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.

Telecom Commission finalizes views on spectrum sharing, trading norms, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: Inter-ministerial panel Telecom Commission (TC) said it has finalized its view on the much awaited spectrum sharing and trading guidelines, which will be sent to the cabinet for final approval by month-end. “We have finalized the view on spectrum-sharing and trading guidelines. We will try to send the norms to the cabinet by the end of this month,” telecom secretary Rakesh Garg said after the meeting. The guidelines will be sent to telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad first and after his approval a cabinet note will be prepared.

Vodafone invests Rs 750 crore to improve 3G in Tamil Nadu

IndiaNEW DELHI: India’s No 2 telecom operator Vodafone India invested Rs 750 crore in the year ended March 2015, on ramping up network and distribution in the Tamil Nadu telecom circle.  “In Tamil Nadu, Vodafone has been focusing on closer engagement and enhancing customer experience in an endeavor to become a future-ready operator,” the telco said in a statement.  Since April 2014, Vodafone has expanded its network footprint by adding over 3,600 new sites to take its total network strength to close to 6,300 3G sites and around 10,500 2G sites across Tamil Nadu.

Vodafone unsure if it will hike data tariffs

IndiaKOLKATA: Sunil Mittal-led Bharti Airtel’s decision to cut discounts on mobile data packs bought online following No. 3 carrier Idea Cellular’s recent call to increase data rates in Delhi signals attempts by telecom operators to shore up revenue and margins in the face of higher finance costs due to spectrum-related payouts.  A Vodafone India spokesman said the company, India’s No. 2 operator, “is evaluating response” to Airtel and Idea’s moves.

Idea mobile data rates go up by 100% in Delhi

IndiaNEW DELHI: Idea Cellular has hiked mobile data rates by up to 100% for pre-paid customers in the NCR region, becoming the first telecom operator to raise the tariff after Rs 1.1 lakh crore spectrum auction in March. The country’s third largest telco has doubled the price for some 2G plans, while 3G will be costlier by about 33%. The new rates came into effect from June 3. According to industry sources, the company also plans to increase the data tariffs in more circles in the coming days.

How Indian telcos monitor brand image on social media

IndiaKOLKATA: Mobile carriers have silently turned to cool web-crawling technologies and analytics to instantly latch on to any negative customer buzz regarding their services and brand reputation across social media circles, and take corrective action. India’s No. 3 mobile carrier, Idea Cellular, said it uses analytics and web-crawling tools, to monitor and listen to customers on a 24×7 basis and provide quick resolution to their service needs.

COAI has task cut out for new Trai chief, from IN

IndiaKOLKATA: With the government poised to appoint a new Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) chairman following Rahul Khullar’s recent retirement, India’s GSM carriers will shortly approach the sector regulator to persuade the telecom department (DoT) to finalize the data services deactivation and re-activation drill using a designated toll free short code. The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), the GSM trade body representing mobile carriers such as Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea Cellular amongst others, will shortly urge the next Trai chairman to “get the 1925 short code allotted by the DoT at the earliest for the purpose of data services de-activation and re-activation.”

Vodafone, Aircel not meeting call drop benchmark: Prasad

IndiaNEW DELHI: Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Vodafone and Aircel are not meeting some benchmarks for call drops in Delhi whereas Airtel and state-run MTNL are within the limits.  “TRAI has reported that MTNL is meeting all the benchmarks for all the network-related parameters for 2G and 3G services … Vodafone and Aircel are not meeting the benchmark of less than or equal to 3% for the parameter worst affected cells having more that 3% traffic channel (TCH) drop,” Prasad said in a written reply to Rajya Sabha.

