The UK's competition watchdog agreed to a request by BT to fast track an investigation into the effects of its planned £12.5 billion (€17 billion/$19 billion) acquisition of mobile operator EE, in a move that cuts the process by around 25 days.
Liberty Global is reportedly still plotting a full merger with Vodafone even after the UK-based mobile operator last week confirmed talks on an asset swap but said it was not in discussions on a potential combination of the two telecoms giants.
A tie-up between Liberty Global and Vodafone would be a huge undertaking and a game changer on the European telecoms market, with plenty of potential synergy benefits but equally potential hurdles ahead.
Vodafone should sell off networks in its more far-flung markets such as India, Turkey and South Africa to support a £120 billion (€169 billion/$186 billion) merger of its European business with Liberty Global, according to some of the UK-based company's biggest shareholders.
Liberty Global chairman John Malone appears to have opened the door to a possible merger with Vodafone, describing a tie-up between the European cable giant and the mobile operator as a "great fit".
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.