UK-based mobile operators rejected calls by the government to create a national roaming agreement in an effort to improve poor signal coverage in rural areas, although operators say they are working with the government by looking at various options to help address the problem of mobile black spots, or "not" spots.
Telecom Italia is at something of a crossroads in Brazil, as the company considers how to proceed following the failure so far of its plan to buy Vivendi's Brazilian broadband unit GVT and merge it with TIM Brasil.
Telefónica CEO Cesar Alierta slammed the record of former European Union information society commissioner Viviane Reding, while calling on the body to rebalance the books by imposing the same restrictions on web companies as it does on telecoms operators.
The European Commission would turn radio spectrum in the 700 MHz frequency band over to wireless broadband providers within six years under new Digital Agenda proposals published Sep.1.
Safaricom, the Kenya-based unit of Vodafone, is to gain the network assets of Essar Telecom Kenya as part of a $120 million (€91 million) deal that will also see Airtel Kenya take over the operator's subscribers.
The Small Cell Forum's ongoing research agenda targets a host of possible deployment scenarios, including the use of movable small cells as well as dedicated and standalone small cell-based networks. Further, a "tremendously exciting" initiative within the forum aims to apply the concept of virtualization to small cells, said Alan Law, the group's newly elected chairman.
Eircom agreed a key network sharing deal with Three Ireland that will see the two operators share existing mobile infrastructure and split the cost of deploying new cell sites through 2030.
Vodafone agreed to acquire 72.7 per cent of Greek broadband provider Hellas Online for €72.7 million in cash, in a move that further extends the UK-based operator's strategy to buy up fixed network assets in markets where it already provides mobile services.
Vodafone's share price topped £2.05 (€2.56)/$3.39) per share in early London trading Friday, on reports U.S. carrier AT&T is again eyeing an acquisition of the UK headquartered operator.
TeliaSonera received 1,145 requests for lawful interception of subscribers' communications from Swedish authorities in the first half of 2014, over half the total number of requests received in the country in all of 2013.