Vodafone to invest an extra $1.96b into India

IndiaTelecom Asia — Vodafone has committed to investing over 130 billion rupees ($1.96 billion) to expand its network in India and pursue its payments bank ambitions. The company plans to invest 80 billion rupees towards enhancing, upgrading and expanding its network coverage, the Economic Times reported. A further 40 billion rupees will go towards investments in ICT facilities including a tier-4 data center and new customer experience centers.


Vodafone India operating profit up 6.3%, revenue rises 11.2%

IndiaTimes of India — MUMBAI: Vodafone India reported an operating profit of Rs 6,534 crore in the six months through September, up 6.3% year-on-year, making it the second largest income and profit centres for the British telecom major globally. Vodafone, the single largest foreign investor in the country pumping in Rs 1.11 lakh crore since its entry in February 2007, has reported an 11.2% rise in total revenue at Rs 22,902 crore, MD and CEO Sunil Sood said.


Vodafone launches ‘One Rate, One South’ for South India

IndiaTimes of India — CHENNAI: Telecom service provider Vodafone has launched ‘One Rate, One South’ pack targeting the prepaid customers in five south Indian states. The pack is available at Rs 57 at any of the company’s 13,600 outlets, 57 exclusive outlets and 268 mini-stores, the company said in statement.


Vodafone India to launch 4G services in Mumbai by December-end

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Vodafone India has announced it will launch its 4G services in Mumbai by December. “We are the leading service provider in Mumbai and our customers have a lot to look forward to. We are excited to launch our new 4G services in the superior 1,800MHz band in Mumbai,” Ishmeet Singh, business head-Mumbai, Vodafone India, said in a statement.


TPG to build Vodafone dark fibre network in $1bn deal

AustraliaIT News — Vodafone and TPG have signed two deals worth more than $1 billion which will see TPG build a dark fibre network for Vodafone and migrate its own wholesale mobile customer base away from Optus to Vodafone. TPG will extend its current fibre infrastructure by around 4000km nationally to provide dark fibre to 3000 Vodafone cell sites, the majority of the telco’s sites. The deal will span 15 years from the point each site is connected.


Vodafone plans 4G push to counter Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio

IndiaTimes of India — New Delhi: The entry of Mukesh Ambani’s 4G vehicle Reliance Jio by the end of the year is prompting incumbent telecom operators to announce competing plans on the high-speed network. Days after Bharti Airtel laid out a comprehensive national 4G plan, close rival and the country’s second-biggest mobile operator Vodafone also said that it will offer the services by the end of this year.


Vodafone CEO promises profitability in the ‘near future’ , from AU

AustraliaIT News — Vodafone chief executive Iñaki Berroeta has said he expects the carrier to be profitable “in the near future”, as the company continues to struggle to turn around falling customer numbers and profits. The comments came as the carrier announced it would include unlimited national voice calls and texts as a feature of all its business and consumer plans in a bid to lure customers.


Telcos seek time to gather resources for 700MHz auction

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Telecom service providers have called for an auction of airwaves in the fourth-generation band of 700Mhz, but after two years so there would be enough time to prepare and the ecosystem to mature. Industry executives said they wanted time to make their business strategy to play in a fairly new band. They expect the 700MHz band to be very expensive to buy, further straining the books of telecom operators who are sitting on about Rs 3 lakh crore of debt.


TRAI: Don’t blame mobile operators for call drops

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom regulator appears to have absolved telecom companies for the increasing instances of call drops, citing instead radiation fears and local laws as the biggest reasons carriers are unable to put up adequate cell sites, which are key to providing quality services.


Vodafone Says 4G Trials In India Have Started

IndiaRTN Asia — Vodafone said it continued to face pressure in its voice business in India in the April-June quarter, but an explosion in data was helping it maintain margins. It also said it had put in 1,100 new 3G towers during the quarter and has started 4G trials. It also added 1,000 2G sites. Many Vodafone customers in places like Mumbai have sporadically reported seeing 4G signal from the operator.


