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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

5G lifeblood of digital economy - kroes Vodafone hits out at Brussels over roaming proposals

How can creating fewer MNOs bring more competition?

It seems that the UK’s Vodafone isn’t going to take proposals by Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner responsible for telecoms regulation, lying down. It is arguing that attempts to dispose of mobile roaming charges within the EU (a great vote winner, of course) could lead to reduced competition. There’s also the great myth that there are only four mobile network operators in the USA – which is why the USA has overtaken the UK in terms of cellular development. There are, in fact, circa 30 operators in the United States and that’s not including MVNOs (Mobile Virtual network Operators). Continue reading

didn't he do well? - halford Vodafone’s top bean counter bows out, millions richer

Is there something Halford’s figured out?

Vodafone’s chief financial officer, Andy Halford, has revealed he’s to step down from the board once the company has shed its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless. His departure – ostensibly to pursue “the next challenge” – in March next year [2014] will mark a watershed in Vodafone’s history, given how Halford has steered the return of £61 billion to shareholders as well as an additional upcoming £54 billion from the proceeds of the Verizon sale – making the UK carrier one of Britain’s best performers when it comes to dividends. Continue reading

5s-fanboy UK Apple fanboys can get ready for 5s/c availability

We think the 5s vs 5c price differential isn’t big enough

Well, in the UK, Apple fanboys (and fangirls, of course) will finally be able to get their hands on an iPhone 5s or 5c. Given the 5s sports Touch ID fingerprint technology, perhaps that should read ‘get their fingers on the new iPhones’. Anyway, if you’re shopping around for a deal, we’ve decided to provide something for you to compare against for the 5s. Namely Vodafone’s list of tariffs for consumer 12 & 24 month Vodafone Red for 4G; or consumer 12/24 month Vodafone Red plans for 3G. Vodafone also gives times for more 4G availability outside of the capital (London) and deals on ‘instant’ upgrades for three specific devices. Continue reading

mms can co-exist with OTT - amedume UK government will test cell broadcast texting for emergencies

Such systems needn’t be vulnerable to spoofing & hacking says Acision

The UK’s government ‘s recent decision to test an emergency text messaging alert system based on cell broadcast technology has given heart to SMS’ supporters. It is a mini triumph over fans of OTT style services. What the UK will be testing is the ability to send out messages to all of those with mobile phones switched on in a specific area. The kind of emergency ranges from natural disasters (flooding) to man-made catastrophes (such as train accidents) and security threats (such as terrorist attack). As the BBC has reported, the Uk government has picked three locations to test this technology out in. The locations are Easingwold, in North Yorkshire, Leiston, in Suffolk, and Glasgow’s city centre. The tests have sparked controversy over the vulnerability of such alerts to hacking and spoofing. Continue reading

shark-4G UK’s MOD to hand 4G spectrum sale to Ofcom

Attempt to extract more from UK MNOs in auction

The UK’s Ministry of Defence (MOD) was set to auction 200 MHz worth of 4G spectrum by Q3 2014. Now the sale is expected to be delayed until late 2015 or even 2016 after the MOD’s decision to hand the whole process over to the UK comms watchdog, Ofcom. The reason is obvious. The UK government wants to extract as much dosh [money] as possible from the UK’s struggling Mobile Network Operators (MNOs). It was disappointed that the original auction of spectrum for 4G in the UK back in February [2014] raised only £1.2 billion which was far less than the £3.5 billion that the UK government expected. The irony is that Ofcom was responsible for that cock-up [disaster]. Continue reading

whatsapp-compatible nokia x2 - screen reads "what's happening?" New twist in N73 & support for WhatsApp long-running saga

