|2 December|| Special own holiday channel, unlimited and special offers - this year Vodafone also aims to please UPC customer |
With the holiday season approaching, Vodafone serves up a surprise to its customers yet again. Residential subscribers who own a smartphone will be given unlimited data for 3 days free of charge, and those who do not have a smartphone will be offered free voice calls for 3 days. The operator also aims to please future customers, offering a discount of 30 000 HUF for all newly purchased mobile handsets to customers with a RED subscription. This year, UPC subscribers have not been left out either: those with a digital television subscription can enjoy the company's own television channel, while fixed-line subscribers will be given a discount off their monthly RED subscription fees.
|28 November|| Vodafone Digital Award – an application scheme with a total prize value of 15 million HUF in the service of public good |
After last year's highly successful application scheme, the Vodafone Hungary Foundation opens applications for the Vodafone Digital Award this year as well. Through the award, the Foundation aims to incentivise and recognise innovators who, with their digital solutions, can offer answers to a social challenge. The company opens applications for the Vodafone Digital Award, which offers a total prize money of 15 million HUF, in 3 categories linked to the challenges of our age, such as Digital Society, Inclusion for All and Planet. The award is open to private individuals and businesses including NGOs and startups.
|18 November|| Self-parking for the first time in Hungary! |
Almotive, HERE and Vodafone demonstrated a technology world sensation. Their co-operation has produced a self-parking system that works in underground car parks. The scalable ADAS (Advanced Driver Assistance System) solution was developed by colleagues from the 3 companies representing different areas of expertise. The system uses indoor maps and IoT solutions to ensure fast, automated parking.
|8 November|| Startups in focus – Vodafone puts innovation in focus this year as well |
The Regional Startup and Innovation Day, one of the most significant startup networking events in Central and Eastern Europe, organised by Hiventures on 7 November attracted huge attention. Vodafone was also present at the event, contributing to the realization of new ideas, solutions and technologies. At the event, the Vodafone Hungary Foundation announced that it would open the Vodafone Digital Award application scheme this year as well.
|31 October|| Red November instead of Black Friday at Vodafone |
Vodafone announces a Black Friday campaign running for 30 days, where 5 handsets can be purchased with a discount of up to 40%. The campaign covers the following handsets: Huawei P Smart (2019), Huawei P30 lite, Samsung A50, iPhone 7 32 GB, and LG Q60. The discount is also available to UPC customers and the joint customers of the two companies, together with other special offers provided specifically to them.
|25 October|| Lucy mobile app helps the early diagnosis of endometriosis |
The public application Lucy could help over 200 000 women. The development of the interactive period diary has been commissioned by the ‘Együtt könnyebb’ (It’s Easier Together’) For Women's Health Foundation, with the support of the Vodafone Hungary Foundation, as part of its teenage education initiative. The application aims to familiarise users with the healthy menstrual cycle and supports the recognition of the symptoms and the early diagnosis of endometriosis an order conditions affecting women. Lucy was first introduced in the Bethlen Gábor Primary and Grammar School, in a unique lesson.
|18 October|| Vodafone launches the very first 5G network of Hungary in Budapest |
On 17 October Vodafone launched Hungary's first outdoor 5G network accessible by all. With the launch of this service, Hungary has moved right to the forefront of European countries offering 5G. Initially, the service will be available in the inner-city districts of Budapest and along the River Danube. Vodafone’s product offering already includes 5G-enabled handsets and the residential and business packages required for 5G.
|15 October|| Vodafone Hungary's official company name modified |
As the next step in the joint history of Vodafone and UPC, the long company name of Vodafone Hungary has changed. The word ‘mobile’ has been removed, and, starting from 1 October 2019, the new name of the company is officially Vodafone Magyarország Távközlési Zártkörűen Működő Részvénytársaság. With the acquisition of UPC ,Vodafone will be able to offer convergent services to households including not only mobile but also fixed line telephone, Internet and television services as well.
|1 October|| Vodafone comes to Internet Hungary with a live 5G network and any installation demonstrating its convergent services. |
At the 2019 Internet Hungary conference Vodafone showed a demo using 5G technology and also a daytime installation symbolising its merger with UPC.
|27 September|| Vodafone launches the international „Future Changers” competition |
Vodafone Group has announced the launch of its international competition targeting young adults and titled Future Changers. The aim of the competition is to identify the best and most innovative technology solutions supporting the environment.
