With an intention to improve its quality and reliability Vodafone plans to raise its investments in the Dutch network. The move is to restore the company’s infrastructure that was destroyed due to a fire in the Rotterdam network center. Around 700 transmission towers were out of service after the fire broke out at the Rotterdam site affecting both mobile and fixed lines. The company has five major transmission towers in Netherlands. The fire destroyed one of them leaving the other four to pick up extra traffic.
Vodafone said the investment will improve network quality and reliability, but declined to provide financial details. Vodafone had already invested $305 million in the last year. 4G service roll out will be much easier. The company’s operating revenue decreased by 1.5 percent to $575.2 million.
VimpelCom Ltd, a leading global provider of telecommunications services, and Google, a global technology leader focused on improving the ways people connect with information, announced an agreement to deliver a new, enhanced digital entertainment experience for VimpelCom customers across its markets.
VimpelCom customers will be able to use their mobile accounts to easily find, try and buy Google Play content. The cost of any purchased app can now be simply deducted from a customer’s prepaid credit or just added to their monthly bill.
The Google Play store brings together Google digital goods including apps, games, Google Books, Google Music and Google Movies into a single unified offering. Users can access their entire library of music, videos, books, apps, and games in one place, all of which are also stored online, without the need to synchronize devices.
A dedicated ‘VimpelCom Channel’ will make it easy for VimpelCom customers to navigate their way among the 600,000 apps available in the Google Play store. Available via the local Google Play store, the VimpelCom channel will feature dozens of apps, tailored to offer local content and services.
The ‘VimpelCom Channel’ and mobile account payments for the Google Play store will be rolled out in VimpelCom’s operations across the globe, starting later on this year.
Mikhail Gerchuk, VimpelCom’s Group Chief Commercial Officer, said that the collaboration with Google will provide customers around the world with a convenient way to access and pay for millions of apps, games and songs, significantly enhancing the smartphone experience in countries where banking and credit card services are not widely used.
He added that in most of their markets, they will be the first operator to launch mobile account payments for Google Play store and with the ‘VimpelCom Channel’ they will bring tailored content to millions of customers around the globe using Android smartphones.
This latest agreement is part of VimpelCom’s consistent strategy of providing its customers with the best mobile internet experience, complementing its recently announced partnership with Opera Software to deliver better mobile web browsing for customers using a low-cost mobile phone.
KPN, the leading telecommunications and ICT service provider in the Netherlands, announced an agreement with Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, for a business transformation program which will replace multiple legacy IT BSS systems, with a single next generation converged BSS (Business Supporting System) solution for the retail – and wholesale markets in the Netherlands. Huawei will support KPN, as proven within the KPN Group, to help ensure this IT- and business transformation program is a success.
Kevin Tao, President of Huawei in West European region said that as KPN’s strategic partner, they are very excited for this collaboration as it represents their commitment in providing leading technical solution and services to help their partner to gain business success and smoothly realize IT transformations.
Looking back at 2008, Telfort, previously a subsidiary of KPN, selected Huawei as their partner to provide a NGBSS solution to replace its legacy BSS systems. Close corporation and teamwork resulted in a successful, phased, implementation of post-paid which was launched 2010 and pre-paid and wholesale services which were launched last year. The new NGBSS solution has already proven to meet the business objectives: TCO reduction, improved Time-to-market and enhanced customer experience.
Following a successful engagement in Telfort, Huawei was selected by the KPN Group to build and manage a hosted international MVNE platform serving customers in Belgium, France and Spain. Huawei was more recently chosen as partner to replace the BSS system for consumer and wholesale market in the KPN Germany operator – E-plus.
Mexico based telecom operator, America Movil, which is bidding for a bigger stake in Royal KPN NV (KPN), said the investment will boost profit, helped by the Dutch phone company’s exposure to Germany and the Netherlands, according to a report by BN.
As per the report, America Movil Chief Financial Officer Carlos Garcia-Moreno, said that America Movil has no interest in bidding directly for KPN’s German E-Plus mobile-phone unit and regards the Dutch company’s turnaround plan as credible.
America Movil, based in Mexico City and owned by Slim, the world’s richest man, this month offered $3.3 billion to boost its 4.8 percent stake in the former Dutch telecommunications monopoly to as much as 28 percent.
KPN, the leading telecommunications and ICT service provider in The Netherlands, revealed its financial results for Q1 2012, with results progressing in line with the expected results for the transitional year of 2012.
