeared largely unimpressed.
Alcatel-Lucent said Telefonica Business Solutions took a major step towards automating delivery of value-added services after a successful test of NFV in a multi-vendor SDN environment, while separately revealing it has commenced shipments of a residential small cell product.
CK Hutchison said it remained confident of gaining clearance for its proposed acquisition of O2 UK from Telefonica, despite the European Commission opening an in-depth investigation into the planned deal.
Telefónica and networks institute IMDEA Networks have teamed up to create what they describe as "Spain's first laboratory of 5G excellence", saying that the key goals are to create an open ecosystem for "innovation and investigation" by bringing industry and the academic world together.
France-based Sigfox is expanding into the Middle East and Africa as the Internet of Things (IoT) specialist further ramps up its global rollout plans.
Telefónica and MegaFon have extended a strategic alliance first signed in 2013 to enable the two operators to continue to collaborate in a number of areas including procurement and network technology.
Vodafone UK is relying on handouts from its parent group to cover infrastructure investments, because the highly competitive nature of the market means it doesn't make enough to cover its own costs.