India Analyst and Investor Day

January 7, 2008

India Analyst and Investor Day

Vodafone Group Plc (“Vodafone”) is today hosting an analyst and investor day in London, which will focus on Vodafone Essar, its operation in India.

The day will be introduced by Arun Sarin, Vodafone’s Chief Executive, who will reaffirm Vodafone’s stated financial and operating assumptions for India. This will be followed by a series of presentations led by Asim Ghosh, CEO Vodafone Essar, demonstrating how Vodafone is realising the significant growth opportunity in India. The day will conclude with Paul Donovan, CEO EMAPA Region, highlighting the value Vodafone brings to its emerging market assets.

Today’s event will be broadcast live via a webcast available on the Vodafone website beginning at 9.00am (UK time). All presentations and related materials will be available on the website.

For further information:

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Vodafone, Bharti and Idea announce formation of Independent Tower Company in India

January 7, 2008

Vodafone, Bharti and Idea announce formation of Independent Tower Company in India

New independent tower company – Indus Towers – to propel the mobile sector towards achievement of the Indian Government’s teledensity goals and broader rural coverage
Indus Towers to provide passive infrastructure services to all operators on a non-discriminatory basis
Indus Towers will enable optimisation of future tower rollout and enhanced operational efficiency leading to opex and capex savings for its customers
The Indian consumer will benefit through improved network reach and quality, more choice and significantly greater access to mobile services across the country
This is a major step towards achieving the Indian Government’s vision and TRAI’s recommendations for passive infrastructure sharing and will create a lower cost and more competitive operating environment for mobile operators in India.
Vodafone Essar – a subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc, Bharti Infratel Limited and Idea Cellular Limited today announce that they have agreed to form an independent tower company, Indus Towers Limited, to provide passive infrastructure services in India to all operators on a non-discriminatory basis. This follows the infrastructure sharing Memorandum of Understanding signed between Bharti and Vodafone in February 2007.

The three companies will each merge their existing passive infrastructure assets in 16 circles in India. Vodafone Essar and Bharti will own approximately 42% each and Idea will own the remaining 16% stake in Indus Towers. New passive infrastructure rollout in the 16 circles will be undertaken by Indus Towers.

This transaction highlights Vodafone Essar, Bharti and Idea’s commitment to enhancing the sharing of passive infrastructure and takes a firm step towards delivering on the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India’s (TRAI) recommendations on infrastructure sharing. The primary benefit will be the accelerated expansion of coverage, especially into rural areas, and enables wider access to affordable services for all, helping to meet the Indian Government’s teledensity targets. Indus Towers welcomes all operators to become customers. While these operators will continue to run their active infrastructure completely independently, they will be able to enjoy capital and operating expenditure savings, enhanced operational efficiency and quicker expansion of coverage.

Indus Towers will be an independently managed and operated company, offering services to all telecom operators and other wireless services providers such as broadcasters and broadband services providers. Indus Towers will have approximately 70,000 sites at inception providing it with significant scale benefits, and will undertake a significant rollout of telecom infrastructure to propel the mobile sector towards achieving India’s teledensity and rural coverage goals within the next few years.

The formation of Indus Towers will enable telecom operators to reduce operating costs through economies of scale. The Indian consumer will be the ultimate beneficiary of this initiative through improved network quality and broader coverage especially in rural areas.

VODAFONE is a trade mark of the Vodafone Group. Other product and company names mentioned herein may be the trade marks of their respective owners.

Cautionary statement regarding forward – looking statements
This press release contains certain “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 with respect to our expectations and plans, strategy, management’s objectives and future performance, including statements relating to expected benefits associated with the transactions contemplated herein. Forward-looking statements are sometimes, but not always, identified by their use of a date in the future or such words as “anticipates”, “aims”, “due”, “could”, “may”, “should”, “will”, “expects/expected”, “believes”, “intends”, “plans”, “targets”, “goal” or “estimates”.

By their nature, forward-looking statements are inherently predictive, speculative and involve risk and uncertainty because they relate to events and depend on circumstances that will occur in the future. There are a number of factors that could cause actual results and developments to differ materially from those expressed or implied by these forward-looking statements. These factors include, but are not limited to: regulatory approvals that may require acceptance of conditions with potential adverse impacts; risk involving our ability to realise expected benefits associated with the transactions referred to herein; and the continued growth in the market for mobile services and general economic conditions in India.

Notes to Editors

About Vodafone
Vodafone is the world’s leading international mobile communications group with over 241 million proportionate customers as at 30 September. Vodafone currently has equity interests in 25 countries across five continents and a further 39 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit

About Vodafone Essar
Vodafone Essar is the Indian subsidiary of the Vodafone Group and has operations in 16 circles with 37.2 million customers. Vodafone has partnered with the Essar Group as its principal joint venture partner for the Indian market. For further information, please visit

About Bharti Infratel
Bharti Infratel, is a subsidiary of Bharti Airtel Limited, India’s leading integrated telecom services provider with an aggregate of 53 million customers as of end of October 2007, consisting of over 50 million mobile customers. Bharti Airtel has been rated among the best performing companies in the world in the BusinessWeek IT 100 list 2007. For further information, please visit

About Idea
Idea has a customer base of over 20 million and covers approximately 60% of India’s telecom population in 11 circles. Idea also has licenses for Mumbai and Bihar. It is part of the Aditya Birla Group. For further information, please visit

About the terms of the agreement
In the event that any party to the agreement establishing Indus Towers, fails to contribute some or all of its tower assets in the 16 circles to the company, the shareholding of the relevant shareholder will be reduced.