Australia’s telcos in early battle over regional 4G auction

AustraliaAustralia’s second and third largest telcos Optus and Vodafone are arguing for the Government to restrict market leader Telstra from increasing its regional advantage in the upcoming 1800MHx spectrum auction. The ACCC was earlier this month directed by the Communications department to advise on whether the Government should introduce limits to the ACMA’s November auction for licences covering parts of the 1800MHz band in regional Australia.,australias-telcos-in-early-battle-over-regional-4g-auction.aspx

Class actions against Aussie telcos in doubt

AustraliaThe law firm behind a series of class actions against Australia’s top three telcos over late payment fees has put the legal action on hold pending the outcome of a similar court battle against ANZ Bank. Steven Lewis, principal solicitor for ACA Lawyers, which intended to launch separate actions against Vodafone, Telstra and Optus, said the outcome of a late payment fee case against ANZ would influence its decision on whether to continue to pursue the carriers.,class-actions-against-aussie-telcos-in-doubt.aspx

Airtel, Idea, Vodafone partly pay their upfront amount

IndiaNEW DELHI: Successful spectrum bidders, including Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular and Vodafone, have made over Rs 7,000 crore towards upfront payments — a move that will help the government narrow its fiscal deficit target for the fiscal ending.  Also, others telecom firms such as Reliance Jio and Tata Teleservices that won airwaves in the recent spectrum auction have committed to pay by evening today. Airtel has paid about Rs 5,000 crore while Idea Cellular deposited around Rs 2,000 crore as part payment for spectrum they acquired in auction last week. Vodafone has also paid some amount but the exact number could not be ascertained.

Vodafone re-signs Nokia to run network from India to Australia

AustraliaVodafone Australia has signed long-term managed services partner Nokia Networks to continue running the telco’s network operations for four more years. Nokia Networks has provided managed services for VHA since 2006. It also supplied the telco with a 3G network in 2004. The contract extension will see Nokia Networks provide remote network management from its global delivery centre in India. The company will also provide service management for Vodafone’s multi-vendor paging, 2G, 3G and 4G+ networks.,vodafone-re-signs-nokia-to-run-network-from-india.aspx

Telcos join app vendors to optimise smartphone usage, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: Top telecom operators including Bharti Airtel, Vodafone India and Idea are actively working with mobile application vendors to improve the network performance and experience for smartphone users that will help them retain subscribers and drive data revenue.  Idea Cellular’s chief marketing officer Sashi Shankar and Aircel’s chief technology officer Sameer Dave told ET separately that the companies are in discussions with e-commerce firms and other services that require high traffic and high volume.

Telcos may face funding blues

IndiaMUMBAI: As telecom operators bid aggressively to retain existing airwaves and total bids crossed Rs 1.03 lakh crore on Monday, leading domestic lenders are getting worried, expressing reservations about their ability to disburse loans to the sector.  “We will be extremely cautious about lending to the sector,” said Arundhati Bhattacharya, chairperson of State Bank of India.

Australian 4G speeds not improving

AustraliaAustralia mobile customers get some of the best 4G LTE coverage in the world but are receiving less than impressive data speeds, large-scale user research shows. Data from 11 million users across 76 countries collected by wireless coverage mapping company OpenSignal during November 2014 and January 2015 showed Spain now leads the data speeds field, with 18 megabits per second on average.,australian-4g-speeds-not-improving.aspx

Vodafone seeks more time to stop 111 for customer service, from IN

IndiaNEW DELHI: Vodafone India has sought more time from sectoral regulator Trai to stop using ‘111’ for its customer care services, citing inconvenience to subscribers from any immediate stoppage.  Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) had asked the company on March 2 to stop use of ‘111’ number as it violated the national numbering plan. Vodafone was asked to submit a compliance report by March 10.

Vodafone centralises customer support to Tasmania

AustraliaVodafone has shifted its national customer support operations into a new $12 million facility in Hobart. The centre will service all of Vodafone’s 5.3 million Australian customers, the telco said, and had created 700 new jobs for workers in Tasmania. Vodafone’s general manager of customer care Matt Patterson told iTnews over 1000 staff would be relocated from Vodafone’s Kingston call centre, which is set to close by the end of the year.,vodafone-centralises-customer-support-to-tasmania.aspx