Sam Patterson is a Staff Reporter for TelcoTitans, contributing telecoms news analysis since September 2020 as part of the TelcoTitans and Market Mettle Editorial team.
- Enterprise (B2B)
EU-funded initiative taps longstanding B2B alliance for public cloud offerings. Spanish research institutions in digitalisation mode, with operator on hand to provide technical support. More permanent hybrid classroom practices in pipeline.
- Consumer (B2C)
Brazilian OB marketing new platform as “one-stop-shop” for digital products and services. Shopping app limited to browsing, with TV-based payment solution still under development. Similar to e-commerce platform developed by Movistar for ‘smart-home’ in Spain.
- Partnerships & Alliances
Duo namechecked by Serbian operator’s CEO as potential partners, and enablers of service-based expansion strategy. Partner Markets and Partners Program offer route to outside markets.
- Suppliers & SCM
Content operations team to adopt new editing software, with Group seemingly keen to retain some form of remote working model post‑COVID‑19. Blackbird CEO says BT’s green credentials chime with its own. Eleven Sports and Liverpool Football Club join BT in vendor’s expanding client ecosystem.
- Public Affairs
DT partner Inmarsat welcomes European Court of Justice ruling and decries drawn‑out legal spat. Ruling “provides certainty” to existing EAN users and opens door to new customer alliances. ECJ guidance to be heard in pending cases, but national courts have final say.
- Strategy & Change
ECA grants Kenyan operator and other interested parties more time to consider ins and outs of Ethiopian expansion. Deadline revised for the second time in as many months. Laws blocking Safaricom from operating fintech service in country remain in place (for now).
- Suppliers & SCM
Pourrat’s new ProcureCo leveraging AI to “transform” buying processes. Globality platform to enable simpler, speedier way of doing business. Tie-up of importance to ECG compliance strategy.
LEO satellite venture combines with special purpose acquisition company to fuel expansion, with eyes on going commercial with a helping hand from Vodafone. “ASTS” trading on NASDAQ. CEO Avellan unfazed by competition from SpaceX and co.
Operator to inaugurate opening of “one of first” upgraded offices under Better Workplace scheme. “First phase” of site redevelopment completed, with hybrid working practices helping maintain operations in meantime. Gosforth to prioritise employee welfare as a means to boost customer service.
- Network & Infrastructure
State-funded research group ties with VfIr to explore potential of emerging technologies on behalf of Irish manufacturing sector. Like other Vodafone deployments, 5G install uses hardware from Ericsson.