Feeds

Voda peers into dark tunnels

Stealing a march

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

The Power of One Infographic

Vodafone has started talks with Network Rail, the non-profit making UK Network rail provider, about extending its mobile phone coverage into railway tunnels, writes Bob McDowell, of Bloor Research. The objective is to improve the coverage and service to the lucrative, high spending business market.

Is this a good time to be doing this? Is this a steal on rival organisations? Many of the larger operators are capping or attempting to reduce their capital expenditure and holding back on more extensive network coverage. They are constrained by having a wider range of telecommunications services than Vodafone and need to generate cash flow in other areas, so their mobile services suffer.

Chris Gent, the Chief Executive of Vodafone, has stated, probably with tongue in cheek, that it "held back on its coverage on trains in the past because it had been less socially acceptable to be rabbiting on the phone with a train full of people". We are not sure that perception has changed or that the perceived intrusion of the mobile ever will change among some sections of the population.

Vodafone is at or very near the top of the mobile phone league on most qualitative criteria. It is taking the opportunity to advance its services at a time when the sector is at a near standstill in terms of service developments. At such times it can afford to take these steps at its own pace and with less competitive pressures. Making its services viable in tunnels is minor illustration of this.

© IT-Analysis.com

The Power of One eBook: Top reasons to choose HP BladeSystem

More from The Register

next story
Google Nest, ARM, Samsung pull out Thread to strangle ZigBee
But there's a flaw in Google's IP-based IoT system
Orange spent weekend spamming customers with TXTs
Zero, not infinity, is the Magic Number customers want
Want to beat Verizon's slow Netflix? Get a VPN
Exec finds stream speed climbs when smuggled out
US freemium mobile network eyes up Europe
FreedomPop touts 'free' calls, texts and data
'Two-speed internet' storm turns FCC.gov into zero-speed website
Deadline for comments on net neutrality shake-up extended to Friday
GoTenna: How does this 'magic' work?
An ideal product if you believe the Earth is flat
NBN Co execs: No FTTN product until 2015
Faster? Not yet. Cheaper? No data
prev story

Whitepapers

Reducing security risks from open source software
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Consolidation: The Foundation for IT Business Transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.
Application security programs and practises
Follow a few strategies and your organization can gain the full benefits of open source and the cloud without compromising the security of your applications.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Consolidation: the foundation for IT and business transformation
In this whitepaper learn how effective consolidation of IT and business resources can enable multiple, meaningful business benefits.