Vodafone is a multinational mobile phone operator with headquarters in Newbury, Berkshire, United Kingdom and D�sseldorf, Germany. It is the largest mobile telecommunications network company in the world, with equity interests in 26 countries and Partner Networks (networks in which it has no equity stake) in a further 14 countries.
At 31 March 2005 Vodafone had 154.8 million proportionate customers in 26 markets. ("Proportionate customers" means for example that if Vodafone has a 30% stake in a business with a million customers that is counted as 300,000). Vodafone is listed on the London Stock Exchange as Vodafone Group (LSE:VOD.L) and New York Stock Exchange, symbol VOD.
Vodafone stands for VOice-DAta-FONE.
- Chairman - Ian MacLaurin, Lord MacLaurin of Knebworth
- Deputy Chairman - Paul Hazen
- Chief Executive - Arun Sarin
- Chief Operating Officer - Sir Julian Horn-Smith
- Chief Marketing Officer - Peter Bamford
- Chief Technology Officer - Thomas Geitner
Vodafone in Europe
Vodafone currently operates in the following countries in the European region:
- Albania - Vodafone Albania Website
- Austria - A1 Website
- Belgium - Proximus Website
- Croatia - VIP (mobile operator) Website
- Cyprus - Cyta Website
- Czech Republic - Oskar (mobile operator) Website
- Denmark - TDC Mobil Website
- Estonia - Radiolinja Website
- Finland - Elisa (mobile operator) Website
- France - SFR Website
- Germany - Vodafone Germany Website
- Greece - Vodafone Greece Website
- Hungary - Vodafone Hungary Website
- Iceland - Og Vodafone Website
- Ireland - Vodafone Ireland Website
- Italy - Vodafone Italy Website
- Lithuania - BITE (mobile operator Website
- Luxembourg - LUXGSM Website
- Malta - Vodafone Malta Website
- Netherlands - Vodafone Netherlands Website
- Poland - Plus GSM Website
- Portugal - Vodafone Portugal Website
- Romania - Connex Website
- Slovenia - Si.mobil-Vodafone Website
- Spain - Vodafone Spain Website
- Sweden - Vodafone Sweden Website
- Switzerland - Swisscom Website
- United Kingdom - Vodafone United Kingdom Website
- 1985-01-01: First phone call on Vodafone United Kingdom's Analogue network. This event was staged, due to a network failure; the first calls actually being made the next day. The first call was made to Vodafone head office - which was at that point above a curry house in Newbury, where the company remains today.
- October 1991: Racal Telecom is demerged from Racal Electronics and becomes Vodafone Group.
- June 1992: Vodafone Germany's (still as "Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH") network went live.
- July 1992: Vodafone United Kingdom's GSM network went live.
- September 1992: Vodafone Sweden's network went live.
- October 1992: Vodafone Portugal's (still as "Telecel, Comunica��es Pessoais, SA") network went live.
- July 1993: Vodafone Greece's network went live.
- July 1993: Vodafone Ireland's GSM network went live.
- September 1995: Vodafone Italy's (still as "Omnitel") network went live.
- November 1995: Vodafone Spain's (still as "Airtel") network went live.
- 2000: Vodafone took over German mobile network operator Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmBH & Co KG. The deal is one of the largest in European history.
- 2001-04-16 First 3G voice call on Vodafone United Kingdom's 3G network.
- 2001: Vodafone took over Eircell, then part of Eircom in Ireland and rebranded it Vodafone Ireland.
- 2001-2002: Vodafone acquired Japan's third largest mobile operator J-Phone, which had introduced camera phones first in Japan.
- 2002: Vodafone rebranded Japan's J-sky mobile internet service as Vodafone live!™ as its mobile customer portal
- 2004: Vodafone introduced 3G services into Europe.
- 2005: Vodafone increased its participation in Romania's Connex to 99%. Vodafone also bought Czech mobile operator Oskar.
Vodafone in Asia-Pacific
Vodafone currently operates in the following countries in the Asia-Paficic region:
- Australia - Vodafone Australia Website
- Fiji - Vodafone Fiji Website
- Japan - Vodafone Japan Website, formerly known as J-Phone
- Hong Kong - Smartone-Vodafone Website, formerly known as Smartone
- New Zealand - Vodafone New Zealand Website
- Singapore - M1 (mobile operator) Website
- July 1993: BellSouth New Zealand's network went live.
- October 1993: Vodafone Australia's network went live.
- July 1994: Vodafone Fiji's network went live.
- November 1998: Vodafone purchased BellSouth New Zealand, and it became known as Vodafone New Zealand.
- 1999-2000: J-Phone launched the J-sky mobile internet service in response to DoCoMo's i-Mode service.
- December 2002: J-Phone's 3G network went live.
- October 1st 2003: Vodafone changed the name of it's Japanese subsidiary from J-Phone to 'Vodafone', and the name of J-Phone's mobile internet service from J-Sky to Vodafone Live!
- April 2005: Smartone changed the name of it's brand from Smartone to 'Smartone-Vodafone'
Vodafone in the Middle East and Africa
Vodafone currently operates in the following countries in the Middle East and Africa region:
- Bahrain - MTC-Vodafone Website
- Democratic Republic of the Congo - Vodacom Website
- Egypt - Vodafone Egypt formerly known as ClickGSM Website
- Kenya - Safaricom Website
- Kuwait - MTC-Vodafone Website
- South Africa - Vodacom Website
- May 1998: Vodafone Egypt network went live under the name ClickGSM.
Vodafone in the United States
In the United States, Vodafone owns 45%1 of Verizon Wireless, the country's second largest mobile carrier. However, the phone company (Verizon) owns a majority of Verizon Wireless and Vodafone's branding is not used, nor is the network compatible with GSM phones.
1 Vodafone Group Plc. Annual Review & Summary Financial Statement. For the year ending 31 March 2005.
- Manchester United football club
- England cricket team
- Scuderia Ferrari Formula One constructor
- DTM (the German touring car series)
- Vodafone Oaks and Vodafone Derby horse races at Epsom.
- Newbury AFC (The football club from Newbury, where Vodafone was founded.)
- Daily Express Life Savers Awards
- David Beckham
- Benfica football club (Portugal). (from the 2005-'06 season, the team will be sponsored by Portugal Telecom)
- Clare GAA, Ireland (formerly sponsored by Eircell)
- ECB dials up �12m deal. BBC Sport (11. December, 2000).
- Ferrari extend sponsorship deal. BBC Sport (16. December, 2004).
- Man Utd rings up �36m shirt deal. BBC News (1. December, 2003).
- Vodafone's global website
- Reports on Vodafone
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