Amazon partners with Vodafone India to boost offline sales

IndiaMobile World Live — Online retail giant Amazon is partnering with India’s second largest operator Vodafone to sell handsets at the operator’s retail outlets in a move to boost its offline presence in the country. The two firms starting selling handsets available on Amazon at 40 Vodafone shops in Bengaluru, the Economic Times said. The idea is to attract buyers, who are reluctant to shop online, to brick-and-mortar stores.

Amazon partners with Vodafone India to boost offline sales

Airtel completes acquisition of Videocon’s spectrum in six circles

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Bharti Airtel has said that it has completed the Rs 4,428 crore deal with Videocon Telecommunications Ltd (VTL) to acquire the latter’s spectrum in six circles. In March, Bharti Airtel and VTL had entered into a definitive agreement, wherein, Airtel proposed to acquire the rights to use 2X5MHz spectrum in the 1800MHz band allotted to VTL for an aggregate consideration of Rs 4,428 crore.

Vodafone Australia trials NB-IoT with Huawei

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Vodafone and Huawei have completed pre-standard trials of narrowband IoT (NB-IoT) technology in Australia. The trials at several live sites in Melbourne were carried out in late April, but are only being announced. More trials are being planned elsewhere in Australia in the coming months. Vodafone Australia CTO Benoit Hanssen said the results of the tests have helped demonstrate the potential for the new 4G technology.

Asia Briefs: Vodafone trials NB-IoT in Melbourne, New iPhone to feature Intel modem chips & more

AustraliaMobile World Live — Australia’s third largest operator Vodafone partnered with Chinese equipment vendor Huawei to conduct pre-standard trials of Narrow Band-IoT (NB-IoT), which is designed to boost coverage at lower power compared with existing mobile technologies. The operator held trials at several sites in Melbourne last month and is planning more trials in other cities in the coming months.

Asia Briefs: Vodafone trials NB-IoT in Melbourne, New iPhone to feature Intel modem chips & more

Vodafone deploys Cisco’s Self Optimizing Network technology

IndiaTimes of India — KOLKATA: At a time when telecom companies are under fire for call drops, Vodafone India said it has deployed Cisco’s Self Optimizing Network (SON) technology to deliver superior mobile experience, improve voice call quality and reduce dropped calls. Vodafone said it expects Cisco SON would optimize its existing sites and streamline the process of adding new sites to its fast growing network.

Huawei, Vodafone put up NB-IoT Open Lab

ChinaEnterprise Innovation — Huawei and Vodafone have agreed to establish the world’s first  NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) Open Lab. Under the agreement, this NB-IoT Open Lab initiative will drive strategic technology innovation and promote the ecosystem relating to NB-IoT technology. Using pre-standard NB-IoT technology prior to full standardization, the Lab will enable the right development environment which is expected to greatly enhance the efficiency of future NB-IoT ecosystem ramp-up.

Vodafone to invest $875m in Maharashtra, from IN

IndiaTelecom Asia — Vodafone has committed to investing an additional 60 billion rupees ($874.9 million) in the Indian state of  Maharashtra to help increase capacity and support new business initiatives. As part of the investment, Vodafone will aim to expand and modernize its network across the state, build a state-of-the-art Tier-4 data center designed to serve the communications needs of businesses, and upgrade its high-end technology center in Pune.

Federal govt reveals mobile blackspot base station sites, from AU

AustraliaIT News — The federal government has announced where the first cohort of 78 mobile base stations in its blackspot reduction program will be built during the first half of 2016. Round one of the scheme will see Telstra and Vodafone chip in $165 million and $20 million respectively to supplement the federal, state, local and community funding totalling $189 million, to build 78 base stations by the end of June this year.

New Zealand expands mobile phone coverage in rural areas

New ZealandEnterprise Innovation — New Zealand has added 15 new cell towers to existing networks to expand mobile coverage to more than 1,700 square kilometres of rural areas. This development was a result of the auction of the 700 MHz band of radio spectrum  won by Spark and Vodafone in 2014.

Vodafone launches 4G services in Delhi-NCR

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Country’s second-largest telecom operator Vodafone India has announced the rollout of 4G services in national capital Delhi. Vodafone’s 4G services will be available in Delhi and NCR, starting with Gurgaon. The company said that 4G services will be rolled out in a phased manner across the city within few months.