|7 September|| The first special offers emerge for the joint customers of Vodafone and UPC |
Starting from the 1st of September there are numerous benefits and discounts Vodafone's subscribers can enjoy subject to a postpaid agreement and at least 1 UPC fixed line Internet telephone or cable television service.
|7 August|| Are you worried about grandparents? - Vodafone new Senior Smart Watch may help you |
Being a family operator, Vodafone Hungary aims for its devices to make life easier for people - for each member of the family, irrespectively of age. The smart watch, a pioneering product on the Hungarian market designed for more mature generations and accessible through telecommunications operators subject to a complex price plan, contributes to the feeling of security for the entire family, thus making day-to-day life significantly easier.
|5 August|| The sensor network of the future has arrived from Vodafone |
Vodafone has launched its narrowband IoT network nationwide, meaning that the most up-to-date solutions have now become accessible by anyone via the usual commercial channels. Thanks to our nationwide coverage, municipalities and businesses will also be able to perform digital developments in locations where it had been inconceivable to do so before. The introduction of this service in Hungary is part of Vodafone Group's largest international NB-IoT network development exercise to be completed in the near future, which is being implemented in 10 European countries, including in Hungary.
|1 August|| Vodafone has acquired UPC – the transaction has been closed |
The deal between Vodafone Group and Liberty global has been successfully closed, and, as a result, Vodafone Hungary has obtained 100% ownership in UPC Hungary. From now on, the two operators will expand their gigabit-enabled services together, as part of the same Group, thus contributing to Hungary’s digital development. For now, Vodafone and UPC will continue operating as two separate companies, serving clients via the usual customer service channels.
|23 July|| The community of digital teachers is being formed as part of the Vodafone Foundation’s Digital School Programme. |
Another academic year has closed in Vodafone Foundation's Digital School Programme. The idea this year was to get as many teachers as possible to use digital devices and develop the digital competences of participants. Thanks to the Digital School Programme, an ever-widening digital teachers’ community is being established in Hungary.
|18 July|| Vodafone receives permission to acquire UPC |
The European Commission approves the acquisition by Vodafone Group of Liberty Global's German Czech, Romanian and Hungarian subsidiaries, including UPC Hungary, for a sum of 18.4 billion EUR. The deal is expected to close by 31 July 2019, when Vodafone Hungary and UPC Hungary will launch their joint operation.
|21 June|| Free drone control technology from Vodafone |
Vodafone is the first organisation globally to demonstrate how mobile technology can be used to strictly control and prevent the flying of drones into various temporarily guarded areas such as crime scenes, event venues or the grounds of significant events.
|19 June|| Miskolc has been a second home to Vodafone for 10 years |
Vodafone Hungary’s customer service started its operation in the largest town of Borsod-Abaúj-Zemplén County 10 years ago. Since then, they have contributed to numerous significant events in the region. The investment worth over 1 billion HUF in total is now providing jobs to over 600 people in Miskolc.
|18 June|| At this year’s general elections of the 5G Coalition, Vodafone held a remote-controlled demo to show the future. |
The 5G Coalition initiated by the Digital Wellbeing Programme (DWP) held its 4th general election, a plenary session on 18 June 2019, in Budapest. Dr. Gergő J. Budai, Director of External Affairs at Vodafone Hungary and Deputy Chairman of the Board was again elected as the organisation’s Board Member.
|1 June|| Vodafone presented 5G at Lake Balaton as well |
For Vodafone Hungary, the area of Lake Balaton is a special focus point, so in recent years the operator has been continually developing its network in the region. The shared story of the region and Vodafone now continues, as after Zalaegerszeg, Budapest and Debrecen, the company has now also taken this unique experience to Lake Balaton. On 1-2 June, visitors to the National Regatta can have a glimpse into the future with the help of the Vodafone Future Truck, whose innovative demos, some running on 5G, may be tried by those who are interested, all through the weekend.
|29 May|| The development of Vodafone’s junior scholarship recipient could reform the teaching of natural and health sciences |
This year the Vodafone Hungary Foundation supported the Scientific and Innovation Talent Competition for Young People on the second occasion. Under the programme, representatives from our country are delegated to the European Union’s Competition of Young Scientists. As a supporter of the Junior Scholarship, the Vodafone Hungary Foundation offered a sum of 150 000 HUF to two youngsters who have developed an educational tool performing complex measurements.
