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Vodafone's Hard Bargain

VOD drives down 3G gear prices

Michelle Donegan

March 5, 2008

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Vodafone's Hard Bargain

8:00 AM -- At Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD)'s Technology Update conference today, CTO Steve Pusey said the operator had forced down the price it pays for Node Bs (3G base stations) by more than 50 percent between 2004 and 2007.

It'd be interesting to know what that cost reduction would have been if the carrier hadn't included Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. among its list of global mobile infrastructure suppliers. (See Huawei Gets Vodafone Award and Huawei Meets Vodafone's Needs.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

About the Author(s)

Michelle Donegan

Michelle Donegan is an independent technology writer who has covered the communications industry for the last 20 years on both sides of the Pond. Her career began in Chicago in 1993 when Telephony magazine launched an international title, aptly named Global Telephony. Since then, she has upped sticks (as they say) to the UK and has written for various publications including Communications Week International, Total Telecom and, most recently, Light Reading.  

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