Telco rivals slam govt intervention in Telstra price decision

AustraliaIT News — Five of Telstra’s rivals have come out strongly against the Department of Communications’ support for a hike in the regulated wholesale prices Telstra can charge access seekers for its copper network. The Competitive Carriers Coalition, comprising telcos Vodafone, Macquarie Telecom, iiNet, Nextgen Networks and MyNetFone today took umbrage at a submission to the ACCC’s enquiry on the issue written by Communications secretary Drew Clarke.


Vodafone still struggling as half-year losses grow, from AU

AustraliaIT News — Vodafone Australia lost around $184 million and 45,000 customers in its first half of this year despite declaring its turnaround complete five months ago. The figures represent an increase on the approximately $159 million Vodafone lost in the same period of 2014. For the full 2014 year, the telco lost around $604 million.


IBM pitches supercomputer Watson to top Indian clients

IndiaIndia Times — BENGALURU: IBM is aggressively pitching a more attractive Watson to its top Indian customers, hoping they will once again take a shine to the company that’s struggling with dwindling market share in the country. The Armonk, New York-based company’s chief executive Virginia M Rometty, who was in India on Tuesday, made a strong case for the path-breaking Watson artificial-intelligence system to clients, including Bharti Airtel and Vodafone, as part of a broader push to win more business in India, people familiar with the discussions said.


M2M Tips – Deploying Cellular IoT Devices in Australia

AustraliaIoT Evolution World — Over the past 15 years, the team at M2M Connectivity & M2M One have coached, consulted, celebrated and at times commiserated with thousands of hopeful developers trying to make their mark on the M2M and IoT landscape in Australia. This series of blog posts is designed to pass on some M2M 101 style tips to developers looking to get into the space.


Major Vodafone network upgrade goes live, from AU

AustraliaIT News — Vodafone has switched traffic from its 4G data customers over to its new core Ericsson-based network ahead of the rollout of voice over LTE (VoLTE) services later this year. A core network includes the hardware and software used for routing and switching traffic, and is responsible for key network functionality such as authentication and gateways. It does not include backhaul or base stations.


Telecom industry seeks revision in mergers and acquisitions policy

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: The telecom industry wants the regulator to take steps to revise the mergers and acquisitions policy to facilitate consolidation in an intensely competitive sector and help cut costs, improve services and reduce debt.


Huawei and Vodafone team up to target enterprises

ChinaMobile Today — The two companies have agreed to work together to develop a number of services for their global enterprise customers, with focus to be placed on Huawei’s mobile technology. The collaboration will see the Huawei and Vodafone Global Enterprise work together to explore the opportunities for coverage solutions, developing M2M module designs and investigating solutions for the Internet of Things (IoT). Huawei has also announced that its mobile connectivity bonded technology will be used for new products. 


Vodafone raises Rs 7,700 crore in its first rupee bond sale, from IN

IndiaMUMBAI: In a first ever rupee bond sale by the British telecom firm, three Vodafone Group companies have raised Rs 7,700 crore in the domestic market with maturities of five years which were mostly grabbed by international investors hungry for yields, said two people familiar with the matter. The sale was done at a coupon of 10.25% by Vodafone South for Rs 1,500 crore, Vodafone Essar Cellular for Rs 2,500 crore and Vodafone Spacetel for Rs 3,500 crore, said those people who did not want to be identified.


Huawei and Vodafone saunter to bed together, making eyes at big biz

ChinaVodafone and Huawei have signed a memorandum of understanding to say that they are going to work on fixed and mobile connectivity bonding technology for new products, amongst other enterprise-friendly things. Those things also include working on better in-building coverage solutions, the development of new machine-to-machine module designs, and developing solutions regarding Safe City, Internet of Things, and cloud data centres.


Airtel, Idea gain revenue market share, Vodafone slips

IndiaKOLKATA: Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel and No. 3 carrier Idea Cellular gained incremental revenue market share (RMS) in the year ending March 2015, riding on robust data services revenue growth, while No. 2 carrier Vodafone India slipped marginally.  Combined incremental RMS of the top three players stood at 88.3% in the fiscal ended March 2015, from 86.6% in FY14, indicating revenue market share consolidation, as per Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) data.