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Vodafone NEWS (VOD)     

BAYLIS - 18 Oct 2007 20:51

LONDON (Thomson Financial) - The telecoms regulator on Thursday fined the Greek unit of UK mobile giant Vodafone 19.1 mln eur for violating network regulations in a wire-tapping scandal that rocked the country last year.

The fine is the second handed to Vodafone Hellas over the case after a 76 mln eur penalty levelled by Greece's communication privacy watchdog last December.

Some 100 Vodafone cellphones in February 2006 were found to have been compromised by an illicit network that tapped sets used by Greek Premier Costas Karamanlis, his wife and several ministers from June 2004 to March 2005.

The tapping used software slipped into Vodafone's network by unknown perpetrators to illegally activate an Ericsson-made module permitting call interception.

On Thursday, the national telecommunications regulator EETT accused Vodafone of breaching regulations on the protection of telecommunications privacy, network maintenance and quality, and consumer protection.

The company rejected last December's fine as 'illegal, unfair and baseless.'

A Greek parliament committee collecting evidence on the case last November noted the involvement of three employees of telecoms giants Ericsson Hellas and Vodafone Greece, identified only by their initials.

'The whole system could not operate without Ericsson know-how and without access from within (Vodafone),' the report said.

The Greek branch of Swedish telecom equipment giant Ericsson has also been fined 7.36 mln eur over the case.

The parliamentary committee did not rule out the involvement of other people operating outside Greece.

The Greek justice department has opened an investigation into the case but nobody has yet been charged.

Days before the affair came to light, a senior Vodafone expert was found hanged inside his home.

The death of Costas Tsalikidis, manager of Vodafone Greece's network planning section, was linked to the case and his family suspects he was murdered.


ahoj - 22 Jul 2008 08:22 - 2 of 758

Asia to expand 7.6% this year. After big growth over last five years.
Population is almost two third of the whole world

XSTEFFX - 22 Jul 2008 09:51 - 3 of 758


richard70 - 08 Aug 2008 17:43 - 4 of 758

back in blue againg at last!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

skinny - 29 Oct 2009 11:10 - 5 of 758


skinny - 23 Jul 2010 07:39 - 6 of 758

Interim Management Statement

A stronger Vodafone:

Group service revenue returns to organic growth (+1.1%(*)); improving trends in all regions

Europe: the UK (+0.7%(*)) and Germany (+0.2%(*)) return to service revenue growth

Emerging markets: robust growth; improvement in India (+13.7%(*)); Turkey achieves record service revenue (+23.7%(*))

Group data revenue 1.2 billion (+25.4%(*)). Commercial focus on data services generates faster growth than previous quarter

Sustained FCF generation at 1.8 billion, supports capital investment and 7% p.a. dividend per share growth policy

Full year outlook confirmed

skinny - 23 Jul 2010 12:35 - 7 of 758

Vodafone's German Unit 1Q Mobile Revenue Up After Years Of Decline
Vodafone Grp. (LSE:VOD)
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Today : Friday 23 July 2010
Vodafone PLC's (VOD) German unit Friday posted an increase in its first-quarter mobile service revenue for the first time in more than two years.

In the quarter ended June 30, Vodafone generated in Germany, its largest market by revenue, EUR1.64 billion in mobile service revenue, an increase of 0.2% compared with the same period a year earlier.

Vodafone said that the decline in voice services slowed on quarter and it benefited from growth with business customers and higher roaming revenue.

Vodafone's customer base as of June 30 stood at 34.874 million, 52,000 more than a year earlier.

skinny - 29 Jul 2010 12:02 - 8 of 758

Essar Group CEO: In Preliminary Talks For Vodafone Essar IPO

Today : Thursday 29 July 2010
Essar Group, the diversified Indian conglomerate, said Thursday it is in early talks with Vodafone Group PLC (VOD) for an initial public offering of their telecommunications joint venture, Vodafone Essar Ltd.

"It is in preliminary discussions," Essar Group Chief Executive Prashant Ruia told reporters Thursday. "We have time until May on our put option (for the holding in Vodafone Essar)."

Essar has a 33% stake in the mobile phone joint venture and Vodafone owns the remainder.

Ruia also said that Essar may consider acquiring assets of Bp PLC (BP) in Africa.

"It is in early process," he said when asked if Essar is interested in BP's African assets.

Clubman3509 - 29 Jul 2010 12:03 - 9 of 758

In my portfolio

skinny - 29 Jul 2010 12:03 - 10 of 758

Vodafone CEO: Convinced No Tax Is Due In India

Today : Thursday 29 July 2010
Vodafone Group PLC (VOD.LN) is confident that it doesn't have any taxes due in India relating to its $11.2 billion acquisition of a majority stake in local mobile phone operator Hutchison Essar Ltd in 2007, the U.K. company's chief executive said Thursday.

