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Vodafone moves into IoT with new home gadgets

Vodafone has launched its first Internet of Things devices, as the mobile network operator looks to expand into hardware.

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08/11/2017  |  Full story...

Top 50 most valuable UK brands: Vodafone and HSBC lead way

Vodafone is the number one UK-based brand, with success driven by a strong purpose, according to new research.

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03/11/2017  |  Full story...

Mobile money case study: How M-Pesa is driving Africa’s cashless future

While many customers in the US are only just getting used to Apple Pay, mobile money services such as Vodafone’s M-Pesa have been flourishing in Africa for years. M-Pesa (‘M’ for mobile and ‘Pesa’ is Swahili for money) is a mobile phone based money transfer and micro-financing service which launched in African markets in 2007. By 2010, M-Pesa was the most successful mobile phone based financial service in the developing world and it is the African continent which has become the world leader in the adoption of this platform.


30/01/2015  |  Full story...

4G black spots: Third of mobile internet tasks attempted on trains fail

Despite improvements to mobile internet access, commuters in the UK are still being hit by black spots that prevent them from carrying out tasks on the internet while on the move, according to new research.

14/10/2014  |  Full story...

Vodafone sells US Verizon stake for $130bn

Vodafone has sold its 45% stake in Verizon Wireless to US telecoms group Verizon Communications, as the mobile network operator refocuses on faster mobile broadband services in a new ‘Project Spring’ initiative.

03/09/2013  |  Full story...

Brits ‘confused by 4G benefits’

With O2 and Vodafone launching their 4G service last week today, a study of 2,500 broadband users by broadbandchoices.co.uk found that whilst 81% know what 4G is, only 8% have actually used a 4G network.

03/09/2013  |  Full story...

UK 4G Auction raises £1bn less than expected: winners revealed

Ofcom has raised £2.34bn in its UK 4G auction, providing widespread access to superfast mobile internet across many parts of the country. However, this amount was around £1bn less than it was hoping for.

20/02/2013  |  Full story...

Ofcom could use older mobile airwaves to boost 4G

Ofcom is considering proposals to use parts of the radio spectrum currently used for older mobile services to run 4G, in a bid boost high-speed mobile access in the UK.

04/02/2013  |  Full story...

EE slashes 4G prices to £31 per month

EE has cut the prices for its ultra-high speed 4G services as rivals operators begin to launch their competing services.

24/01/2013  |  Full story...

4G UK auction: 2 surprise bidders revealed

There will be two relative strangers to UK mobile users among the firms bidding in next year's 4G auction. Industry regulator Ofcom unveiled the seven bidders for the auction of bandwidth for 4G mobile broadband services in the UK. The bidders are Everything Everywhere, BT, Vodafone, O2, Three, Hong Kong conglomerate PCCW and UK network supplier MLL Telecom.

21/12/2012  |  Full story...

SMS at 20: Has text messaging reached its peak?

The humble text message, which celebrated its 20th birthday on Sunday, is past its prime for the first time in history, as new figures show a declining trend of SMS (Short Message Service). This year is the first time the total text volumes in the UK are down; but this represents a tiny drop as people start to switch communications to Facebook, Twitter and iMessage.

03/12/2012  |  Full story...

Superfast 4G launched in 11 UK cities

A new era of superfast mobile internet begins in the UK today, as 4G products and services are made available to millions of consumers in 11 cities across the UK. EE, formerly known as Everything Everywhere, will launch its range of 4G products and services in London, Bristol, Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Sheffield, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Liverpool, Manchester and Southampton.

30/10/2012  |  Full story...

First 4G mobile network coming to UK on 30th October

Everything Everywhere (EE) has set the launch date for its LTE (4G) launch in the UK, offering Orange and T-Mobile customers with superfast mobile internet connections on 30th October.

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04/10/2012  |  Full story...

4G finally coming to UK this September?

High speed mobile internet is coming to the UK next month, after network Everything Everywhere was given the go-ahead to roll out 4G technology across the country. Everything Everywhere, the parent company of Orange and T-Mobile, has been allowed to launch the next generation mobile network anytime after September this year. Following months of consultation, Ofcom today announced its decision to allow Everything Everywhere to use the 1800MHz spectrum for LTE (4G).

22/08/2012  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence July 2012

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As the first 'social' Olympics gets underway, some over-zealous sponsors are already feeling the wrath of Twitter users, and this month we look at why brands are succeeding (and failing) at the games.
July was another tough month for Facebook, as its ad revenue growth dipped and shares fell. The social network has come under fire for allegations that bots are creating fake 'likes' - ramping up the prices for ads. Can Facebook stem the flow of bad publicity and turn its mobile growth into profits? We've got Zuckerberg's latest attempts at monetisation below, including job boards, a 'want' button and social search ads.

Google and Apple's rivalry has intensified, as the £159 Nexus 7 goes on sale to undercut the iPad. Leaked videos and reports suggest Apple will respond with a majorly revamped iPhone and iPad Mini this September - we've got the video below, (possibly) offering the first glimpse of the iPhone 5.

Top data this month looks at ad spend growth around the world, with digital leading the way in all territories. We also compare mobile ad revenues from Facebook and Twitter, and have the latest infographics on social media ROI along with the best times to post brand messages on Facebook and Twitter - can you guess the top weekly time slot to reach your audience?

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03/08/2012

Digital Intelligence June 2012

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The Cannes Cyber Lions showed why owned media is key and how not to simply add to the clutter of the web.

