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What's the nature of your emergency, Vodafone?

Vodafone has been chided for misleading customers with a telly ad that wrongly implied that the majority of Blighty's emergency services' staff personally subscribed to the mobile operator. Britain's ad watchdog agreed with three out of four complaints submitted by the parent company of rival O2 - Telefonica UK. The TV …
Kelly Fiveash, 13 Aug 2014
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Vodafone AU frees data to atone for outage

Vodafone Australia has blamed yesterday's network outage on "transmission network failure" that hit its Western Australian operations. Whatever the reason for the failure, the carrier says its attempts to fix it foundered as "problems occurred which had an impact on the network nationally" manifested. The rest you know if you' …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014
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Reports say Vodafone to gobble Spanish cable outfit Ono

Vodafone is about to pay around $US10bn to acquire Spain's Ono, according to several sources. The Wall Street Journal reports the deal will be announced on Monday, with $9.73bn to change hands. Bloomberg offers round $10bn, citing the same folks familiar with the report as does the Journal. Ono is a triple-play operator, …
Simon Sharwood, 17 Mar 2014
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Vodafone buys into Internet of Stuff, sinks fangs into Cobra

Vodafone has announced that it is going to buy the Italian machine-to-machine company Cobra, which does a brisk business in stolen vehicle tracking. Cobra has done well out of the slip in Tracker’s market share and counts many of the major European car manufacturers – including Porsche – among its customers. The firm started …
Simon Rockman, 17 Jun 2014
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Vodafone pay-by-bonk launch may signal iPhone 6 NFC plans

Vodafone has announced that its SmartPass technology will work with TfL’s systems when the London Underground starts accepting mobile pay-by-bonk on 16 September – but bigger things are planned. The existing SmartPass platform uses a system where a phone apes a contactless credit card. It’s tied to the customers’ card and doesn’ …
Simon Rockman, 02 Sep 2014
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Vodafone AU in new four-hour Vodafail

Vodafone Australia's infamous Vodafail appears to have returned, with punters across the nation reporting ... nothing. Which to say no ability to make calls or send text messages for around four hours during the Australian afternoon. At 13:40 Vodafone's network blog posted this message admitting that "We are currently …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jun 2014
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O2 vs Vodafone: Mobe firms grab for GCHQ, gov.uk security badge

Both Vodafone and O2 are claiming to be the best mobile phone network for people, particularly government people, who are worried about security. O2 is crowing about achieving the secure and government-approved network certification known as CAS(T), which stands for CESG Assured Service (Telecommunications), O2 being the first …
Simon Rockman, 11 Aug 2014
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Termination charges drop smacks Vodafone and EE in the WALLET

The reduction in how much mobile networks receive for handling incoming calls has hit both Vodafone and EE so hard that they have both separated out the charges in interim financial reports. Brit multinational Vodafone announced a global drop in its revenue of 4.2 per cent for the quarter while UK mobile firm EE's financials saw …
Simon Rockman, 25 Jul 2014
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Vodafone to spend £100m on 150 new Brit phone shops

Vodafone has said that it plans to add another 150 shops in Blighty and create 1,400 retail jobs in the next 12 months as part of a £100m expansion. The cash for the expansion is coming out of the company's billion-pound investment pot, which is also funding its aim to cover 98 per cent of the UK population by 2015 with 2G, 3G …

Vodafone Australia's 'doubles user traffic' on free weekend

Vodafone has unintentionally exposed the miserly behaviour of Australian mobile data users, while hyping data usage over the “free data weekend” it declared to apologise for network outages. It turns out that punters hammered the network with a stunning eight Kbps per user. The Sydney Morning Herald reports that Voda customers “ …
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NBN Co swoops on Vodafone Oz boss

Vodafone Australia head Bill Morrow has been confirmed as the new CEO of NBN Co, as the government seeks to reposition the network project as a fibre-to-the-node rollout promised to deliver “25 Mbps to all Australians” by 2016. Vodafone has in the past been a supporter of the previous government's plans, saying in April 2012 ( …
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Spanish cable firm Ono says oh yes to €7.2bn Vodafone takeover

As has been widely speculated, the Spanish cable company Ono has accepted a €7.2bn (£6bn) offer from Vodafone, dropping its plans for an IPO. Vodafone is growing its unified communications strategy across Europe and this follows a similar purchase of Kable Deutschland. The price of 7.5 times EBITA is considered low by some …
Simon Rockman, 17 Mar 2014
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Vodafone brings African tech to Europe

Vodafone is to launch mobile-money-for-the-masses service M-Pesa in Romania, which introduces and interesting challenge for the European telcos and banks who have spent a decade wrangling over mobile money and got nowhere. M-Pesa was launched in Kenya under the stewardship of Nick Hughes of Vodafone, initially as a corporate …
Simon Rockman, 01 Apr 2014
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US megalocorp AT&T: We're NOT swallowing Blighty's Vodafone

