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Zipit Announces Collaboration with Vodafone for Zipit IoT Connect Service

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GREENVILLE, S.C., July 17, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Zipit, an IoT value-added services provider, today announced it is working with Vodafone to support Zipit IoT Connect, an offering for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that provides optimized data plans and automates the cellular provisioning process for IoT devices. In addition, Vodafone OEM customers can take advantage of Zipit IoT Value-Added Services to have complete control over their devices and data. "Zipit is working with companies across the wide range of verticals such as smart cities, healthcare, automotive, industrial environments and consumer products," said Ludovico Fassati, head of IoT, Vodafone Americas . "Vodafone brings a global reach to Zipit that enables us to better support new customers' IoT businesses and to easily expand into even more markets, regardless of geographic location," said Ralph Heredia, VP of Business Development for Zipit.

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Wednesday, July 11


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Vodafone Idea Merger: Idea-Vodafone merger important for stabilisation of sector, says government

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NEW DELHI: The telecom sector will stabilise once the Idea Cellular and Vodafone India merger is completed after the two firms fulfil certain 'pending formalities', the government said today. "We would like to see that the merger is completed at the earliest because we too want the sector is stabilised. This is an important step for stabilising the sector," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan told reporters. The DoT has demanded payment of Rs 3,976 crore for one time spectrum charge of Vodafone India, and joint bank guarantee of Rs 3,342 crore sought by DoT before it grants final approval for the merger. The combined operations of Idea and Vodafone will create the country's largest telecom operator worth over USD 23 billion (Rs 1.5 lakh crore), with 35 per cent market share and a subscriber base of around 430 million.

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Idea-Vodafone merger approved, some formalities pending, says Sinha

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Vodafone CEO designate and Chief Financial Officer Nick Read, after meeting Sinha, had yesterday confirmed receiving the letter approving the merger. There have been industry speculations that Idea Cellular and Vodafone may challenge in court the demand of Rs 3,976 crore for one time spectrum charge of Vodafone India, and joint bank guarantee of Rs 3,342 crore sought by DoT before it grants final approval for the merger. Vodafone CEO Vittorio Colao, who will remain in office till October, said: "Yes. I am optimistic" that the new entity, to be named Vodafone Idea Ltd, will be in place before he remits the office." When asked for plans of the British telecom firm post the new entity comes in place, Read said: "We have always been a strong investor in India. We will remain that". The combined operations of Idea and Vodafone will create the country's largest telecom operator worth over USD 23 billion (or over Rs 1.5 lakh crore), with a 35 per cent market share and a subscriber base of around 430 million.

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Tuesday, July 10


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Vodafone unveils its first Internet of Things wearable products https://t.co/1nusLzQ6lL
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Vodafone Says It Got India's Conditional Approval for Idea Deal

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Vodafone Group Plc said it received approval from the Indian government to combine with Idea Cellular Ltd., a deal first announced 16 months ago. India’s Department of Telecommunication has approved the merger provided arrears amounting to as much as 72.5 billion rupees ($1.1 billion) are paid to the government, according to the department’s order seen by Bloomberg. The combination will create India’s largest mobile-phone company and help the firms compete with billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Jio Infocomm Ltd., which upended the world’s second-largest mobile-phone market by offering free calls and cheap data. Read Vodafone Says It Got India's Conditional Approval for Idea Deal on bloomberg.com.

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Vodafone launches wearable devices for parents and those with mobility issues

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Designed for those with mobility issues, the V-SOS Band is described as an “emergency alert wristband” with inbuilt technology that can send a message to up to four different contacts. The lens color of the band turns red once the alert has been sent, changing to amber to let the user know it has been received by a designated contact – a family member or friend, for example. When the contact agrees to respond to the emergency, the lens turns green. Parents can also set up “safe zones” for their children, such as the boundaries of a schoolyard or shopping mall. If a child leaves such a zone, their parent receives an alert on their smartphone. Timuray added that the new devices would “enable consumers to enjoy greater independence while keeping them safe and secure by being in contact with their families when needed.” In November, Vodafone made a push into the internet of things (IOT) consumer market by launching the V by Vodafone range, which aims to offer people a number of IOT-connected devices to use in and out of the home.

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Vodafone: Happy to get merger letter; we will remain competitive: Vodafone CEO designate, Telecom News, ET Telecom

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New Delhi: British telecom major Vodafone today said it will remain competitive post merger with Idea Cellular in the India market, which has seen huge disruption and turbulent tariff war with entry of new entrant Reliance Jio. The top management of British telecom major Vodafone today met communications minister Manoj Sinha and secretary Aruna Sundararajan following approval of merger of its Indian arm with Idea Cellular. There have been speculation that Idea Cellular and Vodafone may challenge in court the demand of Rs 3,976 crore for one time spectrum charge of Vodafone India, and joint bank guarantee of Rs 3,342 crore sought by DoT before it grants final approval for the merger. I am optimistic" that the new entity, to be named Vodafone Idea Ltd, will be in place before he remits the office. When asked for plans of the British telecom firm post the new entity comes in place, Read said: "We have always been a strong investor in India.

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Monday, July 09


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PMO dials DoT, seeks details of Vodafone-Idea merger deal

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PMO dials DoT, seeks details of Vodafone-Idea merger deal. The progress of the merger is being keenly followed by overseas investors and multinational companies, especially as UK’s Vodafone — which has had a long-standing tax dispute with the Indian government — is involved. Telecom minister Manoj Sinha last week asserted that there was no delay from DoT or the government’s side, adding that it was important to follow due process. However, with the department seeking another round of clarifications from the assistant solicitor general (ASG) on the dues, even the initial conditional clearance is set to take more time, people aware of the matter said. DoT has approached ASG again to clarify if demands related to the merger of six units with VMSL are to be raised, along with those related to the present merger between Idea and Vodafone.

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Vodafone overhauls recruitment to attract more LGBT+ talent

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Vodafone is overhauling its recruitment and human resources procedures to make them more inclusive after research it commissioned showed two fifths of young LGBT+ workers are worried that being out at work could damage their career prospects. The telecoms firm surveyed more than 3,000 people across 15 countries and found more than half (58pc) were not out open about their sexual orientation or gender identity at work due to fear of suffering discrimination. Vodafone chief executive Vittorio Colao, who will stand down later this year, said: "I am saddened that so many young LGBT+ people feel they still have to hide their status in the workplace.”. The problem appears to be particularly acute for those at the start of their careers, with one in three of those surveyed admitting they went “back into the closet” after taking on their first job. Some respondents to the survey said they were worried being out at work would be too awkward to discuss, while others feared it may make colleagues uncomfortable.

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Airtel Takes on Vodafone, Jio With More Data in Rs. 799, Rs. 1,199 Postpaid Plans

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This is a substantial upgrade, considering the two Airtel plans previously offered 60GB and 100GB, respectively. As before, data rollover facility is available. 649 postpaid plan was updated to offer up to 90GB of 3G/ 4G mobile data, apart from the usual calling and app benefits. 499 one now offers 75GB of 3G/ 4G data with up to 200GB data rollover, unlimited voice calling, Vodafone Play subscription for one year, Amazon Prime subscription for one year, device protection, and additional coupons. Prior to its refresh last month, Jio offered several plans under its postpaid suite. However, only the plan priced at Rs.

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