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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 […]

Sarin targets Hutch in India

Arun Sarin’s interest in India’s fourth-largest mobile operator, Hutchison Essar, was confirmed Friday morning as Vodafone admitted it was looking for a controlling stake in the company. In a statement Friday morning, the UK mobile phone group said: “The board of Vodafone continues to believe the mobile market in India has great potential and is […]

Vodafone slims further: exits Switzerland

Vodafone continued its pre-Christmas diet on Tuesday with the announcement that it has agreed to sell its 25 per cent interest in Swisscom Mobile back to Swisscom for a cash consideration of £1.8bn. The news did not come as much of a surprise. Analysts began speculating that the UK-based operator would offload its Swiss assets […]

Vodafone Greece fined Eur76m over tapping scandal

The Greek unit of mobile giant Vodafone, has been fined Eur 76m (£50.9m) by a Greek privacy watchdog over a phone tapping scandal. The company has described the fine as “illegal, unfair and baseless” and vowed to fight the decision. The watchdog – the Greek Communications Privacy Protection Agency – said Vodafone had failed to […]

MySpace coming to European mobiles?

Last week’s appointment of Jean-Paul Sanchez, previously Vodafone’s global business development manager, to head up Fox Interactive’s mobile strategy in Europe has sparked reports that MySpace is preparing to expand onto the European mobile scene. Sanchez is understood to be already discussing distribution details with European service providers, to put MySpace – owned by Fox […]

Vodafone targets business users

UK mobileco Vodafone steeped up its enterprise mobility strategy on Monday afternoon via the acquisition of two companies and a partnership with a third. Vodafone UK is to acquire enterprise mobility consultancy Aspective and customer services and fleet management provider Isis Telecommunications. In addition, the operator has also signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Fiberlink, […]

Big two team up for free calls deal

A day after Google said mobile calls should be free and supported by advertising, Vodafone has announced it is to offer cheaper calls if they accept adverts from Yahoo. Vodafone has signed an agreement with the internet search firm, making it its exclusive display advertising partner in the UK. The offer will be rolled out […]

Vodafone reports another loss

The Vodafone group reported a first half loss of £5.1bn ($9.7bn) Monday after writing down the value of its German and Italian units. The loss, which will prompt further questions about the company’s leadership, contrasts with a net profit of £2.77bn in the same period last year. The loss amounted to 8.88p per share and […]

Voda to launch fixed broadband in January

Mobile operator Vodafone has finally revealed details of the fixed line broadband service it will launch in the UK on January 8. Vodafone at Home will be available to mobile contract customers for £25 per month, including line rental, on an 18 month subscription. Broadband speeds will be up to 8Mbps with unlimited downloads and […]

Vodafone goes for three pronged assault

UK cellco Vodafone added the third prong to its three platform handset strategy on Monday, cutting a deal with Microsoft for the development of Windows Mobile devices. The deal forms part of Vodafone’s wider strategy of streamlining its platform portfolio to deliver greater cost efficiencies across the group. Over the next five years, Vodafone expects […]

Vodafone Italia and TI square up for a fight

Vodafone’s Italian arm is suing Italy’s largest telecoms firm, Telecom Italia (TI) for allegedly stalling negotiations on an innovative new fixed-line offer. Vodafone Italia said in a statement that TI had ceased negotiations to open up its fixed-line network which Vodafone needs to provide its customers with a new service. Vodafone’s new service allows customers […]

Mobile broadband adoption finally here?

It is no secret that 3G uptake has been pretty disappointing for operators and bemoaning the slow uptake of mobile broadband and content has become a theme for 2006. But industry analyst Jupiter Research thinks that the trend might change in 2007, thanks to a renewed drive by the operator community. Ealier this week Vodafone […]

Voda puts HSDPA phones under Christmas tree

UK-based mobileco Vodafone said on Monday that it would have 24 new HSDPA-enabled 3G devices in the shops in time for Christmas. As well as loading all the devices with Vodafone Live! services including streaming mobile TV and full track downloads, the mobile giant claims the devices are “smaller and lighter and have a longer […]

3GSM Asia: Asian ops plan IM rollout

The GSM Association’s personal Instant Messaging (IM) campaign has scored further success in Asia, with mobile operators in Malaysia and Singapore planning the development and launch of interoperable IM services. Launched at the 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona last February, the initiative aims to make instant messaging on mobile networks as ubiquitous and popular as […]

Geitner quits Voda amid reshuffle

Yet more troubles in the Vodafone boardroom emerged on Friday when Thomas Geitner, head of the operator’s new IP and convergence unit, unexpectedly quit amid yet another reorganisation at the firm. On Friday, the company announced that it has revised its organisational structure for the second time this year and has decided to devolve the […]

Voda drops Carphone as retailer

Shares in UK mobile retailer Carphone Warehouse took a dive Thursday after Vodafone announced it would be dropping the company as a retailer for contract subscriptions. Instead Vodafone has signed up Phones 4U as an exclusive third party retailer for Vodafone contract customers on the UK high street. Vodafone said it aims to benefit from […]

TDtv sparks interest in Europe

Adding yet more confusion to an already fragmented mobile TV market, 3UK, Telefonica and Vodafone on Wednesday joined Orange in a technical trial of TDtv, the 3G TD-CDMA-based Multimedia Broadcast and Multicast Service (MBMS) The trial of TDtv technology developed by US vendor IPWireless, is scheduled to run to the end of the year and […]

Vodafone NZ gets ihug

Australian internet service provider iiNet said Monday that it has sold its New Zealand business, ihug, to Vodafone New Zealand for NZ$41m (£14m). iiNet, which acquired the Australian and New Zealand operations of ihug in 2003, said that following a strategic review of the group it has decided to focus on the core Australian business. […]

Vodafone unveils own brand 3G device

Following in the footsteps of its rivals, Orange, O2 and T-Mobile, Vodafone on Thursday unveiled its first own-branded 3G handset. The Vodafone 710, designed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei, will be launched in the UK, Germany, Spain, Italy, Ireland, Greece, Netherlands, Romania and Portugal from early October 2006. The device packs an MP3 music player, 1.3 […]

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