VOD - Vodafone Group Plc

NasdaqGS - NasdaqGS Real-time price. Currency in USD
13.61
+0.25 (+1.87%)
At close: 4:00PM EDT
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Previous close13.36
Open13.49
Bid0.00 x 2900
Ask0.00 x 2200
Day's range13.31 - 14.25
52-week range11.46 - 21.72
Volume4,748,821
Avg. volume4,143,917
Market cap38.232B
Beta (5Y monthly)0.63
PE ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)N/A
Earnings dateN/A
Forward dividend & yield0.99 (7.22%)
Ex-dividend date26 Nov 2019
1y target estN/A
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  • Bloomberg

    Deutsche Telekom Ponders European M&A After $26.5 Billion Deal

    (Bloomberg) -- After closing an industry-altering U.S. wireless deal, Deutsche Telekom AG’s Chief Executive Officer Tim Hoettges now wants to change telecommunication markets closer to home. Europe’s phone industry needs mergers if it wants to build the kind of superior infrastructure needed to compete with bigger rivals in Asia and the U.S., Hoettges said Wednesday. He indicated he’s willing to get the German carrier involved in M&A to achieve that goal. “Europe is too fragmented,” Hoettges said in a phone interview. “Wherever I see a deal or an opportunity for European market consolidation that’s convincing, then I would always look at that with the partners.”Deutsche Telekom’s U.S. unit T-Mobile US Inc. on Wednesday completed its $26.5 billion acquisition of Sprint Corp. after a years-long saga that included a standoff with antitrust officials and a court battle with U.S. states. Hoettges pushed for the combination for years to give the company a stronger vehicle to expand in the profitable U.S. market. T-Mobile’s importance for Deutsche Telekom has grown steadily and it now accounts for about half of sales, up from around a third in 2014.“Our goal is to become the number-one in the U.S. market,” Hoettges said.T-Mobile and Sprint scrapped a previous plan to merge in 2014 after meeting resistance in Washington. Their second attempt failed in late 2017 when Hoettges and Masayoshi Son, the chairman of Sprint’s parent company SoftBank Group Corp., couldn’t agree on how to structure control of the combined entity, people familiar with the matter said at the time.Hoettges brought the merger back from the dead a few months later. On Jan. 1, 2018, he took out his phone and tapped out an SMS to Son, wishing him a happy New Year and expressing regret that the merger hadn’t happened. It reignited a conversation that culminated in Wednesday’s deal.It frees Hoettges to focus on markets in Europe, where more than 100 wireless carriers vie for airwaves and customers. Outside Deutsche Telekom’s business in Germany, where it competes with Vodafone Group Plc and Telefonica SA, Deutsche Telekom has units in countries from Poland to the Netherlands and Romania.“Of course I was very much focused on America,” Hoettges said. “But I will work with verve on changing the regulatory and antitrust-law framework” in Europe to help bring about the consolidation the region needs, he said.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Bloomberg

    U.K. Asks Phone Carriers for Data to Help Fly Brits Abroad Home

    (Bloomberg) -- U.K. officials are in talks with mobile network operators about using their data to aid government efforts to repatriate Britons stranded abroad because of the coronavirus crisis, said three people familiar with the matter.Britain’s four mobile phone companies and the government are discussing how to use customer roaming data to help charter rescue flights, according to the people, who asked not to be named because the discussions are private. Roaming bills could be used to work out how many customers are in different countries, two of the people said.Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said March 30 the government has made arrangements with airlines to fly home “tens of thousands” of Britons stranded abroad, when it’s not possible for them to return by commercial flights.BT Group Plc, Vodafone Group Plc, Telefonica SA and CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd. are working with the data regulator, the Information Commissioner’s Office, to ensure compliance with data protection laws, one of the people said.Spokespeople for Vodafone and Telefonica’s O2 referred inquiries to industry lobby group Mobile U.K., which said operators are doing what they can to assist government during the pandemic. A BT spokesman declined to comment. A spokeswoman from CK Hutchison’s Three said the company is in discussions with the government on how it can best assist its efforts to fight the spread of the coronavirus. Spokespeople for the Foreign Office and the ICO weren’t able to provide immediate comment.Raab advised citizens to return to Britain on March 23. The number of canceled flights and grounded planes since then prompted the government to pledge 75 million pounds ($93 million) to arrange transportation for those unable to use commercial routes.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Bloomberg

