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EXECUTIVE BRIEF

MANAGEMENT UPDATE: Q1 FY18-19 [p.6]

  • Trouble on horizon as Colao signs out
  • “Broad-based” growth remains a distant dream
  • Tables 1-3: Vodafone Group revenue summaries, Q1 FY18-19

DEALS: Axiata remains on board the Vodafone Idea ship, for now [p.13]

  • Axiata seems bit-part player, and heading for exit

LEGAL AND REGULATORY: Vodafone gives qualified welcome to new EU digital code [p.16]

  • Table: Vodafone report card on Brussels' new European Electronic Communications Code
  • Colao moots FTTP co-investment tie-ups

PEOPLE [p.19]

  • Table: People movement highlights

SUPPLY CHAIN [p.22]

  • Table: Partner/supplier people movement highlights

TECHNOLOGY: Why Vodafone has bought tickets for 'Blade Runner II' [p.25]

  • Platform-based business model
  • Skynet deals with cloud roaming

EUROPE: Vodafone Germany talks tough over 5G access rights [p.30]

  • 5G turf war
  • VfD jumps on super-vectoring bandwagon

Ireland: SIRO misses out on phase-one target, but CEO bullish [p.34]

Spain: VfS parks bus as Telefónica launches TV football attack [p.37]

  • Telefónica baffled by Vodafone not playing ball
  • VfS biggest spender in 5G spectrum auction
  • Coming Italian and German auctions will test Group 5G spend resolve

UK: No near-term TV plan in UK [p.43]

  • Ofcom drops investigation into Vodafone Pass
  • VfUK hit by another high-profile enterprise service setback

AUSTRALIA: VHA gets 3.6GHz boost, but 5G picture still fuzzy [p.46]

  • No leg-up for TPG
  • More 5G spectrum on way…but will VHA splash the cash?

New Zealand: VfNZ joins Group push on digital automation with IBM [p.49]

Turkey: VfT trials broadband collaboration with Türk Telekom [p.52]

VODACOM GROUP: VdT gains much-needed sub-1GHz add-on [p.54]

  • Encouraging signs for Vodacom's broader airwave push

FURTHER READING

INDEX

A

Accenture 21, 41
Aditya Birla Group 13
- Idea Cellular 7, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 20
Africa 10, 21, 22, 45, 56, 59
- Congo 20, 55
- Egypt 10, 48, 59
- Ethiopia 59
- Kenya 56, 59
- Mozambique 55
- South Africa 10, 20, 22, 55, 56
-- Competition Commission 15
-- Government 55
- Sub-Sahara 10
- Tanzania 55, 59
Agile Software Inc. 50
Alcatel-Lucent 41
Alfa Group
- Altimo (Alfa Telecom International Mobile)
-- Turkcell (see Curkurova/TeliaSonera/separate) 52, 53
Altice Group 41
Amazon.com Inc. 28, 33, 43
- Amazon Web Services 28
Americas
- Canada 22
- USA 26, 51
Asia-Pacific 13, 15
- Australia 21, 46, 47, 48, 51, 59
-- Australian Communications & Media Authority (ACMA) 46, 47, 59
-- National Broadband Network (NBN) 46, 47
- Bangladesh 15
- China 15
- Hong Kong 15
- India 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 57
-- Department of Telecommunications (DoT) 14, 15
- Indonesia 15
- Japan 15
- Malaysia 15
- Myanmar 15
- Nepal 15
- New Zealand 49, 51, 59
- Singapore 15
- Sri Lanka 15
- Taiwan 15
AT&T 27
Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) 47
Avanti Communications Group plc 21
Axiata Group Bhd (TM International) 13, 14, 15, 57
- India (Idea Cellular, see also Aditya Birla) 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 57
- Singapore (Mobile One, see separate) 15

B

BAE Systems 24
BearingPoint 27
Bharti Group 9, 15, 20, 57
- Airtel 9, 15, 20, 55, 57
-- Bharti Infratel 15
-- Vittal, Gopal 9
- Bharti Enterprises
-- Comviva Technologies (Bharti Telesoft) 20, 21
- Indus Towers 7, 10, 15, 20
Bloomberg L.P. 7
British Broadcasting Corp. (BBC) 43
BT Group 26, 27

C

Caldera 20
China Mobile 15
Cisco Systems 41
Conexus Mobile Alliance 15
C.P.A. Czech s.r.o. 50
Cukurova Holding
- Turkcell (see Altimo/TeliaSonera/separate) 52, 53

