Vodafone launched its M-Pesa mobile payment system in Romania on Monday, marking the first time the successful service has been available in Europe.
Fixed-mobile convergence is a popular proposition once again, but with better prospects than a decade or two ago. More tightly integrated fixed and mobile will be the hallmark of future networks and services with fast, reliable and economic delivery, and upon which access to prime video content will be paramount.
Portuguese cable operators could be among Vodafone's next acquisition targets as the mobile giant bulks up its fixed-line assets across Europe, and companies owned by Altice have been cited as potential contenders for such a deal.
Vodafone, already the world's second largest mobile carrier, is looking to increase its footprint in the cable space as well--either through acquisition or competition, its top executive says.
Orange's board of directors has renewed CEO Stephane Richard's tenure, after apparently heeding a warning about destabilising the company if he was replaced.
Vodafone's Kenya-based unit Safaricom may drop plans to buy some of the mobile network assets of Essar Telecom Kenya due to a lack of regulatory certainty.
UK operator EE turned up the heat on its rivals by detailing plans to launch the UK's first sub-£100 (€119/$165) LTE smartphone, and confirming it has taken Vodafone's place as the mobile virtual network operator for incumbent BT.
Orange may well have had an "oh no" moment when Vodafone revealed it had clinched a deal to buy Spanish broadband provider Ono for €7.2 billion, subject to the usual regulatory approvals. The purchase raises a number of questions for Orange's Spanish operations, not least with regard to its fixed-line strategy. It's still not fully clear what Orange will do about its fibre-to-the-home rollout plans. Orange and Vodafone had agreed to jointly roll out FTTH to up to 6 million homes, and initially committed to half that number between them
Swisscom has once again shot down any hopes that Italian broadband provider Fastweb could be available to potential buyers--at least for now.
UK authorities are teaming with the GSM Association (GSMA) and the country's mobile operators to tackle spam text messages through a real-time reporting service.