Vodafone Group plc
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  • Apr. 27, 2012, 11:25 AM

    A check of fund flows in Europe shows the first positive money going into telecoms in 2 years, notes the team at HSBC, which also notes international funds remain underweight the sector. Not surprisingly, what money is flowing is going into northern Europe, but the Club Med states are catching up. Some telecom picks.

    | Apr. 27, 2012, 11:25 AM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 26, 2012, 12:47 PM

    Samsung (SSNLF.PK) discloses its anticipated Galaxy S III phone will feature a 1.4 GHz. quad-core Exynos CPU. Samsung's growing use of its own processors within its Android phones, together with its surging market share, present a problem for QCOM, NVDA, and TXN, each of whom dream of dominating the Android app processor space. BGR notes Verizon (VZ, VOD) plans to to carry the S III, as well as an HTC phone with a 5" display and quad-core Qualcomm CPU.

    | Apr. 26, 2012, 12:47 PM
  • Apr. 24, 2012, 1:51 PM

    T-Mobile (DTEGY.PK) questions Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) claim that it needs the spectrum it plans to acquire from cable companies, noting in an FCC brief (.pdf) Verizon isn't fully utilizing the spectrum it already owns. The carrier also joins others in arguing the spectrum Verizon has offered to sell is of little value. Sprint, DirecTV, and some Congressmen are also opposed to Verizon's spectrum purchases.

    | Apr. 24, 2012, 1:51 PM
  • Apr. 23, 2012, 2:51 AM

    Vodafone (VOD) agrees to buy Cable & Wireless Worldwide for £1.04 ($1.7B) in cash, allowing Vodafone to offload surging Internet traffic in the U.K. to a fixed network with more capacity. (PR)

    | Apr. 23, 2012, 2:51 AM | 1 Comment
  • Apr. 20, 2012, 4:09 PM

    Verizon Wireless' (VZ, VOD) offer to sell some 700 MHz. spectrum in exchange for regulatory approval of its controversial spectrum purchase/reseller deals with cable providers might not amount to much: the spectrum is incompatible with current Verizon phones, only covers smaller markets, and could interfere with TV channel 51. Rival nationwide carriers are unlikely to show much interest.

    | Apr. 20, 2012, 4:09 PM
  • Apr. 20, 2012, 6:21 AM

    Cable & Wireless Worldwide has extended the deadline for Vodafone (VOD) to make a bid for the U.K. company until Monday from yesterday. Aside from gaining C&W's fixed-line network, Vodafone could also possibly benefit from a £5.2B "capital loss" that is in theory permanently available to C&W to reduce the tax payable on U.K. profits.

    | Apr. 20, 2012, 6:21 AM
  • Apr. 19, 2012, 3:57 AM

    Vodafone (VOD) has until this afternoon to make an offer for Cable & Wireless Worldwide, with the mobile carrier the only bidder after Tata (TCL) yesterday pulled out of the race having failed to agree a price. Buying C&W, which is worth about $1.2B, would allow Vodafone to offload surging Internet traffic in the U.K. to a fixed network with more capacity. (previous)

    | Apr. 19, 2012, 3:57 AM
  • Apr. 18, 2012, 10:21 AM
    Nomura reiterates a Buy on Vodafone (VOD), expecting shares to get a lift from a solid FQ4 report (due next month) and Verizon Wireless' (VZ) continued strength. The firm also sees Euro service revenue growth picking up due to less pressure from mobile termination rate cuts, though it's slightly lowering its estimates on account of roaming fee cuts and a weak euro.
    | Apr. 18, 2012, 10:21 AM
  • Apr. 17, 2012, 10:08 AM
    Vodafone (VOD +1.1%) serves India with a formal notice through its Dutch subsidiary that it intends to go to arbitration over the government's plan to impose a retroactive tax of $2B on the unit's purchase of an Indian cellphone company in 2007. Vodafone argues that the tax would violate its rights under a treaty between Holland and India.
    | Apr. 17, 2012, 10:08 AM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 11, 2012, 12:09 PM
    Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD) announces it will charge customers a $30 fee to upgrade their device in tandem with a new 2-year contract. Until now, Big Red was the only major U.S. carrier not to charge an upgrade fee. Consider this one more way carriers are trying to offset the margin hit caused by enormous smartphone subsidies, which have been lamented by T-Mobile and others, and led to fears cutbacks are in store.
    | Apr. 11, 2012, 12:09 PM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 5, 2012, 5:28 AM

    Vodafone (VOD) says it bought 12.5M of its own shares yesterday on the London Stock Exchange, and plans to hold the shares in treasury. Shares -1% premarket.

    | Apr. 5, 2012, 5:28 AM | 2 Comments
  • Apr. 3, 2012, 12:13 PM
    Vodafone (VOD -0.8%) is lowered to Neutral from Buy by Davenport, which says Europe’s recession and an EU mandate for carriers to cut roaming and interconnection fees will push down revenue this year. The firm also says that after spending $19B to develop its market in India, VOD will need to spend billions more and risks not making a return on its investment.
    | Apr. 3, 2012, 12:13 PM
  • Mar. 30, 2012, 12:37 PM

    Verizon Wireless (VZ, VOD), desperate to give regulators reasons to approve its controversial spectrum/reseller deals with cable providers, says it will offer an "integrated" mobile video service to pay-TV subs by year's end, should the deals be approved. Many pay-TV providers offer iPad apps that enable home streaming, but mobile distribution rights have been hard to come by. "TV Everywhere" software firm Synacor (SYNC) would likely benefit from greater mobile distribution.

    | Mar. 30, 2012, 12:37 PM
  • Mar. 30, 2012, 5:20 AM
    Vodafone (VOD) is urgently reviewing its options in India and overseas as the country moves toward a law that would retroactively apply a tax of over $2B on Vodafone's 2007 purchase of Hutchison Whampoa's Indian telecom venture. This, in spite of a recent ruling by India's top court that Vodafone wasn't liable for back-taxes.
    | Mar. 30, 2012, 5:20 AM
  • Mar. 29, 2012, 8:45 AM

    Cable & Wireless Worldwide extends until April 19 the deadline for which Vodafone (VOD) and Tata Communications (TCL) can make bids for the U.K. company, whose market cap is £809M ($1.29B). The deadline was due to expire today.

    | Mar. 29, 2012, 8:45 AM
  • Mar. 22, 2012, 9:58 AM
    Bernstein Research throws cold water on speculation that Verizon (VZ -0.1%) might try to take over Vodafone (VOD +0.8%), pointing out the financials of such a transaction indicate VOD would actually have to be the acquirer, not the other way around. VOD has a market cap of £85.2B, or almost $135B, vs. $112.5B for VZ.
    | Mar. 22, 2012, 9:58 AM
Company Description
Vodafone Group PLC is engaged in providing voice and data communications services for all types of customers. The Company has presence in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, the Asia Pacific region and the United States.