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Vodafone to annonuce Essar deal Thursday

Vodafone chief executive, Arun Sarin, is expected to announce a deal Thursday that will see his firm jointly manage India’s fourth biggest mobile group, Hutchison Essar Ltd (HEL), according to reports. The Times of India on Wednesday said the two firms have also agreed to rename HEL as Vodafone Essar. It added that the newly […]

Voda reaches agreement with Essar – reports

British mobile firm, Vodafone, has reportedly reached an agreement with the Essar group that will see it take management control over Hutchison Essar. The Hindustan Times reported Tuesday that Vodafone will nominate Ravi Ruia, Essar’s group vice chairman, as non-executive chairman, quoting sources. The Times said the new board would be comprised of nine directors, […]

Hutch shareholders approve Vodafone sale

Shareholders of Hutchison Telecommunications International (HTIL) on Thursday approved the $11.1bn sale of a controlling stake in the firm to British operator Vodafone. The shareholders – representing a majority of HTIL shares – approved the deal at an extraordinary general meeting in Hong Kong.

Vodafone NL opens door to MVNOs

Vodafone Netherlands on Friday opened its doors to the MVNO market, with consumer electronics retailer Dexcom as its first customer. Under a five year agreement, Dexcom Telecom will enter the Dutch market as a Mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) using the Vodafone network. Dexcom is expected to launch in the second quarter under its own […]

Voda intros B2B ad model

Vodafone has introduced a business to business mobile advertising service in the Netherlands. On Friday, the Big V said it will start with a proposition for two segments in the enterprise market – insurance resellers and pharmacists. Mobile users will be targeted with content and ads on their phone. In cooperation with Dutch company I-Wood […]

Indian prize snags new problem for Vodafone

Reports suggest that the Vodafone Group is walking into a complex legal battle involving 1 million Mumbai-based mobile phone customers as part of its £5.7bn ($11.7bn) takeover of Hutchison Essar. UK newspaper, The Daily Telegraph said Friday, without naming its source, that Essar Group – set to become Vodafone’s partner in India – has moved […]

Essar seeks joint control with Voda in India

Reports are emerging that India’s Essar Group wants to run mobile operator Hutchison Essar in a partnership of equals with Vodafone. The Indian conglomerate issued a statement late Friday in which it said it sees Hutch Essar “as a core part of its business portfolio for the long term” and “has no intent to exit […]

Nokia and Vodafone release S60 package

Nokia and Vodafone this week strengthened their partnership with the release of the first Vodafone specific software package to all S60 licensees. The Vodafone specific software enables Vodafone to roll out new services across a range of different handsets without having to develop a range of different software designs. Samsung and Nokia are expected to […]

Vodafone’s content drive goes off the map

Vodafone Live! will be drawing on Google for its maps and local search service, it was announced Monday, while the company will be working with Citibank on a new mobile payments system. Google launched Google Maps in 2004, which proved to be the starting gun for Web 2.0, as the service’s rich AJAX-based user interface, […]

Brothers warn Vodafone to back off in Essar bid

Two of India’s wealthiest brothers have threatened to block Vodafone’s plans to buy mobile operator, Hutchison Essar. Ravi and Sashi Ruia, both managers at Essar, have told the British firm that they will use special ‘operating rights’ to hamper its ability to develop Essar’s business if it wins the $20bn auction for the firm. While […]

Vodafone puts YouTube on mobile

Vodafone marked the end of a busy week on Friday with an agreement to launch YouTube on mobile phones. The service will launch in the UK initially and will be expanded to key markets across Europe, allowing users to access a version of the popular YouTube service directly via Vodafone live! As part of the […]

Vodafone, Orange to share 3G networks

UK operators Vodafone and Orange on Thursday announced an agreement to share their 3G Radio Access Networks (RANs). The project outlines plans for the two networks to be combined over a number of years and covers both existing and new buildouts of their 3G networks. Regarding 2G, the companies will continue to explore opportunities for […]

Vodafone offers eBay app.

Vodafone has struck a deal with online auction house eBay to offer a dedicated downloadable mobile application for the service. The eBay application will be free to download on Vodafone live! or embedded on key handsets. The offering will launch initially in Italy initially and will be made available across Europe later this year. The […]

Vodafone in MySpace partnership

Vodafone announced an exclusive tie up with social networking portal MySpace on Wednesday, allowing Vodafone customers to interact with the site via their mobile phones. MySpace already has deals with Cingular Wireless and MVNO Helio in the US and Softbank in Japan, but today’s announcement marks the first extension of Fox Interactive Media’s portal into […]

Vodafone breaks 200m subs barrier

UK-based mobileco Vodafone said Wednesday that its total proportionate mobile customer base had crossed the 200 million mark. The operator counted 8.7 million proportionate organic net adds for the quarter to end December, with 3G devices contributing 2.5 million new additions. Vodafone’s global 3G device base is now more than 13.6 million, with 3G/HSDPA available […]

SingTel after Voda’s stake in Bharti

According to reports, Singaporean telco SingTel has formally expressed its interest in buying Vodafone’s 10 per cent stake in Bharti Airtel to the British company and its advisors, UBS. Vodafone initiated the talks with Singapore’s largest telco in order to sell the stake in Bharti Airtel. If Vodafone wins the $18bn auction of Hutchison Essar […]

Linux proponents rev up LiMo Foundation

A handful of telecom powerhouses banded together on Friday for the official launch of mobile Linux collective, the LiMo Foundation. Motorola, NEC, NTT DoCoMo, Panasonic Mobile, Samsung and Vodafone intend to collaborate on a Linux-based software platform for mobile devices. A not for profit organisation, the foundation is aimed at blending the community-based development benefits […]

UCG bandwagon gains momentum

The user Generated Content (UGC) bandwagon gathered momentum today with the news that Singapore’s M1 and UK-based Vodafone are looking to get in on the game. After Hutchison Whampoa 3 UK set the ball rolling with SeeMe TV in 2005, the UGC market has exploded. Now M1 is hoping to cash in on a generation […]

Vodafone buys Egyptian 3G licence

Vodafone has coughed up E£3.34bn (Eur452m) for a 3G license in Egypt, the country’s telecoms regulator said on Monday. As part of the 15 year agreement, Vodafone will also pay 2.4 per cent of annual revenues from the provided services. The move makes Vodafone the second Egyptian operator to secure a 3G licence. Etisalat paid […]

Vodafone to launch fixed broadband

Vodafone will next week, launch fixed broadband in the UK, responding to increasing challenges in its home market. The company has inked a deal with British incumbent, BT, to provide the infrastructure for the new broadband internet service, dubbed: “Vodafone At Home.” Unlike rivals Sky and Carphone Warehouse which have limited domestic coverage, Vodafone’s alliance […]

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