Vodafone posts UK growth and names new CFO

Vodafone has reported improved sales growth over the first quarter after increasing its prices.

This comes despite the operator losing customers in its biggest market Germany, where sales fell by 1.3% – still an improvement from the previous quarter.

In the UK, where the merger with Three UK was announced, there was a 5.7% increase in service revenue, driven by growth in consumer services.

Consolidating the two brands will create a combined brand value close to £4 billion, making it the most valuable telecoms brand in the UK.

The slight improvement is good news for new CEO Margherita Della Valle, who took on the role following Nick Read’s departure from the group.

Della Valle had previously served as CFO of the company, and Vodafone has moved swiftly to appoint Luka Mucic to the role.

Mucic was the CEO of SAP Se from 2014-2017 and its CFO from 2014-2023. During this time, he was responsible for SAP’s groupwide finance, legal, data protection, procurement, audit, risk management, security, IT and process management functions.

On the appointment, Della Valle said: “I am thrilled that Luka will be joining the Vodafone team. He has a strong track record of international leadership, corporate repositioning and value-creation.

“Luka is joining us at a critical time as we undertake the transformation of Vodafone.”

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BT and OneWeb launch satellite connectivity in Lundy Island

BT and OneWeb, in partnership with the UK government, are now delivering internet connectivity to Lundy Island, North Devon.

Sitting 19km off the coast of North Devon, Lundy is the first real-world demonstration of BT and OneWeb’s strategic partnership which aims to deliver high-speed, reliable connectivity to remote locations in the UK and onwards.

It’s brilliant to be bringing high-speed, low-latency connectivity to Lundy Island in partnership with OneWeb and DSIT,” said Greg McCall, chief networks officer, BT Group.

“The installation will not only have a transformative impact on the island and its residents but is also a significant milestone in demonstrating the value of satellite communications and the crucial role such solutions will play in enabling digital connectivity across the entirety of the UK and beyond.”

Connectivity is delivered through an Intellian dual parabolic terminal on the island. This small, outdoor satellite antenna system connects to OneWeb’s constellation of over 630 low earth orbit (LEO) satellites which orbit at a distance of 1,200km. This is then connected to an indoor satellite modem to provide two-way data connectivity.

The connection then travels from User Terminal (UT) to Satellite Network Portal (SNP) via the LEO satellites, where it is backhauled across OneWeb’s WAN to one of BT’s points of presence (PoP) in London. From the PoP, traffic is routed back into the internet or delivered into BT’s 21C core network.

“We are excited to be working with BT and DSIT across Lundy Island, as we deliver consistent and stable connectivity to its community,” said Stephen Beynon, chief commercial officer, OneWeb. 

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Impact of DWDM on passive optical network component choices

As network engineers strive to meet the ever-growing demand for bandwidth, their choice of passive optical network (PON) components, including connectors, splitters, and muxes/demuxes, becomes critical.

The continued adoption of dense wavelength-division multiplexing (DWDM) technology is revolutionizing the telecommunications industry. In fact, some analysts project the DWDM system market to reach a value of $18 billion by 2032, up from $8 billion in 2022. This multiplexing technology increases the bandwidth of new or already-installed fiber networks by enabling the transmission of multiple active wavelengths of light over a single fiber.

As network engineers strive to meet the ever-growing demand for bandwidth, their choice of passive optical network (PON) components, including connectors, splitters, and muxes/demuxes, becomes critical. In this article, we explore how the increased trend toward DWDM is impacting the need for customizable components that can support higher-density deployments both indoors (central offices, data centers, or micro-edge data centers) and outdoors (outside plants).

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