In digital advertising the big players battled hard, with Google opening AdWords to 300,000 apps via its AdMob integration, while preparing for the European rollout of its web TV service. Facebook launched a major ad push, creating deeper ties with Apple, Zynga and WordPress, scrapping 'credits' for local currencies and opening to third party ad platforms for first time. Twitter upped its game with its first TV commercial and curated hashtags for brands, while revealing it's mobile ad revenue have overtaken desktop PCs. Microsoft showcased its iPad rival 'Surface', but was forced into an embarrassing U-Turn on its proposed plans to make 'Do Not Track' the default option for its next IE browser, after much outcry from advertisers.

The were some major acquisitions this month, with Facebook buying a facial recognition firm, Salesforce buying Buddy Media and WPP snapping up AKQA.

This month we include a guide to Pinterest, Mary Meeker's 'State of the Web' presentation and the DMA's implications of the new EU cookie laws for email and mobile marketing. We also take a look at Social media SEO, with growing evidence that Facebook and Twitter now play a key role in determining Google search rankings. Full stories and charts below and on click through.

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27/06/2012

Vodafone partners O2- Is UK set for 4G access?

Vodafone and O2 have announced plans to merge their networks into a single grid, to improve coverage and accelerate the move to 4G. However, the deal does not mean customers can expect to roam between the two networks just yet. Under an agreement announced on Thursday, Vodafone and O2 parent Telefonica UK will create a joint venture that will take over the running of the pair's basic network infrastructure, including their towers and over 18,500 masts.

08/06/2012  |  Full story...

Vodafone buys Cable & Wireless Worldwide for £1bn

Vodafone has bought communications giant Cable & Wireless Worldwide, in a deal that values the firm at a reported £1.04bn. CWW is separate from Cable & Wireless Communications, also a UK-based multinational telco, as the two demerged in 2010. The move is intended to strengthen Vodafone's enterprise and international services, and will let the mobile operator offload increasing mobile traffic onto the Cable & Wireless Worldwide (CWW) fibre network in the UK.

24/04/2012  |  Full story...

Vodafone to boost bandwidth with Cable and Wireless buy?

Vodafone has confirmed it is in the early stages of evaluating the merits of a potential offer for Cable & Wireless Worldwide. Vodafone is the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue, and the purchase of Cable and Wireless’ fixed-line network could boost bandwidth for its Internet-hungry customers.

14/02/2012  |  Full story...

Top 10 UK companies for Facebook and Twitter followers

The UK’s corporate giants are finally signing up to Twitter and Facebook after years of wariness, according to the latest findings of The Social Media Leaders tracking study by The Group. The last six months have seen a rapid increase in the number of FTSE 100 companies signing up to Facebook and to Twitter signalling that the need to communicate with audiences flexibly and in real time is increasingly accepted in the Square Mile.

20/07/2011  |  Full story...

Top UK networks unite for ‘mobile wallet’ service

Vodafone UK, Telefónica UK (the owners of O2) and Everything Everywhere (the joint venture between Orange and T-Mobile), are working on a mobile commerce joint venture, in a bid to improve mobile payments in the UK. The project will aim to produce a single ecosystem for m-commerce helping advertisers, retailers and banks to reach consumers through their mobile phones.

17/06/2011

17/06/2011  |  Full story...

Digital Intelligence May 2011

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Social media strategies are back at the top of the news agenda, with continued explosive growth among Facebook, Twitter and YouTube reminding every company it needs to evolve its strategy to keep place with the what the platforms offer.

Facebook's facial recognition software sent European privacy advocates leaping for their email. Watch this play out through the summer and remember it was only a year ago that Zuckerberg landed the message that 'privacy is no longer a social norm'.

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31/05/2011

Vodafone debuts mobile charger and SMS payment in taxis

Vodafone has launched a new service that lets its customers charge their phones in the back of select London taxi cabs, and even pay cabbies via SMS. Vodafone has teamed up with Taxis in London for the SMS taxi payment scheme, to create their own branded ‘wrapped’ vehicles. 2000 ‘wrapped’ taxis are being introduced to the capital this week, riding on the nation’s renewed patriotic sentiment following the Royal Wedding, by adorning their taxi fleet with Union Jacks.

04/05/2011


04/05/2011  |  Full story...

Qype gets €6.5m funding boost from Vodafone and VCs

User-generated local review site Qype has raised 3.5 million euros from Vodafone Ventures and a further 3.0 million euros from its existing three investors, Advent Venture Partners, Partech International and Wellington Partners.

Launched in March 2006, Qype’s communication platform is Europe’s largest site for user-generated reviews and recommendations of places, events and experiences. Qype covers more than 158,000 European towns and cities and has 17 million unique visitors per month. The additional funds will be used to develop Qype’s mobile business.

24/11/2010

24/11/2010  |  Full story...

Apple faces ‘war’ with operators over own-brand SIM card

Apple could risk a European operator revolt if it proceeds with plans to embed its own brand SIM card in its new iPhones, according to a news report. The Financial Times quoted an unnamed European telecoms executive as saying Apple risks a “war” over its reported plan to begin selling iPhones with embedded Sim cards, with operators potentially refusing to offer subsidies for the device.

The new technology could enable a customer to buy an iPhone, sign up for service on Apple's website and begin using the device immediately. The customer could then shift with relative ease from one operator to another or insist that the carrier provide a shorter-term contract, the FT said.

22/11/2010

22/11/2010  |  Full story...

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