Speculation that AT&T was shopping for Vodafone as an entry into the European market has been brought to an end after an exec ruled it out. At the request of the Takeover Panel, the independent body which regulates the city of London code on takeovers, AT&T has said that it will not pursue Vodafone. The takeover panel refused to …
Simon Rockman, 27 Jan 2014

Vodafone turns to EU, asks it to FORCE 'fair' fibre pricing

Vodafone needs to get high-speed handsets into the hands of consumers to effectively compete in the market. But the company also needs to worry about how to handle all that data – and it's hoping the European Commission will help it get its hands on some cheaper fibre. It is hoping the EU will introduce mandatory price …
Simon Rockman, 27 May 2014
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Vodafone Iceland Björked after Turkish hacker pinches passwords

Vodafone Iceland has been hacked and 77,000 customer records spaffed across the internet. The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service ruv.is reports that the hack became apparent on Saturday. By Sunday Vodafone Iceland had 'fessed up to the breach but denied other reports that personal details including bank account numbers and …
Simon Sharwood, 02 Dec 2013

Ono board mulls Vodafone's offer to grab its pipe for £5.8bn

The board of Spain's biggest cable operator Ono will meet today to decide if it should accept a £6bn (€7bn) bid from Vodafone or push ahead with its plans for an IPO. The sale would see a reasonable return on investment for the four venture funds Anglo-CCMP, Providence, Thomas H Lee and Quadrangle, which invested in 2005. …
Simon Rockman, 11 Feb 2014
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Jawohl! Vodafone gets nod for £6.5bn Kabel Deutschland slurp

Vodafone now owns just over three quarters of Kabel Deutschland, following a shareholder meeting which approved the British operator's takeover of the German telco, creating a one-stop-shop for continental consumers. The buyout, which cost Vodafone £6.5bn, was announced back in June but has been awaiting shareholder approval and …
Bill Ray, 14 Oct 2013
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Take that, BT: Vodafone and BSkyB mull over broadband tie-up - report

BSkyB and Vodafone have reportedly discussed the possibility of teaming up on a high-speed broadband service. According to the Sunday Times (paid subscription required), a number of "high-level" confabs have already taken place between the pay-TV company and the mobile carrier. However, senior sources have told the newspaper …
Kelly Fiveash, 20 Jan 2014

FCC greenlights Verizon buyout of Vodafone

Verizon's plan to acquire all outstanding shares in its US wireless business has been granted the approval of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC said on Wednesday that new rulings on foreign ownership have allowed it to speed up approval of such investment deals, in this case Verizon's plan to acquire Vodafone …
Shaun Nichols, 05 Dec 2013
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Vodafone: SPOOKS are plugged DIRECTLY into our network

Vodafone has published a report detailing how cops, g-men and spies around the world tap into its systems – in some cases, directly hooking into phone networks without a warrant. The dossier covers the 29 countries in which the mobile telco operates, including joint-ventures in Australia, Kenya and Fiji. The document [PDF] …
Simon Rockman, 06 Jun 2014
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Virgin Mobile Oz steals Vodafone's shipment of fail

Optus' mobile virtual network brand Virgin Mobile has apologised to customers and is now offering rebates after a day-long network outage over the weekend. The company's network went into meltdown during Friday evening, May 3, affecting as many as a third of its one million customers, and the outage continued well into Saturday …
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Vodafone's Euro revenues slump by nearly TEN PER CENT

Vodafone's latest results make grim reading for the company's investors, with revenues in established markets falling and subscribers drifting away despite the firm's 4G investments. The British mobe operator's service revenues fell in Europe by 9.6 per cent and was only partially offset by gains in India and Turkey. The group …
Andrew Orlowski, 06 Feb 2014
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Vodafone dodges UK corporation tax bill - AGAIN

Mobile carrier Vodafone defended its financial arrangements today as it coughed to yet another legal dodge of UK corporation tax payments by asking Brits to have some sympathy over the huge debt mountain it is sitting on. The multinational justified its actions by saying it was continuing to pump big sums of cash into Blighty by …
Kelly Fiveash, 18 Dec 2013
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Hacker cracks Vodafone Germany, steals data of 2 million customers

A hack on a Vodafone Germany server has exposed the personal details – including banking information – of two million of its customers. Hackers accessed names, addresses, bank account numbers and dates of birth. Phone numbers, credit card details and passwords are thought to be safe, but the leaked information is still pretty …
John Leyden, 12 Sep 2013
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Azzurri tugs former sales star from Vodafone

