Press Release | 31 May 2024

Vodafone launches ‘The Nation’s Network’

Vodafone UK has unveiled its new creative platform, ‘The Nation's Network’, which brings to life Vodafone's role in connecting the nation to the people and things it loves.

  • Vodafone unveils new creative platform, ‘The Nation’s Network’, demonstrating its role in connecting the UK to the people and things it loves this summer.
  • Launch campaign will feature British TV broadcaster Roman Kemp as the new face of the Vodafone UK brand.
  • ‘The Nation’s Network’ is the first campaign from new creative agency Leo Burnett.
  • The fully integrated campaign, spanning TV, BVOD, Cinema, OOH, social, PR and display, will launch on the 2 June 2024.

Vodafone has a long heritage in serving the UK, since the very first mobile phone call was made via its network in 1984. Today, 40 years on, it: offers 4G coverage to 99% of UK households; is the network of choice for 82% of the country’s emergency services; and connects more than 550,000 unique business customers across the UK.

It is also the fastest growing and largest provider of full fibre in the UK – with its superfast broadband services now available to nearly 12 million homes.

‘The Nation’s Network’ will be a fully integrated campaign spanning TV, BVOD, Cinema, OOH, social, PR and display, with the creative introducing a variety of scenarios where connectivity and technology play a crucial role in people’s lives.

At the heart of the campaign is a 60-second film that follows a Vodafone-branded ice cream van driven by Roman Kemp, the new face of the brand. The film, which epitomises Britain in the summertime, shows Kemp travelling the UK as he celebrates the moments and events that make our summer truly unique, while illustrating the breadth of Vodafone’s network coverage.

It champions everything from windy beach days to friends getting together in pub gardens and the small businesses that help power the nation. The film also highlights the events that Vodafone sponsors and connects customers to, showcasing Glastonbury and Wimbledon as hero partnerships.

Billboards across every major UK city, including Birmingham, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Cardiff, Liverpool, London, Belfast and Newcastle, will sport taglines demonstrating how Vodafone’s services bring people together, including ‘Pin drop like it’s hot’ and ‘Live streaming. Ice creaming’.

The creative will also be updated for iconic British events, Glastonbury and Wimbledon, for which Vodafone is the Official Connectivity Partner.

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Maria Koutsoudakis, Brand Director at Vodafone UK added: “Over the past 40 years, we have built a network that the nation has come to rely on to keep them connected to the people, businesses and places they care about. We have also built a portfolio of strategic partnerships with some of the most iconic UK brands and events, including Glastonbury, the Welsh Rugby Union and Wimbledon, helping the nation connect to these national treasures. Now felt like the perfect time to bring this all together under a new campaign that is warm, relatable and optimistic. And who better to inject some optimism, charisma and fun into the summer than another of our national treasures: Roman Kemp.”

Mark Elwood, Chief Creative Officer, Leo Burnett UK said: “Our proprietary research platform, PopPulse, found that the nation is feeling increasingly disconnected from one another. However, despite their difficulties, people are becoming more hopeful about the future, and that hope starts at home with their families and friends. This insight is at the centre of our creative platform, ‘The Nation’s Network’. We wanted to illustrate how Vodafone connects and strengthens the bonds that bind us all. The result is work filled with heart, hope and togetherness. After all, connecting with others is a salve for negativity, and we’re tapping into that this summer.”

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The 60” version of the ad will premiere in the Britain’s Got Talent finale on the 2nd June, and will be launched as part of a special ‘ITV Proudly Presents’ ad break.

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CAMPAIGN TITLE: The Nation’s Network

CLIENT: Vodafone


CCO: Mark Elwood

EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR: James Millers and Andrew Long

CREATIVE DIRECTORS: Rob Tenconi and Mark Franklin

CREATIVES: Conrad Swanston, Alex Bingham, Alice Pearce

DESIGNER: Dave Allen, Miriam Menendez, Tomek Drozdowski

PLANNER: Josh Bullmore, Nicole Frost

BUSINESS LEAD: Marie-Louise Robinson, Matt René

ACCOUNT TEAM: Roxanne Courtman, Ellie Glover, Felicity Aniss




MEDIA PLANNING: Jamie Truscott Howell



DIRECTOR:  Max Fisher

EDITOR: James Rosen @ Final Cut

PRODUCER: Ella Marafina



Notes to Editors

The Nation’s Network is built on insight from Leo Burnett’s research platform, PopPulse, which identified a belief that Britons feel increasingly disconnected from one another. The new brand platform aims to showcase the role Vodafone can play in resolving this by connecting its customers and strengthening the ties that bind the nation closer together.

About Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett UK is a creative agency that specialises in bringing the power of populist creativity to its clients. The agency brings people together from advertising, digital, social, design and brand activation backgrounds, united by a passion for solving problems and building brands that people love. Clients include McDonald’s, Premier Inn, TUI, Allwyn, Kellogg’s, Comic Relief, and Vision Express. Leo Burnett is part of Publicis Groupe. • Twitter @LeoBurnettLDN • Instagram @LeoBurnettLDN

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester and now have 5G in locations across Germany, Ireland, Italy, Spain as well as the UK. Meanwhile, our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. Vodafone is the largest provider of full fibre in the UK – our superfast broadband services are now available to nearly 12 million homes across the UK.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

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Vodafone UK Media Relations

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Twitter: @VodafoneUKNews


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