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Vodafone Czech Republic turns to Astellia for successful migration towards new equipment vendor

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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.

CWW CEO Gavin Darby edged out by Vodafone for second time

Darby held a number of senior positions at Vodafone before joining CWW

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 operators split over net neutrality code of practice

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.

Ofcom guarantees LTE spectrum for fourth operator

Ofcom has said that a fourth wholesale operator will be guaranteed LTE spectrum if the reserve price is met

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.

Vodafone down, Verizon up, Microsoft makes loss, Google strong as usual

Vodafone, Verizon, Microsoft and Google posted quarterly results

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).

UK Government has “lost the plot” over LTE

The UK is behind the curve with LTE deployment

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 closes in on CWW purchase; buys back shares

Vodafone nears CWW deal

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.

Vodafone, O2 extend UK net share across 2G, 3G & 4G

Vodafone and Telefonica strengthen their network sharing agreement

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 in talks with Telstra over NZ arm

Vodafone is looking to acquire Telstra's New Zealand business, TelstraClear

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.

Vodafone posts stagnant profit for full-year

Vodafone has reported increased revenues and profits for the six months ending 30 Sep 2011

UK-based carrier Vodafone revealed stability in its operations over the full year to end March 31, but recorded negligible growth.

O2UK launches mobile wallet service

The O2 Wallet home screen

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 lends support to Australia NBN, defends Huawei

VHA has said it will enter the fixed line market in Australia thanks to the NBN

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.”

Bill Morrow hired to improve fortunes at VHA

Bill Morrow has rejoined Vodafone, in Australia

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.

MWC: Launch of RCSe services by Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange in Spain

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Mobile operators need to go short if they want to go along with their customers. RCSe can rejoin the broken links between operators and their customers, at a cost.

Fujitsu to launch European smartphone play

Fujitsu's Arrow smartphone, launched in Japan earlier this year

Japanese electronics vendor Fujitsu has announced its intention to launch smartphones and tablets into the European market just as mobile operators are looking to reduce the number of device vendors they work with. Fujitsu has a 20 per cent share of the Japanese mobile device market, according to Robert Pryke, director of Fujitsu’s European device business.

Indian operators told to end roaming agreement

India's telecoms authorities want operators to end their roaming pact

India’s Department of Telecommunications (DoT) will order Bharti Airtel, Idea, Vodafone to end their roaming pact, according to media reports in the country. The three operators had entered into an agreement with one another to offer 3G mobile services in circles, or districts, where they failed to acquire spectrum in the country’s auction when it was held last year.

Some iPhone apps failing Vodafone quality tests

Lee Epting, group director of content services at Vodafone

Some applications available through Apple’s App Store are failing Vodafone’s internal quality standards, accessing APIs that are non-essential for the applications’ functions, according to the international carrier’s group director of content services, Lee Epting.

Buyer’s Market

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As the global director for terminals marketing at the Vodafone Group, Peter Becker-Pennrich holds decision making powers over a procurement strategy that deals in serious volumes. Vodafone buys between 60 and 70 million handsets each year, spending $8bn across it’s footprint, including affiliates and partner markets. In this exclusive interview Becker-Pennrich offers frank assessments of the different strategies adopted by the vendor community, their chances for success and the nature of the relationship – ever evolving – between operators, vendors and platform developers.

Vodafone chosen as European provider for Sony PlayStation Vita 3G

Vodafone is the preferred operator partner for the PS Vita

Vodafone and Sony Computer Entertainment Europe have announced a partnership that will see the UK headquartered international carrier become the ‘preferred partner’ to provide connectivity for the 3G version of Sony’s forthcoming portable gaming console. The deal extends across Europe, taking in the UK, Ireland, Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal, the Netherlands and Vodafone’s Partner in France (SFR), as well as in Australia and New Zealand.

3UK claims m-commerce joint venture is anti-competitive

3UK claims the joint venture between Everything Everywhere, Vodafone and O2 is anti-competitive

3UK intends to make an initial complaint to antitrust authorities in the UK and Europe regarding the proposed joint venture between O2, Vodafone and Everything Everywhere. Back in June this year, the three operators announced plans to create a standalone m-commerce joint venture in the UK.

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