Vodafone holds options to take a stake in Brazilian Internet of Things (IoT) partner Datora Mobile Telecomunicacoes, a brief note in the Group’s latest Annual Report reveals.

The recently-released Report, for the year to 31 March 2016, flags that a Call Option Agreement formed part of the July 2013 deal that saw Vodafone initiate ties with Datora Mobile’s mobile service provider parent, Datora Telecom (Vodafonewatch, #116). Vodafone previously described the agreement as a “non-equity” tie-up.

A Group spokesperson did not respond to a request for more detail on the scope, terms, and timeframe of the Call Option Agreement.

Datora Mobile was launched by Datora Telecom in 2012, as a dedicated M2M unit, and was purportedly serving 150, 000 M2M connections at the time of the 2013 agreement with Vodafone.

Through the Group deal, the M2M business was rebranded as “Vodafone Brasil”, and licensed to develop operational ties with the Group’s Vodafone IoT unit. Further, Datora Telecom was set to develop broader links with Group Enterprise around “unified voice and data mobile communications services and advanced enterprise roaming propositions”. Neither Datora nor Vodafone have since provided detail of the partnership’s progress, although they highlighted joint work on a local implementation of BMW’s ConnectedDrive services in 2014 (Vodafonewatch, #124).

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Chile also on LatAm IoT radar

Vodafone has a steadily growing network of IoT interests and alliances outside of the Group footprint – a reflection of the more global outlook of its enterprise businesses, compared with consumer operations, under current Group strategy.

Beyond the Datora partnership, Vodafone has an IoT presence in Brazil via Cobra do Brasil Serviços de Telemàtica – a local, 70%-owned subsidiary of Vodafone Automotive, inherited through the Group’s 2014 buyout of Italian connected car player Cobra Automotive (Vodafonewatch, #124).

Outside Brazil, a recent report by regional news service Business News Americas suggested Vodafone has made enquiries regarding an MVNO licence in Chile, where local operator Entel is a Partner Markets affiliate. This may well be an IoT-focused move.

Vodafone also has a growing number of tie-ups with Partner Markets allies specifically focused on in-country IoT opportunities beyond the Group’s immediate footprint. These include deals with: du (United Arab Emirates); Maxis Communications (Malaysia); NTT DOCOMO (Japan); and Zain (Kuwait) – Vodafonewatch, #134 and passim.

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Report: #147
Covering: August 2016
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Table of Contents

3 Executive brief
5 Group
6 M&A
8 People
11 Group Commercial
12 Global Technology
14 Legal and regulatory
15 Group Finance
16 Supply chain
19 Europe
20 Czech Republic
20 Germany
21 Ireland
24 Netherlands
25 Romania
27 Italy
28 Portugal
29 Spain
31 UK
40 Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific Region
41 India
44 Australia — Vodafone Hutchison Australia
44 Ghana
45 Kenya — Safaricom
48 Turkey
50 Vodacom — South Africa
52 New Zealand
52 Qatar
56 Vodacom — Tanzania
58 Further reading
62 Index

Index

Symbols

3rd Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) 21, 31

A

Accenture 9
Aditya Birla Group
– Idea Cellular 11, 42, 47
Africa 12, 40, 44, 46, 48, 53, 54, 56
– Congo 54
– East Africa 8
– Egypt 12
– Ghana 8, 44
– Kenya 45, 46, 51
– – Government 54
– – Kenya Power & Lighting Company Ltd. 45
– Lesotho 54
– Mozambique 54
– Nigeria 53, 54
– Rwanda 54
– South Africa 8, 12, 50, 51, 53, 54, 55, 56
– – Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) 54, 55
– – Financial Services Board (FSB) 55
– – Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) 54, 55
– – Public Investment Corp. Ltd (PIC) 54
– Tanzania 54, 56
– Uganda 9
– Zambia 54
Afrimax Group 9
Alfa Group
– Altimo (Alfa Telecom International Mobile)
– – Turkcell (see Curkurova/TeliaSonera/separate) 48
– Altimo (Alfa Telecom Int. Mobile)
– – VimpelCom (see Telenor/separate) 13, 27
Altice Group 12, 28
– Cabovisao SA 28
Amdocs 16, 17
Americas
– Brazil 12
– Canada 52
– Chile 12
– Latin America 56
– Mexico 12, 29, 34, 35
– USA 12, 13, 21, 30
Apigee Corp. 47
Apple
– iOS 25
Arqiva 38
Asia-Pacific 7, 12
– Australia 12, 44
– China 12, 39
– Hong Kong 12
– India 9, 11, 12, 14, 41, 42, 44, 46, 47
– – Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) 42
– – Department of Telecommunications (DoT) 47
– – Licence Circles
– – – Maharashtra 46
– – – Mumbai 46
– – Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) 42
– Japan 12
– Malaysia 12, 54
– New Zealand 7, 12, 52
– Singapore 12, 16, 54
– South Korea 12
– Turkmenistan 13
– Uzbekistan 13
AT&T 8, 13, 16, 29
Axiata Group Bhd (TM International)
– India (Idea Cellular, see also Aditya Birla) 11, 42, 47