|25 May|| Vodafone presented the capabilities of 5G in Debrecen as well |
Debrecen Drive, the largest motor and vehicle industry convention of the Eastern region had its debut on 25 May, where Vodafone used a car controlled remotely, via 5G connection, to show the future of transportation.
|23 May|| Vodafone presented the capabilities of Budapest’s first permanent 5G base station |
Vodafone inaugurated Budapest’s first permanent, live 5G base station, whose capabilities were presented by establishing a video call between two devices running on 5G, and a car remote controlled via a 5G connection.
|20 May|| Vodafone launched Hungary’s first permanent, live 5G base station in Zalaegerszeg |
On the occasion of the formal opening of the Zala ZONE Vehicle Test Course, Vodafone launched the first live, permanent connected 5G base station in Hungary, using its own frequency spectrum. Participants at the event could try a remote-controlled car driven via 5G connection from the remote driver’s seat located next to the course.
|15 May|| The new Red price plans of Vodafone bring the freedom of video viewing |
From May Vodafone’s Red packages leap to another level in limitlessness, opening a new chapter in mobile Internet usage to subscribers. Red price plans had already been leading the way with their novel features and the extension of subscriber freedom; and now they bring the freedom of video viewing, which is already available at 9 990 HUF/month with the new Red Live price plan.
|13 May|| Girls have conquered the Great Digital Adventure |
The Great Digital Adventure, the largest digital team competition in Hungary aimed at children, organised by the Logischool experience-based programming school and Vodafone, was organised this year at several venues nation-wide, with the participation of close to 1000 teams. Each year more and more children, including a continually increasing number of girls apply for the playful challenge focusing on logical, algorithmic thinking and Internet security.
|13 May|| The Vodafone Foundation is doubling its performance – This year the number of schools participating in the Digital School Programme will double |
In the 2019/2020- academic year, the Vodafone Hungary Foundation involves additional schools in the Digital School Programme, which will close to double the number of children participating in training aimed at the development of digital competences and boosting internet security. The purpose of the Programme is to advance the digital skills of children living in underprivileged areas, and make learning fun for them.
|9 May|| Every digital family is different – exclusive film-viewing and round-table discussion at the Digital Family Festival organised by Vodafone. |
It was at the Digital Family Festival organised in Miskolc that Vodafone drew attention to one of the key phenomena of our age, the digital gap between parents and children. The purpose of the telco operator is to help parents, teachers and specialists working with young people close this gap and teach them the proper use of technology.
|8 May|| Free mobile subscription for employees at Tungsram |
Tungsram’s mobile subscription programme has turned out to be a success amongst employees. Under the scheme, over 4000 people received Vodafone mobile subscriptions containing 50 gigabytes of data for domestic use, as well as unlimited domestic calls.
|7 May|| Vodafone and Brain Bar create a platform for young talents |
As a result of the co-operation, anyone who has a good idea in the topic identified, can apply to present on one of the stages of the ‘Festival of the Future’. For this the person must prepare a short, so-called ‘elevator pitch’ video, which will convince the Jury to select them.
|3 May|| Coding is child’s play – Applications for the Vodafone Coding Camp are now open |
Vodafone Hungary and KódGarázs (Code Garage) are welcoming children aged 12-14 this year again to their 1-week daytime camp, where children can find out about the mysteries of coding in a playful way, getting a taste of the digital world of tomorrow. Applications have now been opened for the programme, which is free of charge, and places will be allocated on a first come-first served basis.
|25 April|| IoT and VR-based solutions also won at the Vodafone Digital Award |
The winners of the Vodafone Digital Award, with a total prize money of 15 million HUF, have now been selected. The 6-member Jury announced 8 winners from the 144 applications received. The best applications were recognised in three categories: Digital Children, Digital Families and Digital NGOs.
|18 April|| Dr. György Beck resigns as Chairman of Vodafone Hungary |
On the expiry date of his mandate as Member of the Board, as at 30 April 2019, dr. György Beck resigns as Chairman of Vodafone Hungary. 2019. As of 1 May, the Amanda Nelson, the current CEO of Vodafone Hungary will fill the position as Chairwoman/CEO. At the same time, while keeping his current position, dr. Gergő J. Budai, Director, will become Deputy Chair of the Board.
|10 April|| Vodafone Business and Arm simplify the proliferation of IoT |
The agreement extends to iSIM and IoT (‘Internet of Things’) software and network services, which aim to reduce complexity and allow the fully open, remote management of IoT devices.
