Vodafone Group said it has approached Kabel Deutschland in what could be a deal worth around €7 billion, thus confirming speculation it is still interested in buying Germany's largest cable operator despite its recent VDSL agreement with Deutsche Telekom.
Japan's SoftBank is in talks with Deutsche Telekom over a potential deal for T-Mobile US if its $20.1 billion offer to take control of 70 percent of Sprint Nextel collapses, according to a Reuters report.
Germany's operators are expanding their retail presence as they seek to win larger shares of an increasingly competitive market, with data services and LTE firmly at the top of their agendas.
Deutsche Telekom is planning to strengthen its position in Eastern Europe and has already targeted a potential acquisition target in Poland, according to a Dow Jones Newswires report.
Vodafone Germany has signed a deal with Deutsche Telekom to allow the mobile operator to use the German carrier's VDSL network for the launch of new high-speed broadband and IPTV services. The deal with Deutsche Telekom also caused a fall in the share price of Germany's largest cable operator, Kabel Deutschland, because Vodafone Germany will have less need to buy cable assets.
T-Mobile Netherlands said it is investing "hundreds of millions of euros" in the further development of its network, and is spending some of the money on a multi-year deal with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei.
Deutsche Telekom, Telenor and Telefónica have all recently announced new offerings based on machine-to-machine technology.
Greek operator OTE said it will sell its Globul unit in Bulgaria to Norway's Telenor, and will use the proceeds to reduce debt and strengthen its competitive standing in recession-hit Greece.
MetroPCS shareholders approved the company's merger with Deutsche Telekom's T-Mobile USA, clearing the final hurdle for the merger of the nation's No. 4 and 5 carriers in a move that DT hopes will strengthen its U.S. brand. DT had improved the terms of its initial offer to win over wary shareholders.
Deutsche Telekom confirmed it will implement monthly data caps for any new wireline DSL broadband subscribers, which it says is a way to keep up with the rising demand for data.