B

Bank of Ireland 8
BC Partners 32
Bertelsmann Group 25
– Arvato Mobile GmbH 25
Bharti Group 11, 42, 46, 47, 56
– Airtel 9, 11, 42, 46, 47, 56
– – Africa
– – – Kenya 46
BMW Group 11
– ConnectedDrive 11
BT Group 8, 14, 17, 34, 35, 36
– Germany 8
– Openreach 34, 35, 36

C

Callidus Software 24
CERT 46
Charles Schwab 9
Christian Action Research and Education (CARE) 31
Cisco Systems 8, 9
Computer Emergency Response Team 46
Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)
– Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 16
CU (Greece) 38
Cukurova Holding
– Turkcell (see Altimo/TeliaSonera/separate) 48

D

Daly International 38
Datora Telecom 11, 12
Deutsche Bank 42
Deutsche Telekom 6, 13, 14
– Europe
– – Netherlands 6
– – UK (EE) 32, 36
– Germany 20, 21, 22, 23
– Investments
– – OTE (see separate) 13
– T-Venture
– – Flash Networks 47
– USA 21
Dido 35
du (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications) 12, 24

E

Eaton Towers 46
EDP, Portugal 15
EE (see DT, FT) 32, 36
Electricity Supply Board (Ireland) 22
Elephant Talk Communications Ltd. 29, 30
Elisa 36
Entel PCS 12
Ericsson 12, 17, 20
Essar Group
– Essar Communications
– – Essar Telecom Kenya Ltd (yu/ETK/Econet Wireless Kenya) 46
– Essar Telecom 46
Europe 12, 19, 37, 52
– Armenia 13
– Croatia 8
– Czech Republic 20
– Estonia 36
– France 12, 27, 54
– Germany 8, 12, 14, 20, 21, 23, 25
– – Bundesnetzagentur für Elektrizität, Gas, Telekommunikation, Post und Eisenbahnen (BNetzA, RegTP, FNA, or German Federal Network Agency) 20, 21, 22, 23
– Greece 12
– Hungary 8, 12
– Ireland 12, 21, 22
– Italy 12, 27, 28, 31
– Netherlands 6, 7, 12, 24, 35
– – Consumentenbond 6
– Portugal 12, 28
– Romania 12, 25
– – Autoritatea Naţională pentru Administrare şi Reglementare în Comunicaţii (Ancom/ANC/ANRCTI/ANRC) 25
– Russia 12, 13
– Spain 12, 24, 28, 29, 31
– Sweden 9, 20
– Switzerland 12
– Turkey 9, 12, 25, 34, 48
– Ukraine 13
– United Kingdom (UK) 9, 12, 17, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 46, 54
– – Office of Communications (Ofcom) 34, 35, 36
European Competitive Telecommunications Association 15
European Union 14, 15, 22, 23, 28
– European Commission 6, 7, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28

F

Facebook 14
FiberCo 48
Fitch Ratings 42
Flash Networks 47

G

GCI
– Outsourcery 30
Gemalto NV 24
Global Trust Bank (GTB)
– Global Holding Corp. Pvt. Ltd. (GHC) 44
Google 14, 36
– Android 20, 25, 36
GSM Association (GSMA) 15, 47, 56
– Mobile World Congress 35, 47

H

Helios Investment Partners 46
– Helios Towers Africa, Ltd. 46, 56
HSBC 42
Huawei Technologies 8, 31, 39, 44
Hutchinson Engineering Ltd 38
Hutchison Whampoa 8, 27, 44
– Vodafone Hutchison Australia Pty Ltd (VHA, (see Vodafone) 8, 24, 44

I

IBM 21
Iliad 27
InfraCo Management Services 52
International Telecommunications Union 12
Iusacell 29

J

Jazztel 13
Johannesburg Stock Exchange 55
Juniper Networks 17

K

KPN 6, 7, 24

L

Liberty Global 6, 17
– Virgin Media 22
– Ziggo 6, 7, 35
Lite Access Technologies 52

