Microsoft revealed that AT&T Mobility and Vodafone will likely be the first operators to provide connectivity in the U.S. and Europe for its ARM-based Surface 2 tablet with LTE. The company said last week that the Surface 2 will be available in early 2014.
Vodafone's South African unit Vodacom is reportedly to enter exclusive negotiations over the acquisition of ISP Neotel from Tata Communication for more than 5 billion rand ($496 million) or €370 million, Bloomberg reported, citing unnamed sources close to the matter.
AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson said the U.S. operator is still interested in buying mobile operator assets in Europe, although the company continues to keep the market guessing about its actual targets.
Telecom Italia CEO Franco Bernabe and core shareholders met after all on Thursday despite saying earlier that they had postponed talks until October, but a deal on the future ownership of the debt-laden Italian operator remains elusive.
Vodafone Netherlands opted for a small-cell system from SpiderCloud in a bid to offer better in-building voice and data coverage for its enterprise customers. The value of the deal was not disclosed.
A hacker stole the names, addresses and bank account numbers of 2 million of Vodafone Germany's customers, the operator reported. Perhaps more worrisome, the hacker exploited insider knowledge of Vodafone's systems in order to access the information.
Vodafone managed to clinch its € 7.7 billion ($10.2 billion) acquisition of Kabel Deutschland, paving the way for the company to offer bundles of telecommunications services in Germany. Vodafone's bid for Kabel Deutschland had been threatened by investors seeking better terms.
Verizon Communications blew past records by selling $49 billion in corporate debt in order to finance its $130 billion acquisition of Vodafone's 45 percent stake in Verizon Wireless.
UK operators Vodafone and EE have been quick to indicate they will offer the latest iPhones on their LTE networks, rounding off a week of announcements that have seen both operators vying for subscribers to their "4G" plans. Meanwhile Orange claims to have the No. 1 LTE network in France.
Tensions will be running high at Vodafone as the operator waits for shareholders to tender their shares in Kabel Deutschland by the deadline of midnight on Wednesday, Sept. 11, amid pressure from an activist fund manager.