Vodafone Regulatory & Compliance – Page 5

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    Network & Infrastructure

    Vodafone Portugal threatens to boycott 5G auction

    2020-10-16T11:53:00Z

    Objections to auction terms favouring new entrant. Complaints escalated to Brussels, and R&D centre plans reconsidered. Other European auction processes continue to be clouded by traditional operator–regulator machinations, with COVID–19 and trade tensions adding to mix.

  • Vodafone gets India tax break from The Hague
    M&A

    Vodafone gets India tax break from The Hague

    2020-10-15T13:42:00Z

    International arbitration court rules against India in long-running tax dispute surrounding 2007 Hutchison Essar acquisition. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government reportedly mulling an appeal, pending legal advice. In separate tax news, India’s Supreme Court calls for ten-year payback period on outstanding AGR dues.

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    Public Affairs

    Huawei on retreat as US dials up European pressure

    2020-10-15T13:40:00Z

    German coalition cabinet reportedly approves measures in IT security bill that, if passed, will effectively ban Huawei from 5G RAN market. Revision looks set to hurt Vodafone’s planning in largest market. Vodafone Greece also looks set for disruption as Pompeo visit increases pressure for a local ban.

  • Read rails against states flouting EU law
    Public Affairs

    Read rails against states flouting EU law

    2020-09-30T16:32:00Z

    Group CEO used a sponsored posting on the Politico website to demand, once again, a level playing field for Europe’s telecoms players, while bemoaning steps taken by several EU governments to sidestep European competition legislation. Article does not suggest Read’s bid for a reset of regulatory relations in Europe ...

  • Airtel–Telkom merger falls through
    M&A

    Airtel–Telkom merger falls through

    2020-09-30T11:29:00Z

    Let-off for Safaricom as its two major mobile competitors remain marooned in sub-scale no-mans-land.

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    Public Affairs

    Vodacom’s Congo CFO gets out of jail

    2020-09-21T13:47:00Z

    Chutoo endures four-day stint behind bars. CFO reportedly quizzed on allegations of “ forgery ” and “ falsification of financial statements ”; but no formal charges. Vodacom DRC expresses surprise.

  • Huawei woes add to Vodafone Idea pressure
    Network & Infrastructure

    Huawei woes add to Vodafone Idea pressure

    2020-09-16T00:00:00Z

    JV forced to consider other options for 5G network. India looks set to tacitly ban use of Chinese equipment. New fundraising efforts on the horizon following AGR decision.

  • O2 still waiting on cable delivery
    Partnerships & Alliances

    O2 Germany still waiting on cable delivery

    2020-09-16T00:00:00Z

    VfD yet to follow through with commitments made to secure Unitymedia acquisition, while rivals maintain objections to the deal.

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    M&A

    Vodafone Egypt sale reaches impasse; adverse event or powerplay?

    2020-09-14T11:25:00Z

    Vodafone and stc ‘keep the dialogue open’ as MoU expires. Telecom Egypt denies it has a role in enabling deal, but Vodafone’s dysfunctional local partnership appears to be complicating matters again.

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    M&A

    Vodafone decries Italian broadband plan

    2020-09-10T11:33:00Z

    Italy’s plan to create a single national broadband network moves closer, but deal still has some hurdles to overcome and Vodafone CEO Read signals he is opposed. Beyond broadband network, project might include 5G, edge computing, cloud and data centres, creating further strategic complexity for Vodafone’s Italian interests.

  • Infratel–Indus Towers merger remains in limbo
    M&A

    Infratel–Indus Towers merger remains in limbo

    2020-08-20T14:17:00Z

    Deal, agreed more than two years ago, continues to be clouded in uncertainty. Latest delay likely related to uncertainty over Vodafone Idea’s payment of AGR dues. Bharti Infratel chairman confident of favourable ruling from Supreme Court, and that Vodafone will “definitely stay” in India.

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    Financial & Performance

    Jio turns into Vodafone Idea’s worst digital nightmare

    2020-07-16T14:21:00Z

    Massive Google investment underscores both Jio’s domination and its ambition to develop wide range of popular digital services. Who’s Who of foreign investors, which includes digital-savvy Facebook, now accounts for nearly a third of Jio Platform equity. Vodafone’s long-term outlook in India looks even more perilous than before, after ...

  • vfw188-tt-vodafone-australia
    M&A

    VHA starts new slate as TPG Telecom

    2020-07-14T07:27:00Z

    Berroeta keeps CEO role post-merger; Teoh watches on closely as non-executive Chairman. Mobile and fixed network “synergies” a priority. Vodafone brand sits alongside slew of TPG sub-brands.

  • vfw#188-traffic-jam-vdsa-spectrum
    Public Affairs

    SA preps plunger for 4G/5G spectrum blockage

    2020-07-06T13:19:00Z

    Vodacom’s long wait for more network resource in its home market appears to be coming to an end, although false starts have been seen before in SA.

  • Margrethe Vestager
    M&A

    EU: Vestager nod set to prompt regional consolidation race

    2020-07-02T10:30:00Z

    Vestager distracts from four-to-three merger demands by highlighting potential for creation of pan-European big beasts. But is this feasible in any imminent iteration of Europe, beyond cross-border infrastructure ventures envisaged by Orange?

  • vfw188-tt-vodaofne-idea-drone
    Partnerships & Alliances

    Vodafone Idea to trial drone-based food delivery

    2020-06-24T09:46:00Z

    VfI joins ClearSky consortium to test BVLOS drone operations with Airmap, Curl Analytics, TechEagle, and Zomato. Indian regulator targets commercialisation of drone flights with 13 POCs from cross-industry consortia.

  • vfw#187-cuffs-tanzania-arrest
    Public Affairs

    Vodacom: 2019 arrests in Tanzania were “troubling”

    2020-06-22T09:30:00Z

    Shockwaves have evidently not yet subsided from strikingly severe treatment of executives in April 2019 incident.

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    Analysis

    Vodafonewatch roundup — June 2020

    2020-06-19T14:42:00Z

    Deals and updates from across the Vodafone Group include the latest CNTT release, Vodafone Business partnership with Energy Web, and a coordinated Track and Trace effort from European telcos. Vodafone Idea flagged collaborations with Nokia, Red Hat, and Mavenir. Vodafone Greece launched ToBi; Ireland expanded its relationship with Exclusive ...

  • tfw#187-haas-o2-mobile infrastructure co
    Strategy & Change

    O2’s Haas lukewarm over Germany’s rural wirelessco

    2020-06-17T15:09:00Z

    Operator predictably wary over the potential of planned mobile infrastructure company to disrupt MNOs, despite rural-focused mandate.

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    Strategy & Change

    Deutsche Telekom, Vodafone clap €130bn German stimulus

    2020-06-08T06:04:00Z

    Massive €50bn pot set aside for ‘future’ technologies, including 6G, open RAN, AI, and quantum computing. New, €5bn mobile infrastructure company appears to take heat off mobile operators. Thinly veiled threat issued to network suppliers over ‘openness’ and interoperability.