Marten Pieters

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Name: Marten Pieters
First reported Oct 17 2014 - Updated Oct 17 2014 - 1 reports

'Trai suggestions should be followed in letter and spirit'

By Marten Pieters, MD & CEO, Vodafone India The telecom sector once again finds itself at a juncture where the next set of decisions on spectrum is critical for its survival.It is in this backdrop that the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (Trai) ... [Published Economic Times - Oct 17 2014]
First reported Oct 15 2014 - Updated Oct 15 2014 - 1 reports

India roundup: Loop urges DoT for green light on takeover; Vodafone calls for taxes on OTT

In an effort to ensure that its acquisition by Bharti Airtel goes ahead, Loop Mobile has written to the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) offering to change elements of the deal to hasten its approval, the Economic Times reports. The Mumbai-based ... [Published TeleGeography - Oct 15 2014]
First reported Oct 15 2014 - Updated Oct 15 2014 - 1 reports

Facebook, WhatsApp must be taxed: Vodafone

MUMBAI: Vodafone has said that the government should tax over the top (OTT) players like WhatsApp, Viber, Hike and Facebook as they are getting a "free ride" on telecom networks without paying for spectrum or any other fee."We should make sure that there ... [Published Times of India - Oct 15 2014]
First reported Oct 09 2014 - Updated Oct 10 2014 - 2 reports

Vodafone seeks spectrum...

Country's second largest telecom operator Vodafone India has asked the government for immediate allocation of spectrum that it won in the February auction.The company has also sought extension of the spectrum's validity by six months from the date of ... [Published The Echo Of India - Oct 10 2014]
First reported Oct 07 2014 - Updated Oct 08 2014 - 2 reports

'Vodafone to spend USD 1 bln to develop Indian operations'

Vodafone plans to invest nearly USD 1 billion to develop its operations in India. Investmnets will mainly focus on upgrading the operator's network and retail stores across India. The network is currently being upgraded for faster services; however, the ... [Published Individual.com - Oct 08 2014]
First reported Oct 07 2014 - Updated Oct 07 2014 - 4 reports

Vodafone India spends $1 bn to upgrade telecom network, to test 4G next year

Telecom service provider Vodafone India is spending $1 billion to upgrade its network and retail stores.The company will be testing its 4G LTE network next year. India will see intense competition in the 4G space in 2015 due to aggressive roll out plans ... [Published Telecom Lead - Oct 07 2014]
First reported Sep 25 2014 - Updated Sep 25 2014 - 1 reports

Mobile Industry is developmental in nature: Vodafone India CEO

Releasing its fourth annual sustainability report in New Delhi on Wednesday, Vodafone India highlighted its social initiatives.New Delhi : Mobile Industry is developmental in natureas mobile technology can not only be used for commercial purposes butalso ... [Published digital opportunity channel - Sep 25 2014]
First reported Sep 24 2014 - Updated Sep 25 2014 - 5 reports

Slow, contradictory processes problem with India: Vodafone

While saying Vodafone Group would meet in a fortnight to decide on whether to allocate more funds for Vodafone India’s expansion plans, Group CEO Vittorio Colao said the problem with India was that its regulatory process was slow and, sometimes, also ... [Published Financial Express - Sep 24 2014]
First reported Sep 24 2014 - Updated Sep 24 2014 - 1 reports

Vodafone Group CEO doesn't rule out other ways of settling tax dispute

Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio A Colao does not rule out the possibility of a settlement of his company's Rs 16,000-crore tax dispute with the Indian government through a route other than the ongoing arbitration process that has just begun.At a luncheon ... [Published Smart Investor - Sep 24 2014]
First reported Sep 23 2014 - Updated Sep 24 2014 - 1 reports

Despite its difficulties, India a valuable market for Vodafone

It will be difficult for Vodafone's global chief executive Vittorio Colao, making his first official visit to India since a new central government took charge earlier this year, to miss the country's significance in the British telecom major's international ... [Published Business Standard India - Sep 23 2014]
First reported Sep 22 2014 - Updated Sep 23 2014 - 2 reports

