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Europe has traditionally been the heartland of the mobile industry, especially when the GSM standard became dominant worldwide. This propelled European vendors like Ericsson, Nokia and Alcatel into the front line and they continue to be hugely influential, despite the challenges from Chinese vendors in infrastructure, and American ones in handsets. With the acquisitions of Lucent, Motorola Networks and most of Nortel by European suppliers, the region’s importance on the infrastructure side remains huge. Europe also boasts some of the biggest global operators, including the largest by revenues, Vodafone, and other influential players like Telefonica, Orange and T-Mobile. However, as their markets saturate, these carriers are expanding into emerging economies and into new web and content services, as well as consolidating many of their operations to save cost.

E-Plus/O2 merger to create biggest German cellco

24 July, 2013

KPN to sell its German unit to Telefonica for €5bn plus a 17.6% stake, but long approval process awaits

Huawei throws down R&D gauntlet to Ericsson

3 July, 2013

Chinese firm says it will outspend its rival in research this year and seek new collaborations with carriers and universities

Vodafone and 3 Group eye European deals

17 June, 2013

Vodafone could bid for second wireline operator, Fastweb of Italy, while Hutchison may add O2 Ireland to its 3 portfolio

Vodafone confirms interest in Kabel Deutschland

13 June, 2013

Has made approach to Germany's lead cableco as it tries to build quad play services, but may have to raise its price

Central site database needed for UK LTE

29 May, 2013

Actix joins call for government to ease planning regulations for small cell sites, or risk slowing pace of 4G

SFR's profits slump in face of French price war

15 May, 2013

As Iliad's Free Mobile unit enters its second year of disrupting the mobile sector, Vivendi unit feels the heat

UK could relax planning laws to speed LTE

9 May, 2013

New proposals support small cells and shared RAN, but also make it easier to add 4G kit to existing sites

Positive signs from European majors

9 May, 2013

Deutsche Telekom rides on German and US upturns, while Telefonica improves profits despite continuing pressures

European operators step up M2M activity

7 May, 2013

Telenor, DT and Telefonica all announce new partnerships to drive additional revenues via embedded services

Telcos could halve Europe workforce in a decade

30 April, 2013

Upgrades to more modern networks, outsourcing and mergers could all lead to massive job cuts