Given the ever-increasing hype surrounding the Internet of Things, it is perhaps fair to look at the sector with a sceptical eye, especially when the Chairman of the International M2M Council (IMC) says suggestions of it enabling a "Jetsons" style world are wide of the mark.

The most read stories of 2014 showed the diversity of topics affecting the in-trays of operator executives across Europe. Readers' most popular stories included areas including virtualisation, SIM card innovation, chipset manufacturing and Voice over LTE. 

One could argue that there aren’t many more places you can go with a smartphone in the current age of QHD displays and octa-core chips, but YotaPhone is hoping it can offer something different. 

Operators need to focus on sub-2GHz spectrum rather than look to the higher bands for forthcoming 5G technology, the CTO of Tele2 has warned, but a senior Huawei executive said high frequency spectrum was essential to meet capacity problems. 

It’s been a rough couple of months for mobile security. First, hundreds of celebrity photos were hacked and uploaded onto the internet in what many stars called a gross invasion of privacy. Then there has been the emergence of the Wirelurker and Masque attacks. 

Operators and vendors are a pessimistic bunch when you speak to them about data growth. While it has been a boon for their industries, the downside is looming: the dreaded capacity crunch. Soaring video consumption and social networking on ever more affordable smart devices could lead to the day where everything freezes up.