    German Startups Join Forces to Create Virus Tracking App

    (Bloomberg) -- A group of German startups are working on an application that will help the government track people who have been exposed to the novel coronavirus and, ultimately, ease restrictions when the pandemic begins to subside.Startups including insurance firm Wefox Group Services GmbH, software provider Finleap and artificial intelligence platform Arago announced the app in a website that went live on Wednesday.Arago, which is run by Chris Boos, an adviser to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, is developing the privacy framework the app will be based on. The opt-in application that would map close contacts anonymously in case a sick person fails to recall all of their interactions.The entrepreneurs are working with government agencies for public health and telecommunications -- the Robert Koch Institute and the Fraunhofer Institute for Telecommunications, Heinrich-Hertz-Institute -- which will test the app’s accuracy before it goes to the government for approval, people familiar with the matter said. If the government signs off, the application could be rolled out as soon as next week, they said.The government is looking for a “technically possible and politically realizable” way to use technology to follow and break the chain of infection, the Ministry of Health said in an emailed statement. It’s accompanying the development of different technologies, including ways to determine the contacts of infected people, the ministry said.RKI referred questions to Fraunhofer-HHI, which didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.The framework -- known as Pan-European Privacy Preserving Proximity Tracing -- provides standards, technology, and services to countries and developers across eight European countries. Partners include Vodafone Group Plc, according to PEPPPT’s website.Tracking down everyone who came into contact with each newly infected person has taken up a tremendous amount of time and effort for local health authorities, German Health Minister Jens Spahn said in a press briefing on Tuesday.“Now we need to have a debate about whether we can do this with purely analog measures,” Spahn said, “or whether this would be a lot quicker with digital measures, such as mobile phone location information. I would guess the latter.”Germany’s not the only country looking for a digital solution. Austria and the U.K. are also testing virus-tracking apps to help them find people who have been exposed to Covid-19 and may ultimately show the governments a way out of the restrictive social-isolation measures that are keeping schools, shops and restaurants closed.The app is designed to work using data collected from a combination of location-tracking functions, one of the people said. If a user downloads the program after becoming infected, the app will access the phone’s stored GPS data and send a push notification to those who were in the same areas. If someone gets the app ahead of time, the phone’s Bluetooth connection will be activated and will provide a more accurate depiction of which users have been in close contact, the person said.Still, the system would rely on widespread downloads, and Germans are notoriously protective of their data. Information collected by the application will remain solely on the user’s device, one of the people said.Read more: In a Pandemic, Be Like Google, Privacy Activist Urges EuropeEven if tracking apps are used on a voluntary basis, they still raise privacy concerns, said Tom Fisher, a senior research officer at Privacy International. Researchers would want to ensure the app is secure before use and examine any other trackers tied to the app, review the privacy policy and understand what’s being done with the data, he said.“We’re living in extraordinary times and facing this severe health-emergency situation but it’s still essential that the response of governments and the companies to this still respects privacy,” Fisher said.(Updates with comment from German health ministry in fifth paragraph.)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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  • Reuters - UK Focus

    Disruptions in Dutch telecoms networks affect some hospitals - ANP

    Dutch news agency ANP reported on Monday that problems on telecommunications networks in the Netherlands were affecting communications at some hospitals. ANP said networks operated by KPN, Vodafone and Ziggo were among those affected. ANP cited reports from hospitals in the north and east of the Netherlands.

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    RPT-UK broadband providers lift data caps during coronavirus crisis

    Britain's big telecoms providers have agreed to remove all data caps on fixed-line broadband services that have become a lifeline for people isolated at home during the coronavirus crisis, the government said on Sunday. The companies, which include BT, Virgin Media , Sky and TalkTalk, committed to support and protect vulnerable customers during the pandemic after talks with the government and regulator Ofcom.

  • Bloomberg

    South Africa to Tap Phone Data to Prepare for Coronavirus Case Spikes

    (Bloomberg) -- South Africa’s biggest mobile phone companies have been asked to help track the movement of people days before a national lock-down as authorities grow concerned that they may spread the coronavirus to remote parts of the country.The National Institute for Communicable Diseases, which is spearheading the government’s response to the outbreak, wants the information so that it can better prepare for the next areas most at risk. So far, most confirmed cases have been in or near major urban areas and linked to affluent travelers returning from Europe.The three-day gap between President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement of the shutdown and its implementation gave people ample time to travel. Many South Africans work in Gauteng, the economic hub in which Johannesburg is located. The province has about 40% of all the country’s 1,170 confirmed cases.“One of the unintended consequences of a lock-down is migration and that means transmission,” said Nandi Siegfried, an independent clinical epidemiology consultant in Cape Town. “The whole point of a lock-down is to restrict movement.”Case SpikeRemote areas of the country that have so far been spared the virus, including rural parts of KwaZulu-Natal and the Eastern Cape, could be affected and see a spike in cases in two to three weeks, health experts say.The request “is for high-level aggregated data on how people are moving to help curb the spread of Covid-19,” said Byron Kennedy, a spokesman for Vodacom Group Ltd., the biggest provider of mobile phone services to South Africans. “This does not include personal information or information that identifies a specific individual” and won’t breach privacy laws, he said.MTN Group Ltd., Vodacom’s biggest rival, said it will also avail its “mobility information” to the government.Still, it would have been difficult to put the lock-down in place more quickly, said Kerrin Begg, a senior lecturer in health leadership and management at Stellenbosch University.“This is always a balancing act; there is no right answer,” Begg said.NICD communications manager Sinenhlanhla Jimoh and Presidency spokeswoman Khusela Diko didn’t immediately answer calls made to their mobile phones.(Adds confirmed case number in third paragraph)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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  • Homebound Workers Close to Overwhelming Internet Junctions
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    Homebound Workers Close to Overwhelming Internet Junctions

