The bigger picture


Vodafone Reinvent 2021

Inside our new initiative to help close the digital divide and further reduce our environmental impact.

Led by new Vodafone UK CEO Ahmed Essam, we recently launched a new vision to create a sustainable, inclusive and fair digital future for everyone. The initiative recognises the power of our technology “to impact every business and pretty much every aspect of human life”, as Vodafone Business Director Anne Sheehan puts it. Vodafone Reinvent 2021 places connecting societies disconnected at the heart of our strategy, while setting some of the most ambitious carbon reduction targets in the technology industry in the fight against climate change. But we all know actions speak louder than words, so here are just some of the ways we plan to Reinvent the future…

Relieving digital poverty

Around 1.5 million UK households have no access to reliable connectivity. At Vodafone, we’ve committed to changing this by digital connecting a million disadvantaged and vulnerable people – and here’s how…

Buy One Give One

“Digital poverty will not go away when COVID finally ends,” says Helen Lamprell, Vodafone General Counsel and External Affairs Director. “This is a problem with deep roots and there is no vaccine to fix it. So, we need to stay engaged and make big and lasting changes.” Read more >

On route to connecting a million

The launch of Vodafone Reinvent 2021 saw us make the very bold, but important, pledge to provide free connectivity to a million people in the UK who need it most by 2022. Read more >

Making good things happen

“Digital connectivity and skills are no longer a nice-to-have, but a need-to-have,” according to Helen Milner OBE, CEO at social change charity Good Things Foundation, Vodafone’s latest partner in our mission to end digital exclusion. Read more >

Driving sustainability

As well as significantly reducing the environmental impact of our business, we’re helping you to do the same. And here’s how we’re achieving it…

For Vodafone…

At the Reinvent 2021 virtual event, Vodafone Group, with a presence in 21 countries, committed to eliminating carbon emissions from its own activities, along with the energy it purchases and uses by 2030, aiming to achieve this in the UK by 2027. “This involves looking at every aspect of our network and technology estate,” said Andrea Donà, Network and Development Director. Can we achieve it? Well, in just three years we’ve reduced our energy consumption by 100 gigawatt hours and shrunk our carbon footprint by 25,000 tonnes by improving energy efficiency across 90 UK sites, so we’re well on track. Here are some of our green initiatives…

For you…

As well as reducing our own carbon footprint, our greener network and technology, together with our experience and expertise, mean we can help you meet your sustainable goals, just like we’re helping UK Power Networks achieve carbon net zero with a standalone 5G network and network slicing. Read how we’re helping organisations reduce their carbon emissions through innovations...

A developer’s dream

For the first time in Europe, software developers can enjoy the ultra-low latency experience they’ve been longing for to enable them to take their work to the next level. This is thanks to Vodafone’s combination of ultra-fast 5G mobile connectivity and Multi-access Edge Computing, which brings computing power closer to where it’s needed, together with our partnership with Amazon Web Services. Speaking at the recent five-day technology festival GTC21, Vodafone Group Chief Digital and IT Officer Scott Petty, laid down the gauntlet to developers to show the world what they can achieve in this new game-changing environment with the launch of the Edge Innovation Programme, a competition offering access to 5G and MEC technology in UK and Germany, along with expert support.

Scott revealed how some developers are already putting this technology to the test, presenting Vodafone’s work with Dedrone, which runs a counter-drone surveillance platform from the Edge to protect the airspace of sites like airports and shipping ports from rogue drones. “Now’s the time for developers to get to grips with these new technologies,” he said.