Vodafone takes control of Vodacom

UK-based operator Vodafone said Thursday that its Rand22.5bn ($2.5bn) bid for a further 15 per cent stake in South African operation Vodacom has been accepted. The move takes Vodafone’s holding in Vodacom to 65 per cent, and allows the Big V to realise its long standing aim of taking control of the African operator. Vodacom […]

“Let the buying begin,” says telecoms analyst

Despite the economic chaos, telecoms firms should not let a sensible attitude of caution turn into a bunker mentality. For those with tangible resources available, analysts say a more aggressive strategy is advisable. This week, industry analyst Ovum predicted that the financial crisis will force a sea change in the telecoms landscape, largely outdating the […]

Vodafone takes brand into Russia, CIS

Russia’s leading mobile operator, Mobile TeleSystems (MTS), has partnered with Vodafone, the world’s largest operator in terms of revenues, to bring the Big V’s brand to Russia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan and Armenia. On Thursday, Voda announced that it has struck a strategic, non-equity partnership with MTS, giving the Russian operator access to products, services and […]

Germans get Voda, O2 backed m-payment service

German wireless operators Vodafone and O2 launched an m-payment service Friday, allowing users to make direct debit payments from their handset. The mpass service can be tied to a user’s debit account, so they can make online purchases just by entering their mobile number and PIN. Before the purchase is cleared, users will receive a […]

Voda makes offer to boost stake in Vodacom

UK-based operator Vodafone said Friday that it has made a Rand22.5bn ($2.5bn) bid for a further 15 per cent stake in South African operation Vodacom. If successful, Vodafone would then own 65 per cent of an attractive asset with strong market positions in South Africa, Democratic Republic of Congo, Lesotho, Mozambique and Tanzania. Vodacom is […]

Huawei handsets off the market

In a week of financial turmoil it will come as little surprise to learn that Chinese mega-vendor Huawei has decided to postpone the sale of a stake in its handset unit. Back in May, when the firm hired Morgan Stanley to organise the sale of a business worth an estimated $3.5bn, local reports claimed network […]

Vodafone names regional chiefs

UK-based operator Vodafone continued its management reorganisation on Monday, establishing greater focus on the group’s higher growth markets. Nick Read, currently CEO of Vodafone UK, will become CEO of the Asia-Pacific & Middle East region, which includes Vodafone’s interests in Australia, China, Egypt, Fiji, India, New Zealand and Qatar. Morten Lundal, currently CEO of the […]

Consolidation rumour roundup

It’s only Monday, but there are already a number of rumours circulating on potential mergers in the telecoms industry. UK-based Vodafone is believed to be on the verge of a deal with South African partner Telkom, with an eye to taking a larger stake in the Vodacom mobile operation. At present, Big Red holds 50 […]

Voda to bundle Dell notebook

UK-based mobile operator Vodafone said Thursday it will be bundling Dell’s ultra mobile device with a mobile broadband subscription from mid-October. Big Red will be the first carrier to get it mitts on the Inspiron Mini 9 unit, which will be bundled in for ‘nothing’ with a 24 month contract at £25 per month. But […]

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, […]

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