New figures suggest that growth in prepaid mobile subscriptions as a proportion of total connections has plateaued, and it also appears that European operators are looking enviously at the higher average revenue per user that their U.S. counterparts are able to generate from non-contract customers.
Telecom Italia has yet again postponed making a decision about whether or not to spin off its fixed-line network, as rumours continue to dog the operator about what it plans to do with its fixed and mobile assets.
Vivendi has appointed its head of telecommunications, Jean-Yves Charlier, as the CEO of SFR in a move that strengthens the leadership of the French operator ahead of a possible initial public offering.
Ericsson said there are now more than 1 billion subscribers on networks for which it provides managed services, a milestone it crossed sometime in the first quarter. The company said the market represents not only a significant achievement for itself but also for the wider industry as vendors change the nature of how they work with carriers.
Small mobile operators have a lot of issues to deal with as they strive to compete in the wireless broadband arena against the likes of industry giants such as AT&T and Verizon Wireless.
Sprint Nextel is adding three tri-band LTE mobile broadband devices to its portfolio this summer, as the operator aims to leverage its FDD LTE deployments at 1.9 GHz and 800 MHz as well as partner Clearwire's upcoming TD-LTE network at 2.5GHz.
Morocco plans to launch tenders for LTE licences by the end of the year according to the Telecommunications Regulatory National Agency (ANRT), Reuters reported. The move would help fulfil Morocco's ambition to be one of the first African countries to offer the higher-speed mobile services.
Cable & Wireless Communications said gaining government approval for the sale of Monaco Telecom was proving more difficult than expected, but the company said it has alternative options if the sale to Bahrain's Batelco falls through.
Apple remained at the top of a global ranking of brands for 2013, with a value of $185 billion, but Samsung Electronics is closing the gap, moving up 25 places to No. 30, according to the latest BrandZ Top 100 study of leading global brands.
A new report on data pricing across the European Union highlights the continuing huge discrepancies between data charges per gigabyte in the 27 member states, and said German data charges are among the most expensive in the EU.