Eurobites: Vodafone Netherlands Finally Switches on NB-IoT Network

Also in today's EMEA regional roundup: Telkom revenues up 10%; MTS cozies up to Nokia on IoT and more; EU wants more from Qualcomm.

  • Vodafone Group plc (NYSE: VOD) has launched an NB-IoT network in the Netherlands, following hard on the heels of T-Mobile Netherlands , which last month launched its equivalent offering, claiming a first for the land of windmills and total football in the process. Vodafone's network is based on 20 locations spread across nine cities. The mobile giant had hoped to have launched commercial NB-IoT networks in the Netherlands and Ireland earlier in the year, but both were delayed for unspecified reasons. (See Vodafone to Miss NB-IoT Launch Targets.)

  • And, looking beyond the EMEA region, Vodafone has signed a Partner Market agreement with South Korea's LG U+ , which will see the pair collaborate on network strategy and the selling of unified communications and other services to multinationals.

  • Mobile and ICT revenues were the main contributors to the near 10% increase in full financial year revenues at South African service provider Telkom SA Ltd. (NYSE/Johannesburg: TKG), which reported group operating revenues of 40.97 billion South African Rand (US$3.22 billion). The operator grew its mobile customer base by almost 48% to 4 million in the year to 31 March, while its mobile data traffic volumes grew by 130% compared with the previous year to 85,770 Terabytes. Investors liked the news, as Telkom's share price gained 1.6% in morning trading on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. For the full story and analysis, see Mobile, ICT Services Fuel Telkom's Growth.

  • Mobile TeleSystems OJSC (MTS) (NYSE: MBT) has signed a partnership agreement with Nokia Corp. (NYSE: NOK) that will see the Russian operator deploying Nokia technologies in areas such as the Internet of Things, cloud services, virtual/augmented reality and healthcare. It is envisaged that NVision, the systems integrator subsidiary of MTS, will be heavily involved in the partnership. MTS and Nokia already have an agreement in place that relates specifically to 5G, and indeed the pair plan to set up a 5G pilot covering various international sporting events being held in Russia.

  • European Union antitrust regulators believe that US smartphone chipmaker Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) has failed to offer any meaningful concessions to date in its $38 billion bid for NXP Semiconductors N.V. (Nasdaq: NXPI), Reuters reports. Qualcomm had until June 1 to propose measures that might allay competition concerns, particularly those relating to the continuing use of NXP's Mifare technology by Qualcomm's rivals.

  • Telia Company 's plan to divest Sergel, its credit management services and debt purchase business, to Marginalen, a privately owned bank, has been approved by the Swedish Financial Supervisory Authority. Now it just needs the nod from the equivalent body in Norway to reach completion.

  • These are tough times for UK operators, the Financial Times reports (subscription required), with consumers apparently less willing to pay more for faster broadband and less tolerant of price rises in general. The FT cites the case of BT Group plc (NYSE: BT; London: BTA), which added 30,000 broadband users in the three months to June -- less than half of market expectations -- and 11,000 BT TV customers, compared with more than 50,000 in each of the previous three quarters.

    — Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, Light Reading

  • Gabriel Brown 6/5/2017 | 9:47:42 AM
    Finally Finally -- seems a bit harsh.

    Related: Vodafone put out a blog/statement this morning addressing NB-IoT interop. Which seems to be improving.

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