As per the company report, the operator claimed that financial results were according to plan in first quarter of transition year and the EBITDA and FCF were impacted by phasing and accelerated investments in The Netherlands. Revenue growth was good with a good EBITDA margin in Germany, while operations in Belgium showed strong underlying growth.
KPN CEO, Eelco Blok said that the overall performance of the KPN Group in the first quarter of the 2012 transition year was according to plan. The implementation of the accelerated investment strategy for The Netherlands is on track, and they have made several key management appointments that will help them achieve their strategic ambitions.
In Consumer Mobile, they have made substantial improvements to their propositions and have expanded their distribution footprint. In Consumer Residential, their TV market share increased further and the implementation of the regionalization approach is starting. Results in Germany reflected revenue growth at a good EBITDA margin, while Belgium showed another strong quarter. They continued to invest in the high speed data network roll-out in Germany and Belgium and in new propositions to support growth. The roll-out of the high speed data network in Germany is on track to reach the target of 80 percent population coverage by the end of this year.
On the cost side, they continued to make progress with their FTE reduction program in The Netherlands of 4,000-5,000 FTE which they now intend to complete by the end of 2013, two years earlier than originally planned. Included in this, KPN has set a tough but achievable target for Group headquarters to reduce costs by 30-40 percent by 2013.
The current financial performance of the company is not in line with their medium to longer term ambition. The accelerated investment strategy in this transition year, combined with a focus on quality and simplification to drive customer satisfaction and reputation, will support a sustainable level of profit for The Netherlands from end-2012. Group profits and cash flow are planned to improve in the second half of 2012, driven by a better performance in their Dutch businesses. Therefore, he confirmed the 2012 outlook.
South Korean handset maker Samsun has emerged victorious once again after a Dutch court rejected rival Apple Inc’s plea from banning the distribution of the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 in the Netherlands. According to reports, the court has ruled in favour of Samsung, citing that the Galaxy Tab had some similarities to the design registered in 2004 but not to Apple’s iPad released in 2010.
As per sources, Apple had filed a legal suit against Samsung claiming patent infringement on its design, hardware and user interface among others. However, the ruling enables the Korean firm to sell its tablet computer in the Netherlands and throughout the European Union.
Reports reveal that the US giant had said that it was no coincidence that Samsung’s latest products look a lot like the iPhone and iPad, from the shape of the hardware to the user interface and even the packaging. Further, this kind of blatant copying is wrong and they need to protect Apple’s intellectual property when companies steal their ideas.
KPN, the leading telecommunications and ICT service provider in the Netherlands, along with T-Mobile and Vodafone were approached by the Netherlands Competition Authority (NMa) following an investigation regarding possible violations by the operators in the services provided.
According to reports, wireless carrier KPN has said that its headquarters were being investigated by the NMa over suspicions of concerted practice with regard to mobile telecommunications offerings on the Dutch consumer market and division of independent sales channels. Further, the company also said that five of its employees were being questioned with complete cooperation from the company.
As per sources, the regulator had imposed fines on these three operators in 2001 regarding unfair agreements on subsidies for mobile devices given to retailers, causing consumers to pay a higher price for the same.
Mobile phone operator Vodafone has come out with a new parental control service allowing parents to monitor and restrict unwanted content and misuse of the mobile phone by children. According to reports, the new service to be titled ‘Vodafone Guardian’ will enable parents to blacklist certain numbers, transfer unwanted texts to a secured folder as well as set up an approved list for outgoing calls.
Further, sources claim that the new application would also enable parents to restrict internet use as well as manage access to the phone’s camera. With a large number of children owning a smartphone and spending a lot of time surfing the internet, parents have often raised concerns regarding the content being viewed.
The app will reportedly be free of charge and will be made available in a week’s time in the UK along with Egypt, Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and New Zealand. Further, Vodafone also plans to launch the app in Italy and Spain under the name ‘Smart Tutor’.
Spanish telecom operator Telefonica has reportedly entered into a strategic partnership with China Unicom, wherein both operators will use each other’s networks to expand their coverage. According to reports, the deal will provide Telefonica access to China Unicom’s network in the regions of Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore, Australia, France and Sweden.
In return, China Unicom can reportedly increase its presence through Telefonica’s network in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, USA, Puerto Rico, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria Denmark, Slovenia, Slovakia, Spain, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Morocco, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Netherlands, Czech Republic, Romania, Sweden and Switzerland.
Reports suggest that Telefonica believes this agreement will help both operators expand their capabilities to provide telecom services to various customers in different geographic areas.