VOD.L - Vodafone Group Plc

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Previous Close111.02
Open111.40
Bid116.52 x 0
Ask116.66 x 0
Day's Range111.26 - 116.72
52 Week Range0.99 - 195.65
Volume71,019,728
Avg. Volume106,865,979
Market Cap31.206B
Beta (5Y Monthly)0.72
PE Ratio (TTM)N/A
EPS (TTM)-28.20
Earnings DateMay 12, 2020
Forward Dividend & Yield0.08 (6.87%)
Ex-Dividend DateNov 28, 2019
1y Target Est2.01
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      (Bloomberg) -- Telecom masts that enable the next generation of wireless communication were set on fire in the U.K. in recent days, apparently by people motivated by a theory that the technology helps spread the coronavirus. Investors are taking note.“Most will laugh at this scientifically unproven claim, but we should not underestimate public worry about potentially adverse health impacts of 5G due to radiation, and thus a possible drag on the 5G progress in democratic countries,” analysts led by Edison Lee at Jefferies Financial Group Inc. said in a note on Sunday.While there’s no evidence to support the idea that 5G airwaves contribute to Covid-19’s spread, the conspiracy is being shared widely on social media. Mast fires were reported in Belfast, Liverpool and Birmingham, according to local media. A video of a telecom tower on fire was circulated on a Birmingham community web page, and Facebook removed a group which encouraged users to share footage of equipment being destroyed, the Guardian reported Friday.At least 20 masts have been attacked in the last few days, according to trade body Mobile U.K.“It’s diverting resources from emergency services dealing with the pandemic, and from the industry ensuring the country remains connected” said Gareth Elliott, head of policy and spokesman for Mobile U.K. “It’s putting people’s lives at risk.”5G is being rolled out by all four U.K. mobile carriers: BT Group Plc, Vodafone Group Plc, Telefonica SA’s O2, and CK Hutchison Holdings Ltd.’s Three U.K.The networks denounced the mast attacks in a joint statement on Sunday. Britain’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport tweeted that criminal acts inspired by “crackpot conspiracy theories circulating online” will “face the full force of the law.”Counter-terrorism police are investigating, according to Vodafone U.K. Chief Executive Officer Nick Jeffery.The government has set up special units to combat misinformation about the virus, and says it’s pressing social media companies “for further action to stem the spread of falsehoods and rumors which could cost lives.” Media regulator Ofcom last week sanctioned a small radio station for featuring a guest who claimed 5G caused the pandemic. Hollywood actor Woody Harrelson shared the theory on his Instagram account last week.Concerns about links between 5G and cancer were already slowing its roll-out in countries including Switzerland, Bloomberg Businessweek previously reported, despite a lack of scientific support for the claims. Last month the independent global health body, the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection, deemed 5G to be safe.“Public fear, even if not fact-based, can pressure governments to act if it is big enough,” the Jefferies analysts wrote. “With so many unknowns as to the nature of COVID-19, it is not surprising that people might believe any theories, no matter how baseless.”(Updates with number of attacks and wireless industry comment from fourth 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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      Google Joins With U.K. Researchers to Track Coronavirus Cases

      (Bloomberg) -- Google is working with researchers in Europe to track the spread of the coronavirus using troves of location data gathered from smartphones.The search engine giant is collaborating with academics from the University of Southampton in the U.K., who in turn are working with the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, according to several people involved in the project.The location data, which Google collects from location-enabled apps such as Google Maps, has been shared with the researchers in an aggregated and anonymized format. It can’t be used to track an individual person; rather, it shows broad patterns of movement across entire countries over periods of time, according to the people.The data is helping researchers analyze the relationship between travel patterns and transmission rates of the virus within different countries, according to the people, while also providing insight into the effectiveness of lock downs in European countries.“We are looking at inner-city movement across the EU and what it means for controlling Covid-19,” said Nick Ruktanonchai, an infectious disease epidemiologist and lecturer at the University of Southampton. “With the location data, we are testing different scenarios and simulating what might happen if countries don’t end their lock downs in a coordinated way. It’s about buying time. We want to make sure a big second epidemic doesn’t happen months down the line.”Ruktanonchai’s description was confirmed by three others familiar with the project, who requested anonymity.A spokesman for Google pointed to a blog post the company published on Friday, which stated that it was “collaborating with select epidemiologists working on Covid-19 with updates to an existing aggregate, anonymized dataset that can be used to better understand and forecast the pandemic.”The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control didn’t respond to a request for comment.The researchers are also working with telecommunications giant Vodafone Group Plc, Ruktanonchai said, and have combined data from Vodafone’s mobile phone networks with the Google location data in an effort to create more accurate models of movement patterns in Europe.A spokesman for Vodafone Group confirmed that the company was working with Southampton researchers on a project to monitor how the coronavirus might develop in different scenarios.In recent weeks, more than a dozen countries -- including the U.S., U.K., Italy, Germany, Austria, Spain, South Korea, Iran and Taiwan -- have turned to mobile phone location data as a method of monitoring people’s movements during the coronavirus pandemic.Two of the U.K.’s largest telecommunications companies – British Telecom and Telefonica UK Ltd – have said that they have provided anonymized location data to the government to support policy planning during the coronavirus crisis. In Austria and Italy, authorities are using location data provided by Telekom Austria and Vodafone to keep tabs on whether people are following restrictions on movement.The data has proved useful in determining whether lock down measures have been successful. However, privacy experts have raised concerns about its use. On Thursday, a coalition of more than 100 human-rights groups issued a joint statement that called on governments not to “disregard rights such as privacy and freedom of expression in the name of tackling a public health crisis.”The work being done in the U.K. not only offers an insight into current movement patterns but also enables the researchers to try and predict future scenarios. “We’re looking at what happens if all countries coordinate lock downs” or end their lock downs at different times, said Andy Tatem, director of the University of Southampton’s WorldPop project, which is leading the research.If countries in Europe don’t coordinate, Tatem said, it could lead to a resurgence of the virus.Teams at Alphabet Inc.’s Google have been working for weeks to find ways to use the company’s large stores of data to assist governments and organizations to manage their response to the coronavirus outbreak, according to two people familiar with those efforts.On Friday, Google announced that it would begin publishing “mobility reports” that show movement trends in 131 countries during the coronavirus pandemic. Google said the reports would document trends across different categories of places such as retail and recreation, groceries and pharmacies, parks, transit stations, workplaces and residential.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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      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.

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      (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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      (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.

    • Financial Times

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      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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      After Scrapping Mobile World Congress, Organizer Offers Refunds

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      Virgin Media to recruit 500 call-centre staff in UK

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      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.

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    • Vodafone data traffic surges 50% due to coronavirus
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      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.

    • Reuters

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