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Old 20-07-2013, 10:09
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Vodafone have said they intend to launch 4G in the UK by the 21st September 2013. This will probably coincide with the new iPhone release date (the iPhone 5 was released on 21st September 2012).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mar...usinesses.html
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Old 20-07-2013, 10:58
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If it's anything like their 3G network in Scotland, it'll be unusable.
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Old 20-07-2013, 11:18
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Vodafone have said they intend to launch 4G in the UK by the 21st September 2013. This will probably coincide with the new iPhone release date (the iPhone 5 was released on 21st September 2012).

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/money/mar...usinesses.html
I think the iPhone thing is just a coincidence it hasn't stopped them launching LTE in other markets. Not saying they shouldn't wait until they are in the best position but iPhone sales aren't going to generate that much difference.

Though technically in fairness offhand I think only Vodafone Germany and UK are the only ones who don't have 1800MHz LTE rest do. Though Vodafone Ireland hasn't launched LTE either.
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Old 20-07-2013, 11:27
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Called it first. I said they won't launch until after September 1st.

Also said Three won't launch till early november
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Old 20-07-2013, 11:38
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Called it first. I said they won't launch until after September 1st.

Also said Three won't launch till early november
Agreed you did I expected it would be Late August Early September so looks like I was out by a bit. I expect you are right about Three as well at moment they are far more interested in upgrading vast majority of there network to DC-HSDPA and getting masts upgraded. We will see how the two months between Vodafone and Three 4G rollout effects the speed of the rollout as I know Vodafone has no where near as many upgraded masts as Three/EE does. I did say it was going be late this month that O2 was going to be launching 4G so looks like I was wrong.
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Old 20-07-2013, 11:40
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I'm quite amazed that they are pretty much letting EE have the head start they have. You would hope both Voda & O2 will launch with at least 40% 4G population coverage, otherwise they'll be way behind the nearly 60% of EE.

EE results are due out in a few days, and I wont be surprised if they are near the million 4G customers that they aimed for by the end of the year.
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Old 20-07-2013, 11:44
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I'm quite amazed that they are pretty much letting EE have the head start they have. You would hope both Voda & O2 will launch with at least 40% 4G population coverage, otherwise they'll be way behind the nearly 60% of EE.

EE results are due out in a few days, and I wont be surprised if they are near the million 4G customers that they aimed for by the end of the year.
I don't think they could manage 40% at the drop of a hat else we would of seen a greater 3G footprint as I expect the 800MHz masts also are 900MHz masts.
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Old 20-07-2013, 13:05
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The question is.. why are O2 & Voda on different launch paths.

I expect the new iPhone to be released a week or so after Voda launch 4G.

However i'm saying way earlier than 21st Sept for Voda....
No reason why they could't have a higher coverage than EE did at launch. They use 800 remember.

EE should be at >60% by the time the first of the others launch (already over 55%).
Expect new dates for renewed roll out push shortly.
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Old 20-07-2013, 13:46
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some fairly predictable public comments on the daily mail article - they match the constant complaints about "rubbish network and lousy customer service" that Vodafone receive everytime they promote something on facebook.

Vodafone's biggest problem is that they are late to the 3G party and the public seem to have woken up to the fact they offer expensive plans that aren't reflected in good network service or customer service. Changing the latter two will take Vodafone a long time as they haven't yet even accepted there's a problem - this will no doubt impact on the former with the result vodafone is quite likely to lose customers and revenue during a period of significant capital investment.
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Old 20-07-2013, 13:48
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All networks get publicly negative comments. It's the nature of the beast and having millions of customers.

Voda need to splash the cash. Which they now seem to be doing. Should be interesting if they can replace their ageing network within the timescale they have set. They are no longer the network of choice for many a large company. They need to sort that. They have the potential to be the best network but history shows us they may not capitalise on it..
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Old 20-07-2013, 16:30
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some fairly predictable public comments on the daily mail article - they match the constant complaints about "rubbish network and lousy customer service" that Vodafone receive everytime they promote something on facebook.

