Ericsson signed a multi-year agreement with Safaricom to upgrade the Kenya-based operator's mobile broadband network through the addition of Wi-Fi access points and the improvement of the microwave backhaul network.
Kenya-based operator Safaricom plans to roll out its 4G network in 13 more towns and cities by the end of this year as part of efforts to improve its mobile networks across the country.
BT could submit its plan to buy UK mobile operator EE to regulators as early as this week, formally starting a process that will last several months with a decision expected by the end of March 2016.
EE expanded the range of smartphones capable of accessing its Wi-Fi calling service with the launch of two new own-brand devices that CMO Pippa Dunn said offer premium-level features at low prices.
Vodafone and MTN plan to collaborate on the provision of mobile money services across East Africa, in what is the latest in a series of international agreements between operators in this field.
Vodafone reportedly held initial talks with Altice about buying Portuguese cable operator Cabovisão, after the cable and telecoms group agreed to sell its two existing businesses in Portugal in order to win European Union approval for its acquisition of Portugal Telecom.
Vodafone UK, EE and Three UK defended their contract terms after consumer group Which? said UK mobile users are collectively paying £355 million (€493 million/$523 million) per year too much for their contracts.
For the past three years, FierceWireless contributor Joe Madden has been saying that 2015 will be "the year" when you will see small cells ramp up. Indeed, several things are happening to support that theory.
Vodafone said customers in some of its European markets will be able to add bank cards to the Vodafone Wallet service and use smartphones to pay for goods and services at contactless terminals from the second quarter of 2015.
Vodafone and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTCL) have entered into a new partner market agreement for Botswana, although the deal is not part of the framework agreement signed between Vodafone and Afrimax Group in November 2014.