Vodafone Adds Over 30 Million Customers for the Year Ended 31 March 2001

Apr 05, 2001, 01:00 ET from Vodafone Group Plc

    NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Vodafone Group Plc ("Vodafone") today
 announces further growth in its worldwide registered proportionate customer
 base during the quarter ended March 2001. Overall, more than 4.4 million
 proportionate registered customers were gained during the quarter bringing the
 total gained for the year to 30.1 million customers, of which 5.0 million
 customers have been added through stake increases. Vodafone's worldwide total
 proportionate base is now 83.4 million registered customers.
     In the Europe Region, over 2.8 million proportionate customers were added
 during the period. This figure includes 1.6 million and 0.5 million
 proportionate net additions in the quarter from D2 Vodafone and Omnitel
 Vodafone, respectively. Europe's total proportionate customer base at the end
 of March is more than 49.6 million which includes an additional contribution
 following the Group's purchase of a 25% stake in Swisscom.
     Strong growth was also recorded in the UK, Middle East and Africa Region
 where more than 0.8 million proportionate customers were added in the period,
 resulting in a proportionate customer base of more than 14.6 million. The UK
 recorded a total of over 0.6 million new customers, including 0.2 million new
 contract customers, bringing the total UK base to 12.3 million customers.
     The total proportionate customer base in the Americas and Asia Region
 increased to over 16.3 million, having added over 0.5 million proportionate
 new customers. These figures include an adjustment relating to the 7.5% stake
 acquired to date in Japan Telecom. Progress continues to be made in the United
 States, with over 0.2 million proportionate new customers bringing the total
 proportionate base to 12.0 million customers.
     Growth in the Pacific Region continued during the quarter resulting in
 total proportionate net additions of 0.3 million increasing the proportionate
 base to over 2.8 million customers.
     Vodafone will report on its subsidiaries' active customers, as well as
 providing greater detail on various key performance indicators, such as
 average revenue per user and progress on data, on a quarterly basis following
 publication of the registered customer numbers.
     Commenting Chris Gent, Chief Executive of Vodafone said; "Vodafone has
 delivered in excess of 50% customer growth for the fourth consecutive year,
 having added more than 30 million proportionate registered customers in the
 past year.  The latest quarter reflects the slowdown in customer growth post
 the buoyant Christmas quarter and the initial effects of the adoption of our
 new commercial policies.  In the year ahead, given the levels of penetration,
 we expect a slowdown in customer growth, as the Group's focus moves to margin
 improvement, customer retention and cash-flow growth, rather than customer
 growth and overall market share."
 
                               VODAFONE GROUP PLC
 
      JANUARY TO MARCH 2001 QUARTERLY PROPORTIONATE NET CUSTOMER ADDITIONS
 
     OPERATOR                        PROPORTIONATE                PROPORTIONATE
                                     NET ADDITIONS                CUSTOMER BASE
                                    Jan to Mar 2001               31 March 2001
                                     (thousands)                   (thousands)
 
     EUROPE
     D2 Vodafone                         1,561                        20,807
     Omnitel Vodafone                      473                        11,937
     Others                                770                        16,857
     TOTAL                               2,804                        49,601
 
     UK, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
     UK                                    616                        12,279
     Others                                233                         2,349
     TOTAL                                 849                        14,628
 
     AMERICAS & ASIA
     Verizon Wireless                      221                        11,954
     Others                                289                         4,361
     TOTAL                                 510                        16,315
 
     PACIFIC
     Vodafone Pacific                      277                         2,837
 
     TOTAL VODAFONE GROUP PLC            4,440                        83,381
 
 

SOURCE Vodafone Group Plc
    NEW YORK, April 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Vodafone Group Plc ("Vodafone") today
 announces further growth in its worldwide registered proportionate customer
 base during the quarter ended March 2001. Overall, more than 4.4 million
 proportionate registered customers were gained during the quarter bringing the
 total gained for the year to 30.1 million customers, of which 5.0 million
 customers have been added through stake increases. Vodafone's worldwide total
 proportionate base is now 83.4 million registered customers.
     In the Europe Region, over 2.8 million proportionate customers were added
 during the period. This figure includes 1.6 million and 0.5 million
 proportionate net additions in the quarter from D2 Vodafone and Omnitel
 Vodafone, respectively. Europe's total proportionate customer base at the end
 of March is more than 49.6 million which includes an additional contribution
 following the Group's purchase of a 25% stake in Swisscom.
     Strong growth was also recorded in the UK, Middle East and Africa Region
 where more than 0.8 million proportionate customers were added in the period,
 resulting in a proportionate customer base of more than 14.6 million. The UK
 recorded a total of over 0.6 million new customers, including 0.2 million new
 contract customers, bringing the total UK base to 12.3 million customers.
     The total proportionate customer base in the Americas and Asia Region
 increased to over 16.3 million, having added over 0.5 million proportionate
 new customers. These figures include an adjustment relating to the 7.5% stake
 acquired to date in Japan Telecom. Progress continues to be made in the United
 States, with over 0.2 million proportionate new customers bringing the total
 proportionate base to 12.0 million customers.
     Growth in the Pacific Region continued during the quarter resulting in
 total proportionate net additions of 0.3 million increasing the proportionate
 base to over 2.8 million customers.
     Vodafone will report on its subsidiaries' active customers, as well as
 providing greater detail on various key performance indicators, such as
 average revenue per user and progress on data, on a quarterly basis following
 publication of the registered customer numbers.
     Commenting Chris Gent, Chief Executive of Vodafone said; "Vodafone has
 delivered in excess of 50% customer growth for the fourth consecutive year,
 having added more than 30 million proportionate registered customers in the
 past year.  The latest quarter reflects the slowdown in customer growth post
 the buoyant Christmas quarter and the initial effects of the adoption of our
 new commercial policies.  In the year ahead, given the levels of penetration,
 we expect a slowdown in customer growth, as the Group's focus moves to margin
 improvement, customer retention and cash-flow growth, rather than customer
 growth and overall market share."
 
                               VODAFONE GROUP PLC
 
      JANUARY TO MARCH 2001 QUARTERLY PROPORTIONATE NET CUSTOMER ADDITIONS
 
     OPERATOR                        PROPORTIONATE                PROPORTIONATE
                                     NET ADDITIONS                CUSTOMER BASE
                                    Jan to Mar 2001               31 March 2001
                                     (thousands)                   (thousands)
 
     EUROPE
     D2 Vodafone                         1,561                        20,807
     Omnitel Vodafone                      473                        11,937
     Others                                770                        16,857
     TOTAL                               2,804                        49,601
 
     UK, MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
     UK                                    616                        12,279
     Others                                233                         2,349
     TOTAL                                 849                        14,628
 
     AMERICAS & ASIA
     Verizon Wireless                      221                        11,954
     Others                                289                         4,361
     TOTAL                                 510                        16,315
 
     PACIFIC
     Vodafone Pacific                      277                         2,837
 
     TOTAL VODAFONE GROUP PLC            4,440                        83,381
 
 SOURCE  Vodafone Group Plc