UK operator Vodafone has hit back at regulator Ofcom’s suggestion that UK telecoms operators should not be allowed to raise consumer tariffs mid-way through fixed term contracts. Vodafone said that mobile operators are sometimes forced to adjust their prices to reflect changes in charges set by other operators for services such as premium rate or directory enquiries.
UK operator group Vodafone has struck a five-year deal with British defence firm BAE Systems. The two have penned a partnership to provide businesses with a range of advanced communications security products and services for smartphones and tablets. BAE Systems has also selected Vodafone as its preferred supplier of mobile communications worldwide, excluding the US.
Vodafone and Chinese telecoms equipment vendor Huawei have completed the world’s first successful field trials of 2Tbps optical fibre transmission technologies on Vodafone’s live network in Germany.
Alcatel Lucent’s vice president for the global Vodafone account has jumped ship to Nokia Siemens Networks, where he will perform the same function. In an internal memo to senior management seen by Telecoms.com, NSN’s head of European customer operations René Svendsen-Tune announced that Wolfgang Hackenberg had joined the firm to assume control of the Vodafone account, which has been under interim management since the middle of the year.
Vodafone has announced a loss of £1.89bn for the six months to the end of September 2012 on the back of write downs for its Spanish and Italian operations totaling £5.9bn. The international operator recorded a profit of £6.64bn for the same period in 2011 and chief executive Vittorio Colao said the 1H12 results reflected “tougher market conditions, mainly in Southern Europe”.
Indian bank ICICI Bank has partnered with Vodafone to launch the M-Pesa mobile payment service in India before the end of the year. The service will be provided by Vodafone India through its subsidiary Mobile Commerce Solutions. Under the M-Pesa brand, MCS will provide a mobile wallet service, while ICICI Bank will provide the mobile money account.
Astellia, a leading provider of monitoring solutions for the optimization of mobile network QoS and QoE, has been selected by Vodafone Czech Republic as a main partner for testing and maximizing its network performance in the context of its 3-year equipment swap project. The contract will enable Vodafone to ensure fast and successful replacement of more than 40 BSCs in its 2G network and deliver the highest customer experience to its subscribers.
Gavin Darby, the former Vodafone executive who became CEO at Cable and Wireless Worldwide (CWW) in November 2011 has been removed from his role after Vodafone completed its acquisition of CWW.
UK fixed and mobile operators are divided over whether to sign up to a voluntary code of practice in support of net neutrality. While ten service providers have signed up, Vodafone, Everything Everywhere and Virgin Media have so far refused.
UK regulator Ofcom has unveiled plans for the country’s 4G spectrum auction. The UK has lagged other leading markets and Ofcom has revealed that spectrum will be allocated in 2013. Ofcom has set aside spectrum intended to guarantee the presence of four LTE operators in the UK market.
It’s quarterly results time again, with Vodafone, Verizon, Microsoft and Google reporting varying degrees of success for the quarter ended June 30.
Operator group Vodafone reported almost flat revenues for the quarter, climbing by just one per cent, to reach £10.8bn ($17bn).
The UK Government’s decision not to facilitate the deployment of LTE until 2013 at the earliest is “appalling” and has forced the UK to surrender its position as one of the leading communication markets in the world. This is the judgement of a C-level executive from one of the UK network operators, who asked not to be named.
Vodafone Group’s potential takeover of Cable and Wireless Worldwide (CWW) is a step closer to being accepted after a major shareholder withdrew its objection to the deal. The operator group’s £1.04bn bid was in doubt of being accepted after investment group Orbis, which owns 19 per cent of CWW, voiced its opposition to the takeover.
UK mobile operators Telefónica and Vodafone on Thursday agreed to extend their existing network sharing deal to create one single national grid providing 2G, 3G and eventually 4G services to 98 per cent of the UK population.
Vodafone has announced that it is in discussions with Australian operator Telstra over the potential acquisition of its New Zealand subsidiary, TelstraClear. “Discussions are continuing and there is no certainty as to whether an agreement will be reached. A further announcement will be made in due course, if appropriate,” Vodafone said in a statement.
UK-based carrier Vodafone revealed stability in its operations over the full year to end March 31, but recorded negligible growth.
Telefónica subsidiary O2 has become the first operator in the UK market to launch a mobile wallet offering. The service offers price comparison for online shopping, person to person money transfer and allows the user to digitise cards linked to existing bank accounts, or load money onto an O2 stored value account.
Vodafone Hutchinson Australia has said that the NBN fibre to the premises project is vital to support mobile connectivity, the Register has reported. At an open public hearing of the Joint Committee on the National Broadband Network Matthew Lobb, Vodafone’s general manager of public policy, told the committee that the argument that “because consumers love mobile tech they don’t like wires the NBN is not important” was misleading and that “getting fixed line right is absolutely crucial for mobile networks.”
VHA, the joint venture which operates the Vodafone and 3 brands in the Australian market, has announced the recruitment of Bill Morrow as CEO, replacing Nigel Dews. Morrow is a Vodafone veteran, having previously led the firm’s operations in the UK, Europe and Japan. Morrow’s most recent telecoms industry post was as CEO of US WiMAX player Clearwire, from which he resigned citing personal reasons in March last year.
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