Vodafone has joined a global trend to be the next telecom operator to offer home telecom and entertainment services. They have partnered with Entone to use their video networking platform EnterLink to offer the service. According to Entone, Vodafone will be working with Entone and its system integration partner Divitel in the Netherland.
The annual Connected Home Global Summit and Awards Gala returns to London for its 4th and 2nd year. The event offers visitor the opportunity to hear from those at the forefront of the connected home services sector first hand. Speakers at this year’s summit include some of the UK’s and Europe’s leading service providers such as Vodafone, BBC, BT and Telefónica. The event is a mixture of presentations, panel discussions and breaks for you to network, allowing you to learn about the next generation of connected home solutions.
On May 24 the connected home global summit returns to London. This year’s summit like last year will feature a host of industry key players from all area of the connected home sector. There will be presenters from BT, TiVo, Whirlpool, Google and many more; they will be looking at the 'technology choices and business models that will monetise the connected home'. Service providers and operators should attend to gain insight into how this growing market sector can be adopted to create new revenue streams. Users will learn how the devices and media services they buy are changing.
Vodafone and Intel have decided to join forces through the combination of each others market solutions. They have announced their joint effort to accelerate Machine-to-Machine communication in and outside the home. Intel has promise to release and Atom-based developer’s kit that will make it easier for Consumer Electronic (CE) manufacturers and Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to develop solutions to facilitate easier M2M communication. As partner Vodafone will provide the network and connectivity services for the devices.
Vodafone has extends its product range to support its customers in regions where there is limited access to the internet, with the development of the Vodafone WebBox. Considered to be the first device of its kind; it was developed specially for customers in emerging markets to make internet access more affordable. With no set-up required, the plug and play keyboard converts any standard domestic television into an internet portal, so that its customers have to everyday internet services.
Vodafone Spain announced that they are planning to launch a connected TV solution called 'Vodafone Internet TV' for its Spanish customers. According to IpTV-news, the service will combine both free-to-air and pay DTT channels (including HD), an intelligent HD PVR, content streaming from the home network via DLNA technology, access to various Internet video services via Widgets, OTT portals and catch-up TV. So far they have selected Wyplay to provide a Hybrid IPTV Box.
Vodafone has announced that they are releasing a new DLNA compatible Wi-Fi device called the R201 – the first DLNA certified mobile Wi-Fi device. It will allow you to share your mobile broadband connection with up to five devices, along with the sharing of documents and other digital media between other certified devices. The R201 is available on an 18 contract with 5GB data for £25 per month.
Vodafone has added Greece to it list of countries using its residential Femtocell service. With this launch Vodafone now has Femtocell commercial services in four countries: Spain, UK, Qatar and now Greece – only the UK and Greece are residential. The service, which uses the Vodafone Access Gateway brand, rather than Sure Signal, is being provided for free or with a discount to postpaid subscribers.
Visitors to this year’s IFA Show and especially the Vodafone booth will get a glimpse into the future of Vodafone music and video, featuring Connected Home products and services that network all kinds of home entertainment components such as video, music and photos. Through the use of Vodafone’s new Innovative Media Center and Tablet Media Center terminals, home users will be able to enjoy the latest in On Demand entertainment.