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London's reputation for innovation - Johnson Vodafone joins forces With Mayor Of London for world’s first multi-sensory fireworks display

New partnership sees Vodafone teaming up with Mayor and working with food scientists Bompas & Parr to bring a world first to London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations
Free Vodafone augmented reality smartphone app to bring the experience of the fireworks to millions of people, wherever they are

Press release

December 9th 2013. Thousands of people attending the Mayor of London’s New Year’s Eve celebrations will experience a show unlike any other as Vodafone helps create a display they will be able to taste and smell, as well as see. Vodafone is joining forces with the Mayor for the unique New Year’s Eve celebration, which will be experienced not just by spectators crowded along the banks of the River Thames, but by millions more watching the event at home on television. Continue reading

perhaps colao should create European MVNOs? Vodafone could prove more visionary than the City

Could become an MVNO or get into banking not just become ‘fourplayer’

Over the last weekend, GoMo News spotted another opinion piece written by a financial journalist suggesting what direction Vodafone – one of the largest mobile network operators in the world, might take. At least this one – Danny Fortson writing in the Sunday Times, had one interesting figure. As a result of the ‘Verizon Wireless’ windfall, Danny has worked out that Vodafone’s CEO, Vittorio Colao, has a pot of gold worth around $21 billion to play with. So what does Mr Fortson expect Vodafone to spend the money on? Buying more fixed line networks so that the MNO (Mobile Network Operator) could offer ‘fourplay’ services in more of the markets it operates in. GoMo News, believes that Vodafone might be a bit more visionary than that. Continue reading

out & about with very high quality - patterson BT plotting some kind of hybrid mobile network for UK

Our totally unfounded rumour – BT could reacquire the Airwave network

Here at GoMo News, we’ve long known that BT (formerly British Telecommunications) has rued the day it decided to sell off its mobile phone network. Known as Cellnet, it is effectively now the O2 network which is now owned by Spain’s Telefonica. The perceived wisdom these days, however, is that in order to properly compete you must be a true ‘quad play’ player. Unfortunately, without its own cellular network, BT can only be a tri-play player. So it has rumoured to the UK publication – The Sunday Times (ST), its plan to offer consumers some form of mobile network. Reading between the lines, it appears that BT is intending to achieve this goal using some massively hybrid mobile technology offering. Continue reading

could dunstone sell talktalk to ee? More speculation on telecoms consolidation in ST

This time it is TalKTalk but we think Vodafone should be a US MVNO

Writing in his Sunday Times column here*, business editor, Dominic O’Connell, speculates that there is going to be a “crunching down of the telecoms industry into a handful of global players.” There are, of course, loads of references in here to rumours that GoMo News has covered in the past. Such as the fact that the USA’s AT&T has made it quite obvious that it wants to gain a serious foothold in Europe. Dominic also mentions another of our favourites – namely that Mexico’s Carlos Slim (of Telmex fame) is also sniffing around Europe. However, O’Connell seems to have a new rumour about TalkTalk. Meanwhile, GoMo News has a theory that Vodafone ought to become an MVNO in the USA. Continue reading

bye_bye_3 3 has now officially gone in Australia

But you still get fear-free roaming in Aussie-land as a 3UK customer

We were doing a bit of research here at GoMo Towers when we suddenly noticed a message on the Vodafone Australia web site here. The headline read ‘Thank you and Goodnight – Three is now closed in Australia’.  We were panicking a bit because Australia is one of the eleven countries where 3UK  customers can use their phones for fear-free roaming. But it turns out that since 3 and Vodafone merged in 2009, the pair have been taking steps towards becoming the one brand – Vodafone [in Australia]. GoMo News reckons that the same thing will happen to T-Mobile and Orange customers in the UK eventually. Subscribers on the two merged networks will simply find themselves on EE. Continue reading

Vodafone gets FCC go-ahead to sell stake to Verizon

No-one seems to be asking what UK MVNO might do in USA instead

We’ve all known for a long time that Vodafone fully intends to sell its stake in Verizon Wireless back to Verizon itself. Today’s [4th December 2013] news is that Vodafone has confirmed that it has received the required approval from the US watchdog – the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) for Vodafone’s disposal of its US group. That entity’s principal asset is, of course, its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless and the FFC says it can go to Verizon now. This does, however, leave a big question mark over what Vodafone is actually going to do about the US market? It’s a very lucrative place to play in and it would be strange for a global MNO [Mobile Network Operator] like Vodafone to just ignore it from now onwards. Continue reading

Vodafone welcomes UK gov’s 4G decision for rural trial

Apparently the UK Tax payer will fund a rural broadband trial

In the UK, like elsewhere, there’s been a great deal of talk about the ‘digital divide’. Data speeds which urban dwellers regard as typical would be a true Godsend to consumers – and more importantly, businesses – in most rural communities. There are, of course, multiple ways of providing Internet connectivity to remote places. Such as satellite. But it seems that the British government has seen the sense in using well established technology from the cellular industry – 4G, as the most sensible way forward. Hence a spokesperson for UK-based MNO [Mobile Network Operator], Vodafone, has just welcomed the UK [HM] Treasury’s decision to fund an innovative rural broadband trial. Continue reading

typical matrix india ad Vodafone India accused of hijacking local SIM firm’s customers

