It's been a good week for Vodafone: the UK-based group has finally won unconditional approval from European Union regulators to buy Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2 billion ($9.7 billion), while Italian regulator Consob also approved Vodafone's tender offer for telematics specialist Cobra.
Telefónica Deutschland's plan to buy E-Plus from KPN is set to benefit mobile virtual network operators throughout Europe, analysts say.
Vodafone Ireland and Irish electricity utility ESB are emerging as a new broadband challenger to incumbent telco eircom with a $615 million investment to build a fiber to the building (FTTB)-based broadband network that will deliver speeds ranging from 200 Mbps to 1 Gbps.
Every event I go to and every conversation I have with operators tends to at some point touch on how operators are putting the customer first and how customer experience is at the forefront of everything they do. But time and time again, this still fails to be reflected in how they treat their customers when it comes down to the personal contact level.
Deutsche Telekom emerged as the frontrunner to replace Verizon as the German government's main communications provider, after a decision to drop the U.S. operator due to concerns about spying.
The UK government is looking into creating a national roaming agreement between the country's mobile network operators in an effort to improve poor signal coverage in certain areas.
Vodafone has taken a further step in the development of its machine-to-machine (M2M) activities by teaming up with UK-based Cyan Holdings to address the smart metering market in India.
What does it actually take to become a successful MVNO? Network operators, MVNOs and enablers of MVNOs likely have different answers to that question. The overwhelming message appears to be that to succeed MVNOs need to find a business model that works for all parties concerned.
Vodafone said it plans to buy telematics and security specialist Cobra Automotive Technologies through a voluntary offer that values the Italy-based company at around €145 million ($197 million).
Telenor plans to raise its ownership of Indian unit Uninor to 100 per cent from 74 per cent at present, following a similar move by Vodafone in April that saw the UK-based operator increase its stake in Vodafone India to 100 per cent.