Vodafone announced plans to deploy a nationwide Wi-Fi calling service in the UK in the coming months, but only for subscribers with the right handsets.
Swisscom has become the latest major operator to join the Global M2M Association (GMA), which is now a cooperation of seven major international operators that are active in the machine-to-machine (M2M) market.
Machina Research said Vodafone maintained its position as the number one global operator in the field of machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, measuring the company's success on its overall global strategy and not just "raw M2M connections".
Vodafone Turkey emerged as the highest bidder in a 4G network tender process launched by the country's Information and Communication Technologies Authority (BTK) that aims to raise €2.3 billion ($2.6 billion) in total.
Vodafone Group dropped out of the race to gain a Lebanese management contract that would have seen it run one of the county's two government-owned mobile operators, Reuters reported.
In May, a selection of quarterly results from some of Europe's largest operators indicated that the tide might be turning in the region's mobile sector. Now, as results for the April-June period start to emerge, the omens still look good as some operators report a return to revenue growth for the first time in some years.
Vodafone joins competition and regulators to break up BT as it also proposes investing in third party operator of Britain's landline network.
M&A activity was also higher in 2014 than in 2012, with deals including Hutchison Whampoa's takeover of O2 Ireland in May 2014.
Jefferies International equity analysts appeared bullish on Vodafone after the operator noted that European price trends improved during its fiscal Q1--the three months to end-June--and that revenue from Middle East, Africa and Asia Pacific increased year-on-year.
Vodafone has restructured its European management in a move that abolishes the post of CEO for the region and will enable the heads of its four largest markets to report directly to group CEO, Vittorio Cola.