D

Dar es Salaam Stock Exchange 56
Dell Technologies
- VMware 22
Deutsche Telekom 58
- Germany 18, 30, 33, 58
Dixons Carphone 21
Drillisch AG 32
du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications) 27

E

Electricity Supply Board (Ireland) 18, 34
Elliott Management Corporation 7
Emblaze Group
- European Telecom 18
EMC
- VMware 22
Enel SpA 18
Ericsson 21, 26
Europe 7, 9, 10, 16, 20, 21, 22, 26, 29, 57, 58
- Czech Republic 11, 21
- Denmark 21
- Finland 21
- France 20
- Germany 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 22, 30, 31, 32, 33, 36, 40, 53, 58
-- Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (BNetzA, RegTP, FNA, or German Federal Network Agency) 31, 36, 58
-- Länder
--- Berlin 32
--- North Rhine-Westphalia (Düsseldorf) 9, 21
- Greece 9, 10, 36, 58
- Hungary 11, 21, 36, 40, 58
- Ireland 9, 10, 17, 18, 34, 35, 58
- Italy 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 18, 21, 22, 30, 40
-- Cassa Depositi e Prestiti 18
- Netherlands 40, 41, 58
- Portugal 9, 10, 26, 41, 58
-- Competition Authority (AdC) 41
- Romania 9, 11, 40
- Serbia 21
- Spain 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 22, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 58
- Sweden 21
- Turkey 10, 20, 21, 52, 53, 59
- United Kingdom (UK) 7, 9, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 35, 36, 43, 44, 58
-- Office of Communications (Ofcom) 36, 44
European Union 10, 16, 17, 18, 36, 44, 57
- Council of the European Union 16, 17
- European Commission 17, 18, 57
- European Court of Justice 36
- European Parliament 16, 17

F

Facebook 33, 56
freenet AG (Mobilcom) 31, 58

G

Google 33

H

HSBC 21
Huawei Technologies 33, 39
Hutchison Whampoa 15, 24
- Hutchison Telecommunications Hong Kong Ltd (Hutchinson Telecom/HTHKH/3 Hong Kong) 15
- Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd (VHA, (see Vodafone) 21, 46, 47, 48, 59

I

IBM 33, 49, 50, 59
Iliad 8
Indus Towers 7, 10, 15, 20
Infosys Technologies 27

K

KPMG International 19

L

Liberty Global 11, 21, 36
Lloyds Banking Group plc 21

M

Market segments
- Mobile broadband 54
- Mobile virtual network (MVNA/MVNE/MVNO) 30, 31
- Network-sharing 53
- Over-the-top (OTT) 17, 38, 43
- Value-added services (VAS) 22
- Voice 21, 28, 32, 41, 44, 56
Microsoft 19, 41
Middle East 20, 21, 22
- Egypt 10, 48, 59
- Israel 41
- Qatar 21
Millicom International Cellular
- MIC Tanzania Limited (tiGO/ Mobitel/Buzz) 55
- Tigo Ghana 55
Mirambo Ltd 56
Mobile One (Singapore) 15
MTN 56
- South Africa 56

N

Neotel (Pty) Ltd (SNO Telecommunications, see also Reliance) 56
Netflix Inc. 43
Nokia 21, 22
- Alcatel-Lucent 41
NTT 27

O

Oger Telecom
- Avea 53
- Turk Telekom 59
Omnicom 41
Ooredoo 15
Open Network Automation Platform 28
Orange
- Orange 20, 26, 27, 38, 39, 40, 58
- Spain 38, 39, 40, 58

P

Permira
- Genesys Telecommunications Labs 41
PPF Group 21
Promotora de Informaciones, S.A. (Grupo PRISA) 41
- Media Capital 41
Publicis Group 41

R

Riverbed Technology 27

S

Safaricom 56, 59
- M-PESA 59
Singapore Telecom
- Optus (Australia) 21, 46, 47
SoftBank Corp. 15
Sprint Nextel 20

