Vodafone has over 120 million mobile customers and 12.6 million fixed customers across Europe,

supported by our operations in 12 EU countries – Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Malta, Netherlands, Portugal, Romania, SpainUK – and Albania.

European investment

We now offer 4G in 13 European countries and, over the two years to 2016, we have invested even more through Project Spring, our €23bn (£19bn) global investment programme, the fastest and largest in our 30-year history. Our vision for Europe? To empower everyone to be confidently connected through Vodafone.

90 %

We are on track to reach ≥90% 4G outdoor population coverage in Europe in 2016.

Vodafone in Europe

The transition to the Gigabit Age

3 March 2017

Advances in network technology and developments in big data, robotics and artificial intelligence, give the sense that we are about to enter a period of profound, accelerated change. Is it for the better?

The Vodafone Institute, our European think tank, hosted a discussion on the impact of artificial intelligence and automation in Brussels last month. A stellar line up of experts including ‘Mistress of Machines’ Kate Darling of MIT Media Lab, and Swedish author Johan Norberg explored big questions about robotics.

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Broadband World Forum 2016

19 October 2016

Speaking at the Broadband World Forum in London, Vodafone Group Public Policy Director Markus Reinisch summarised how the right policy environment can enable connectivity.

28 October 2016

Brussels has spent years debating how best to encourage investment in the future-proof digital networks Europe needs. Now, finally, the talking has translated into action: we have a clear plan, and it's a good one. Our quarterly Digital Europe News & Views newsletter looks at the new EU Communications Code and how gigabit connectivity is revitalising Skibbereen in County Cork. Can Ireland's first gigabit town be a blueprint for Europe's future?


14 September 2016

Vodafone welcomes the review of the EU telecoms framework resulting in today’s proposal for a new European Electronic Communications Code and the Commission’s Communication on its vision for the European Gigabit Society

08 September 2016

Speaking at the AMETIC annual conference in Santander this week, Vodafone Group Chief Executive Vittorio Colao summarised the key conditions required to bring gigabit-speed digital infrastructure to all Europeans – an ambition that Vodafone has defined as the creation of a European Gigabit Society.

Vodafone Group & Liberty Global welcome EU clearance for Dutch JV

04 August 2016

Vodafone Group Plc and Liberty Global Plc have welcomed yesterday’s conditional clearance by the European Commission of the two companies’ proposed merger of their operating businesses in the Netherlands to form a 50:50 joint venture.

Internet of Things: don't kill it before it grows

29 July 2016

Everyone can sense that IoT developments will transform the European economy across practically every sector. The paradox, of course, is that the business models that IoT will enable are new, constantly evolving and, for some of them, not even known yet. How can Europe get the rules right for business models that will evolve so quickly? Our quarterly Digital Europe News & Views newsletter contributes to this fundamental debate.

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26 July 2016

Vodafone welcomed Ofcom's recognition that the current arrangements have failed to deliver the competitive broadband infrastructure the UK needs.

20 July 2016

Vodafone commends the European Commission for its close scrutiny of the German regulator’s plan to allow Deutsche Telekom to upgrade its network with vectoring technology. In May, the Commission expressed serious doubts about the initial proposal submitted by the German regulator, and yesterday the Commission confirmed its conditions for its acceptance of the revised proposal submitted in June.

Vodafone Institute Gigabit Society study reveals Germany is an innovation powerhouse, but lags in fibre connections

13 June 2016

If Germany wants to remain competitive in the international markets of the future, it will have to prioritise the establishment of future-proof broadband network infrastructure capable of speeds of 1 gigabit (1000 megabits) per second.

This is a key finding of a study entitled “The Road to the Gigabit Society”, which was conducted by IW Consult GmbH, a subsidiary of the Cologne Institute for Economic Research, together with the Economica Institute of Economic Research and the Fraunhofer Institute for System and Innovation Research.

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Creating a Gigabit Society

31 May 2016 

How can Europe create a Gigabit Society? What does Europe need to do to make a Gigabit Society a reality for its industrial innovators and citizens? The latest issue of Digital Europe News & Views tackles these questions.

25 May 2016

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.

11 May 2016

Vodafone has welcomed the European Commission's decision to open an in-depth investigation into the German regulator's plan to allow Deutsche Telekom to upgrade its network with vectoring technology.

19 April 2016

Vodafone welcomed the European Commission’s strategy for Digitising European Industry

Vectoring puts Germany on the wrong side of the progress

08 April 2016

In Vodafone’s view, the German regulator is wrong to support short-term incremental upgrades to Germany’s outdated copper telephone networks rather than support investment in the future-proof fibre networks that Germany needs. The proposal will put Germany on the wrong side of progress.

26 February 2016

Vodafone Group CEO Vittorio Colao set out his vision for the Gigabit Society in his keynote speech at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. He described it as "a society of hyper-connection, also a society of very high speed, very low latency, ultra-dense coverage and very secure exchange of data"  that would create new social and economic benefits through the Internet of Things and new digital developments.

25 February 2016

Vodafone welcomed the initial conclusions from the UK communications regulator's once-in-a-decade strategic review of the UK telecoms market. 

Big Data, big consensus...big challenge?

10 February 2016

How should the European Union harness the economic and societal opportunities of Big Data while protecting fundamental rights? Our quarterly Digital Europe News & Views newsletter contributes to this important debate.

Big Data – Key to the future or the end of privacy? - Highlights, Brussels 2016

25 January 2016

The Vodafone Institute, our Berlin-based think tank, and Data-Pop Alliance, a global coalition on Big Data and development, hosted a discussion on the topic “Big Data: Key to the Future or the End of Privacy” in Brussels last month. Over 130 Big Data experts, academics, policymakers, industry leaders and media gathered to debate how best to evolve the European Big Data society for the benefit of all.

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What is Big Data? 8,000 Europeans give their view

18 January 2016 

The Vodafone Institute's recent survey of 8,000 Europeans across eight EU countries - Czech Republic, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and United Kingdom - revealed that European digital users remain uncertain whether the analysis of their information as part of Big Data initiatives will benefit them or wider society.

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'No Monopoly, please'

04 January 2016 

Roland Koch, former Prime Minister of the State of Hesse, warns that the short-term renaissance of the old copper network puts Germany’s competitiveness at risk.