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Vodafone May Face Reopening of Indian Tax Case

India’s government has proposed passing a law that would allow it to retrospectively change tax laws – in a move that could reopen Vodafone’s US$ 2.2 billion tax demand. Click here for more.


Ono moves to IPO but door still open for Vodafone say reports

OnoSpanish Cable operator Ono has said it will press ahead with its planned IPO while continuing to engage with Vodafone over a possible acquisition, it has been reported. Citing two people “with knowledge of the matter”, news agency Bloomberg reported that Ono will slow preparations for the IPO, agreed at a board meeting on Thursday, to give Vodafone the option to up its previous bid, which was in the region of €7bn.

Meanwhile Reuters has cited a source close to the companies who suggests that negotiations are set to conclude imminently with a successful outcome for Vodafone.

Vodafone is looking to consolidate its position in key existing markets by expanding into cable provision; a strategy revealed by its purchase of Germany’s Kabel Deutschland last year. A number of European telcos are betting on bundled communications and pay TV offerings to increase customer loyalty and grow revenues.

Earlier this week, at Cable Congress in Amsterdam, Cable CEOs debated the future of convergence between their own networks and mobile services. Leading executives said that cable operators are becoming mobile companies as consumption of content migrates to mobile.

Speaking on the opening panel session at the show on Wednesday, Manuel Cubero, chief operating officer, Kabel Deutschland, said that the combination of Vodafone and KDG was a “perfect fit”, but added that his company had already begun deploying wifi last year. “The logic for this [fixed mobile] marriage is becoming greater,” he said.

Asked whether KDG would adopt the Vodafone brand, Cubero declined to answer directly but said that in principal Vodafone has a” fantastic brand” worldwide with 22 million customers in Germany. “It’s obvious it will help us grow event faster,” he said.

Vodafone Still Eying Bid for Spain’s Ono as Shareholders Approve IPO

Shareholders at Spain’s Grupo Corporativo Ono have approved plans for the company to seek a stock market listing, even though they are also still in talks about a possible takeover by Vodafone. Click here for more.


Ericsson wins network upgrade deals with Vodafone and Real Future

Ericsson has won contracts with UK operator group Vodafone and Thailand's Real Future

Ericsson has won contracts with UK operator group Vodafone and Thailand’s Real Future

Operator group Vodafone has called on Swedish vendor Ericsson to help it carry out its Project Spring organic investment programme. The two firms have signed a five-year deal for the Swedish vendor to provide products and services to further enhance the Vodafone network quality as part of the £7bn project.

Ericsson will provide the group with its full RBS 6000 portfolio and its Antenna Integrated Radio (AIR) product. In addition, the vendor’s service professionals will take on the responsibility for planning, end-to-end network rollout, tuning and optimisation of Vodafone’s 2G, 3G and LTE networks.

“We have been a trusted partner of Vodafone for 30 years and we are delighted to continue and expand our relationship with this latest award under Project Spring,” said Hans Vestberg, president and CEO at Ericsson.

The vendor also announced a similar deal with Thai operator Real Future at Mobile World Congress. Ericsson will supply Real Future with its RBS 6000 family of radio base stations and services including project management, system integration, interoperability testing, network design and implementation, as well as competence development of personnel.

“This further strengthens our mobile broadband leadership as the first to launch 4G/LTE in Thailand,” said Vichaow Rakphongphairoj, MD and COO at Real Future’s parent firm True Corporation. “It means more exciting opportunities for businesses, as well as new services for subscribers.”

Vodafone awards global deal to Samsung for Project Spring

Global broadband revenues to continue rising

Vodafone is investing in global infrastructure

UK-based operator Vodafone has tapped up Korean manufacturer Samsung for a global framework agreement, to deliver 2G, 3G and 4G infrastructure across the Vodafone Group footprint.

The framework agreement supports Vodafone’s organic investment programme, Project Spring, which is designed to accelerate its plans to establish stronger network and service differentiation for its customers. Earlier this week the operator also signed up Ericsson.

Vodafone is making significant investments in its global network infrastructure. As we ll as Project Spring the company’s Carrier Services division recently revealed that it is currently investing heavily in MPLS and by the end of the year will have what it claims is the world’s largest physical MPLS infrastructure.

The firm is also investing on solutions that will run on this infrastructure and the division’s CEO Brian Fitzpatrick told that Vodafone will also have one of, if not the largest IPX infrastructure in the world, when work is complete.

Vodafone New Zealand Signs Up 300,000 4G Customers in First Year

Vodafone New Zealand says that it has attracted more than 300,000 customers onto its 4G-enabled tariffs since launching its LTE network one year ago today. Click here for more.


Vodafone spends £1.9bn on Indian 4G spectrum

Vodafone will use some of the spectrum for 4G services

Vodafone will use some of the spectrum for 4G services

Vodafone India said Friday it has spent £1.9bn (INR19,645 crores) on spectrum licenses for 11 circles in the country.

The operator acquired a total of 23MHz in the 900MHz band in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata and 49MHz in the 1800MHz band in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujarat, UP East, Rajasthan, Haryana, Andhra Pradesh and Punjab.

A total of £540m is payable in financial year 2013/2014 with the remainder payable in instalments starting in 2017.

The company said it has established a strong platform for 4G data services by buying 1800MHz spectrum in Mumbai, Delhi, Kolkata, Karnataka and Kerala, which account for more than 50 per cent of data revenues and are expected to drive the adoption of 4G, as was the case after the introduction of 3G services in 2010.

Vodafone India has over 160 million customers, with the number of mobile internet users increasing 38 per cent to 45.7 million in its most recent quarter. Data usage also continues to grow strongly with 3G usage now averaging in excess of 700MB per month, the company said.

LTE Asia takes place 23-25 September 2014 at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore

Vodafone Tops Romanian Mobile Number Portability Charts

The Romanian telecoms regulator has announced that just over 1.2 million phone numbers had been ported to a different provider by the end of last year. Click here for more.


O2 and Vodafone get go-ahead for UK net share

O2 and Vodafone's UK network sharing deal has been approved by the UK's regulatory authorities

The UK businesses of Telefónica and Vodafone have been granted permission by the country’s regulatory authorities to pool the basic parts of their network infrastructure to create one national grid. The grid will support two independent and competing networks delivering mobile coverage and mobile internet services to UK households.

As reported by in June 2012, the scheme will offer indoor 2G and 3G coverage and will lay the foundations for two competing 4G networks for 98 per cent of the UK population by 2015.

“One physical grid, running independent networks, will mean broader coverage and, crucially, investment in innovation and better competition for the customer,” said Ronan Dunne, CEO at Telefónica UK. – telecoms industry news, analysis and opinion

Vodafone and O2 Network Infrastructure Merger Plans Approved

Plans by Vodafone and Telefonica O2 to combine the basic parts of their UK network infrastructure to create one national grid running each operator’s independent spectrum have been approved by the UK’s Office of Fair Trading (OFT). Click here for more.