Telecom cop seeks merger rule review

New Delhi, Sept. 22: The telecom regulator has suggested an overhaul of the merger and acquisition norms for the sector to reduce the number of players. Fewer players will lead to leveraging of the advantages of large scale of operations, which will cut ... [Published Calcutta Telegraph - Sep 23 2014]
First reported Sep 22 2014 - Updated Sep 23 2014 - 1 reports

Global CEOs find India frustrating but irresistible

Last week when Honda’s global chairman, Fumihiko Ike, was complaining about difficulties in doing business in India, he was also evaluating a plan to invest about Rs 4,500 crore in a new car manufacturing plant at Sanand in Gujarat. The Japanese automobile ... [Published Business Standard India - Sep 22 2014]

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"we should make sure that there is a level-playing field" Vodafone India MD and CEO Marten Pieters told TOI, voicing his concern against the growing strength of OTT players, while riding the internet network...
...The matter has since been flagged by the Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG), which also questioned the conversion. "is that fair? to me it sounds funny" Pieters, also the chairman of the Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), said

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'Trai suggestions should be followed in letter ... [Published Economic Times - Oct 17 2014]
Bharti Airtel launches airtel talk application ... [Published Telecom Lead - Oct 16 2014]
India roundup: Loop urges DoT for green light o... [Published TeleGeography - Oct 15 2014]
Facebook, WhatsApp must be taxed: Vodafone [Published Times of India - Oct 15 2014]
Vodafone India urges immediate spectrum release [Published Mobile Money Live - Oct 10 2014]
Vodafone seeks spectrum... [Published The Echo Of India - Oct 10 2014]
Govt's favourable stand towards Rel Jio unfair:... [Published Times of India - Oct 09 2014]
Vodafone seeks spectrum urgently, validity exte... [Published Economic Times - Oct 09 2014]
Vodafone seeks spectrum urgently, validity exte... [Published Business Standard India - Oct 09 2014]
'Vodafone to spend USD 1 bln to develop Indian ... [Published Individual.com - Oct 08 2014]
Vodafone share price: Indian unit invests $1 bi... [Published Invezz - Oct 07 2014]
Vodafone India spends $1 bn to upgrade telecom ... [Published Telecom Lead - Oct 07 2014]
Vodafone shows faith in Indian growth with $1B ... [Published Mobile Money Live - Oct 07 2014]
Vodafone to spend $1 billion to upgrade its net... [Published Light Reading India - Oct 07 2014]
Vodafone to spend USD 1 bln to develop Indian o... [Published Telecompaper - Oct 07 2014]
Mobile Industry is developmental in nature: Vod... [Published digital opportunity channel - Sep 25 2014]
It's not easy to do business in India: Vodafone... [Published Economic Times - Sep 24 2014]
Slow, contradictory processes problem with Indi... [Published Financial Express - Sep 24 2014]
Open for consolidation but not obsessed with bu... [Published Business Standard India - Sep 24 2014]
Vodafone India Reinforces Commitment to Sustain... [Published My Mobile - Sep 24 2014]
'Pvt telcos can play big role in Digital India ... [Published Business Standard India - Sep 24 2014]
Vodafone India reinforces commitment to Sustain... [Published India Infoline - Sep 24 2014]
Vodafone India releases Footprints IV, its annu... [Published Tele.net.in - Sep 24 2014]
Foreign investors positive about India: Vodafon... [Published ProKerala.com - Sep 24 2014]
Vodafone Group CEO doesn't rule out other ways ... [Published Smart Investor - Sep 24 2014]
Live video: Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao i... [Published Telecom Lead - Sep 24 2014]
Despite its difficulties, India a valuable mark... [Published Business Standard India - Sep 23 2014]
Telecom cop seeks merger rule review [Published Calcutta Telegraph - Sep 23 2014]
Global CEOs find India frustrating but irresist... [Published Business Standard India - Sep 22 2014]
Let us read the Tea Leaves [Published Open - Sep 22 2014]
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