Category Archives: Vodafone
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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 , 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
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  and when Vodafone concludes the sale of its 45 per cent stake in Verizon Wireless. Continue reading
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  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
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
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  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
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
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
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  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