Towards a more equal world : the mobile internet revolution

Access to mobile internet presents revolutionary opportunities for addressing issues of inequality. Vodafone has commissioned independent experts to explore the ways in which smartphones could reduce inequalities for women, micro entrepreneurs and small farmers. The report highlights the benefits of smartphones for disadvantaged groups and recommends the policy steps that governments can take to tackle inequality.

Creating a Gigabit Society

Gigabit fibre networks are needed to digitise Europe’s industry. Vodafone has commissioned Arthur D. Little to examine the current and future connectivity needs of cutting-edge organisations in sectors ranging from education to energy and gaming to healthcare, as well as public sector organisations.

Achieving a Digital Single Market for Connected Cars

eCall - implementation status, learnings and policy recommendations

All of Vodafone’s 12 EU mobile networks are able to recognise eCalls and are therefore ‘eCall ready’. However, as full eCall implementation requires action on the part of national governments, automotive manufacturers and mobile operators, Vodafone commissioned this study from SBD because we wanted to help address any remaining challenges that might exist before the eCall ‘launch’ date of 31 March 2018, when new cars type approved in the EU must be equipped with an eCall device.

Europe should aim to be a gigabit society

9 December 2015

The creation of a gigabit society underpinned by widespread fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks should be a central ambition of the European Commission’s digital single market strategy.

Vodafone Group expands gigabit fibre-to-the-home networks across Europe

2 December 2015

Vodafone Ireland launches first 1 gigabit fibre service this week, and Vodafone Portugal announces fibre expansion to reach 2.75 million homes.

Vodafone welcomes European Data Protection Supervisor call for new dialogue on big data

24 November 2015

Vodafone has welcomed the call of the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) for a new, open discussion on how best to harness the social benefits that big data brings while protecting the dignity and the fundamental rights and freedoms of individuals.

Every Euro invested in copper networks is an investment in the past

19 November 2015

Vodafone Germany CEO Hannes Ametsreiter calls for a consistent commitment to free competition and future technology as Germany and Europe evolve into a gigabit society

In the past, freedom in the telecommunications market meant the choice between a mouse-grey or a lime-green rotary dial telephone. In those days, families had to save up their money for overseas calls because they were so expensive. That was before the liberalisation of the telecommunications market. The competition between companies and technologies resulting from this liberalisation then became an important prerequisite for Germany’s evolution into a broadband society.

'Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation'

31 July 2015

Vodafone submits its response to BEREC's draft 'Report on oligopoly analysis and regulation'. This is an important and timely consultation considering the envisaged review of the communications regulatory framework as part of the Digital Single Market strategy presented by the European Commission in May 2015.

Vodafone Ireland and ESB unveil SIRO as Ireland's first 100% FTTB broadband network

SIRO, the new brand of ESB and Vodafone's fibre broadband joint venture company, has been unveiled. SIRO is investing €450 million in building Ireland's first 100% fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network.

Vodafone welcomes Europe's new Digital Single Market strategy

6 May 2015

Vodafone has welcomed the Digital Single Market strategy announced today by the European Commission.

Vodafone said: "We welcome the Commission's prioritisation of stimulating private investment in the next-generation mobile and fixed networks Europe needs to underpin its digital economy. In particular, the ambition to change fundamentally the fragmented way that spectrum – the oxygen of Europe's mobile networks – is managed and regulated across Europe will encourage investment by providing investors with more certainty. We also commend the Commission for its commitment to ensure fair competition and a level playing field for all companies providing services in the digital ecosystem."

Vodafone and Europe: Investing for the future

26 February 2015

Vodafone has published a report analysing the company’s economic impact across the 12 EU countries in which it operates. Developed with KPMG, Vodafone and Europe: Investing for the future reports that Vodafone contributed €23.7 billion to EU economic growth in 2013/14.

#BeStrong; Vodafone partners with Snapchat to stand up to bullying during Anti Bullying Week 2015

More than half of teenagers think cyberbullying is worse than face-to-face bullying and 43 per cent believe it to be a bigger problem for young people than drug abuse, a global online survey of around 5,000 teenagers across 11 countries has revealed. The Vodafone survey, commissioned from YouGov, found that an average of around one in five (18%) teens across the countries surveyed had been cyberbullied. Seventy-two per cent of teens said they would be likely to use an emoji to express compassion or support for friends being cyberbullied. In response to the findings, Vodafone launched its #BeStrong anti-cyberbullying emoji initiative, which involved the creation of a suite of ‘support emojis’ to raise awareness of the importance of conveying compassion, sympathy and support when friends are being bullied online and learning resources for schools.
During Anti Bullying Week 2015, Vodafone has partnered with Snapchat to bring Vodafone’s new anti-bullying emojis to life within Snapchat. Snapchat will be making the emojis available as a set of Geofilters across Europe. Vodafone will also be carrying out a flash donation during this week and the Vodafone Foundation to donate £1 per retweet or like of the #BeStrong emojis on its channels to anti-bullying charities during Anti-Bullying Week in the UK

This is part of Vodafone’s programme to provide tools and advice for parents, engaging resources to help teens manage their digital lives and information presented in a fun and engaging way for young children to ensure they stay safe online.

Securing the benefits of Industry Digitisation

Regulatory and policy frameworks that will shape the digitisation of industry are currently being developed around the world. Vodafone has commissioned KPMG to assess the economic impact of different approaches to the regulation of enterprise services in areas such as Machine-to-Machine and the Internet of Things, net neutrality and cross-border data transfer.

Policy options for accelerating rural broadband in emerging markets

Governments around the world have emphasised the importance of rural broadband for developing their economies and connecting societies. Vodafone has commissioned a report by Webb Henderson assessing the options available to governments in emerging markets to accelerate broadband coverage in underserved areas as part of their national broadband plans.