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Vodafone Group Plc is a British multinational telecommunications company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's second-largest mobile telecommunications company measured by both subscribers and 2011 revenues , and had 439 million subscribers as of December 2011. Vodafone owns and operates networks in over 30 countries and has partner networks in over 40 additional countries. Wikipedia.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2015-07-20

Facilitating authentication on communication between a mobile terminal and a server is achieved. The communication is made through a Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) of a network in which the mobile terminal is operating. A Home Public Land Mobile Network (PLMN) of the mobile terminal generates a ciphering key for encryption of packet-switched data between the mobile terminal and the server. As part of a message from a network entity in the Home PLMN to the SGSN in which the SGSN expects to receive the ciphering key, alternative data is communicated in place of the ciphering key. Secure communication between the mobile terminal and the server is performed by applying encryption using a ciphering key generated by a network entity in a Home PLMN of the mobile terminal in messages between the mobile terminal and the server.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2015-07-20

Communication between a mobile terminal operating in a cellular network and a server is provided. Communication between the mobile terminal and the server is routed through a Serving GPRS Support Node (SGSN) of the cellular network in which the mobile terminal is operating. Cryptographic integrity check information is communicated in data link layer messages between the mobile terminal and the SGSN.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2015-08-18

A paging procedure of a mobile telecommunications system is modified to page a terminal using all the transceiver node cells in the coverage area allocated to the terminal that operate in the frequency bands indicated by frequency band capability data for the terminal, but not using the transceiver node cells in the coverage area allocated to the terminal that operate only in other ones of the frequency bands. In one embodiment a control entity is operable to initiate an initial paging procedure by paging based on the characteristic of the terminal obtained by the control entity, and to initiate a subsequent paging procedure if no paging response is received from the terminal. In another embodiment, coverage area allocation means allocates each of the transceiver node cells to one or more of the coverage areas in dependence upon on which of the frequency bands the cell is capable of communicating.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2015-09-25

A method is disclosed of providing at least one shortcut for accessing a function of a first communication device. The method comprises providing at least one predefined keyword, analyzing a data structure of the first communication device based on the predefined keyword, identifying a data path to a function of the first communication device based on the analysis of the data structure of the first communication device, and automatically proposing a shortcut to be presented to a user of the first communication device. The shortcut points to the function of the first communication device, with function being related to the predefined keyword. The method and corresponding hardware components can be provided as part of a communication device and network components enabling the creation of shortcut on user interfaces of communication device without any knowledge of the data structure of the respective communication device.


Patent
Vodafone | Date: 2015-01-19

Apparatus and methods for congestion management by a user device (UD) in a telecommunication network (TN) are disclosed. One innovation of a method includes identifying, by the user device (UD), a congestion condition in at least one cell on the telecommunication network (TN). The method further includes determining, by the user device (UD), at least one appropriate action to be taken by the user device in order to minimise said congestion condition in the at least one cell and performing, by the user device (UD), the determined at least one appropriate action.

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