UK operator EE has unveiled its own-brand entry-level handset in a bid to make LTE access more affordable to UK consumers. The operator has also launched a range of entry-level price plans to get more consumers using 4G.
French operator Bouygues Telecom has extended its offer to acquire rival SFR by 17 days in a bid to prevent the company being sold to cable operator Altice.
The Cloud Team Alliance, a partnership inked between Belgian telco Belgacom and Numergy, a French cloud computing specialist, announced this week that the group has extended its alliance to include two other European operators, Portugal Telecom and KPN.
Croatian operator T-Hrvatski Telekom, which is majority owned by Deutsche Telekom, has appointed Thorsten Albers as chief technical and information officer (CTIO). Albers has also been appointed as a Management Board Member at the operator.
French operator Bouygues Telecom is not admitting defeat in its pursuit to acquire rival SFR, having again increased the cash part of its offer to parent group Vivendi. The offer now stands at €13.15bn.
Swedish operator group Tele2 has announced the appointment of Allison Kirkby as CFO. Kirkby will succeed former CFO Lars Nilsson and begin her role on May 1st, 2014.
Network optimisation specialist JDSU has won a deal with Belgian incumbent Belgacom that will see the operator deploy JDSU’s ariesoGEO location-enabled optimisation solution in its 2G, 3G and LTE networks. The product uses data from a range of user-focused network events cross-referenced with the event location to build a geographical picture of real-time network performance.
French operator group Orange has reacted to concerns voiced by a union-led independent monitoring group that nine of its employees committed suicide from January 15th 2014 to February 25th 2014. The Observatoire du Stress et des Mobilités Forcées suggested this was as many suicides as the operator’s staff committed during the whole of 2013 and claimed that at least seven of the suicides were work-related.
UK operator EE has launched a managed service for retailers allowing them to use in-store mobile connectivity in a bid to enhance customer service and revenue. Connected Retail is the first solution announced as part of EE’s Total Enterprise Mobility portfolio. The portfolio will be aimed at businesses and is designed to help private and public sector organisations benefit from opportunities presented by mobile technology.
The European Parliament’s Industry and Research Committee (ITRE) has voted to approve the telecoms single market package proposed by the European Commission. The package, outlined in September 2013, aims to abolish roaming rates within the EU as well as coordinate spectrum assignment across the region. It also calls for consumer rights to be harmonised across Europe, EU-wide protection of net neutrality and simpler rules across the EU to enable companies to invest more and cross borders with their offerings.
UK-based operator Vodafone has announced the acquisition of private equity-owned Spanish cable operator Ono for €7.2bn. Ono offers high speed broadband and pay TV services in Spain and Vodafone said that the transaction will accelerate its unified communications strategy “in a highly converged European market”.
European operator group TeliaSonera has confirmed that it is the subject of an ongoing investigation by the US Department of Justice (DoJ) and has also been approached by the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) relating to its operations in Uzbekistan.
European lawmakers have called for a common charger to be used for all mobile handsets sold in the EU. MEPs said that such that introducing a universal charger would reduce waste, cost and hassle for users. A draft outlining the legislation has been informally agreed with the EU’s Council of Ministers.
French conglomerate Vivendi has entered into exclusive negotiations with cable company Altice over the sale of mobile operator SFR. The move rebuffs an alternative proposal from rival operator Bouygues Telecom.
A coalition of 14 European mobile operators has warned of the damaging effects that the European Commission’s plans regarding the abolition of roaming charges could have on competition in the region.
Spanish Cable operator Ono has said it will press ahead with its planned IPO while continuing to engage with Vodafone over a possible acquisition, it has been reported. Citing two people “with knowledge of the matter”, news agency Bloomberg reported that Ono will slow preparations for the IPO, agreed at a board meeting on Thursday, to give Vodafone the option to up its previous bid, which was in the region of €7bn.
French operator Bouygues Telecom has submitted an improved offer to conglomerate Vivendi to take ownership of rival SFR.
The UK National Audit Office (NAO) has claimed that the country missed out on an extra £160m in revenue by reserving spectrum during the 4G spectrum auction in February last year.
UK operator EE has signed outbound LTE roaming agreements with Orange in France and Spain. EE, which is jointly owned by operator groups Orange and Deutsche Telekom, said that the deals are the first of a series of outbound roaming agreements. The operator intends to announce similar deals in the USA, Italy, Germany, Switzerland and the Netherlands in the summer.
A report on the performance of UK mobile operators that named Vodafone as having the poorest overall network performance of the country’s four operators has drawn strong criticism from the firm. Network performance monitoring specialist RootMetrics published its UK mobile network performance review Thursday, ranking Vodafone in last place for network reliability, mobile internet performance and call and text performance.