T

Tata Group
- Tata Communications
-- Neotel (see separate listing) 56
Technology
- 2.5G 48
- 2G 21, 31, 40, 48, 55, 56
- 3G 31, 40, 46, 47, 56
-- UMTS 31
- 4G 31, 48, 54, 55, 56
-- Long Term Evolution (LTE) 21, 31, 32, 55
- 5G 18, 25, 26, 28, 30, 31, 32, 36, 39, 40, 46, 47, 48, 58, 59
- AI 33, 49
- Cloud computing 22, 28, 50
- Ethernet 28
- Fibre 16, 17, 18, 21, 33, 34, 35, 44, 52, 53, 56, 58
-- FTTP 17, 18
- FTTH 17
- IoT 20, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, 28
- IP 41
- MNP 17
- R&D 36
- SIP 41
- SMS 44, 56
- Spectrum 14, 16, 17, 18, 31, 32, 39, 40, 46, 47, 48, 54, 55, 58, 59
-- 700 MHz 40, 48, 54, 55, 59
-- 800 MHz 39, 40, 55
-- 850 MHz 48
-- 900 MHz 39, 40, 48, 55
-- 1000 MHz 54
-- 1800 MHz 39, 48, 55
-- 2100 MHz 39, 48, 55
-- 2500 MHz 48
-- 2600 MHz 39
-- 3500 MHz 40, 46, 47
- Submarine 51
- VDSL 33
- VoIP 41
Tele Columbus 20
Telecom Egypt 48
Telecom Italia 27
Telefónica Group 30, 31, 32, 37, 38, 39, 58
- Europe
-- España 37, 39, 58
- Movistar 38
TeleManagement Forum
- TM Forum 22, 26, 27, 28
Telenor ASA 14, 15, 21
TeliaSonera
- Turkcell (see Alfa/Curkurova/separate) 52, 53
Telstra 46, 47, 59
Texas Pacific Group (TPG) 46, 47
Turkcell (see Alfa/Curkurova/TeliaSonera) 52, 53

U

u-blox 21
UEFA 37, 38, 58
- Champions League 37, 38, 58
United Internet 32, 58
- 1&1 Internet 32, 58
UPC 36

V

Verizon Communications 27
Vodacom Group 10, 15, 19, 20, 21, 54, 55, 56, 59
- Congo 20, 55
- Executives
-- Meza, Rene 15
- Group 10, 20, 54, 55, 56, 59
- Mozambique 55
- South Africa 10, 20, 22, 55, 56
- Tanzania 15, 54, 55, 56, 59
- Vodacom Business 21
Vodafone
- Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific Region (AMAP) 7, 10, 20, 45, 59
-- Africa 10, 21, 22, 45, 56, 59
-- Asia 15
-- Australia 21, 46, 48, 51, 59
--- VHA Pty. Ltd (see Hutchison Whampoa) 21, 46, 47, 48
-- Egypt 10, 48, 59
-- Ghana 21
-- India 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 20, 57
--- Indus Towers 7, 10, 15, 20
-- Kenya (see Safaricom) 56, 59
-- Middle East 20, 21, 22
-- Mozambique 55
-- New Zealand 22, 27, 28, 33, 49, 50, 51, 59
-- Pacific 15
-- Qatar (see Vodafone and Qatar Foundation and Vodafone Qatar) 21
-- South Africa (see Vodacom) 10, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 54, 55, 56, 59
-- Turkey 10, 20, 21, 52, 53, 59
--- Koç.net 53
- Board of Directors
-- Kleisterlee, Gerard 7, 11, 15
- Europe Region 9, 10, 29, 58
-- Albania 20
-- Cable & Wireless Worldwide 21
-- Czech Republic 11, 20, 21
-- Germany 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 22, 30, 31, 32, 33, 36, 40, 44, 50, 53, 58
--- KDG Holding GmbH (Kabel Deutschland) 21
-- Greece 9, 10, 36, 58
-- Hungary 11, 20, 21, 36, 40, 58
-- Ireland 9, 10, 17, 18, 34, 35, 58
--- SIRO 17, 18, 34, 35, 58
-- Italy 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 18, 21, 22, 30, 33, 40, 50, 53
-- Netherlands 21, 40, 41, 58
--- VodafoneZiggo 21, 41
-- Portugal 9, 10, 26, 41, 58
-- Romania 9, 11, 40
-- Spain 6, 7, 8, 9, 22, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 53, 58
-- UK 7, 9, 11, 18, 20, 21, 22, 24, 33, 35, 36, 43, 44, 49, 50, 58
- Executives 24
-- Atkinson, Sean 34
-- Baird, Tony 51
-- Berroeta, Inaki 48
-- Colao, Vittorio 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 30, 32, 36, 40, 43, 50, 57
-- Cramer, Warrick 20
-- Della Valle, Margherita 11
-- Essam, Ayman 48
-- Joosub, Shameel 55, 56
-- Kawalec, Andrzej 24
-- Lenza, Americo 20
-- Liebenberg, Deon 21
-- Nelson, Amanda 36
-- Pieters, Marten 20
-- Read, Nick 7, 11, 30, 40, 50
-- Schultz, Detlef 19
-- Singh, Niraj 20
-- Sood, Sunil 20
-- Stanners, Russell 51
-- Streichert, Till 56
-- Walz, Peter 20
-- Wibergh, Johan 26
- Ex-executives
-- Bennett, Carl 21
-- Geldmacher, Jan 20
-- Morrow, Bill 47
-- Tsalikidis, Kostas 36
-- Whitehill, Kyle 21
- Group 7, 20, 21, 22, 24, 50, 57, 58
-- Americas (see Verizon Wireless) 24
-- Partner Markets 15
--- Hong Kong (Hutchison Telecom) 15
--- Kenya (Safaricom) 56, 59
--- Singapore (StarHub) 15
--- Taiwan (FarEasTone) 15
--- United Arab Emirates (du) 27
-- Vodafone Automotive (formerly Cobra Automotive Technologies) 20
-- Vodafone Carrier Services 20
-- Vodafone Global Enterprise (VGE) 20, 21, 24
- Products
-- 360 11
-- Europe 9
-- Liberty (Malta) 11, 21, 36
-- Mondrian 11
-- One 38
-- Vodafone Pass 36, 44
-- Vodafone TV 37, 38, 43
Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C. 21