M

Mahindra Group
– Mahindra & Mahindra 14
– Tech Mahindra 14
Market segments
– Mobile broadband 56
– Mobile data 47
– Mobile virtual network (MVNA/MVNE/MVNO) 12, 29, 30
– M-payment 24, 51
– Network-sharing 11, 28, 37, 46, 48, 52, 56
– Over-the-top (OTT) 9, 14
– Small- to medium-size enterprise (SME/SMB) 32
– Value-added services (VAS) 27, 56
– Voice 11, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 41, 42
Microsoft 14
Middle East 12
– Egypt 12
– Kuwait 12
– Qatar 9, 52
– United Arab Emirates 12
Millicom International Cellular 56
– MIC Tanzania Limited (tiGO/ Mobitel/Buzz) 56
– Tigo Ghana 56
MobiTV 54
Mobixell Networks Inc. 47
– 724 Solutions 47
MTN 8, 9
– Ghana (Scancom) 8

N

NASDAQ 29
NDS Limited 44
Neotel (Pty) Ltd (SNO Telecommunications, see also Reliance) 52
Nokia 44
NTT 12

O

Ooredoo 9
Option International 11
Oracle 8, 50
– Siebel Systems 50
Orange
– Kenya (Telkom Kenya, see separate) 46
– Orange 14, 25
– Romania 25
– UK (see EE) 32, 36
OTE (Hellenic Telecom. Org. SA, see DT) 13

P

Pan African Capital Group LLC 53
Phones4U 32
Portugal Telecom 28
PwC 32

R

RCS & RDS SA 25
Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) 11, 41
– Reliance JIO 11, 47
Riskonnect 15
Romania Cable Systems & Romania Data Systems (RCS & RDS) 25

S

Safaricom 8, 45, 46, 47, 51
– M-PESA 51
Samsung 20
Singapore Telecom 16
Sistema
– Mobile TeleSystems 13
Sky Network Television 7
SpiderCloud Wireless 8
Sprint Nextel 8, 9

T

TalkTalk Telecom Group plc 35
Tangoe 30
Tata Group 46, 47
– Tata Communications 46
– – Neotel (see separate listing) 52
– Tata Teleservices 47
Technology
– 2G 27, 45
– – GSM 15, 47, 56
– 3G 27, 31, 45, 46, 56
– – HSDPA 31
– 4G 8, 12, 21, 25, 27, 37, 39, 41, 42, 44, 45, 46, 47
– – Long Term Evolution (LTE) 20, 21, 41, 42
– – VoLTE (Voice-over-LTE) 20
– 5G 12, 39, 44
– Billing 50
– BSS 13
– Cloud computing 17, 30, 52
– CRM 50
– DSL 21, 22
– Fibre 12, 22, 23, 28, 34, 35, 36, 45, 48, 51, 52, 53
– – FTTP 34, 51
– FTTH 48
– GPS 36
– IM 14
– IP 20, 46
– M2M 11, 53
– NGN 45
– OSS 17
– SIM 14, 25, 41, 53
– Smartphone 20, 24, 25, 41
– SMS 56
– Spectrum 27, 54
– – 700 MHz 54
– – 800 MHz 25, 54
– – 900 MHz 25, 27, 31, 46
– – 1800 MHz 27, 46
– – 2100 MHz 27, 31
– – 2600 MHz 27, 54
– VDSL 22
– VDSL2 21
– VoIP 14
– W-LAN 20, 36, 41
Telarix 13
Tele2 7, 36
Telecom Italia 13, 14
Telefónica Group 13, 28, 32, 36, 37, 38, 47, 56
– Europe 28, 37, 38
– – UK 28, 32, 36, 37, 38, 47
Telef󮩣a Group 28
Telenor ASA 11, 14, 47
– DiGi Telecommunications 14
– VimpelCom (see Alfa/separate) 13, 27
TeliaSonera 36
– Turkcell (see Alfa/Curkurova/separate) 48
Telkom Kenya Ltd (Orange Kenya) 46
Telkom South Africa 9
Turkcell (see Alfa/Curkurova/TeliaSonera) 48

U

Universidad Tecnologica de Mexico 52
Usaha Tegas Group Holdings Bhd
– Maxis Communication, Malaysia 12
– – Aircel 47

