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A Successful Spring Quarter for Vodafone Germany with UMTS and Vodafone Zuhause PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 24 July 2006

Vodafone's customer base in Germany expanded by 253,000 to 29.4 million customers in the first quarter of the 2006/07 financial year. The number of UMTS customers also increased by 312,000 to 2.3 million. Over 2 million of Vodafone Germany's customers are UMTS phone users, and almost 300,000 have a UMTS Mobile Connect Card. Vodafone Zuhause, the alternative to the fixed network, is also gaining in popularity. The number of Vodafone Zuhause customers has almost doubled from 446,000 to 894,000 over the quarter.

Average revenue per user during the first quarter of 2006 was 22.1 euros, compared with 21.5 euros in the previous quarter and 24.3 euros in the first quarter of 2005. Total mobile communications revenues in the quarter fell 2.9 below last year's level, predominantly due to lower termination revenues. If this reduction in termination revenues had not taken place, mobile communications revenues would have remained broadly stable. Data services revenues developed very positively. Revenues from data services without SMS/MMS were 43.5 percent higher than in the same quarter of 2005. They now account for 6.7 percent of service revenues. This reflects the increased use of UMTS phones and Mobile Connect Cards, and the success of new services such as Mobile TV, Mobile Music and Mobile E-Mail. The number of voice calls made in the Vodafone network has increased as a result of Vodafone Zuhause's popularity. In the first quarter of 2005, only 6.4 billion minutes of calls were made in the Vodafone network. 20 percent more calls, or 7.6 billion minutes, were made in the first quarter of 2006.

"The UMTS growth market and our popular Vodafone Zuhause product prove that our business strategy is spot on because the number of customers who use these services is increasing. Mobile Music is one of our fastest-growing services. We are currently neck-and-neck with the number 2 music download provider and we're gaining all the time. We're also preparing to take the fixed network market by storm. This autumn, we will be extending our successful Vodafone Zuhause product to include a DSL broadband connection. "I'm expecting over two million Vodafone customers to take advantage of our fixed network alternative by the end of March 2007," said Friedrich Joussen, CEO of Vodafone Germany.

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