W

WPP 24, 41

  • Proof-of-concept project with seven other operators moves to second phase.
  • Intent to move global interoperability up the stack – from network to IT – to support platform-based operational and business models.

Vodafone is ramping up its efforts in the development and adoption of application programming interfaces (API), in an effort to radically change how it operates and creates new business models. To succeed, it needs a higher level of cooperation and interoperability with other network operators than has existed before, which is where the APIs come in.

The more forward-thinking operators are working to form a global ecosystem so they can collectively offer seamless services to businesses, by leveraging platform-based business and operating models. Operators missed out on the revenue generated by the first wave of the ‘platform revolution‘, but hope to have a chance to generate new opportunities from the rising second wave. Some expect it to dwarf the first, propelled by the Internet of Things‘ (IoT) billions of connected devices, and 5G. A pool of agreed, standardised and accessible APIs are fundamental to the success of this strategy.

Over the last two and a half years, Vodafone has driven the development and embraced the use of APIs through the TM Forum’s Open API programme, which now has a suite of 54 open, but still evolving, interfaces (Vodafonewatch, #165). The suite’s creation was instigated by Dr. Lester Thomas, Chief IT Systems Architect at Vodafone, who recognised that if network operators don’t collaborate and apply standards in the application layer so they can interoperate – which they have never done before – then the industry will struggle to diversify in the IoT and 5G space.

Previously, they interoperated at the network level, which is why anyone with a phone has been able to call anyone else with a phone anywhere on the planet for decades. The new level of interoperability is about exposing the associated IT systems, which previously were seen as each operator’s crown jewels and jealously guarded.

Fresh thinking

As one insider noted, sharing key thinking and assets with competitors for their own commercial use is unlikely to have been countenanced prior to Group Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Johan Wibergh’s appointment by Vodafone in May 2015. The former Ericsson executive supports open APIs and the fundamental business changes they can enable.

In February 2016, Thomas set the Open API ball rolling at TM Forum’s Action Week event in Lisbon, Portugal. Each year, the Forum holds two such events, one in Europe and one in the USA. Members of the Forum’s collaboration teams come together to solidify progress within ongoing “Catalyst” projects, agree next steps and intitiatives, and make strategic decisions.

Thomas proposed that the organisation should move to a crowdsourcing model, and develop a suite of common APIs by sharing their internal APIs and building on them further, for common use. The Open API programme was created, with George Glass, Chief Systems Architect at BT and Laurent Leboucher, Vice‑President of Architecture, Enablers & Security at Orange Labs, as key proponents.

Like most operators, at that time Vodafone had network APIs (about 80) running internally, based on the data model of TM Forum’s Information Framework (better known as the Shared Information and Data Model or SID). The API team within the Forum was small and the work incremental. The Open API programme’s supporters wanted to accelerate progress and move APIs to a different level.

Accelerate it they did. By the time of the TM Forum’s event at Nice in May 2016, there were 18 open APIs and nine of the world’s biggest operator groups, including Vodafone, plus key vendors, had signed the Open API Manifesto (Vodafonewatch #156 and passim).

Skynet deals with cloud roaming

This vision of digital enablers is why the Blade Runner team has decided to develop the project further. The second phase will be called Skynet and demonstrated at TM Forum’s Nice event in 2019. Like Blade Runner, it will deal with what the team calls “cloud roaming”.

For more detail on this story, including the aspects Skynet will address, see the full report.

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