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Report: Vodafone and Hutchison set for Irish infrastructure alliance

Vodafone Group and Hutchison Whampoa are close to forming an infrastructure alliance for the Irish market, with an agreement reached but a deal not formally signed, according to the Financial Times.

Sprint signs as Tizen backer

US number-three Sprint became the first North American operator to sign up for the Tizen Association, a group intended to drive the of an open, Linux-based platform for smartphones, marrying the former MeeGo efforts of Intel and Nokia with the work of the LiMo Foundation.

Verizon Wireless to make US10B dividend payment

Verizon Wireless finally confirmed it is to pay a dividend to its parents, with US$10 billion to be paid to its owners, Verizon Communications, and Vodafone Group, on 31 January 2012.

Opera extends Vodafone deal

Browser company Opera Software signed a three year extension of its global frame agreement with Vodafone, which “gives Vodafone the chance to offer its customers Opera products such as a Vodafone-branded Opera Mini browser, a product that is at the core of Vodafone’s Internet strategy for feature phones, particularly in emerging markets.”

Southern Europe weighs on Vodafone results

Vodafone Group reported robust numbers for the year to 31 March 2011, although weakness in Southern Europe is continuing to take its toll. It said that organic service revenue growth improved, with a strong result from emerging markets and signs of renewed growth in some parts of Europe.

Vodafone and Verizon in talks over enterprise combination

The Sunday Times reports that Vodafone Group is in talks with Verizon about a partnership to serve enterprise customers, including the integration of service teams and joint procurement of equipment.

Vodafone set for Nexus S launch

Vodafone said that it will “soon” begin offering the Google-branded, Samsung-made Nexus S smartphone in its stores “around the world.”

Vodafone reports sound Q3 performance

Vodafone reported a workmanlike performance for the quarter to 31 December 2010, with strong revenue growth in India, Turkey, the UK and at Vodacom coupled with uninspiring results for Germany and Italy, and Spain disappointing as conditions “remain challenging” in the country. On a group level, the company reported a 3 percent increase in revenue to £11.89 billion, with service revenue increasing 2.1 percent to £10.96 billion.

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Verizon Wireless sees robust Q4 growth

Verizon Wireless reported a sound performance for the quarter ended 31 December 2010, trumpeting “strong growth in revenue, strong retail postpaid ARPU, and growth in traditional customers and other connections.” It also provided an update on its LTE plans and noted that part-owner Vodafone can expect dividend payments “eventually.”

Vodafone SFR disposal rumoured, again

It was again reported that Vodafone Group is set to offload its 44% stake in French affiliate SFR, with majority shareholder Vivendi positioned to be the buyer.