Azzurri has raided Vodafone's reservation to poach one of its former shining stars, with Antony Vigar set to return to the south-coast comms integrator as head of business development. With one eye locked on the Intelligent Cloud Optimised Network (ICON) launch, the firm needs someone to replace the previous incumbent Jason …
Paul Kunert, 19 Feb 2014
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Vodafone: Soz investors, we wrote down £6.6 BEELLION on Euro ops

Vodafone’s disappointing results pulled down the share price today after it announced a whopping £6.6bn writedown of its Europe operations. The impairment charges – which resulted in a group revenue slippage of 1.9 per cent from £43.8bn to £43.6bn – were due to competition and regulatory changes in Europe, said the telco. We …
Simon Rockman, 20 May 2014

The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE VICTOR in LONDON

Get a load of our fabtabulous interactive mobile Monopoly map - now complete with 3G/4G data results - right here If you think “data” is what you do with your girlfriend then move on, probably to another website: there is nothing to see here. But if you think mobile data in London is interesting you need to read this. Jasper …
Simon Rockman, 23 Aug 2014

Vodafone Germany looks to provide end-to-end encryption with SIM signatures

German SIM card manufacturer G&D has announced that it will be supplying Vodafone Germany with an end-to-end security system based on the phone SIM. Emails, documents and VPN connections are signed and encrypted by the SIM so that the user doesn’t have to enter a password or use a security token. The service will not be offered …
Simon Rockman, 11 Mar 2014

Vodafone, Moneygram hook up to create mobe money MONSTER

A deal struck between Vodafone and Moneygram has added 334,000 international agents from whom you can send money to Vodafone's M-Pesa. This will allow migrant workers in around 200 countries to send funds home to the Democratic Republic of Congo, Egypt, Fiji, India, Kenya, Lesotho, Mozambique, South Africa and Tanzania. There …
Simon Rockman, 12 Feb 2014
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Vodafone and Verizon update relationship status: $130bn worth of complicated

Vodafone has confirmed it is in "advanced talks" with Verizon, which has agreed to pay $130bn to buy out its UK partner - and has apparently found a way to avoid paying tax on the windfall too. Tax has been the stumbling block to previous deals. Vodafone has made good money on its Verizon investment – it currently owns 45 per …
Bill Ray, 02 Sep 2013
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Vodafone puts in multi-billion euro bid for German cable giant

Vodafone is in talks to acquire Kabel Deutschland, Germany's biggest cable TV operator, as it seeks to expand beyond mobile telephony. The approach was confirmed by the company this morning, following overnight speculation prompted by Bloomberg. The deal is at a very early stage, but Vodafone has confirmed preliminary talks are …
Bill Ray, 12 Jun 2013

Comms giant Vodafone ready to smash up hosting and services market

Hosting and managed services players are about to face a heated battle as comms bigwig Vodafone prepares to jump into the market later this year, sources close to the vendor are claiming. The telco acquired Cable & Wireless Worldwide in the spring of 2012 and sucked up a load of hosting and management service capability that is …
Paul Kunert, 12 Jun 2013

Vodafone flashes bulging package at Brits: New 4G service to rival EE, O2

Vodafone's new 4G mobile broadband package, announced today for the UK, will include live football or a Spotify Premium subscription, plus three months of unlimited downloads and calls - all for £26 a month. Voda has effectively updated its "Red" tariff by adding a fiver a month onto the price, and including 4G connectivity and …
Bill Ray, 07 Aug 2013
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Verizon sniffing around Vodafone's US stake again

Verizon is putting together a $100bn bid for Vodafone's stake in its wireless business, and is ready to take the offer public if a boardroom deal can't be agreed. Half that hundred billion will come in Verizon shares, the rest in borrowed cash, Reuters tells us in its exclusive coverage. But however the money comes it will hit …
Bill Ray, 25 Apr 2013
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Snowden leaks latest: BT, Vodafone, Verizon jack GCHQ into undersea fiber

UK carriers BT and Vodafone are among top telcos today accused of supplying surveillance data to Blighty's eavesdropping nerve center, GCHQ. The Guardian cited documents leaked by whistleblower Edward Snowden in reporting that the operators, along with Verizon Business and a number of smaller providers, provided spooks with …
Shaun Nichols, 01 Nov 2013
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Vodafone 'settled SECRET £57m Irish tax wrangle' back in 2009

Vodafone made a settlement potentially worth millions with HMRC to end a dispute about the amount of tax paid by one of the telco's Irish subsidiaries. The deal was outed after The Guardian said yesterday that accounts filed in Dublin showed the Irish firm, Vodafone Ireland Marketing Ltd (VIML), settling up with HMRC in 2009. …

Vodafone mulls $100bn Verizon stake sale - now about that $10bn tax bill...

