Vodafone will soon offer ultra-fast 4G roaming to more countries than any other mobile operator worldwide, it was announced today.

From summer 2014, consumers and business customers travelling overseas will be able to take advantage of 4G mobile services when using their smartphones and tablets in 18 countries worldwide for no more than the cost of existing 3G roaming services such as Vodafone’s popular pan-European Union daily roaming price plans.

Vodafone already offers 4G roaming on its own networks in Greece, Italy, Portugal, Romania and Spain.  Between now and the summer 2014, Vodafone will launch 4G roaming in Australia, Germany, the Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, and the UK.  In addition, Vodafone customers will be able to use 4G networks of other telecommunications companies in Austria, Belgium, France, Japan, Singapore, South Korea and Switzerland.

Vodafone Group Chief Commercial and Operations Officer Paolo Bertoluzzo said: "4G is great for travellers, whether they are on business or on holiday. Much faster, simpler to use and often less expensive than typical, hotel wi-fi connections anywhere in Europe, 4G roaming will give our customers high-speed connections for video, music streaming, web surfing, working and much more anywhere, from the airport to the cafe."

Under its Project Spring £7 billion investment programme, Vodafone has fast-tracked its 4G roaming plans to ensure that key holiday destinations are covered in time for the summer break. It will also offer 4G roaming to customers of other operators under its existing reciprocal roaming agreements.

 

Notes for editors

Vodafone’s daily roaming proposition now has 11 million registered customers, accounting for more than 20% of consumer contract and 15% of enterprise roaming customers. A European customer on Vodafone Red, for example, can take their home tariff and data allowance abroad for an additional daily price of €3.

 

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Vodafone is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies by revenue with approximately 419 million customers in its controlled and jointly controlled markets as of 31 December 2013. Vodafone has equity interests in telecommunications operations in nearly 30 countries and around 50 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com