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4G Super Stadia show football fans really are the 12th man
A few years ago there were fears that television would stop people from attending live football games. Research from Vodafone Group’s Networks Centre of Excellence team shows that the introduction of 4G has transformed the experience of European football fans, who are nearly doubling the amount of mobile data they use every season and are now using their smartphones for around a third of the time they are in a stadium.
Germany’s most popular payment card joins Vodafone Wallet
Vodafone Germany has launched a trial that has brought girocard to NFC smartphones for the first time thanks to Vodafone Wallet. Girocard is Germany’s most popular payment card and is widely used for cashless payments in retail outlets across the country. Around 95% of Germans own a girocard, and three-quarters of cardholders use it to pay for goods and services.
Can Massive MIMO help solve the capacity conundrum?
Demand for high-bandwidth services continues to grow quickly and the need for us to increase capacity within the limits of the spectrum available has never been greater. A new iteration of Multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) technology called Massive MIMO may be the answer.
5G: using high-frequency spectrum to achieve gigabit speeds
Today’s mobile phone networks use various frequency bands below 3 Gigahertz (GHz) which are best for providing coverage over large areas. However, the amount of resource, or bandwidth, is limited with typical allocations to a mobile operator in each of these bands being less than 20 Megahertz (MHz).
World-famous for 15 minutes with the help of carrier aggregation
In a world where millions of people are sharing videos and photos every day, it’s probably fair to say that Andy Warhol’s prediction that “everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes” was a touch conservative.
World Refugee Day
When World Refugee Day was first introduced by the United Nations in 2000, it was a rare opportunity to raise awareness of the huge challenges facing refugees fleeing from violence, food insecurity and drought - a much needed opportunity to encourage the media to shine a light on the human stories behind the statistics.
Enabling the Internet of Things with NB-IoT
With broad support from multiple network operators, equipment providers, chipset and module makers, we’ve made significant progress with NB-IoT over the past six months.
Low cost devices powered by NB-IoT will greatly expand the Internet of Things
The opening of the world’s first open lab to develop NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things) technology by Vodafone and Huawei has taken the industry closer to delivering low cost connected devices that will create new market segments where nothing is connected today because, frankly, it is too expensive.
My time as a Vodafone Foundation Instant Network volunteer
To mark International Telecoms Union’s Girls in ICT Day on 28 April 2016, Kelly-Tenille Mathurin, a member of the ICT support team working for Vodafone Group, shares her experiences working as a volunteer deploying the Vodafone Foundation’s Instant Network.
Vodafone and British Library to send Shakespeare around Globe
On the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, Vodafone and the British Library have made some of the earliest and rarest editions of Shakespeare’s plays available to all, allowing people around the world to download the Bard’s most popular works from specially-designed wallpaper featuring virtual library bookshelves.
Managing the data deluge: Vodafone tests 10Gbps wireless backhaul
As the amount of data crossing our network continues to grow apace, we are always looking at ways to enhance our backhaul network to ensure that vast amounts of traffic moves between our base stations as quickly and reliably as possible.
Malala video lesson helps girls in refugee camp expand their horizons
"All girls are entitled to an opinion, your voice matters in society," Malala Yousafzai, student, Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and Malala Fund co-founder, today told girls living in the Dadaab refugee camp as she joined a lesson by video call as part of the Vodafone Foundation's Leadership Lessons programme.
Which industry can help us all save more carbon globally than the total annual emissions of the Netherlands?
17 Dec 2015
Use of mobile connectivity in Europe and USA enables greater annual carbon saving than the total annual emissions of the Netherlands and 5x greater than the emissions from mobile networks.
First pre-standard NB-IoT message sent over a live commercial network in Spain
11 Dec 2015
Vodafone Group, Huawei and u-blox have completed the first successful commercial trial of pre-standard NB-IoT (Narrowband Internet of Things).* NB-IoT is a new technology that will extend the Internet of Things (IoT) by making it more efficient to connect objects to the internet which are in areas hard to reach by mobile connectivity or that require a long battery life.
NB-IoT closer to commercialisation as standards decision made early
9 Dec 2015
Industry-wide discussions to develop telecommunications standards for NB-IoT have been completed early. Once finalised the standards will enable operators, chipset creators and manufacturers to develop and connect new generations of products using existing mobile network infrastructure.
Could big data help your business make large reductions in energy consumption?
8 Dec 2015
In the last year, Vodafone consumed roughly the same amount of energy as it takes to power 1.5 million European homes. It is therefore essential that we monitor, control and optimise energy consumption in all our operating companies.
Will you #BeStrong and stand up to bullying on Snapchat?
18 Nov 2015
While connectivity and access to the internet has brought many benefits, it also has a dark side. Cyberbullying now affects one in five teens. Unlike playground bullying, cyberbullying knows no boundaries, either physical or temporal. In the online world, people are also less careful of what they say and following the crowd takes on a whole new meaning, amplifying the impact of any bullying which takes place.
Unlicensed spectrum will improve customer 4G mobile experience
18 Nov 2015
Vodafone implements world’s first live network demo of LTE aggregating both licensed and unlicensed bands.
NB-IoT will connect the internet of hidden things
6 Nov 2015
When the internet of things is spoken about it is often in reference to exciting innovations such as self-ordering fridges and cars that book themselves into the garage. Yet it will soon be easier to also connect billions of objects, many of which are hidden, both metaphorically and sometimes actually, but still have an important role to play making life better.
Will servitisation help you kick the ownership habit?
3 Nov 2015
What makes DriveNow different to other car rental services is that each vehicle contains one of Vodafone’s Machine-to-Machine (M2M) SIMs. By connecting to our global M2M network, it is possible to create a truly personal experience for the customer.
Vodafone Egypt creates a prefabricated Mobile Telephone Exchange
29 Sept 2015
There is something incredibly nostalgic about watching black and white movies showing a switchboard operator at work. They are often portrayed as the centrepiece of a town, connecting one person to another.
Nowadays the switchboard is still at the heart of a mobile network, but given the much greater range of services – calls, data and SMS – it requires a far more extensive, and automated, system called a Mobile Telephone Exchange (MTX).
Vodafone Portugal: preparing the network for the future
15 Sept 2015
We’re experiencing exceptional demand for mobile data. Over the past year, the amount of data carried over our networks globally grew by approximately 78% as customers increasingly use their mobile devices to watch videos, stream music and browse the web.
Vodacom tests shipping container base station
5 May 2015
Mobile data usage in South Africa's townships is accelerating rapidly, placing pressure on mobile networks. Vodacom has developed a solution, allowing mobile base stations to be retrofitted to shipping container shops, allowing for the rapid roll-out of coverage.
Dropbox and Vodafone partner to keep precious mobile content safe and at your fingertips
27 Feb 2015
Dropbox and Vodafone have agreed an exciting partnership which will introduce a new mobile-first service exclusively for Vodafone’s customers. The service, called Backup+, integrates exclusively with Dropbox, offering tailored new features designed for smartphone users.