Vodafone and France's second-largest operator, SFR, have extended a global alliance for a further four years and said their enterprise units also plan to work on new business opportunities in the fields of M2M, 3G and LTE roaming and unified communications.
KPN has become the second operator in Europe to publicly announce a live trial of LTE Broadcast technology, following the announcement by Vodafone in February that it had conducted Europe's first live test of the technology in Germany.
Nokia gave further details on its post-device strategy by revealing it is establishing a $100 million (€72 million) investment fund for companies developing connected car technology.
Vodafone could be open to a second purchase in Spain following its recent acquisition of cable operator Ono, after TeliaSonera made it clear it is still looking at options for its Spanish unit Yoigo and may consider a sale of the business.
Ericsson said sales declined by 7 per cent to 47.5 billion krona (€5.2 billion/$7.2 billion) in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous year when adjusted for currency, although the Sweden-based equipment manufacturer said efforts to improve its profit margin are having a positive impact.
Netflix has stepped up the argument in favour of 'strong net neutrality', even as it negotiates connectivy deals with ISPs on both sides of the Atlantic to ensure decent services for its end-users. It's a war of words that will continue, and there is clearly a great deal at stake for both sides. However, beyond the commercial bun fights over who should pay and how, much more needs to be clarified; the devil with net neutrality is in the detail.
International roaming is a major growth opportunity for operators in the face of domestic market saturation, however tales of bill shock for data roamers do little for operators' reputation with consumers, and are sparking attempts to eliminate roaming fees altogether.
I read today that Wally Olins, described as the man who rebranded British Telecom as BT, has died at the age of 83. According to the report in the Guardian, Olins was also "an integral part" of the launch of the Orange brand, and was generally described as the "world's leading practitioner of branding and identity". Yet no brand is irreplaceable it seems, and indeed the European mobile brand landscape has been subtly changing in recent months.
Vodafone's move to take full control of its Indian subsidiary is unlikely to deter potential suitors that are eying an acquisition of the UK-headquartered group, a leading Ovum analyst says.
The number of devices with cellular or satellite connectivity deployed in oil & gas applications worldwide was 423,000 at the end of 2013, according to a new research report from Berg Insight.