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.
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.
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.”
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.
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 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.
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.”