Everything Everywhere to cut 1,200 jobs by Christmas

Everything Everywhere to cut 1,200 jobs by Christmas
(Telecompaper) Everything Everywhere, UK mobile JV between Orange and T-Mobile, plans to cut 1,200 jobs as it looks to generate minimum cost savings of at least GBP 3.5 billion a year by 2014, reports The Telegraph. The job losses would account for around 7.5 percent of its 16,000 workers and come on top of around 2,500 job losses since the merger plans were unveiled in September 2009. The latest job losses will affect mainly back-office and middle management roles as the merged group looks to eliminate duplicate positions. They are expected to be cut before Christmas, affecting head office sites in Bristol, Hatfield and London. Everything Everywhere insisted that no front-line staff in retail shops and call centres would be affected by the latest cuts. CEO Tom Alexander said it was necessary to remove duplication from the combined business to ensure it operated with maximum efficiency.[Lees verder]

Vodafone Czech Republic to use MobilKom’s CDMA network
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Czech Republic enhances its mobile internet offer through an agreement with MobilKom on using its CDMA network, which covers 75 percent of the population. MobilKom operates in the Czech market since 2007 under the brand Ufon. Vodafone also offers a discounted combo modem for notebook connections, which automatically connects to 3G in the areas with 3G coverage and in the other areas searches for the CDMA network. Vodafone offers the Mobile Connect combo modem supporting EDGE, CDMA and 3G for CZK 77 with a 12-month commitment or for CZK 977 with a six-month commitment. Vodafone will thus offer data at 300 kbps to 2 Mbps to 80 percent of population. Monthly fees for internet access are not higher. Customers can choose from the Permanent Connection for CZK 525 with 3GB FUP or Tailored for CZK 472.50. At the same time Vodafone progresses with its 3G network construction and plans to cover 60 cities by the end of the year. Currently it covers more than 30 percent of the population with 3G and 95 percent of the population with EDGE.[Lees verder]

BT set to bring faster broadband to Cornwall
(Telecompaper) BT and Cornwall Council have announced a GBP 132 million project to bring super-fast broadband infrastructure to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The project is supported by up to GBP 53.5 million in funding from the Convergence European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will see the vast majority of businesses gain access to fibre broadband by 2014 with speeds of up to 100 Mbps widely available. BT will provide investment of GBP 78.5 million. The South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) estimates that the project will benefit tens of thousands of local businesses, create 4,000 new local jobs and protect a further 2,000. The project will see a range of different broadband technologies deployed. Fibre broadband will be the most prevalent and will give between 80-90 percent of local businesses access to super-fast speeds. The expectation is that around half of local businesses will also be able to enjoy FTTP technology. Businesses outside the fibre footprint will receive faster speeds through a mix of alternative technologies such as advanced copper, wireless and satellite broadband. The roll-out will begin immediately and run until 2014 with the first customers being connected in early-2011. The new network will be available on an open, wholesale basis to all communications providers.[Lees verder]

Everything Everywhere to cut 1,200 jobs by Christmas
(Telecompaper) Everything Everywhere, UK mobile JV between Orange and T-Mobile, plans to cut 1,200 jobs as it looks to generate minimum cost savings of at least GBP 3.5 billion a year by 2014, reports The Telegraph. The job losses would account for around 7.5 percent of its 16,000 workers and come on top of around 2,500 job losses since the merger plans were unveiled in September 2009. The latest job losses will affect mainly back-office and middle management roles as the merged group looks to eliminate duplicate positions. They are expected to be cut before Christmas, affecting head office sites in Bristol, Hatfield and London. Everything Everywhere insisted that no front-line staff in retail shops and call centres would be affected by the latest cuts. CEO Tom Alexander said it was necessary to remove duplication from the combined business to ensure it operated with maximum efficiency.[Lees verder]

Vodafone Czech Republic to use MobilKom’s CDMA network
(Telecompaper) Vodafone Czech Republic enhances its mobile internet offer through an agreement with MobilKom on using its CDMA network, which covers 75 percent of the population. MobilKom operates in the Czech market since 2007 under the brand Ufon. Vodafone also offers a discounted combo modem for notebook connections, which automatically connects to 3G in the areas with 3G coverage and in the other areas searches for the CDMA network. Vodafone offers the Mobile Connect combo modem supporting EDGE, CDMA and 3G for CZK 77 with a 12-month commitment or for CZK 977 with a six-month commitment. Vodafone will thus offer data at 300 kbps to 2 Mbps to 80 percent of population. Monthly fees for internet access are not higher. Customers can choose from the Permanent Connection for CZK 525 with 3GB FUP or Tailored for CZK 472.50. At the same time Vodafone progresses with its 3G network construction and plans to cover 60 cities by the end of the year. Currently it covers more than 30 percent of the population with 3G and 95 percent of the population with EDGE.[Lees verder]

BT set to bring faster broadband to Cornwall
(Telecompaper) BT and Cornwall Council have announced a GBP 132 million project to bring super-fast broadband infrastructure to Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly. The project is supported by up to GBP 53.5 million in funding from the Convergence European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and will see the vast majority of businesses gain access to fibre broadband by 2014 with speeds of up to 100 Mbps widely available. BT will provide investment of GBP 78.5 million. The South West Regional Development Agency (RDA) estimates that the project will benefit tens of thousands of local businesses, create 4,000 new local jobs and protect a further 2,000. The project will see a range of different broadband technologies deployed. Fibre broadband will be the most prevalent and will give between 80-90 percent of local businesses access to super-fast speeds. The expectation is that around half of local businesses will also be able to enjoy FTTP technology. Businesses outside the fibre footprint will receive faster speeds through a mix of alternative technologies such as advanced copper, wireless and satellite broadband. The roll-out will begin immediately and run until 2014 with the first customers being connected in early-2011. The new network will be available on an open, wholesale basis to all communications providers.[Lees verder]