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Vodafone’s UK Struggles Continue Despite Broadband Growth

Vodafone’s UK struggles continued[1] with a 4.8 percent fall in UK revenues over the past three months but it reported strong gains in broadband and is adamant that its mobile business is growing. The operator added 39,000 broadband customers during the third quarter – it’s best ever figure -and now has 316,000 fixed customers. However enterprise revenues continued to fall in both mobile and fixed.

Indeed, total mobile service revenue fell by 5.2 percent, a drop that Vodafone blamed on an impact from handset financing. Without this, it said, growth would have been 1.6 percent thanks to higher value customers. SIM only contracts now accounts for 30 percent of its UK customer base.

Vodafone’s UK Struggles Continue Despite Broadband Growth

Vodafone results

Across all of its markets, revenue fell 3.6 percent to EUR11.8 billion but the company boasted of good progress in in mobile data – the volume of which increased by 59 percent across Europe – fixed and converged networks, and enterprise. “Data usage continues to grow strongly, and we have now passed the 100 million 4G customer milestone,” said Group CEO Vittorio Colao. “We made strong progress with our fixed and convergence strategy, achieving our best ever quarter for customer growth in high speed broadband in Europe. We also continued to grow our Enterprise business – boosted by our world-leading Internet of Things platform – despite the impact of regulation.

“As a result our service revenue growth was similar to last quarter. An improved performance at Vodacom helped to offset a more promotional quarter in some European countries, particularly in Spain.” Overall, the mood in Newbury is more positive than it has been in recent times.[2] For the past few years, Vodafone has struggled in its traditional strongholds of Europe as intense competition, difficult regulatory environments and falling legacy revenue have contributed to disappointing performance.

But the multi-billion pound ‘Project Spring’ network upgrade programme, huge investments in fixed line broadband and a focus on IoT have helped turn things round. [3] The UK remains a challenging market however, although Vodafone does have plans to deliver ultrafast broadband through a partnership with CityFibre.[4] What do you know about Vodafone? Take our quiz![5]

Using a combination of Long-Term Evolution technologies and Network Element series industrial routers, Huawei has designed a next-generation urban rail [6] Vehicular connectivity has become a means for basic safety messaging and traffic management over the past 20 years, but now new sensors are equipping cars [7] The Gartner Magic Quadrant reports are one of the de-facto evaluations in measuring vendor offerings.

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Vodafone And CityFibre Partner To Provide Ultrafast Broadband In UK

NEWBURY (dpa-AFX) – Vodafone (VOD.L, VOD) and CityFibre, a provider of wholesale fibre network infrastructure in the U.K, announced a long-term strategic partnership that will bring ultrafast Gigabit-capable full fibre broadband to up to five million UK homes and businesses by 2025.

As per the wholesale agreement, Vodafone will have a period of exclusive rights to market ultrafast consumer broadband services on the FTTP network to be built, operated and owned by CityFibre. Construction of the first phase of deployment to one million premises is due to start in the first half of 2018 and will be largely complete in 2021. Both parties have the right to extend the commercial terms of this agreement to expand coverage to a further four million homes and businesses by 2025.

Fibre-to-the-Premises or FTTP networks use fibre-optic cables for every stage of the connection from the customer’s home or workplace to the Internet, providing extremely fast and reliable broadband services capable of Gigabit speeds (1,000 mbps).

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