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 […]

Vodafone to enter Qatar

A Vodafone led consortium was awarded the second mobile telecoms licence in Qatar on Monday, beating rival bids from Verizon and Etisalat. ictQatar, the country’s telecoms regulator said the Vodafone and Qatar Foundation Consortium had been successful, submitting the highest bid in the second round auction. Other eligible consortiums submitting bids were the Verizon led […]

Vodafone creates Indian network sharing company

Vodafone’s newly acquired Indian mobile unit, Vodafone Essar, has teamed up with two rival GSM carriers to set up a shared network infrastructure in the country. Bharti Infratel and Idea Cellular have both agreed to set up an independent tower company with the Big V, providing passive infrastructure services in India to all operators in […]

German court confirms iPhone exclusivity

German mobile operator T-Mobile is once again selling the Apple iPhone exclusively on its own network, after a Hamburg court overturned a ban recently won by rival Vodafone. Shortly after T-Mobile launched the iPhone on November 9, Vodafone Germany won a temporary injunction, forcing the company to sell a version of the device without a […]

Voda, Telefonica invest in mobile ad firm

Mobile advertising platform Amobee Media Systems announced Wednesday that UK operator Vodafone and Spanish operator Telefonica have both made a minority investment in the company. The two carriers join Sequoia Capital, Accel Partners and Globespan in funding the ad firm. Amobee launched its first live consumer trial in March 2006 and has now several commercial […]

T-Mobile selling unlocked iPhone for Eur999

German mobile operator, T-Mobile, has had its hand forced and is now selling unlocked Apple iPhones for the princely sum of Eur999. As we reported yesterday, Vodafone Germany has won an injunction against the iPhone’s exclusive German carrier, T-Mobile, forcing the company to sell a version of the device without a lock to the network. […]

Voda upsets German Apple cart

Californian cool peddler Apple, has had a spanner thrown into the works of its German iPhone strategy and could be forced to sell an unlocked version of the device in the country. On Tuesday it emerged that Vodafone Germany had won an injunction against the iPhone’s exclusive German carrier, T-Mobile, forcing the company to sell […]

Voda seeking to increase Chinese presence

Vodafone, “the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue”, has plans to use the government led restructuring of the telecoms market to increase its presence in the country. The Chinese government is planning to shake up the local telecoms market as part of the roll out of 3G in country. And Vodafone intends to use its […]

Vodafone turns a profit; improves outlook

Vodafone, the “world’s biggest carrier in terms of revenue”, recorded a profit of £3.3bn during the six months to September 30, compared to a loss of £5bn during the same period last year. The Big V also kept its monster revenues up, increasing sales by 9 per cent year on year to reach £17bn, driven […]

Voda opens up to Nokia’s Ovi platform

While Google is still getting its mobile strategy underway, Nokia is steaming ahead with its web services offensive, signing a deal with Vodafone on Wednesday. The “world’s largest mobile operator by revenue” and the world’s largest handset manufacturer have agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi services on a […]

Vodafone’s Indian trauma

The $11bn acquisition of Hutchison’s Indian mobile carrier, Essar, has not been the smoothest of deals for Vodafone. At the time of the acquisition in May of this year, the carrier took some time to secure regulatory approval. Now, it seems the Newbury-headquartered operator has received two more pieces of bad news in the space […]

Mobile music gauntlet goes down

The battle for mobile music market share started in earnest in the UK on Thursday, as both Vodafone and Nokia unveiled their offerings. Vodafone has struck an exclusive agreement with mobile music shop Omnifone to offer unlimited track downloads, straight to the mobile, for just £1.99 per week. The MusicStation platform, which launched Thursday, gives […]

Vodafone targets international workers with MVNO

Vodafone UK notched up its second MVNO contract in as many weeks on Wednesday, announcing the launch of Lebara Mobile, which is targeting the UK’s 1.5 million strong migrant worker community. The SIM-only prepay service will be provided to customers under the Lebara brand and will be made available through outlets targeted specifically at the […]

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