Vodafone will delay the commercial launch of its 4G mobile network in the UK by the end of summer, to coincide with the launch of the new iPhone.
The carrier had originally planned to turn super mobile broadband in UK cities in June, but on Tuesday, 21, chief executive of Vodafone, Vittorio Colao has confirmed that customers will have to wait until September.
The hesitation Vodafone may have originated in incompatibility with the Apple iPhone 5, which runs on 4G frequencies of EE, but does not work in the Vodafone spectrum, bought in February.
“We are convinced of our own 4G will have the best performance. End of the summer means when there’s going to be a good commercial moment for launching 4G,” said chief executive of Vodafone, Vittorio Colao.
Moreover, the British press appoints unknown sources which confirmed that the delay in the launch of the iPhone 5S had been a major factor in the decision to postpone the Vodafone 4G network. The operators have the Apple device as a key product for their new networks, since owners tend to be early adopters of new technologies.
Meanwhile, Vodafone will preview 4G – the world’s fastest mobile network technology – in Queenstown today, prior to its launch in parts of the town on 20 June. Queenstown will be the second South Island city – and only the third in New Zealand – to have superfast access to content and information on the move. The benefits of 4G will be on show today at a business and customer event at the Queenstown Events Centre.
Vodafone has recorded the first ever fall of its annual revenues after the recession in southern Europe caused its income there to dip by almost 17%.
With its finances under pressure, the British mobile phone company said it would reinvest next month’s £2.1bn dividend from US subsidiary Verizon Wireless in the business rather than return cash to shareholders.