Vodafone is back in talks with Verizon about selling its 45 per cent stake of Verizon Wireless, US's biggest mobile network operator. Today Voda "confirmed press speculation" that negotiations on selling out are back on. But it won't comment on the Wall Street Journal's claim that Verizon has come up with a way for Voda to …
Bill Ray, 29 Aug 2013
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Vodafone Oz launches '100 Mbps' 4G service

Vodafone Hutchison Australia is putting its newly-secured debt funding to work, becoming the last of Australia's three mobile carriers to launch 4G services. The carrier says its two blocks of contiguous 20 MHz spectrum mean it's able to offer speeds reaching 100 Mbps (presuming that there aren't too many other users in the cell …
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Vodafone revenues hit as customers in Europe hang onto their cash

The end of Vodafone's financial year saw the company writing down £7.7bn in assets, leaving it with a profit of only £673m based on annual revenue which declined 4.4 per cent to £44.4bn. The revenue drop was the largest ever for the telecommunications giant, it said. The bright spot in the Vodafone numbers was again Verizon, …
Bill Ray, 21 May 2013
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Recession-battered Europeans still squeezing Vodafone's pips

Mobile operator Vodafone is still feeling the recession's squeeze in Europe as it posted another drop in revenues for the quarter ending last month. The British group said its service revenue, including joint ventures, for the quarter was £10.155bn, down 3.5 per cent year on year following a 4.2 per cent slip in the previous …
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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

Vodafone has implied that a mobile network test by RootMetrics was not "impartial" and included dodgy data. Vodafone came bottom in the testing. EE, which came top in the testing, has reacted with outrage at Vodafone's assertion. Vodafone says: “We’d love to give a fully detailed response, but believe the way Root Metrics …
Simon Rockman, 25 Mar 2014
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Vodafone coughs up £6.5bn for Kabel Deutschland

Vodafone has snapped up Germany’s largest cable operator, creating a brand capable of offering Germans bundles of broadband, TV, and both fixed-line and mobile telephony - and preventing competitor Liberty Global from doing the same. Liberty, flush from acquiring Virgin Media, had been seen sniffing around Kabel Deutschland …
Bill Ray, 24 Jun 2013

The Register Monopoly Pubcrawl Mobile Map: VODAFONE WINS VOICE

Check out the Register's interactive mobile coverage Monopoly map (voice only for now) right here. While all the sexy stuff these days in mobile phones is web, apps and tweeting, voice calls are still the major thing people use mobile phones for. The Register and mobile network survey experts GWS took to the London streets to …
Simon Rockman, 22 Aug 2014
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Vodafone NZ finishes chewing, finally swallows TelstraClear

Vodafone's acquisition of New Zealand operator TelstraClear is now complete, leaving NZ with one fewer virtual operators and Vodafone with a useful chunk of spectrum. The NZ$840m ($AU660m) deal was announced back in July, but has been chugging though the regulatory system since then and only completed this morning with Vodafone …
Bill Ray, 31 Oct 2012
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Vodafone, can you get a signal at the top of your $130bn Verizon cash pile?

Verizon will buy out its UK partner Vodafone from their US joint-venture Verizon Wireless for $130bn, as expected. But rather than pocketing or spending the cash after years of negotiations, Voda will hand most of it over to its shareholders and nothing at all to the UK taxman. The deal - one of the biggest in corporate history …
Bill Ray, 03 Sep 2013
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Vodafone set to splurge £2.5 MEELLION a DAY building 4G network

Vodafone's network spending will jump by half over the next year as it builds a 4G network to fill up the 20,000km fibre network it acquired last year. The fibre came from Cable & Wireless, for which Vodafone paid just north of a billion quid this time last year. The spending has much to do with migrating existing (rented) …
Bill Ray, 03 Jun 2013
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Vodafone goes titsup for BlackBerrys in mobile data outage

BlackBerry users on Vodafone have had another long day, or perhaps a relaxing one, as data services for many users dropped out this morning and are still on the fritz. The outage was caused by a router failure, and hit BlackBerry users on Vodafone's network across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Services are now being slowly …
Bill Ray, 11 Jan 2013

Vodafone gets surprise £2.1bn dividend from Verizon Wireless

US cell network Verizon Wireless will pay out a shareholder dividend this year - and as there are only two shareholders, the $7bn (£4.5bn) divvy will be split between, er, Verizon and Vodafone. That means Voda - headquartered in Newbury, UK - will take home $3.15bn (£2.1bn). Vodafone owns 45 per cent of Verizon Wireless - the …
Bill Ray, 14 May 2013
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EE & Vodafone will let you BONK on the TUBE – with Boris' blessing

London Underground commuters will soon be able to pay for Tube journeys via contactless credit cards thanks to EE, Vodafone and Transport for London. The pay-by-bonk system, currently undergoing trials, works by users charging a pre-payment wallet on their NFC-enabled phones and using it to pay for journeys. This sits between …
Simon Rockman, 23 Apr 2014