    (Bloomberg) -- With so many workers videoconferencing from home -- while their children stream videos and play Fortnite -- the internet is creaking at the seams, according to Nokia Oyj.The junctions between different internet networks are close to being overwhelmed, the Finnish telecom equipment company said in a weekly report seen by Bloomberg News.“Globally, service providers are starting to see the increased strain and are approaching the capacity on some peering links and edge routers,” Nokia said.But don’t panic yet: Operators can sidestep major jams and outages by rapidly upgrading equipment and adding components at these bottlenecks, according to the company, which likened it to a supermarket hiring more cashiers for busy times.“They can add more capacity, which is easily done,” Nokia said. “Networks are handling traffic well -- so far.”Nokia’s analytics service, dubbed Deepfield, also found a 300% surge in remote-conferencing programs like Zoom and Skype in the U.S. compared with the previous week. Video games, meanwhile, soared 400%.Netflix Inc.’s decision last week to cap its video quality has eased a lot of pressure. The Los Gatos, California-based company accounts for a big chunk of downstream internet traffic in the U.S. and other countries. But its total data flow on March 21 was a third lower than the week before, even while the number of individual streams had increased 6%.Telecom giant Vodafone Group Plc bulked up its U.K. networks’ capacity earlier this month to “minimize congestion at particularly busy aggregation points,” said the head of its U.K. business, Nick Jeffery. Rival carrier BT Group Plc describes its backbone network, which underpins most of Britain’s home connections, as “petabit class,” and its engineers say it can also add capacity quickly.(Updates with additional context from BT and Vodafone at end)For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

  • Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, 6 other telcos to help EU track virus
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    Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, 6 other telcos to help EU track virus

    Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, Orange and five other telecoms providers have agreed to share mobile phone location data with the European Commission to track the spread of the coronavirus, lobbying group GSMA said on Wednesday. The companies, including Telefonica, Telecom Italia , Telenor, Telia and A1 Telekom Austria met with EU industry chief Thierry Breton on Monday. The Commission will use anonymised data to protect privacy and aggregate mobile phone location data to coordinate measures tracking the spread of the virus, an EU official said.

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    Vodafone, Deutsche Telekom, six other telcos to help EU track virus

    Vodafone , Deutsche Telekom , Orange and five other telecoms providers have agreed to share mobile phone location data with the European Commission to track the spread of the coronavirus, lobbying group GSMA said on Wednesday. The companies, including Telefonica , Telecom Italia , Telenor , Telia and A1 Telekom Austria met with EU industry chief Thierry Breton on Monday. The Commission will use anonymised data to protect privacy and aggregate mobile phone location data to coordinate measures tracking the spread of the virus, an EU official said.

