South Africa-based MTN appointed a top executive from the Vodafone group as its new group president and CEO, replacing Sifiso Dabengwa who resigned last November.
Vodafone and Liberty Global placed the future of a planned merger of their Dutch operations in the hands of the European Commission, which is expected to issue the outcome of an initial review by Jul.19.
Huawei, Ericsson, KPN, and Vodafone were among 10 partners that launched a 5G test bed in the Dutch province of North Groningen with a focus on developing practical applications for the next-generation technology.
Vodafone said narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) could be one of the fastest rollouts of new technology that it has ever completed as it continues to upgrade its core and radio network ahead of a planned commercial launch in several markets during 2017.
Huawei and Vodacom South Africa said they hit peak download speeds of over 1 Gbps by aggregating LTE in both licensed and unlicensed bands, claiming a first for the African market.
Three UK CEO David Dyson warned that BT could use its financial clout to outbid rival mobile operators in future spectrum auctions in the country, and called on regulator Ofcom to ensure a level playing field.
Vodafone and Afrimax agreed to launch 4G services in Zambia in an extension of a partner market agreement formed between the two companies in 2014.
SFR launched 4G or LTE Advanced services at maximum download speeds of 337.5 Mbps following the implementation of tri-band carrier aggregation (CA) technology into the company's network.
Vodafone has completed Project Spring, its big network-upgrade scheme, and it has plenty to show for it: 2.3 per cent group organic revenue growth and 1.5 per cent organic service revenue growth for the latest financial year to end-March.
Vodafone's promise to roll out NB-IoT technology across multiple markets in 2017 gives a boost to the low power wide area (LPWA) technology that cellular operators around the world plan to use to compete against proprietary solutions touted by the likes of Ingenu, Sigfox and LoRa.