Through our Gigabit networks we believe we can build a digital society that helps improve people’s lives.
We believe in a connected digital society that helps improve people’s lives, where data flows at speed, connecting people, communities and things to the internet like never before. With our next-generation networks, citizens will access an ever-growing range of services in real-time and businesses can develop new products and services to meet the needs of future generations.
Digital services, like the ones we provide, are quickly becoming the new engines of growth in the global race for economic prosperity and sustainable development. For example in Africa, the UN Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development estimates that expanding broadband by 10% would yield a 2.5% increase in GDP per capita. Also, it has been estimated that 84% of all IoT applications support the UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Connectivity, communications services and digital solutions have become even more crucial during the COVID-19 crisis. They have become a lifeline for many citizens, companies and public authorities. In some markets, fixed broadband usage increased by more than 50%, as people work and study from home to an unprecedented degree. Around a fifth of the world’s internet traffic travels across Vodafone networks. Our core focus has been on maintaining the quality of service and our five-point plan to support societies and assist governments in their response has guided all of our actions.
Our 2025 goal
To connect over 250 million people to our Gigabit networks
We are investing significantly in our modern network infrastructure and coverage to deliver a high-quality service that allows individuals and businesses to connect confidently anywhere and at any time.
Benefits that high-speed internet (such as 5G) can have for the economy include productivity gains, such as faster download times and the ability to work in transit; increased consumer value by enabling innovative apps and services; and reduced carbon emissions, through supporting the large-scale deployment of IoT technologies across sectors.
How we are building a Gigabit network
We support our customers, both individuals and businesses, to realise these benefits. We are future-proofing our fixed line infrastructure by upgrading our cable network to the latest DOCSIS 3.1 technology and deploying fibre deep into the network.
Our fixed Gigabit networks will deliver a significant improvement in the maximum user speeds and network capacity; speeds of 30Mbps will directly improve the lives of millions of people. We are now Europe’s largest fixed next-generation network provider by footprint, with 25 million broadband customers and 136 million marketable households in Europe.
This year, 144 million customers were connected to our next-generation networks1. Our networks also support a wide variety of solutions to meet society’s needs. We’re working with businesses of all sizes to make the digital society a reality.
From ensuring millions of employees across the world can work effectively from home during the COVID-19 crisis, to designing new IoT-connected products with and for our customers, we’re committed to helping everyone get the best from technology.
In healthcare, for example, 5G will be a real driver of innovation, helping improve staff efficiency while also improving patient care. Through our connectivity, we can enable remote surgery, rehabilitation robotics and wearable sensors, to name just a few.
|Digital Item||Typical size||ADSL copper network||Gigabit Network FTTH|
|Average Kindle eBook||2.6 megabytes||1 second||21 milliseconds|
|CT scan||2 gigabytes||14 minutes||18 seconds|
|Virtual Reality Game||5 gigabytes||34 minutes||42 seconds|
|Blu-ray movie||25 gigabytes||2.8 hours||3 minutes|
|4K movie||100 gigabytes||11 hours||13 minutes|
4G/ 5G Mobile Gigabit Networks
Today 92% of our European data sessions are at high definition standard and we have the lowest call drop rate in Europe at 0.34%. In the future we will continue to evolve our 4G networks towards delivering gigabit data speeds, increased network capacity, improved response (latency) times and new service capabilities.
Our contribution to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)
Our approach is contributing to SDGs:
Build resilient infrastructure, promote sustainable industrialisation and foster innovation.
Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable.
(our primary focus)
Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all.
Learn more about digital society
Download our Annual Report 2020
which provides detail on our sustainable business strategy, approach, focus areas and progress
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