Total Telecom – Vodafone sees steady progress in Europe; UK returns to growth in Q3
“Having reported improved numbers in the UK market, Vodafone must now confront the fact that, with today’s BT’s EE acquisition news plus Telefonica’s proposed sale of its O2 network in the UK to Hutchison Whampoa, it might end up as the UK’s smallest operator in the UK – and a “mobile only” operator at that. The onus therefore is on Vodafone to step up its efforts to become a triple or quad play operator in its home market,” said Bengt Nordström, CEO of independent mobile strategy consultancy Northstream.
Nordström commented that it’s also becoming increasingly obvious that Vodafone has historically underinvested in its networks in Germany, Spain, Italy and the UK.
“The signs are that its Project Spring network upgrade is beginning to pay off, especially in Germany and the UK, but there is still some way to go,” Nordström said.