South Africa-based mobile operator Vodacom has agreed to buy 100 per cent of Neotel for 7 billion rand (€493 million/$676 million) from India's Tata Communications in a deal that will see the company gain fixed network assets as well as some additional spectrum.
LONDON--Fifth-generation (5G) mobile networks must give users the impression that there are no limits on capacity, Dr Mehrdad Shariat, research fellow at the University of Surrey's 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) told the Transport Networks for Mobile Operators trade conference here on Wednesday.
Ericsson said it is now ready to bring telecoms-style managed services to the broadcast industry, after completing the acquisition of UK-based TV specialist Red Bee Media.
Vodafone and France's second-largest operator, SFR, have extended a global alliance for a further four years and said their enterprise units also plan to work on new business opportunities in the fields of M2M, 3G and LTE roaming and unified communications.
KPN has become the second operator in Europe to publicly announce a live trial of LTE Broadcast technology, following the announcement by Vodafone in February that it had conducted Europe's first live test of the technology in Germany.
Nokia gave further details on its post-device strategy by revealing it is establishing a $100 million (€72 million) investment fund for companies developing connected car technology.
Vodafone could be open to a second purchase in Spain following its recent acquisition of cable operator Ono, after TeliaSonera made it clear it is still looking at options for its Spanish unit Yoigo and may consider a sale of the business.
Ericsson said sales declined by 7 per cent to 47.5 billion krona (€5.2 billion/$7.2 billion) in the first quarter of 2014 compared to the previous year when adjusted for currency, although the Sweden-based equipment manufacturer said efforts to improve its profit margin are having a positive impact.
Netflix has stepped up the argument in favour of 'strong net neutrality', even as it negotiates connectivy deals with ISPs on both sides of the Atlantic to ensure decent services for its end-users. It's a war of words that will continue, and there is clearly a great deal at stake for both sides. However, beyond the commercial bun fights over who should pay and how, much more needs to be clarified; the devil with net neutrality is in the detail.
International roaming is a major growth opportunity for operators in the face of domestic market saturation, however tales of bill shock for data roamers do little for operators' reputation with consumers, and are sparking attempts to eliminate roaming fees altogether.