& cplSiteName &

Euronews: Vodafone Suffers in Southern Europe

Paul Rainford
2/9/2012
50%
50%

Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD), Apple Inc. (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Alcatel-Lucent (NYSE: ALU) take center stage in today's trot through the EMEA telecom headlines.

  • The economic downturn in southern Europe is taking its toll on Vodafone's numbers, the mobile giant's fiscal third-quarter interim statement reveals. In Italy, revenue declined 4.9 percent year-on-year, while in Spain, where youth unemployment has soared, sales were down 8.8 percent. Overall, reported group revenue fell by 2.3 percent to £11.6 billion (US$18.3 billion), though on an organic basis group service revenue was up by 3.1 percent. (See Vodafone Reports Fiscal Q3 KPIs, Vodafone Preps LTE Launch in Portugal , Euronews: Vodafone Eyes Spanish M&A, Vodafone Smartens Up for Smartphones and Euronews: Vodafone Upbeat on Full-Year Outlook .)

  • Apple is clearly getting hacked off with all its recent patent battles, and has asked the European Telecommunications Standards Institute to set out some basic principles governing how telcos license their patents, reports the Wall Street Journal. (See EC Hints at Smartphone Patent Probe , Euronews: Samsung/Apple Circus Hits The Hague and Making Sense of the Handset Patent Plays.)

  • Staying with the Cupertino Kid ... Vodafone may be struggling in Spain, but Apple is seemingly going great guns there, currently renovating a prestigious seven-floor building in Madrid's historic main square for use as its flagship Spanish store, reports Bloomberg. "The Apple evangelists will buy these products, with or without an economic crisis," says a local prof.

  • Alcatel-Lucent is to supply P&T Luxembourg , the main operator in that tiny European country (go-ahead official motto: "We want to remain what we are"), with the fiber technology that will enable the introduction of ultra-fast broadband. P&T hopes that the project will enhance Luxembourg's position as an important financial and trade hub. (See P&T Luxembourg Goes Ultra-Fast With AlcaLu.)

  • Reuters reports that Orange (NYSE: FTE) is in talks with Egypt's Orascom Telecom over the future ownership of Mobinil , their Egyptian unit. France Telecom currently owns 71.25 percent of Mobinil, with Orascom holding the remainder. (See FT, Orascom Agree on Mobinil.)

  • U.K. regulator Ofcom is expected to announce measures to make changing broadband providers less of a hassle for consumers, according to the Daily Telegraph. A consultation paper Ofcom produced in 2010 found that nearly half of consumers considered the present system too cumbersome and time-consuming.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    Featured Video
    From The Founder
    Light Reading is spending much of this year digging into the details of how automation technology will impact the comms market, but let's take a moment to also look at how automation is set to overturn the current world order by the middle of the century.
    Flash Poll
    Upcoming Live Events
    November 30, 2017, The Westin Times Square
    December 5-7, 2017, The Intercontinental Prague
    March 20-22, 2018, Denver Marriott Tech Center
    May 14-17, 2018, Austin Convention Center
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Infographics
    SmartNICs aren't just about achieving scale. They also have a major impact in reducing CAPEX and OPEX requirements.
    Hot Topics
    When Will 6G Arrive? Hopefully Never, Says BT's McRae
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 11/21/2017
    Let's Talk About 5G Efficiency, Not Wacky Services
    Iain Morris, News Editor, 11/21/2017
    Top 5 Tech Turkeys 2017
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/22/2017
    AT&T's Lurie Leaps to Synchronoss as New CEO
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/17/2017
    Wireless Could Arrive Soon in NYC Subway Tunnels
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 11/20/2017
    Animals with Phones
    Live Digital Audio

    Understanding the full experience of women in technology requires starting at the collegiate level (or sooner) and studying the technologies women are involved with, company cultures they're part of and personal experiences of individuals.

    During this WiC radio show, we will talk with Nicole Engelbert, the director of Research & Analysis for Ovum Technology and a 23-year telecom industry veteran, about her experiences and perspectives on women in tech. Engelbert covers infrastructure, applications and industries for Ovum, but she is also involved in the research firm's higher education team and has helped colleges and universities globally leverage technology as a strategy for improving recruitment, retention and graduation performance.

    She will share her unique insight into the collegiate level, where women pursuing engineering and STEM-related degrees is dwindling. Engelbert will also reveal new, original Ovum research on the topics of artificial intelligence, the Internet of Things, security and augmented reality, as well as discuss what each of those technologies might mean for women in our field. As always, we'll also leave plenty of time to answer all your questions live on the air and chat board.

    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Partner Perspectives - content from our sponsors
    The Mobile Broadband Road Ahead
    By Kevin Taylor, for Huawei
    All Partner Perspectives