"We have confidence in the court process. India has a very solid legal system and we will just go on and on until our reasons are heard," Vittorio Colao told reporters.

Following the acquisition of a 67% stake in Hutchison Essar, Indian authorities slapped Vodafone International Holdings BV--the Netherlands-based unit of Vodafone that carried out the purchase--with a tax bill, saying it was liable as the deal involved the transfer of an Indian asset.

The tax bill could total up to $2.6 billion.

Vodafone International filed a high court appeal against claim, saying it wasn't liable as it bought the stake from CPG Ltd. in a deal that took place on foreign soil, as CPG is registered in the Cayman Islands and owned by Hutchison Telecommunications International Ltd.

A Bombay High Court judge is expected on Aug. 2 to hear arguments from the two sides over the question of jurisdiction.

halifax - 08 Sep 2010 10:29 - 11 of 758

why do some companies persist with share buy backs which have little or no benefit to shareholders?

skinny - 20 Sep 2010 11:36 - 12 of 758

Vodafone Group Buys 22 Million In Own Shares

Today : Monday 20 September 2010
Vodafone Group Plc (VOD.LN), announced Monday it purchased 22,000,000 of its ordinary shares of $0.113/7 at a volume weighted average per share of 161.19883 pence.


-Vodafone intends to hold the purchased shares in treasury.

hilary - 20 Sep 2010 12:27 - 13 of 758


Because (a) they're cash rich and can therefore afford to do it and (b) because it helps to stave off unwelcome potential suitors.

halifax - 20 Sep 2010 13:08 - 14 of 758

hil VOD like many companies is run for the benefit of directors and staff not for the benefit of shareholders, if they have surplus cash resources then they should either be invested in the business or paid out to shareholders by way of dividends or capital repayments. The directors seem to have forgotten (conveniently) that shareholders own the company.

skinny - 20 Sep 2010 13:14 - 15 of 758

Halifax - have a read here - Vodafone boss in secret talks with Verizon over dividends

skinny - 21 Sep 2010 12:28 - 16 of 758

Slightly old news.

Vodafone 'close to selling SFR stake to Vivendi'

halifax - 22 Sep 2010 20:51 - 17 of 758

skin buying back shares not cancelling them, transferring them to treasury and then putting them in the directors and staff pension fund does nothing for shareholders. Another billion or two down the drain.

skinny - 09 Nov 2010 08:05 - 18 of 758

Half Yearly Report.


Strong results: Improved revenue growth, upgraded full year profit guidance

Q2 Group organic service revenue growth of +2.3% - with improved revenue trends in all regions

H1 EBITDA margin 32.6% - trend in line with expectations

Strong performance at Verizon Wireless

Full year guidance for adjusted operating profit increased to 11.8 billion to 12.2 billion

Free cash flow guidance confirmed to be in excess of 6.5 billion

Accelerated realisation of SoftBank interests for 3.1 billion

skinny - 05 Jan 2011 15:18 - 19 of 758

Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Phones Come Together to Announce 4G LTE Business Solutions

Vodafone Grp. (LSE:VOD)

Today : Wednesday 5 January 2011
Verizon Wireless and LG Mobile Phones announced today the LG WM300 LTE module and LG L2000 modem chip will be available on the Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network. Providing high-speed, wireless connectivity, LG WM300 and LG L2000 deliver revolutionary LTE technology to consumers looking to stay connected while on the go.

The LG module and chipset are compatible with Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, and are applicable to machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions such as fixed wireless applications, including gateway devices and telematics. The Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network, launched in December 2010, is the fastest, most advanced 4G network in the United States, providing speeds up to 10 times faster than Verizon Wireless' 3G network. Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Mobile Broadband network currently reaches one-third of all Americans, with plans to expand the network to the company's entire 3G coverage area over the next three years.

The LG WM300 LTE module is the result of a three-year collaboration between LG Mobile Phones and Verizon Wireless' LTE Innovation Center. Established in 2008, the LTE Innovation Center provides an environment for diverse companies to work together to develop innovative products that leverage 4G LTE technology.

LG's WM300 LTE module will be highlighted from Jan. 6-9 in Verizon Wireless' booth (#35216 in the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center) and LG Electronics' booth (#8205 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center). For more information about the LTE Innovation Center and Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE network, visit

Bernard M - 08 Mar 2011 08:13 - 20 of 758

Vodafone upgraded to overweight from equal weight at Morgan Stanley, TP raised to 225p from 190p

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HARRYCAT - 11 Mar 2011 10:22 - 21 of 758

Samuel Jonah, Non Executive Director, bought 55,350 shares in the company on the 9th March 2011 at a price of 180.50p
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