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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

Tough European trading hammers Vodafone’s revenues

Half year results out today [12th November 2013] from UK operator Vodafone have revealed a slump in revenues of nearly 5 per cent, with earnings before tax also down more than 4 per cent to £6.6 billion.
Southern Europe again weighed heavily on results, with its service revenue down by 15 per cent.
Vodafone also revealed it was making provision for a £3 billion tax charge from its sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless.
But the company did confirm a dividend of 3.5 pence, up 8 per cent, and bringing the full year dividend to 11 pence.
In a statement, CEO Vittorio Colao admitted trading conditions in Europe remained “very tough” but felt this would be alleviated as western economies returned to growth. Continue reading

more masts for vodafone Vodafone splashes millions on boosting London masts by a third

Stung into action by moans of City slicker customers

Vodafone is to plough £150 million into upgrading its mobile network in London, doubling capacity and countering the rate of dropped calls. Tomorrow [12th November 2013], the UK operator is due to announce its first half results and when it’s also expected to give details of Project Metropolis, a plan to increase the number of masts by nearly a third in the capital and extend its 4G coverage. But it’s not clear if the project is on top of Vodafone’s annual £900 million capital expenditure on its UK network. Continue reading

vodacom_logo Orange eyes Vodafone’s African assets

Joins AT&T in sniffing around

French-owned operator Orange is planning to give Vodafone a helping hand to further shred itself, according to Bloomberg, by buying its Vodacom assets in Africa once the Verizon sell-off is complete. Vodafone’s sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless is due to be completed next year [2014], but in the interim rivals are taking it as a signal that the UK operator is willing to offload other parts of its business empire. AT&T has already expressed an interest in acquiring Vodafone’s European operators and now, according to the news agency, Orange is eyeing up Vodacom. Focused on Africa, Vodacom is 65 per cent owned by Vodafone with operations in in South Africa, Tanzania, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Mozambique and Lesotho. If a deal did go through it could prove a good fit for Orange, which – compared to Vodacom’s coverage – currently only has an overlap in the Congo. Continue reading

perhaps colao should create European MVNOs? AT&T ‘taking a fresh shot’ at buying Britain’s Vodafone

But EE could also be in the frame

Speculation that A&T will buy Vodafone’s European arm has reignited, amid claims that executives at the US operator are already putting together a complex deal that, if successful, would allow it to challenge Google and Apple when negotiating handset subsidies and wringing profit from mobile advertising. If the acquisition does go ahead it would create the world’s largest telecommunications operator by sales with a market cap in excess of $250 billion and more than 500 million wireless subscribers worldwide. But it’s suggested nothing is likely to happen until early next year [2014] and when Vodafone concludes the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless. Continue reading

Nokia’s Lumia tablet already loses out to Apple & Amazon

Vodafone UK promotes Apples & Kindles but not Nokias

Perhaps we are reading too much into this but Vodafone moved very quickly to announce that it will offer Apple’s two new tablets – the iPad Air with Wi-fi + Cellular in the UK on 1st November [2013] and the iPad mini with Retina display later that month [November 2013]. This follows pretty closely on the news that it had reached an exclusive partnership with Amazon over the Kindle Fire HDX 4G LTE tablet. Vodafone will provide the connectivity for the new Amazon tablets to give Kindle users ultrafast access to millions of books, movies, music tracks, apps. All via Vodafone’s 3G and 4G networks. The company also confirmed to GoMo News that the two new Apple devices are compatible with its own flavour of 4G. But what about Nokia? Continue reading