  • Bloomberg

    After Scrapping Mobile World Congress, Organizer Offers Refunds

    (Bloomberg) -- The organizer of the world’s biggest mobile technology conference, MWC 2020 in Barcelona, will offer refunds or discounts to future gatherings to the tens of thousands of attendees and companies that had paid to attend February’s canceled event.MWC was an early major casualty of the coronavirus pandemic, and it had never been scrapped in its 33-year history. By removing it from the calendar, telecom heavyweights lost a significant opportunity to generate marketing buzz around their latest wares. The industry’s biggest players often spend tens of millions of dollars to exhibit at the show, and smaller ones pay in the hundreds of thousands.On Wednesday the GSMA, the trade body for the mobile technology industry, said in a statement it will offer full refunds to all attendees for the cost of their tickets, which cost 799 euros ($865) for a basic admissions pass. For large exhibitors, the GSMA wants to incentivize discounts on attending the show in future years as an alternative to claiming large refunds.Mats Granryd, the director general of the GSMA, said in an interview with Bloomberg at the time MWC was canceled that the trade body was “looking for solidarity” and everybody bearing their own costs.It looks like that may be happening, to some extent. Some large operators have already expressed to the GSMA their intention to participate in MWC next year, according to a person with direct knowledge of the situation. These include Orange SA, Telefonica SA, Vodafone Group Plc and NTT Docomo.Larger companies will get the option of receiving a credit worth 125% of what they paid to exhibit at this year’s show, which will be applied as a 65% discount on the cost of attending next year, plus 35% and 25% discounts on the two subsequent years respectively.Alternatively, they can claim refunds equivalent to 50% of their spend for MWC 2020, up to a maximum of 150,000 pounds ($178,000).For smaller exhibitors -- those who spent up to 5,000 pounds -- a full refund will be offered. However, these firms can also opt to waive a refund and instead be granted a 125% credit and three years of discounts.Companies that had canceled their attendance prior to the GSMA calling of the show will be offered credits and discounts, but not cash refunds.The GSMA’s board is made up of executives from a number of the world’s biggest operators, including Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom AG, who agreed to the initial cancellation. The GSMA isn’t expecting its operator members to seek refunds.About 80% of the GSMA’s annual budget is derived from the money it generates from MWC Barcelona, according to two people familiar with the group’s budget.But internally, executives don’t consider the cancellation of MWC 2020 and Wednesday’s offer of refunds to be an existential threat, according to an executive with direct knowledge of board-level conversations who didn’t want to be named discussing private matters.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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  • Reuters - UK Focus

    YouTube to reduce streaming quality in Europe due to coronavirus

    Alphabet Inc's YouTube said on Friday it will reduce its streaming quality in the European Union to avert internet gridlock as thousands of Europeans, constrained by the coronavirus outbreak, switch to working from home. YouTube is the second company after Netflix to act after EU industry chief Thierry Breton urged streaming platforms to cut the quality of their videos to prevent internet overload. The move came after Breton spoke to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.

  • Reuters - UK Focus

    European mobile operators share data for coronavirus fight

    MILAN/BERLIN, March 18 (Reuters) - Mobile carriers are sharing data with the health authorities in Italy, Germany and Austria, helping to fight coronavirus by monitoring whether people are complying with curbs on movement while at the same time respecting Europe's privacy laws. The data, which are anonymous and aggregated, make it possible to map concentrations and movements of customers in 'hot zones' where COVID-19 has taken hold.

  • Austria, Italy Join Push to Use Mobile Data to Gauge Lockdown
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    Austria, Italy Join Push to Use Mobile Data to Gauge Lockdown

    (Bloomberg) -- Officials in Austria and Italy are starting to use location data transmitted by mobile phones to determine the effectiveness of their coronavirus lockdowns.Telekom Austria AG, the country’s biggest telecom network operator, is providing “anonymized data” to relevant authorities, according to a statement late Tuesday. The tracking technology, developed by Invenium Data Insights GmbH in Austria’s southern city of Graz, was previously used to analyze travel patterns.Vodafone Group Plc said in a statement it is providing Italian officials with anonymized customer data to track and analyze population movements in the hard-hit Lombardy region, where people are in lockdown.The countries are the latest on a growing list of nations using mobile phones to help contain the pandemic. Companies in China, Israel and Vietnam are also using data and applications to keep track of the disease. In the U.S., Alphabet Inc.’s Google is developing a platform that includes user location.Operators have to tread carefully as European countries have some of the world’s strictest rules around the use and sharing of mobile phone location data. The data yielded by these initiatives won’t be as granular as that provided by Israel’s NSO Group Ltd.. The company, known for its spyware, is working with about a dozen countries to test its technology to track the mobile phones of infected people. That information can then be matched with location data of other citizens to determine the potential for contamination.The technology being used in Austria is normally used to track where tourists go after they visit an important destination, according to the Telekom Austria statement. It is “offered by a large number of companies across Europe and has been tested for years.”Invenium estimates that movement in Austria has fallen by half since lockdown measures took effect this week, co-founder Michael Cik told state broadcaster ORF. The company didn’t respond to emails and phone calls seeking comment.Vodafone is also offering governments the ability to send texts to people living in areas that have been hit by the virus. The company operates in 24 countries in Africa, Asia and Europe.For more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.

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  • Vodafone data traffic surges 50% due to coronavirus
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    Vodafone data traffic surges 50% due to coronavirus

    Vodafone, the world's second largest mobile operator, said the coronavirus crisis was causing data traffic on its networks to surge, with demand already rising 50% in some markets. The British company, which announced a plan on Wednesday to maintain network service and provide capacity for critical government functions in Europe, said it expected data use to continue to increase. Vodafone's European networks include Italy and Spain, which have been hit hardest by the virus in Europe, as well as Germany, its biggest market, and Britain.

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