Fresh legal woes in Delhi

Vodafone’s Indian offshoot looks set for a new legal row after being accused of stealing a local firm’s 65,000-strong customer base. In a dispute that goes back to 2007, SIM card provider Matrix Cellular claims Vodafone “misrepresented” the facts when they were first given to the country’s Department of Telecoms and a separate appeals tribunal. At the time it was claimed SIMs were rented in bulk to Matrix, circumventing how phones subscribers are meant to be registered for corporate tax purposes. But Matrix has insisted it did nothing illegal and acted at all times with Vodafone’s written consent. Continue reading

first time in the world it's been done - Verma More hope for NFC as London’s Tube goes contactless

We’re not entirely convinced that Vodafone’s Smart PASS really did launch

As evidence of the continuing surge behind NFC (near Field Communication), you couldn’t get much clearer than Vodafone’s recent announcement of its Mobile Wallet service launch in Spain. (See here). We’ve visited the Vodafone Spain site and there’s no sign of it. We’ve searched for both SmartPass and Smart PASS and could find nothing. Also Google Play reports that the Vodafone app is not available in our country (UK). Try it for yourself here. Anyway what we have learnt is that London’s Underground is definitely going contactless. Continue reading

successfully compete with OTT brands - windle MNOs urged to be more innovative by Opencloud

Fight the OTT players with new services such as call filtering

The shift to 4G is happening much faster than with 3G. According to the GSMA, there will be one billion subscribers using 4G networks by 2017. Plus research by the European Telecommunications Network Operators’ Association (ETNO) revealed that the European telecoms industry has seen accelerated decline in revenues this year [2013]. However, software supplier OpenCloud reckons that there is still a massive opportunity for operators to claw back revenue. In order to do so, they must differentiate themselves through innovation, the company argues. OpenCloud maintains that despite investments in LTE, mobile network operators [MNOs] are badly lacking true innovation. Continue reading

Michael_Tessler Guest Post: Battle for LTE – US MNOs steal march on Europeans

by Michael Tessler, President and CEO, BroadSoft

With the Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSMA) recently confirming there are 200 commercial LTE networks in 76 countries, one cannot deny that LTE rollouts are increasing on a global scale. In particular, the last six months represents an important milestone for LTE in some of the world’s most developed markets. Living up to their global reputation as important centres for mobile innovation, the United States of America (USA) and the European Union (EU) have made significant inroads in rolling out LTE services in 2013. Nevertheless, the question remains – which geographical market has the greatest potential for mobile network operators to recoup their original LTE investment? Continue reading

Vodafone_Spain Vodafone launches Mobile Wallet service in Europe

Press release

November 22nd 2013. Vodafone has announced the launch of its mobile wallet service that will enable customers to make a wide range of everyday transactions with a simple wave or touch of their smartphone. Vodafone‘s mobile wallet is the first European mobile payment service built on the GlobalPlatform1 open standard, which makes it easy for organisations, including banks, retailers and transport companies, to host services in the wallet. Continue reading

Vodafone_Smart_PASS Vodafone unveils mobile wallet service for Europe

Vodafone has unveiled a new, near field (NFC) mobile wallet service in what is being hailed as the first of its kind in Europe.
It lets customers make a wide range of everyday transactions with just a wave or or touch of their smartphone. It can also be used to hold travel cards, loyalty cards, gift cards and vouchers, dispensing with the need for conventional plastic cards.
The service is based on the GlobalPlatform cross industry standard that identifies, develops and publishes specifications to promote management of multiple apps with secure chip technology. Continue reading

iPhone_5c Contract based plans might solidify iPhone sales in India

Announces a major deal with Reliance Telecom

With the increasing penetration of the Internet in India, consumers are sticking close to current technology – especially the younger generation. This has led to increasing interest amongst consumers in high-end smartphones like Apple iPhone 5s and Samsung Galaxy S4. Hot on the heels of this opportunity, Apple intends to further increase the sales of its iPhones in India, which is expected to become the world’s biggest consumer electronics market in the next decade. As we earlier reported, Apple is already paying real attention towards Indian and Chinese markets for further growth in its iPhone sales. Now it has done its first ever deal with an Indian MNO [Mobile Network operator]. Continue reading

mcclaren_verizon GoMo speculates on why McClaren dropped Perez

Is Verizon planning to take over where Vodafone left off?

Ardent fans of F1 (Formula One) motor racing are probably puzzled at the recent decision by leading British team, McClaren to drop Sergio Perez as one of its two drivers. GoMo News thinks it may have spotted the answer. Perez is, of course, a Mexixan as as such has previously been closely associated with Mexican mobile operator, Telmex. Which over here in sunny Blighty [Britain], wouldn’t be a problem for chief sponsor – Vodafone, the world leading MNO [Mobile Network Operator]. But Vodafone has always said that it intends to pull out of F1 sponsorship after the end of the 2013 season. Significantly, however, the McClaren cars are this weekend in the US Grand Prix based in Austin, Texas wearing a different logo – Verizon’s. Continue reading