CAPE TOWN--Vodacom considers machine-to-machine (M2M) to be a major growth area for the future, with "limitless" opportunities to deploy the technology across a number of vertical sectors in South Africa and beyond.
Vodafone flaunted its converged service provider credentials, stating it is now one of Europe's largest fixed broadband providers as it revealed earnings in the six months to end-September stabilised on improved performances in its domestic region.
Vodacom, the South Africa-headquartered operator that is 65 per cent owned by Vodafone Group, blamed a drop in service revenues in its home market for a decline in net profit in the six months to end-September.
Vodafone, Orange, and Telenor are among the first 11 operators to sign up to a new GSM Association (GSMA) code of conduct for mobile money providers designed to promote responsible digital financial services.
Vodafone continues to be dogged by taxation problems as the operator confirmed it is probing a potential fraud at Spanish unit Ono just weeks after finally making progress in a long running tax dispute in India.
If you take a closer look at the various smartphone and mobile data plans of European operators, you'll see that data sharing--and here I define it as mobile data plans with at least one extra SIM card to share a data bundle between two devices--is now thriving as an increasing number of operators adopt various forms of this pricing and marketing approach.
Nokia Networks unveiled an industry-wide collaboration to produce a new standard covering mobile edge computing for the European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI).
Telenor has increased its stake in Indian unit Uninor to 100 per cent from 74 per cent, following a similar move by Vodafone in April that saw the UK-based operator increase its stake in Vodafone India to 100 per cent.
Nokia Networks is collaborating with other equipment vendors and operators to create a new European Telecommunications Standards Institute (ETSI) Industry Specification Group (ISG) for mobile edge computing (MEC).
The GSM Association (GSMA) said adoption of its common Embedded SIM standard will boost machine-to-machine (M2M) market growth by almost 40 per cent by 2020, as it revealed a string of big name backers for the specification.