Vodafone spends big in India

Vodafone is rumoured to be preparing to award a $1.8bn network contract for its recently acquired Indian operation. The operator paid out $11bn for a controlling stake in Hutchison Essar earlier this year and is keen to expand the coverage of the operator’s GSM network. Local reports suggest that the tender will be split between […]

Vodafone joins WiMAX Forum

No doubt there were high fives all round at the WiMAX Forum headquarters Thursday morning, as the disruptive technology won the backing of Vodafone. The industry body, committed to promoting and certifying interoperable WiMAX products, announced that Vodafone has become a principal member of the forum, lending yet more credence to the assertion of the […]

Vodafone keeps its slice of Verizon

Vodafone reiterated on Wednesday that it is, under no circumstances, about to get rid of its stake in US cellco Verizon Wireless. Despite months, maybe even years, of speculation that the operator would offload some or all of the 45 per cent holding, a statement released Wednesday said that “Vodafone continues to believe that retaining […]

Voda rebels voted down

Rebel shareholders in Vodafone received a solid trouncing on Tuesday, when proposals to spin off the holding in Verizon Wireless were defeated by a landslide of votes. At the company’s AGM on Tuesday, 33.4 billion votes were cast against plans to separate out the company’s 45 per cent interest in Verizon Wireless, with only 1.6 […]

Verizon, rain dampen Voda AGM

Vodafone’s holding in US cellco Verizon Wireless is expected to be hot on the agenda at the company’s AGM on Tuesday, despite chief exec Arun Sarin’s recent dismissal of calls to offload it. Last week, Vodafone hinted that it would prefer to hold onto its stake in Verizon Wireless, despite shareholder calls to offload the […]

Vodafone to hold onto Verizon stake

Vodafone on Thursday hinted that it would prefer to hold onto its stake in US cellco Verizon Wireless, despite shareholder calls to offload the asset. Arun Sarin, chief exec of Vodafone, said Thursday that the value of the Verizon stake had increased from $10bn to $15bn in 2006 and would continue to increase. He said […]

Vodafone rebels win support in US

Rebel Vodafone shareholders demanding a shake up of the operator’s capital structure are understood to have made some headway with their demands in the US. US-based shareholder advisory group, Glass Lewis, is believed to have recommended that US investors in Vodafone lend their backing to the majority of the proposals submitted by activist investment group […]

Vodafone and the Nokias team up on banking

Policy makers are being called upon by leading international mobile network operator Vodafone and the world’s number one handset manufacturer Nokia, in combination with its networks sibling Nokia Siemens Network, to change regulations in order to encourage financial transactions via mobile phones. The pressure for change outlined in a jointly produced report includes details of […]

Vodafone moves to counter wifi roaming

Vodafone has announced a new European data roaming charge for laptop users which it hopes will persuade customers to favour cellular service over wifi when overseas. From July 2nd, the carrier’s customers will have access to data card roaming (or laptop usage where the phone acts as a modem) for a daily charge of Eur12, […]

Bharti, Vodafone set up Jersey test bed

Indian operator Bharti Airtel has launched services on the island of Jersey, a British Crown Dependency 100 miles south of the mainland UK. As part of the Vodafone partnership program, the firm, headed by Sunil Bharti Mittal, will take services to market under the Airtel-Vodafone brand. With a population of around 90,000, Jersey is hardly […]

Vodafone rolls out WiMAX in Malta

Vodafone Malta said Friday it has tapped wireless broadband vendor Airspan to build its first commercial WiMAX network. The network is among Vodafone’s first WiMAX deployments worldwide, bundling together mobile and fixed offerings to provide broadband data and VoIP services to residential and business customers under its ‘Mobile Plus’ strategy. There is no word on […]

Vodafone reduces web pricing

Vodafone announced today that the cost of its “flat rate” mobile data package is being cut to £8.50 a day or £25 a month. It’s still not actually flat-rate, though, as you’re still being billed by the minute, and there’s still a web proxy involved that eats SSL connections and files bigger than 230 KB […]

Voda responds to inefficiency claims

UK mobile operator Vodafone has responded to the proposed shake up of its capital structure by shareholder activist group Efficient Capital Structures (ECS). Not surprisingly, the operator disagrees strongly with the proposals. ECS suggested, in a letter sent Thursday, that the carrier suffers from an “inefficient capital structure”. Further to that, ECS requested that Voda […]

Title: Vodafone attacked over “inefficient capital”

UK operator Vodafone has been sent a list of four resolutions outlining a proposed shake up of its capital structure. The carrier is required to put the resolutions to its shareholders at its forthcoming AGM on July 24. A letter sent to all Vodafone shareholders by investment activist group, Efficient Capital Structures (ECS), states that […]

Voda lets users loose on web

Vodafone launched a flat rate data tariff on Wednesday, making it cheaper for users to surf outside of the operator’s walled garden. Vodafone Mobile Internet is available to most customers, and a platform that re-renders typical internet web pages for display on the mobile has been tested on 150 different handsets. The fruits of Big […]

Voda gets boost from Bubble Motion

Voice SMS developer Bubble Motion was touting its latest customer win on Wednesday, announcing that Vodafone Egypt has seen 15 per cent of its subscriber base adopt the service within two months of launch. The BubbleTalk service, which Vodafone markets under the MiniCall brand, allows users to record a voice message that is sent like […]

Vodafone to be hit by roaming cuts

Vodafone warned on Tuesday that it expects to take a revenue hit of between £200m and £250m during the financial year 2007-2008, as a result of regulator imposed caps on roaming charges. The warning comes as Vodafone continues to struggle in the more mature markets of Europe. On Tuesday, the operator reported that revenues for […]

Vodafone wins Ya.com

Vodafone is reported to have won the battle for Deutsche Telekom’s Spanish ISP, Ya.com, with a bid of between Eur400m and Eur500m. Big Red looks to have beaten off a number of rivals, including Spanish broadband service provider Jazztel and mobile operator Orange. Ya.com is the country’s fourth largest broadband provider with about 400,000 subscribers. […]

No i-mode for India

No real surprises here, but with Vodafone’s $11bn acquisition of Hutchison Essar in the bag, NTT DoCoMo has pulled the plug on its i-mode plans for India. Japanese operator DoCoMo and Hutch had signed a contract in December with an eye to launching i-mode in India this year. But “due to the changes in business […]

Orange rolls out all you can eat web

Hot on the heels of Vodafone’s daily data tariff, Orange UK has launched its own flat rate mobile internet offering for both prepay and contract subscribers. Orange customers will have five new bundles to choose from – three for contract, two for prepaid – starting in June. Daily browsing for all subscribers is charged at […]

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