Vodafone's biggest problem is that they are late to the 3G party and the public seem to have woken up to the fact they offer expensive plans that aren't reflected in good network service or customer service. Changing the latter two will take Vodafone a long time as they haven't yet even accepted there's a problem - this will no doubt impact on the former with the result vodafone is quite likely to lose customers and revenue during a period of significant capital investment.
Actually I think they have realised there network isn't the best. As they are putting in a massive amount of money into upgrading it. They may not have formally acknowledged it but they have unofficially in a way.
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Old 20-07-2013, 17:25
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Ive heard lots of vod masts are being upgraded atm. Where I live 3g never used to be usable and after 2 years of complaining and being told it worked it now actually does
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Old 20-07-2013, 18:04
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On day one I suspect that Vodafone/O2 will have around 20 percent coverage with about 35/40 percent coverage by the end of the year.
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Old 20-07-2013, 23:39
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On day one I suspect that Vodafone/O2 will have around 20 percent coverage with about 35/40 percent coverage by the end of the year.
No way they'll be launching with 20%.
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Old 21-07-2013, 00:29
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I have no confidence in Vodafone's ability to roll out 4G in anything like a reasonable timeframe. I still only got an EDGE signal standing outside the Pavillions in Central Birmingham back in February, and struggled with 3G at home despite previously not having a problem there with 3G. Then I switched to Three and can now use my Smartphone as a smartphone - fast data, and really decent coverage too even in rural places.

My ideal network would have the speed and affordability of 3, and the roaming deals of Vodafone.
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Old 21-07-2013, 00:42
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No way they'll be launching with 20%.
Had a wee chuckle when i read he said 20%..
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Old 21-07-2013, 01:31
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Had a wee chuckle when i read he said 20%..
I think the only network that could launch 4G with a good amount of coverage say 30-40% is Three. I doubt they will do that as it would involve paying EE extra money for temporary use of cabinets. Plus putting up a lot of samsung cabinets and delaying the launch of 4G longer so they could start of with a big chunk all at once. I not sure if that is likely or not. But I can't see O2 or Vodafone launching with 30% at all I could be wrong.

I have no confidence in Vodafone's ability to roll out 4G in anything like a reasonable timeframe. I still only got an EDGE signal standing outside the Pavillions in Central Birmingham back in February, and struggled with 3G at home despite previously not having a problem there with 3G. Then I switched to Three and can now use my Smartphone as a smartphone - fast data, and really decent coverage too even in rural places.

My ideal network would have the speed and affordability of 3, and the roaming deals of Vodafone.
Honestly surprised that there isn't a special roaming deal for NI Three customers for Ireland with Three being the 2nd biggest network in Ireland now. I can't imagine it that rare that NI people have relatives who live in southern ireland.
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Old 21-07-2013, 01:58
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Honestly surprised that there isn't a special roaming deal for NI Three customers for Ireland with Three being the 2nd biggest network in Ireland now. I can't imagine it that rare that NI people have relatives who live in southern ireland.
There is a special rate, but it's for all UK customers not just NI ones

Roaming in Ireland.
If you're in the Republic of Ireland (ROI), you can make cheaper calls and send cheaper texts to the UK when you're roaming on the Three Ireland network. Calls to the UK cost 10.2p a minute and texts to the UK cost 8.1p each. You won't be charged to receive calls or texts.
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Old 21-07-2013, 02:00
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There is a special rate, but it's for all UK customers not just NI ones
Oh never knew that thanks for that.
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Old 21-07-2013, 04:52
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I think people are underestimating vodafone given their publicity around their network spend over 1 billion between now and march next year. I know there have been a lot of upgrades taking place in the 10 major cities, I suspect they will be launching 4g and then expanding at a very rapid pace come September.
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Old 21-07-2013, 08:00
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I think people are underestimating vodafone given their publicity around their network spend over 1 billion between now and march next year. I know there have been a lot of upgrades taking place in the 10 major cities, I suspect they will be launching 4g and then expanding at a very rapid pace come September.

They are spending 1 billion in 8 months on the network? no chance! unless it includes all the licenses for 4G. Do you have a link with more information?
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Old 21-07-2013, 08:27
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More than 900m in 12 months is what they stated.
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Old 21-07-2013, 08:29
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900m in 12 months.
What does that include though, presumably the licences costs and other stuff as well?
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Old 21-07-2013, 08:39
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No licences. It's their total capex for this financial year. Often this is stated as "investing in the network" which is true in a very broad sense. Normally this has been around the 600m mark (same for EE and O2). It is a step up but I suspect some of it will be due to ex cable & wireless capex requirements (now integrated into Voda UK).
http://www.vodafone.co.uk/cs/groups/...ftst041720.pdf
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Old 21-07-2013, 08:43
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'We're spending 1 billion on our network' actually turns out to be 'total spend in capex in the company after integration of C&W is now 300m more than last year'.
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