Vivendi raises full year outlook on strong first half

Vivendi raises full year outlook on strong first half
(Telecompaper) French media, entertainment and communications group Vivendi reported a net profit up 4 percent to EUR 1.53 billion on revenue up 6.1 percent to EUR 13.98 billion in the first half, compared to the year-earlier period. The group has upgraded its full year outlook to an increase in EBITA and net profit versus 2009. “GVT, Activision Blizzard and SFR broadband and fixed achieved excellent operating performances and we have revised upwards the guidance for each one”, said CEO Jean-Bernard Levy. Brazilian operator GVT, Vivendi’s most recent acquisition, is seen as a strong growth driver and has benefited from an increased inverstment programme. French operator SFR boosted its revenue by 1.8 percent to EUR 6.25 billion on the first six months of last year, including mobile down 0.3 percent to EUR 4.43 billion and broadband up 5.9 percent to EUR 1.98 billion. SFR had 15.35 million postpaid mobile customers and 20.56 million overall mobile customers at the end of June. Mobile data accounted for 26.3 percent of mobile revenues, up from 22.1 percent in the year-earlier period, thanks to growth in the installed base of smartphones. SFR EBITDA stood at EUR 2.11 billion, 6.6 percent more than a year ago. Vivendi asset Maroc Telecom recorded an EBITDA up 4.6 percent to EUR 804 million on revenue 5.9 percent higher at EUR 1.38 billion. Maroc Telecom, which has subsidiaries in other African countries, increased its overall customer base by 20 percent to 23.6 million, including Moroccan users up 11.3 percent to 18 million. GVT had EUR 184 million of EBITDA on EUR 444 million of revenue, and Vivendi’s TV subsidiary, Canal Plus, saw a 3 percent increase in EBITA to EUR 486 million on revenue up 3.1 percent to EUR 2.23 billion. Vivendi also owns game publisher Activision Blizzard and Universal Music.[Lees verder]

Vodacom, Nedbank launch M-Pesa in South Africa
(Telecompaper) Vodacom South Africa and Nedbank have launched the M-Pesa money transfer service, developed by the Vodafone Group. M-Pesa, already available in Kenya, Tanzania and Afghanistan, allows users to transfer money from person to person using a mobile phone. At outlets such as retail stores, spazas, community service containers and Nedbank branches, customers can register for a M-Pesa account, load money on their account and withdraw cash. Once customers have money in their M-Pesa account, they can send it to any other mobile phone in South Africa. They may also choose to buy airtime or transfer the money to another person. Only Vodacom customers can send M-Pesa but anyone with a mobile phone can receive it. Distributors include PEP Stores, the Pick n Pay Group including Boxer stores, Massmart including Game and Masscash, Edcon’s Edgars, CNA, Jet outlets, GloCell and Altech Autopage. Blue Label and Smart Call are also recruiting small and medium-sized outlets across the country including in many rural areas. At launch M-Pesa is offering basic money transfers, but Nedbank and Vodacom are in the process of implementing additional services such as paying bills and buying goods. Customers access their accounts using a four-digit PIN code. Deposits are free, while registered customers pay a fee of ZAR 6 for withdrawals of ZAR 10 to 1,000 and ZAR 10 for ZAR 1,000 to 5,000. Cash transfers cost ZAR 2.45 to registered customers and ZAR 10-15 to unregistered customers, for amounts of ZAR to 5,000.[Lees verder]

Skype launches Skype Connect 1.0 for IP PBX, UC systems
(Telecompaper) VoIP services provider Skype has officially launched Skype Connect 1.0, formerly Skype for SIP. Previously available in beta, Skype Connect provides a business service that enables IP-enabled PBX or UC systems to connect to Skype. Skype Connect enables businesses to make outbound calls from desktop phones to landlines and mobiles worldwide billed at Skype’s standard per-minute calling rates. Users can receive inbound calls from Skype connected users worldwide by placing Skype’s Click & Call buttons on their websites, calls from landlines or mobile phones in the corporate PBX can be received using Skype’s online numbers that have been purchased separately. Businesses will be able to manage Skype calls using existing PBX or UC systems’ features such as call routing, automatic call distribution, conferencing, auto-attendant, voicemail, call recording and logging. Since the beta launch of Skype Connect, Skype Connect has over 2,400 active global customers and is now certified to work with PBX and UC products from Avaya, Cisco, SIPfoundry, ShoreTel and other OEMs. Skype Connect also works with older TDM PBXs or key systems which can now add Skype calling features through third-party IP gateways from AudioCodes, Grandstream and VoSKY. Skype Manager, a web-based tool, was launched to enable IT managers to set-up Skype Connect and control Skype usage in a company. Vars and system integrators have been enrolled in the new Skype Channel Partner Program. New customer support, including real-time chat, is now available for Skype Connect customers and Skype Manager administrators directly through Skype Manager. Companies using Skype Connect are charged a monthly channel fee of USD 6.95 per line.[Lees verder]