|8 April|| On the occasion of the Digital Theme Week, the Vodafone Hungary Foundation opened an article-writing competition |
On the occasion of the Digital Theme Week, organised for the 4th time between 8-12 April, the Vodafone Hungary Foundation opened an article-writing competition. The Foundation and the nation-wide programme have the same objective: to encourage the creative and versatile usage of smart devices in school education, thus developing the skills and capabilities adding up to digital competence.
|4 April|| The National Ambulance Service (OMSZ) is launching the ÉletMentő (LifeSaver) application together with the Vodafone Foundation. |
The Vodafone Hungary Foundation and the National Ambulance Service are launching a new application by the name of ÉletMentő (LifeSaver). The mobile application makes it faster and simpler to call for an ambulance. Users can enter key health information into the application in advance, allowing control room staff to see, at the same time as receiving the alarm, the age, gender and drug sensitivities of the victim, along with any other data the user considered important to provide. The positioning system, which has pinpoint accuracy, helps the ambulance car find the right spot.
|1 April|| Applications are accepted for the Great Digital Adventure |
This year it is for the third time that the Logiscool experience-based programming school is launched, along with the Great Digital Adventure, to be organised by Vodafone on 26 April at several venues nation-wide. Several institutions participating in the Vodafone Digital School Programme will also join the competition, with several organising the event locally, extending the number of venues from 35 to 43. The three-member teams consisting of 2nd/3rd and 5th/6th grade schoolchildren have one hour to perform the game challenge related to the digital world, logical, algorithmic thinking and Internet security.
|20 March|| Hungarian engineer heading the aid team of the Vodafone Hungary Foundation |
The Instant Network Team of the Vodafone Hungary Foundation was deployed again, this time helping repair the communication network in Mozambique hit by Cyclone Idai. With Instant Network 3G, a device designed by Róbert Tóth and Csaba Pervai, radio network operation specialists at Vodafone Hungary, a free and portable communication network can be set up at disaster sites.
|5 March|| Vodafone has swapped its company symbol for a women’s symbol |
Vodafone Hungary pointed out the importance of equality for women by taking an impressive step: on the occasion of International Women’s Day it replaced its corporate logo representing a brand value of over 20 billion USD with the sign symbolising the female gender, thus pointing out the importance of equality in the company’s life. Today, over 38 000 women work for Vodafone worldwide, and it is the operator’s aim to become the best workplace for women globally by 2025.
|4 March|| Budapest – With Vodafone’s new Tuti+ prepaid offer your balance will never again disappear prematurely |
Vodafone came out with its most recent prepaid offer, Tuti+. The price plan caps costs to customers at 300 HUF/day when calling regular Hungarian numbers in Hungary or Hungarian or EU numbers when travelling in Europe. Per-minute charges remain unchanged at 19 HUF. The new Tuti+ Net price plan is still available in two versions, with a 1 GB or a 5 GB data plan. However, one new feature is that if the data allowance is topped up within 30 days, the remining data allowance will be added to the new data order, for a maximum of three reorders and up to a data volume of 3 or 15 GB, respectively.
|22 February|| Vodafone: Businesses are of the view that they cannot ignore IoT ¬– 74% of businesses using IoT solutions believe that competitors who get left out will fall behind within 5 years |
Vodafone, which plays a global leading role in IoT with 80.9 million connected IoT devices, reported the results of its most recent IoT-Barometer survey. The Barometer survey, which gathers data from 1758 businesses worldwide, established that over one third (34%) of businesses used Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, with over 70% of users already beyond the pilot stage. 95% already see the benefits of investment into technology, and therefore IoT technology is becoming an increasingly well-recognised solution.
|20 February|| Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e and S10+ handsets may be pre-ordered from Vodafone as of 20 February |
Parallel with their San Francisco première, at 9 p.m. on 20 February pre-orders were opened for Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e and S10+ handsets on Vodafone’s website.
|20 February|| Angela Merkel: ‘The widespread introduction of 5H is important, but feasibility should also be considered.’ |
In the topic of ‘The future of Made in Europe,’ politicians, businesspeople and scientists discussed how they should shape digital change in Europe. Research conducted by the Vodafone Institute shows that 40% of European respondents believe that their respective Governments have the intention to advance digitalisation; however, only 34% are of the view that they also have the skills required for this. In his opening speech Nick Read, CEO of Vodafone emphasised the inevitability of co-operation between the Government and business sectors. He also highlighted that more intense investments were needed in the areas of digital education and infrastructure, making the point that it was key to remove the obstacles standing in the way of digitising industry and creating a single digital market.
