Orange opened its first international mobile payment service that connects to a rival mobile money service offered by Airtel in Africa, less than a week after Vodafone opened its first international payment service in the region.
Vodafone extended the M-Pesa mobile money transfer and payments service to the international payments market, launching its first international money transfer corridor between Tanzania and Kenya.
Deutsche Telekom on Monday detailed new price plans covering what it terms 'hybrid' Internet access utilising its fixed and mobile networks.
Vodafone said it will become the first operator to introduce low-cost technology for connecting devices that have very low demands for power and bandwidth to the Internet of Things (IoT).
BT this week made further progress in its bid to buy mobile operator EE for £12.5 billion (€16.8 billion/$19 billion), raising £1 billion in a share placing on Thursday to help fund the deal.
Vodafone Group slowed the rate of organic revenue decline in Europe to 2.7 per cent in its financial third quarter to end-December, and noted that the UK market returned to revenue growth during the three-month period.
Quad-play or multi-play strategies got another airing this week, as one operator hailed its success in bundling fixed, mobile and TV services together and another raised doubts again over the appetite that consumers are likely to have for such service bundles.
South Africa-based Vodacom selected Alcatel-Lucent as a key supplier for a new converged network that will ultimately support the provision of fixed and mobile services across South Africa
Vodafone signed a further partner market agreement to expand its reach into yet more distant corners of the globe, this time linking up with DoCoMo Pacific to target Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI).
The Spice Girls may have waxed lyrical about two becoming one, but in Europe's mobile market many operators would be happy if four just became three. Indeed, the buzz around consolidation refuses to die down as we move further into 2015, and operators continue to believe that consolidation is necessary for their future survival.