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Vodafone is expanding its devotion to Open RAN technology, joining forces with Nokia in a progressive venture in Italy. The initiative aligns with Vodafone’s Open RAN directive, largely centered in the UK, and extends influence to the Italian telecom landscape. With this first commercial 5G Open RAN pilot in Italy, they aim to prove Nokia’s Open RAN solution matches the functionality and quality of traditional RAN. With an eye on promoting automated, adaptable networks for the ever-growing demand of responsive 5G services, such innovation bolsters the EU’s digital sovereignty and global competitiveness.

Telecom giants Vodafone and Orange are breaking new ground with the first real-life 4G calls over a common shared network in an Open RAN setting. Stemming from a landmark endeavor near Bucharest, this initiative provides a glimpse into the potential strengths of an Open RAN-based network. What’s more? The progress doesn’t halt at 4G. The duo are set to soon take down another first – operating 2G and subsequently 5G, over shared Open RAN sites. Both operators see this as a model for extending mobile networks throughout rural Europe.

The UK’s communications regulator, Ofcom, has finalized plans to auction off mmWave spectrum for mobile services, with an eye on potential effects a pending Vodafone/Three UK merger might have. This move underscores the regulatory body’s diligent efforts to enhance 5G spectrum allocations, allocating citywide licenses to 68 major UK locations. Despite the anticipated delay due to the merger’s evaluation, Ofcom plans to award licenses on a first-come, first-served basis in less densely populated areas, promising a balanced landscape for both telecom giants and early adopters.

Vodafone’s Spanish operations have caught the eyes of Zegona, an investment group primarily focused on European TMT sector investment. While speculative reports suggest a valuation of over €5 billion for the entity, Zegona’s possible stake acquisition might be limited to 50%. Amid fluctuating price estimates, discussions are unfolding, revealing a potentially significant shift in the telecommunications landscape.

With Vodafone’s pending merger with Three, concerns mount over potential access to sensitive UK government data by foreign entities, chiefly China. Unite the union has issued a report detailing alleged connections between Three’s controlling CK Group and the Chinese government, raising concerns over integrity of communications within governmental public sector clients served by Vodafone including the NHS and Ministry of Defence. Is the potential for this large scale data breach being overlooked? T

Vodafone Idea recently dismissed rumors of a possible acquisition by a U.S. telecoms giant, causing industry analysts to prod for the hidden undertones. Some speculate that Vodafone’s denial opens the door for unnamed contenders, as the company strives toward recovery. This intrigue has elevated share prices, indicating a potential deal. Yet, the evidence behind these speculations remains elusive. Stay with us for more revelations.

Amazon’s Project Kuiper and Vodafone join forces to bolster 4G and 5G availability in Europe and Africa using cost-effective low Earth orbit (LEO) satellites. This partnership aims to connect distant cellular antennas to core networks, enabling telecom services without relying on intricate fibre-based systems. With a larger goal of bridging the digital divide, the collaboration also plans to offer backup services for disruptions and connect distant infrastructure.

AppDirect, a renowned B2B subscription commerce platform, has unveiled an expanded commercial collaboration with Vodafone Business, a prominent technology communications company focused on enhancing digital success and societal connectivity. This strategic alliance empowers AppDirect’s technology advisors to market Vodafone Business’ distinctive communication services within their network, opening doors to wider international markets for both entities.

Vodafone has joined the UK’s smart meter network, establishing essential 4G IoT connectivity. While Vodafone’s inclusion does not necessarily signify a replacement of current suppliers, it invites intriguing possibilities. The selection of a new provider despite existing 4G options raises questions around the decision-making process. Amid the drive to phase out 2G and 3G networks, this move potentially reflects the evolving needs of the UK’s telecoms infrastructure.