BT, Orange, AT&T, and Singtel lead way for next-gen services: report

APACTelecom Asia — BT, Orange, Singtel and AT&T are the “leaders” of the next-generation telecoms service providers in Asia Pacific, but there are plenty of challengers in the market. This is according to an annual report by research firm IDC which also said these service providers “demonstrated a strong regional network presence, diverse portfolio of public, private, and hybrid cloud services, comprehensive suite of managed services offerings in the region, as well as a large base of mid and large-sized enterprises, multinational corporations (MNCs), and government clients across Asia Pacific.”

Vodafone to launch 4G services in Delhi by first week of February

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Vodafone India, a leading telecom services provider, on Monday rolled out its 4G services in Kolkata. Now, inside sources have told us that Vodafone is getting ready to launch its 4G services in New Delhi by first week of February. The exact date of launch could be February 3 or 4.

Vodafone rolls out 4G sim in Delhi NCR

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Vodafone has introduced 4G sim cards in Delhi NCR as it gears up to roll out the high speed mobile internet services in the region soon. “We want to make the transition to 4G smooth and seamless for our 10 million customers in Delhi & NCR. We want them to be 4G-ready so that they start experiencing the benefits of high speed mobile internet services as soon as they are launched commercially,” Apoorva Mehrotra, business head Delhi & NCR, Vodafone India said in a statement.

Ericsson said to win 3G deal with Vodafone India

IndiaTelecom Asia — Ericsson has reportedly won a multi-million contract to upgrade Vodafone India’s 2G network and roll out 3G in five of India’s 22 telecom circles, taking over from Nokia as the equipment vendor in the areas. A source close to the deal told the Economic Times that Ericsson is swapping Nokia equipment installed in the Vodafone networks across 10 states.

Vodafone AU plans to launch 5G in 2020

AustraliaTelecom Asia — Vodafone Australia plans to launch 5G services in time for the technology’s commercialization in 2020, and plans to make laying the groundwork for the launch a key priority for the year ahead. In an interview with Fairfax Media, Vodafone Hutchison Australia CEO Inaki Berroeta said the company’s other core priorities will be improving customer satisfaction and launching tailored mobile plans.

Airtel, Vodafone to add VoLTE to arsenal in battle against Reliance Jio

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s top two telecom operators are preparing to deploy Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology on their networks in association with Finnish gearmaker Nokia to take on Reliance Jio Infocomm, which is expected to start operations soon with services based on this technology.

Nokia pips Ericsson for Vodafone 4G deal in 3 circles

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: Finnish telecom gear maker Nokia has pipped arch rival Ericsson to secure a three-year 4G network deployment contract from India’s second largest telecom operator Vodafone for three of its most lucrative circles, a person familiar with the matter told ET. He, however, did not share the value of the contract for the three circles-—Mumbai, Kolkata and Punjab.

What Indian telecoms can learn from IoT investment in US

IndiaTelecom Lead — Indian telecom network operators such as Bharti Airtel, Idea Cellular, Reliance Communications and Vodafone can learn from Internet of Things (IoT) investments announced by AT&T and Verizon in the U.S. When both AT&T and Verizon have made several announcements in the recent months to boost of their IoT revenue, main Indian telecom network operators are doing nothing in the IoT space.

IBM may have to share Vodafone contract in India

IndiaTimes of India — BENGALURU: Vodafone India, which is in the process of negotiating the extension of its $1-billion outsourcing contract with IBM that expires in March 2016, is currently exploring options that include handing out a bigger chunk of business to other technology vendors and reduce its reliance on IBM which has dominated the domestic telecom outsourcing market over the past decade, according to three people familiar with the discussions.

India to proceed with call drop compensation order

IndiaTelecom Asia — India’s telecom regulator will proceed with the implementation of a controversial rule requiring operators to compensate their customers for call drops, after a court refused to stay the introduction of the penalty. But the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has agreed not to take any action against operators not complying with the order until January 6, the next hearing date for the operators’ legal action against the order, theEconomic Times reported.

Vodafone rolls out 4G services in Kochi

IndiaTimes of India — NEW DELHI: India’s second largest telecommunication company Vodafone India has rolled out its 4G services on the 1800MHz band in Kochi, Kerala. The services will be available for customers December 14th onwards. Vodafone is offering free 4G upgrade with a trial pack of 120MB at Rs 29 and a special pack of 20GB at Rs 2,499.

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.,vodafone-ceo-promises-profitability-in-the-near-future.aspx

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.