About passive infrastructure
Includes the towers, shelters, cooling systems, AC and DC power supply, diesel generators, air conditioning, site leases and other electrical and civil works in relation to a mobile telecommunications network that enables a mobile communications operator to install the active infrastructure such as base terminal station equipment, associated antennas and backhaul connectivity to a mobile telecommunications operator’s network at such telecommunications site.

About active infrastructure
Includes base terminal station equipment, associated antennae, backhaul connectivity to a telecom licensee’s network and other requisite equipment and associated electrical and civil works required to provide telecom services by a telecom licensee at a telecom site.

About 16 Circles
16 circles refer to the following 16 service licence areas in India: Andhra Pradesh, Delhi, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Kerala, Kolkata, Maharashtra, Mumbai, Punjab, Rajasthan, Tamil Nadu, Chennai, U.P. (East), U.P (West) and West Bengal.

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Completion of the acquisition of Tele2’s operation in Italy and Spain

January 7, 2008

Completion of the acquisition of Tele2’s operation in Italy and Spain

Further to the announcement of 6 October 2007, Vodafone Group Plc announces that it has today completed
the acquisition of Tele2 Italia SpA (“Tele2 Italy”) and Tele2 Telecommunication Services SLU (“Tele2 Spain”)
from Tele2 AB Group.

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Verizon Wireless and Vodafone create best-in-class global service for multi-national organizations

January 7, 2008

Verizon Wireless and Vodafone create best-in-class global service for multi-national organizations

Verizon Wireless and Vodafone create best-in-class global service for multi-national organizations

Single Account Team Structure, Consistent Approach to Products and Pricing and International Contract Among Key Benefits

In a move aimed at giving select business customers an enhanced global communications experience, Vodafone, the world’s leading international mobile communications group and Verizon Wireless, the leading wireless provider in the United States, have announced a new global services cooperation.

The new program allows both companies to meet the needs of global business customers, while providing a consistent approach to products and pricing. In addition, business customers served by a global account team will be able to have one contract to cover their mobile needs – in the United States, Europe and elsewhere in the world.

“This program combines the power of world-class organizations and exemplifies our commitment to providing a true global wireless experience,” said Lowell McAdam, chief executive officer of Verizon Wireless. “Increasingly, enterprise customers are competing in the global market and wireless solutions are integral to their ability to be responsive to their business. By leveraging our Vodafone relationship to create a seamless global program, we are not only providing customers with unmatched wireless service, but unparalleled customer service.”

“This unique Vodafone Verizon Wireless offer delivers more predictability and consistency to the communications needs of international businesses,” said Vittorio Colao, deputy chief executive officer of Vodafone Group. “It provides our customers with a single point of contact that makes it easier to do business with both companies. We are confident that this cooperation will provide immediate benefits to our customers and set a new standard in enterprise account management.”

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Half-Yearly Financial Report for the Six Months Ended 30 September 2007

January 7, 2008

Half-Yearly Financial Report for the Six Months Ended 30 September 2007

Key highlights(1):

Group revenue of £17.0 billion, an increase of 9.0%, with organic growth of 4.4%
Europe: 2.0% revenue growth with outgoing usage up 24.0%, messaging revenue up 8.6% and data revenue up 40.8%, all on an organic basis
EMAPA: revenue growth of 39.9%, reflecting acquisitions in India and Turkey. Organic growth of 16.0%
Group data revenue up 48.8% to £1.0 billion, with organic growth of 45.1%
Group adjusted operating profit increased 1.6% to £5.2 billion, with organic growth of 6.1%
Free cash flow from continuing operations of £2.7 billion, reflecting 8.1% mobile capital intensity for Europe(2)
Adjusted basic earnings per share increased by 7.4% to 6.42 pence. Basic earnings per share of 6.22 pence
Proportionate mobile customer base of 241 million at 30 September
Results reflect rigorous execution against the Group’s five strategic objectives
Increasing returns to shareholders:

Interim dividend per share increased by 6.0% to 2.49 pence, giving a payout of over £1.3 billion
Improved outlook:

Increased outlook for revenue, adjusted operating profit and free cash flow for the 2008 financial year
(1) See page 4 for Group financial and operational highlights, page 35 for definition of terms and page 37 for use of non-GAAP financial information.See page 5 for the Outlook for the 2008 financial year

(2) Includes common functions

Arun Sarin, Chief Executive, commented:

“These results reflect our continuing focus on the execution of our strategy. In Europe, we have performed well in competitive markets by driving strong growth in voice usage and data revenue, whilst improving cost efficiency. In EMAPA, we are capturing the revenue growth opportunities within emerging markets and benefiting from continuing momentum at Verizon Wireless. The increased interim dividend reflects the Board’s confidence in how the business is progressing.”