Vivendi raises full year outlook on strong first half
(Telecompaper) French media, entertainment and communications group Vivendi reported a net profit up 4 percent to EUR 1.53 billion on revenue up 6.1 percent to EUR 13.98 billion in the first half, compared to the year-earlier period. The group has upgraded its full year outlook to an increase in EBITA and net profit versus 2009. “GVT, Activision Blizzard and SFR broadband and fixed achieved excellent operating performances and we have revised upwards the guidance for each one”, said CEO Jean-Bernard Levy. Brazilian operator GVT, Vivendi’s most recent acquisition, is seen as a strong growth driver and has benefited from an increased inverstment programme. French operator SFR boosted its revenue by 1.8 percent to EUR 6.25 billion on the first six months of last year, including mobile down 0.3 percent to EUR 4.43 billion and broadband up 5.9 percent to EUR 1.98 billion. SFR had 15.35 million postpaid mobile customers and 20.56 million overall mobile customers at the end of June. Mobile data accounted for 26.3 percent of mobile revenues, up from 22.1 percent in the year-earlier period, thanks to growth in the installed base of smartphones. SFR EBITDA stood at EUR 2.11 billion, 6.6 percent more than a year ago. Vivendi asset Maroc Telecom recorded an EBITDA up 4.6 percent to EUR 804 million on revenue 5.9 percent higher at EUR 1.38 billion. Maroc Telecom, which has subsidiaries in other African countries, increased its overall customer base by 20 percent to 23.6 million, including Moroccan users up 11.3 percent to 18 million. GVT had EUR 184 million of EBITDA on EUR 444 million of revenue, and Vivendi’s TV subsidiary, Canal Plus, saw a 3 percent increase in EBITA to EUR 486 million on revenue up 3.1 percent to EUR 2.23 billion. Vivendi also owns game publisher Activision Blizzard and Universal Music.[Lees verder]

Vodacom, Nedbank launch M-Pesa in South Africa
(Telecompaper) Vodacom South Africa and Nedbank have launched the M-Pesa money transfer service, developed by the Vodafone Group. M-Pesa, already available in Kenya, Tanzania and Afghanistan, allows users to transfer money from person to person using a mobile phone. At outlets such as retail stores, spazas, community service containers and Nedbank branches, customers can register for a M-Pesa account, load money on their account and withdraw cash. Once customers have money in their M-Pesa account, they can send it to any other mobile phone in South Africa. They may also choose to buy airtime or transfer the money to another person. Only Vodacom customers can send M-Pesa but anyone with a mobile phone can receive it. Distributors include PEP Stores, the Pick n Pay Group including Boxer stores, Massmart including Game and Masscash, Edcon’s Edgars, CNA, Jet outlets, GloCell and Altech Autopage. Blue Label and Smart Call are also recruiting small and medium-sized outlets across the country including in many rural areas. At launch M-Pesa is offering basic money transfers, but Nedbank and Vodacom are in the process of implementing additional services such as paying bills and buying goods. Customers access their accounts using a four-digit PIN code. Deposits are free, while registered customers pay a fee of ZAR 6 for withdrawals of ZAR 10 to 1,000 and ZAR 10 for ZAR 1,000 to 5,000. Cash transfers cost ZAR 2.45 to registered customers and ZAR 10-15 to unregistered customers, for amounts of ZAR to 5,000.[Lees verder]

Skype launches Skype Connect 1.0 for IP PBX, UC systems
(Telecompaper) VoIP services provider Skype has officially launched Skype Connect 1.0, formerly Skype for SIP. Previously available in beta, Skype Connect provides a business service that enables IP-enabled PBX or UC systems to connect to Skype. Skype Connect enables businesses to make outbound calls from desktop phones to landlines and mobiles worldwide billed at Skype’s standard per-minute calling rates. Users can receive inbound calls from Skype connected users worldwide by placing Skype’s Click & Call buttons on their websites, calls from landlines or mobile phones in the corporate PBX can be received using Skype’s online numbers that have been purchased separately. Businesses will be able to manage Skype calls using existing PBX or UC systems’ features such as call routing, automatic call distribution, conferencing, auto-attendant, voicemail, call recording and logging. Since the beta launch of Skype Connect, Skype Connect has over 2,400 active global customers and is now certified to work with PBX and UC products from Avaya, Cisco, SIPfoundry, ShoreTel and other OEMs. Skype Connect also works with older TDM PBXs or key systems which can now add Skype calling features through third-party IP gateways from AudioCodes, Grandstream and VoSKY. Skype Manager, a web-based tool, was launched to enable IT managers to set-up Skype Connect and control Skype usage in a company. Vars and system integrators have been enrolled in the new Skype Channel Partner Program. New customer support, including real-time chat, is now available for Skype Connect customers and Skype Manager administrators directly through Skype Manager. Companies using Skype Connect are charged a monthly channel fee of USD 6.95 per line.[Lees verder]

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