Lebanon's telecommunications minister, Boutros Harb, targeted country-wide 4G deployment in two years as part of a new five-year plan for the telecoms market unveiled this week.
Digitalk, a mobile virtual network enabler (MVNE), said Vodafone UK will use its cloud-based platform to help improve the service it provides to mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in future.
Uros, a Finland-based provider of global mobile Wi-Fi internet services, opened the door to 11 new markets in Europe and Africa through a partnership with Vodafone Roaming Services, the voice and data roaming arm of the global mobile operator.
Spectrum is too valuable to be given away. However; a more sophisticated array of operations obligations and commitments could encourage more capital to be invested in improving mobile networks and services, and making them cheaper, rather than simply siphoning off as much money as possible from operators in auction proceeds for governments to spend on other programmes outside telecommunications.
Huawei firmly put its backing behind Europe this week by underlining its partnerships with operators, car manufacturers and others, and placing an emphasis on research and development to help Europe establish a leadership position in future technological developments in business and industry.
German regulator Bundesnetzagentur revealed that bids in the country's auction of frequencies for mobile network operators are nearing €3.5 billion ($3.9 billion billion) so far, easily beating the reserve price placed on the sale.
UK regulator Ofcom's new CEO firmly rapped the telecoms industry on its knuckles, saying operators must provide better services to their customers in future.
Vodafone launched its much anticipated consumer broadband service in the UK, marking the mobile operator's entry into an already crowded market and underlining its ambitions to be a converged fixed and mobile player across its European footprint.
The UK's competition watchdog agreed to a request by BT to fast track an investigation into the effects of its planned £12.5 billion (€17 billion/$19 billion) acquisition of mobile operator EE, in a move that cuts the process by around 25 days.
Liberty Global is reportedly still plotting a full merger with Vodafone even after the UK-based mobile operator last week confirmed talks on an asset swap but said it was not in discussions on a potential combination of the two telecoms giants.