• Czech Republic, Spain 5G trial; Vodafone Germany takes sustainability on board.

Elsewhere in Vodafone Europe

Elsewhere in Vodafone Europe

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  • Czech Republic: Vodafone Czech Republic flagged tests of autonomous vehicles on its 5G network in Ústí nad Labem, in collaboration with the Ministry of Industry and Trade and the Ministry of Regional Development.
  • Germany: DIMOCO, a provider for direct mobile network operator (MNO) connections in Europe, highlighted its appointment of Vodafone Germany (VfD), and rival mobile operators Deutsche Telekom and Telefónica Deutschland, as payment agents. The move enables the operators to process payments for goods and services under DIMOCO’s licence.
  • VfD’s newly formed Sustainability Advisory Board held its first meeting in Düsseldorf during mid‑September 2020, as part of the operator’s GigaGreen sustainability strategy. The meeting was said to have defined three key issues to be tackled by the board over the next two years: carbon reduction; circular economy; and green tech. The next advisory board meeting will take place in spring 2021, with the publication of an “activity report” planned for summer 2021.
  • Cisco Systems-owned communications software provider BroadSource highlighted that VfD was using its EMUMobile Assistant solution. The system is being used to underpin the OpCo’s OneNet Express cloud collaboration offering. BroadSource has existing relationships with VfD and (now-sold) Vodafone New Zealand (Vodafonewatch, #131, #143, and #145).
  • Hungary: Vodafone Hungary (VfH) and UPC Hungary are merging their headquarters, after the latter was absorbed by the Group in July 2019 as part of its buyout of Liberty Global assets in the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, and Romania (Deutsche Telekomwatch, #178). The next phase of the operators’ post‑merger integration will reportedly see VfH staff relocating to the new offices on the BudapestONE business park in autumn 2022.
  • Ireland: UEFA, European soccer’s governing body, secured an order from the High Court of Ireland requiring several internet providers, including Vodafone Ireland, to block the illegal live streaming of football matches in the Champions League and Europa League during the 2020–21 season.
  • Italy: Telecoms regulator Autorità per le Garanzie nelle Comunicazioni fined Vodafone Italy (VfIt) €500,000 for not allowing customers to make payment for services from bank accounts outside of Italy but within the European Union. VfIt reportedly stated that it expects to resolve the “purely technical discrepancy” by November 2020.
  • Spain: Vodafone Spain highlighted a trial of 5G‑powered immersive sports technology, within the framework of the 5G Barcelona consortium, a public–private initiative working on 5G applications in the city. The tests were carried out during the MOTULFIM Superbike World Championship, which took place in Barcelona during September 2020, in association with partners including the Catalan government, Catalan Broadcasting Corporation’s TV3 television channel, and audiovisual specialist Kataclack.
  • Turkey: Vodafone Turkey confirmed its continued support of the TÜSİAD Industry Digital Transformation Program (TÜSİADSD2), which helps micro, small‑, and medium-size technology suppliers provide their solutions to businesses that are signed up to the programme. It appears that selected solutions are being developed at the İTÜ Vodafone Future Lab, a technology centre established during November 2019, in association with the Istanbul Technical University.