|16 February|| Alexandra Borbély received Vodafone Hungary’s Equality Award at the 15th Spokespeople’s Ball. |
The award aims to draw attention to overcoming inequalities and the importance of this topic.
|15 February|| 56% of employees do not have the digital skills required for filling new positions that will emerge in the future. |
The second part of ‘Digitising Europe’, a study conducted by the Vodafone Institute on the acceptance of new technologies, has now been published. The survey pointed to a general lack of digital skills: 85% of respondents stated that there was a need for digital skills in their jobs; however, 56% said that their skills were inadequate.
|14 February|| Ági Dobó and Zita Debreczeni recalled the spirit of Valentine’s day with their first love photos shot together. |
Zita Debreczeni and Ági Dobó both participated in Vodafone’s Valentine’s Day promotion. They shared their first photos taken with their respective sweethearts on Instagram, and on the occasion of Valentine’s Day they also discussed their feelings about the ‘day of lovers’.
|14 February|| The application deadline for the Vodafone Digital Award has been extended |
The Vodafone Foundation is still accepting applications containing superb digital innovations in its technology tender, which offers a total prize award of 15 million HUF. Applications for the Vodafone Digital Award may be submitted till 5 March, so it is not yet late to apply for those who have a digital innovation that offers a solution to the day-to-day challenges and issues affecting children, families and/or NGOs.
|13 February|| Free calls and 90 GB of Internet from Vodafone for Valentine’s Day |
Thanks to Vodafone, not only love was unlimited on Valentine’s Day. In the February 14 to 17 period, the operator did not limit calls either. All active residential Vodafone customers with voice-based prepaid or postpaid subscriptions could make free calls on the day of lovers and also on the following weekend. The operator also thought of customers who prefer to celebrate in cyberspace: for a period of three days they also treated customers to 90 GB of extra data usable in Hungary and in the EU.
|11 February|| At Vodafone, the price of international calls to the EU dropped. |
In Vodafone’s new price plans for households, EU numbers can be dialled from Hungary without incurring any extra charges, starting from 8 February, up to the number of inclusive minutes. The same goes for text (SMS) messages.
|18 January|| Gartner recognised Vodafone as the market leader in the 5th successive year. |
In the global Magic Quadrant survey which looks at managed services between machines (M2M services), Vodafone reached the highest position and the furthest one from the centre in terms of its ‘realisation capabilities’ and the ‘completeness of its vision’ in the ‘Managers’ quadrant.
|14 January|| Vodafone and Skool introduced a new feature of robot programming |
In co-operation with the Skool project of the For-Technology Education Foundation, Vodafone Hungary regularly organises technology sessions specifically for young girls. The company aims to reduce inequalities between the sexes in technical and ICT areas, thus also contributing to the reduction of labour shortages. Vodafone and Skool accepted applications from 10 and 11-year-old girls till 21 January, who could get a glimpse into the world of robotics at the session organised on Saturday, 26 January.
|11 January|| The Vodafone Foundation elected two Full-Time Angels |
In 2019, two new Vodafone Full-Time Angels started their work. Katalin Tóth-Berhát will work on informing people about endometriosis, while Erik Trexler will support the social integration of those living with disabilities, using mobile technology devices. The two Full-Time Angles will each receive a monthly gross salary of 400 thousand HUF for their work, over a period of one year.
|10 January|| László Palkovics and Péter Szijjártó met Nick Read, the CEO of Vodafone Group |
Nick Read, CEO of Vodafone Group held talks about Hungary’s digital development and the operator’s future plans with László Palkovics, Minister for Innovation and Technology and Péter Szijjártó, Minister of Foreign Trade and Affairs, on 8 and 9 January, respectively.
|4 January|| Vodafone: On New Year’s Eve mobile gained even more ground this year |
Statistics gathered on New Year’s Eve in 2018 and on New Year’s Day in 2019 show that, similarly to the trend seen in previous years, on 31 December and 1 January customers used more mobile Internet to greet their loved ones than in the same period of the previous year. The number of MMS messages and voice calls also grew, while the number of text (SMS) messages declined this year.