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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

  • Turkish OpCo channels Group’s flexible fibre approach to gain another means to extend footprint.

Vodafone Turkey (VfT) began piloting incumbent rival Türk Telekom’s passive broadband infrastructure, as part of an ongoing wireline catch-up drive.

The project was revealed by Paul Doany, Chief Executive of Türk Telekom, during the operator’s latest July 2018 results conference, and is said to be taking place in the town of Sincan in Ankara province.

It follows the recent signing of a “cooperation protocol” on facilities-based broadband infrastructure access between Türk Telekom and challenger wireline players, including: mobile market leader Turkcell; satellite and cable player Türksat; Telkoder, a grouping of smaller internet service providers; and VfT. The “protocol” offers up “non-discriminatory” commercial agreements to the operators, giving them “favourable” pricing for access to Türk Telekom infrastructure in return for commitments of a minimum of five years.

It also lays out a funding arrangement for extension of Türk Telekom’s network into ‘new’ areas, with partners funding the “incremental” capital expenditure required and gaining usage rights, but Türk Telekom retaining infrastructure ownership.

VfT appears to be the first operator to progress the arrangement to a pilot, but is still to outline any concrete plans to advance the partnership further and run commercial broadband services across Türk Telekom’s infrastructure. The Sincan project has taken the place of an earlier, aborted tie-up in Istanbul, where the incumbent was unable to serve the coverage VfT required, Doany conceded.

Doany described the VfT pilot as a “major step forward” for the incumbent’s efforts to expand infrastructure-sharing with rivals, improving network utilisation and ultimately raising profitability. His efficiency drive has also in recent years seen expansion of a mobile network-sharing partnership between VfT and Türk Telekom mobile arm Avea, which is now said to encompass 4,000 sites and include limited active-sharing (Vodafonewatch, #158).

Pick and mix

The arrangement is another reflection of Vodafone’s flexible approach to wireline expansion. The Group continues to stress willingness to use all ‘build, buy, and partner‘ options, in order to expand its next-generation footprint – a strategy that enables it to restrain costs, but often appears somewhat piecemeal and complex (Vodafonewatch, passim).

There are indications the broadband arrangement comes in addition to, rather than replacing, a fibre-sharing joint venture (JV) VfT formed with Turkcell, Türksat, and TELKODER in 2016 (Vodafonewatch, #147). VfT is yet to detail how well the initiative has progressed, in terms of broadband footprint expansion, but may well see Türk Telekom’s willingness to form new access terms as an indirect ‘win’ for the JV.

Unlocking growth

VfT remains on a drive to maintain growth through wireline services expansion. Until recently, the OpCo pursued a selective, enterprise-led approach to broadband and convergence, helped by its incremental Borusan and Koç.net buyouts of 2010 and 2011, respectively (Vodafonewatch, 2010.04 and #93), but has since been much more expansive. It is now Vodafone’s fourth-largest broadband player, behind Vodafone Germany, Vodafone Italy, and Vodafone Spain, with 737,000 connections at 30 June 2018, up from 593,000 a year earlier.

In Turkey, though, it remains some way behind Turkcell (with 2.2 million broadband lines at the same date, including 1.29 million “fibre” connections, including both fibre-to-the-cabinet and fibre-to-the-building links), and Türk Telekom (with 10.3 million broadband and 3.15 million “fibre” lines).

While Doany sought to argue that VfT was under pressure to “fill out gaps” in its broadband footprint, Group executives would likely characterise its position as a ‘challenger‘ opportunity, offering room for growth.

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