Vodafone muscles further in on Qtel’s turf

Qatar’s incumbent operator, Qatar Telecom, is under threat from Vodafone, after the UK-based operator won its second licence in the country this week. In addition to the mobile licence Vodafone acquired in Qatar earlier this year, the Big V has also snapped up the right to offer fixed line services and plans to offer both […]

Voda plugs into Web 2.0 with Facebook app

UK-based mobile operator Vodafone began trialling an interesting service this week, one which enables any UK mobile user to send text messages from Facebook. Vodafone Connect to Friends is a Facebook plugin which allows users to send text and picture messages from their PC or laptop to anyone, even non-Facebook users. The smart thing is, […]

Vodafone reshuffles, reorganises

UK-based mobile operator Vodafone announced a reshuffling of its top brass on Tuesday. As of October 1, Michel Combes will join Vodafone as CEO of the Europe Region unit. Combes comes over from French operation TDF, where he was chairman and CEO. He also has previous as senior management at France Telecom. Meanwhile the EMAPA […]

Vodafone rebuffs price hike criticism

The world’s biggest mobile operator in terms of revenue, Vodafone, has countered claims that it is increasing call prices for already hard up Brits. On Tuesday, a number of UK newspapers reported on a tariff change that Vodafone said it warned its users about in July. The cost of a call outside of a customer’s […]

Ghana approves Vodafone’s Telecom buy out

The Ghanaian parliament has approved a controversial deal that will see Vodafone, the world’s biggest mobile operator in terms of revenue, take a 70 per cent holding in state owned Ghana Telecom. The vote was passed late Thursday, after days of protests organised largely by the government opposition party National Democratic Congress and its allies. […]

Voda, O2 UK tune up mobile music offerings

The world’s biggest mobile operator by revenues, Vodafone, unleashed its second mobile music platform in the UK Thursday. Vodafone Music, which was developed in partnership with RealNetworks, aims to complement Music Station, which was launched with Omnifone late in 2007. The most noticeable difference between the two is that Vodafone Music has a more fluid […]

Vodafone in buy back scheme

Global carrier Vodafone announced its intention to buy back £1bn of its own shares on Wednesday, following a 14 per cent drop in the share price to a 20-month low. Shares dipped to £129.5 on Tuesday this week after the firm issued its interim results, projecting full year revenue at the bottom end of the […]

Vodafone’s African expansion blocked

The Ghanaian government has blocked Vodafone’s £450m purchase of a controlling stake in the state-owned Ghana Telecom. At the start of the month Vodafone, the world’s largest operator in terms of revenue, announced that it had effectively gazumped France Telecom by agreeing to acquire 70 per cent of the Ghanaian carrier with the government set […]

Vodafone wins major tax battle

The world’s largest mobile operator by revenues has won a landmark victory, after the UK High Court ruled that it will not have to pay corporation tax on its Luxembourg-based subsidiary. The tax battle was a hang over from Vodafone’s 2000 acquisition of Germany’s Mannesmann. Vodafone Investments Luxembourg Sarl (VIL) was set up as an […]

Vodafone buys into Ghana

Still recoiling from its failed bid for TeliaSonera, France Telecom was struck another blow on Thursday as Vodafone picked up a controlling stake in Ghana Telecom, which the French firm was known to be eyeing. Vodafone, the world’s largest operator in terms of revenue, said that it has agreed to acquire 70 per cent of […]

Operators vow to clean up web services framework

A handful of mobile operators unveiled an ambitious initiative on Tuesday, to co-develop a consistent and secure web services interface that can be used by web developers across multiple device platforms. The move is supported by the OMTP, an operator led community that recommends mobile terminal requirements, and is being spearheaded by 3 Group, AT&T, […]

Voda makes sweet music with MySpace

Mobile operator Vodafone has teamed up with social network MySpace to launch an interactive music service, Vodafone Music Reporter. On Monday, Vodafone revealed that it will use the platform to share its existing music initiatives, including summer festivals such as Music Unlimited Cologne in Germany and Vodafone TBAs in the UK. Music Reporter will also […]

Verizon to regain top spot with Alltel acquisition

US mobile operator Verizon Wireless said Thursday it has agreed to acquire regional mobile carrier Alltel for $28.1bn in cash and assumed debt. UK-based Vodafone, which holds a 45 per cent stake in Verizon, had confirmed the discussions earlier on in the day, sparking concerns over Vodafone’s long awaited dividend from its Verizon stake. Voda […]

Vodafone to pay $2.1bn for Qatar licence

Vodafone and its local partner will pay Riyal7.72bn ($2.1bn) for Qatar’s second mobile licence, authorities revealed on Tuesday. A Vodafone led consortium was awarded the second mobile telecoms licence in Qatar in December, beating rival bids from Verizon and Etisalat. Regulator ictQatar also revealed the shareholding structure of Vodafone’s local consortium, which will see the […]

Change of guard at Voda as Sarin steps down

Vodafone chief Arun Sarin is to step down from his post after five years at the helm. The announcement came as the world’s biggest operator by revenue reported a profit of £6.7bn for the year to end March 31, versus a loss of £4.8bn in the previous year. Revenues also jumped 14.1 per cent year […]

Voda taps Alcatel-Lucent for managed services

Another win for the outsourcing market on Friday as mobile operator Vodafone UK signs a managed services agreement with Alcatel-Lucent for the support, maintenance and upgrade of a range of technical platforms. Under the five year agreement, Alcatel-Lucent will carry out maintenance and operations for Vodafone UK’s Intelligent Network & Core Applications platforms, as well […]

Voda eyeing up Huawei’s handset business?

While Vodafone has still got its wallet out, some speculators believe the mobile operator is eyeing up a portion of Chinese manufacturer Huawei’s handset business. Rumour has it that Huawei decided to put up to 50 per cent of its handset business on the market last week, in a bid to raise around $2bn and […]

Vodafone buys up rest of Arcor

Monster mobile carrier Vodafone said Monday that it has agreed to acquire the remaining 26.4 per cent interest in German fixed line operator Arcor for Eur474m in cash. Such a move has been on the cards for some years now. At the CeBit trade show in 2006 Vodafone Germany’s chief executive suggested it was possible […]

Vodafone gets social with Zyb acquisition

The social networking bandwagon got a little more crowded Friday morning as Vodafone announced plans to acquire Danish social networking firm Zyb for Eur31.5m in cash. Zyb is a little different from the MySpaces and Facebooks of the social networking world however, in that its focus is on enabling users to back up and share […]

Vodafone enters Chile via Entel partnership

The world’s largest mobile operator in terms of revenues, Vodafone, said Tuesday that it has forged a strategic alliance allowing it to introduce Vodafone-branded products and services in Chile. Under an agreement with second placed Chilean operator, Entel PCS, Vodafone will introduce a range of push email devices, branded handsets and HSDPA USB modems. The […]

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