V

Verizon Communications 12, 13
VimpelCom 13, 27
Vodacom Group 8, 9, 12, 46, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56
– Congo 54
– Ex-executives
– – Kumalo, Romeo 54
– Gateway Communications 20, 54
– Group 8, 9, 12, 50, 51, 53, 54, 56
– Lesotho 54
– Mozambique 54
– South Africa 8, 12, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56
– Tanzania 46, 54, 56
– Vodacom Business 53, 54
– – AfriConnect Zambia Ltd 54
– Vodacom Ventures 53
– Xlink Communications 53
Vodafone
– Africa, Middle East, and Asia Pacific Region (AMAP) 40, 48
– – Africa 12, 40, 46, 48, 53, 54, 56
– – Asia 7, 12
– – Australia 12, 44
– – – VHA Pty. Ltd (see Hutchison Whampoa) 8, 44
– – Egypt 8, 12, 24
– – Ghana 8, 44, 46
– – India 9, 11, 12, 14, 41, 42, 44, 46, 47, 56
– – Kenya (see Safaricom) 8, 45, 46, 47, 51
– – Middle East 12
– – New Zealand 7, 12, 24, 48, 52
– – Pacific 7, 12
– – Qatar (see Vodafone and Qatar Foundation and Vodafone Qatar) 9, 52
– – South Africa (see Vodacom) 8, 9, 12, 46, 50, 51, 52, 53, 54, 55, 56
– – Turkey 9, 12, 25, 34, 48
– – – Koç.net 48
– Europe Region 37
– – Cable & Wireless Worldwide 36
– – Czech Republic 20, 47
– – Germany 8, 12, 14, 17, 20, 21, 23, 24, 25
– – – KDG Holding GmbH (Kabel Deutschland) 8
– – Greece 12
– – – Zelitron 12
– – Hungary 8, 12
– – Ireland 8, 12, 21, 22
– – Italy 9, 12, 27, 28, 31, 47, 48
– – Netherlands 6, 7, 9, 12, 24, 32, 35, 47
– – Portugal 12, 14, 24, 28
– – – CelFocus (see Novabase) 24
– – Romania 12, 24, 25
– – Spain 12, 14, 24, 29, 31, 47
– – – Vodafone Enabler Espana 29
– – UK 7, 8, 9, 12, 17, 28, 30, 31, 32, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 46, 47, 50, 54
– – – Cornerstone Telecommunications Infrastructure Ltd 28, 37, 38
– Executives
– – Ametsreiter, Hannes 23
– – Berroeta, Iñaki 8, 44
– – Bhettay, Nadya 8
– – Brenneis, Erik 8
– – Bryan, Sinead 8
– – Carton, Paul 8
– – Colao, Vittorio 7, 27, 31, 32, 35
– – Deegan, Colman 9
– – Fernandes, Jorge 38, 39
– – Gastaut, Stefano 8
– – Geldmacher, Jan 8
– – Hanssen, Benoit 8, 44
– – Hoencamp, Jeroen 7, 32, 34
– – Jeffery, Nick 8, 32
– – Joosub, Shameel 50, 54
– – Kataria, Sandeep 47
– – Langkamp, Stefan 32
– – Law, Alan 8
– – Massidda, Diego 8
– – Millroy, Kevin 8, 44
– – Moore, Katie 15
– – Netshitenzhe, Takalani 8
– – Read, Nick 37
– – Riviere, Peregrine 38
– – Vishant, Vora 44
– – Wibergh, Johan 32
– – Zoleka Cuba, Yolanda 8
– Ex-executives
– – Bhatia, Deepak 9
– – Corish, Brian 8
– – Evans, Mark 38
– – Motsa, Godfrey 9
– – Nowak, Thomas 8
– – Perrotta, David 9
– – Sarin, Arun 9
– – Scarcella, Enzo 9
– – Shuter, Rob 9
– – Whitehill, Kyle 44
– Group 8, 12, 24, 30, 37
– – Partner Markets 8, 9, 12, 13, 24, 36
– – – Africa (Afrimax) 9
– – – Brazil (Grupo Datora Telecom/Vodafone Brasil) 11, 12
– – – Chile (Entel PCS) 12
– – – Estonia (Elisa) 36
– – – Finland (Elisa) 36
– – – Kenya (Safaricom) 8, 45, 46, 47, 51
– – – Russia and CIS (MTS) 13
– – – United Arab Emirates (du) 12, 24
– – Vodafone Automotive (formerly Cobra Automotive Technologies) 12, 13, 20
– – Vodafone Carrier Services 13
– – Vodafone Global Enterprise (VGE) 8, 24, 30
– – Vodafone Ventures
– – – SpiderCloud Wireless (see separate) 8
– Products
– – Liberty (Malta) 6, 17
– – Mobile Connect 47
– – My Vodafone 25
– – Terminals
– – – 236 45
– Project Spring 21, 37, 51
Vodafone Qatar Q.S.C. 52

W

Weather Investments
– Orascom Telecom
– – Wind Telecomunicazioni 27
WIT Software SA 20
WPP
– Fitch 42
Wunelli 13

Y

YeboYethu Ltd 55

Z

Zain (MTC) 9, 12
Zee Telefilms 47