Now WhatsApp runs on some Nokia S40 devices but not on all Indian networks

One of our most read stories ever is ‘Nokia update N73 Software‘ – despite the fact that this news item was written back in 2008. The article has created false hope for N73 owners (particularly those based in India) who are desperately hoping that an OS (system) update will enable this workhorse Symbian smartphone to run the WhatsApp messaging app. It doesn’t fix the problem. For the umpteenth time, can we repeat that the N73 cannot run WhatsApp? We’ve explained why this is in this story … ‘Nokia S60 handsets capable of running WhatsApp‘. Now we’ve had a new twist to this long running saga. One reader has discovered that WhatsApp will indeed run on certain Nokia S40 handsets. Including some that don’t have support for Wi-fi – such as the Nokia X2. Continue reading

five times more iPhone stock this time - hooton New iPhone 5 models are ultimate boys toys for Brits

Males under 30 placing orders for 5s & 5c on 4G says Phones 4u’s Hooton

Comments just released from Phones 4u‘s COO, Scott Hooton, show that demand for the new iPhone 5c and 5s is strongest amongst males under 30 who want to connect the device to a 4G Network. This flies in the face of the general perception that the latest smartphones from Apple have tanked. No-one should underestimate the loyalty of Apple fanboys it seems. Hooton revealed that not only are pre-orders for the two new models strong, Phoes 4u is “predicting that the new handsets will set a record as generating the most pre-registrations ever at Phones 4u.” Wow. The smartphones go on official release in the UK on September 20th [2013]. Continue reading

jeroen - from ireland to england with love Vodafone Germany admits to massive data systems breach

Inside job nets two million customer records

Vodafone Germany has been forced to admit that an independent contractor had stolen the details of over two million of its customers in that country. The admission means that German Vodafone customers should be alert to signs of ‘phishing’ on both the fixed and mobile internet. GoMo News recommends smartphone users should immediately install a mobile security app that helps protect against identity theft. Such apps are frequently actually free. The news follows the announcement that Dutchman Jeroen Hoencamp has been appointed as the CEO of Vodafone UK after Guy Laurence left to join Canadian Telco, Rogers Communications. He has been replaced as CEO of Vodafone Ireland by Anne O’Leary. Continue reading

iphone5s News Flash: Apple launches 5S, 5C and OS7

Only the 5S has Touch ID Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button

Well, we were wrong about Apple waiting until tomorrow [September 11th 2013] to announce the iPhone 5C as well as the 5S. Details of both are now on the official Apple web site. Interestingly, only the 5S has Touch ID Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button. (See our previous story Massive speculation about forthcoming iPhone’s fingerprint recognition). The most important thing from the UK perspective is that there are at least four flavours of the iPhone 5S. And at least one model – supports bands 20 and 7 – meaning that they will run on Vodafone and O2′s version of 4G. (See Wrong kind of L-T-Es on iPhone 5). Continue reading

vodafone could offer F1 coverage if allies with skyl Vodafone’s ‘rump’ could now be sold for £80bn, suggest US researchers

Could push share price to 310p

Analysts at research firm Sanford C. Bernstein believes Britain’s Vodafone could be soon be a takeover target once the Verizon deal has gone through. With its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless no longer part of the equation, analysts believe Vodafone will be small enough to be swallowed whole by the likes of America’s AT&T which as long been looking to expand into Europe, or Japanese telco, SoftBank, which earlier this year acquired a 70 per cent controlling stake in US rival Sprint for $21.6 billion. Continue reading India gets ready for gradual 4G TD-LTE rollout

Special report from our Indian correspondent

India is becoming one of the key mobile phone markets worldwide in terms of year-on-year growth, and with the imminent arrival of 4G networks in the country, that will be even more the case more so from next year [2014] on.
The Indian government is currently auctioning 4G licenses, and it is estimated that by the end of 2013 a total of 13 cities will be covered by 4G networks. Mobile Network Operators (MNOs] awarded with the licenses will offer services on the TD-LTE (time division–long term evolution) standard over LTE band 40 (2300 MHz). The number of TD-LTE ready handsets available to Indian consumers is, however, surprisingly low. Continue reading