Vodafone celebrated Red Heart Day on Valentine’s Day, raising funds for the Moyo Challenge to help change the lives of some of the poorest women in any community where the telco operates. Chief Financial Officer Frank Krausz, left, said: “Thousands of women in Tanzania suffer from obstetric fistula. A simple operation can cure them. The combination of the money we donate and our mobile payments product, M-Pesa, which the hospital uses to transfer funds so patients can travel, can change lives for the better.”
“The countdown has begun – soon Vodafone will have complete mobile internet coverage of the country,” chairman György Beck announced on Tuesday. He said that currently about 70 per cent of the population can use the brand-new 3G network, which allows an internet connection up to 42 Mbits/second. “The biggest challenge of 2012 will be to convince customers to switch from 2G phones to smart phones,” Beck said, adding that the best proof of the system’s capacity was breakfast radio programme morning show doing its four-hour broadcast from aboard a number 6 tram on Tuesday. “They did so via the network of Vodafone,” he said. The company was ahead of schedule on the modernisation process that began last year.