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Vodafone and Nokia agree to launch Integrated Vodafone Services on Nokia Handsets

January 7, 2008

Vodafone and Nokia agree to launch Integrated Vodafone Services on Nokia Handsets

Vodafone, the world’s largest mobile operator by revenue and Nokia the world’s largest handset manufacturer, have agreed to launch an integrated suite of Vodafone services combined with Nokia Ovi Services on a range of Nokia handsets. These services will offer customers a greater choice of communications, Internet services, content and browsing through a range of premium handsets on high speed 3G and 3G broadband networks. Vodafone and Nokia also have agreed that a number of these handsets will be exclusive to Vodafone.

Customers will get faster and easier access to all of Vodafone’s Internet and entertainment services as well as all of Ovi from Nokia services on a wide range of handsets. Vodafone customers will be able to access the widest and most attractive choice of Internet services.

Vodafone and Nokia will make it easier to access the Internet quickly at the click of a button. Customers will get the full suite of communications, content, Internet services and browsing, through seamlessly integrated Vodafone services on Nokia handsets.

Vodafone and Nokia will also deliver greater choice in music for customers, by making both the Vodafone music service and the Nokia Music Store available on Nokia’s 2008 handsets.

“We’re pleased do be working with Nokia in leading the industry to bring customers a complete suite of Vodafone communications, browsing, content and Internet services” said Frank Rovekamp, Global Chief Marketing Officer, Vodafone Group. “This is a logical step for Vodafone to make, further improving our customer experience with many of the services already launched with leading Internet partners.”

“Web2. 0 is all about social networking and enabling people to connect with each other in new ways. Bringing location and context awareness to web2.0 services is the next stage in the web development and Nokia multimedia computers enable people to participate to their favourite internet services on-the-go”, said Executive Vice President and General Manager Nokia Multimedia Anssi Vanjoki. “We’re excited to work with Vodafone to provide consumers with internet services like navigation, music, games and communities to make their life richer and more enjoyable, independent of time and place.”

About Vodafone

Vodafone is the world’s leading international mobile communications group with over 232 million proportionate customers as at 30 June 2007. Vodafone currently has equity interests in 25 countries across five continents and a further 40 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit

About Nokia

Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks.

About Ovi by Nokia

Ovi, meaning ‘door’ in Finnish, enables people to easily access their existing social networks, communities and content from a single place, as well as acting as a gateway to Nokia services. Accessible from a computer or compatible Nokia device, Ovi includes the Nokia Music Store, Nokia Maps and N-Gage, with more services to follow. For more information, please visit

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Nokia Communications
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Vodafone commits $10 million to establish Foundation in India

January 7, 2008

Vodafone commits $10 million to establish Foundation in India

Vodafone Group Plc today announces that it is establishing the Vodafone India Foundation, with an initial commitment of $10 million. This step signifies a further landmark in the development of Vodafone’s presence in India and confirms the Group’s commitment to invest socially in the communities where it operates. This activity will be supported by The Vodafone Group Foundation which has developed a unique network of 23 Foundations around the world during the last five years.

The principal aim of the Vodafone India Foundation will be to make a positive contribution to Indian society by providing direct grants to locally registered charities and global NGOs with suitable social investment aims and objectives. The Vodafone India Foundation will initially focus on projects associated with providing education for young people across India, enabling the development of higher skill sets.

The Foundation will commence work as soon as the formal registration process has been completed in addition to compliance with tax and foreign contribution legislation and the appointment of Trustees.

Arun Sarin, Vodafone Chief Executive, will be the first Chairman of the Foundation. He said: “As someone who was born and raised in India, I recognise the urgent need for our youth to be empowered from a knowledge perspective. We believe the Foundation will become an effective catalyst in this regard.”

Vodafone has previously contributed to social investment in India by providing emergency response to the recent floods. The Vodafone Group Foundation has allocated a total of £150,000 to assist victims across the country through International relief agencies including Oxfam.

In addition, in partnership with the UN Foundation, Vodafone plans to contribute a further £1 million to support expansion of the Measles Initiative* into the region. Since 1999 this global initiative has immunized over 372 million children, aged 9 months to 15 years, against measles and has resulted in a reduction of measles related deaths by 60% in the same time period. Vodafone is the largest corporate contributor to this programme.

For more information on Vodafone’s unique network of Foundations go to

* The Measles Initiative is a partnership of the UN World Health Organisation, the U.S. Centres for Disease Control and Prevention, the American Cross, the UN Foundation, and UNICEF.

About The Vodafone Group Foundation

The Vodafone Group Foundation is a UK registered Charity established by Vodafone Group Plc in 2002. It has invested over £100 million in projects since its creation and currently receives £24 million per annum from the Vodafone Group Plc which it distributes between projects globally and its unique global footprint of 23 Vodafone Foundations. Vodafone is committed to making a difference in the communities in which it operates. For more information go to