Vodafone


Vodafone

Infobox_Company
company_name = Vodafone Group plc
company_
company_type = Public (lse|VOD,
nyse|VOD, FWB|VOD)
foundation = 1983 as Racal Telecom, independent 1991
company_slogan = "Make the most of now" (in many countries, their previous slogan, "How are you?", is still used)
location = flagicon|UK Newbury, England, UK
key_people = Vittorio Colao, CEO
Sir John Bond, Chairman
John Buchanan, Deputy Chairman

revenue = profit £35,478 million GBP (2008)
net_income = profit £10,047 million GBP (2008)
Employees = 60,000 (2006)
industry = Mobile telecommunications
products = Mobile networks, Telecom services, Etc.
homepage = [http://www.vodafone.com/ www.vodafone.com] . [http://online.vodafone.co.uk/dispatch/Portal/appmanager/vodafone/wrp?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=templateBlank&pageID=VIRTUAL_HOME Vodafone UK] , [http://enterprise.vodafone.com/site/enuk/home/p_home.jsp Vodafone Global Enterprise]

Vodafone is a mobile network operator headquartered in Berkshire, England, UK. It is the largest mobile telecommunications network company in the world by turnover and has a market value of about £75 billion (August 2008). Vodafone currently has operations in [http://enterprise.vodafone.com/site/enuk/about_vge/where_we_operate/p_footprint.jsp 25 countries and partner networks in a further 42 countries.]

The name Vodafone comes from Voice data fone, chosen by the company to "reflect the provision of voice and data services over mobile phones." [ [http://online.vodafone.co.uk/dispatch/Portal/appmanager/vodafone/wrp?_nfpb=true&_pageLabel=template09&pageID=PAV_0015&tabIndex=3 UK - About Vodafone UK - About Us - History ] ]

As of 2006 Vodafone had an estimated 260 million customers in 25 markets across 5 continents. [ [http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/business/4642106.stm BBC NEWS | Business | Strong rise in Vodafone figures ] ("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).] On this measure, it is the second largest mobile telecom group in the world behind China Mobile.

Vodafone in Europe

History

In October 1998 Vodafone Egypt network went live under the name ClickGSM.

On 18 September 2002 Vodafone signed a Partner Network Agreement with MTC group of Kuwait. The agreement involved the rebranding of MTC to MTC-Vodafone. On 29 December 2003 Vodafone signed another Partner Network Agreement with Kuwait's MTC group. The second agreement involved co-operation in Bahrain and the branding of the network as MTC-Vodafone.

On 3 November 2004 the Company announces that its South African affiliate Vodacom had agreed to introduce Vodafone's international services, such as Vodafone live! and partner agreements, to its local market.

In November 2005 Vodafone announced that it was in exclusive talks to buy a 15% stake of VenFin in Vodacom Group, reaching agreement the following day. Vodafone and Telkom then had a 50% stake each in Vodacom.

On 8 November 2006 the Company announced a deal with Telecom Egypt resulting in further co-operation in the Egyptian market and increasing its stake in Vodafone Egypt. After the deal, Vodafone Egypt was 55% owned by the group, while the remaining 45% was owned by Telecom Egypt.

In December 2007 a Vodafone Group-led consortium was awarded the second mobile phone licence in Qatar and on 3 July 2008 Vodafone agreed to acquire a 70% stake in Ghana Telecom for $900 million. The acquisition was consummated on 17 August 2008. The same group-led consortium in Qatar wins the second fixed-line licence in the said country on 15 September 2008.

On 9 October 2008, the company offers to acquire an additional 15 per cent stake in Vodacom group from Telkom. The details of the agreement are still being finalised.

Vodafone in the Americas

*Losses for year to 31 March 2006 reflect write downs of assets, principally in relation to the Mannesmann acquisition. Proportionate turnover includes £7,100 million from discontinued operations.

Products

Products promoted by the Company include Vodafone live!, Vodafone Mobile Connect USB Modem, Vodafone Connect to Friends, Vodafone at Home, Vodafone 710 and Amobee Media Systems.

Corporate Sponsorship/Ownership

Vodafone sponsors the following events:
*Albania national football team, 2008 sponsor
*Brisbane Lions Football Club, Australian rules football team, major sponsor from 2007
*Bucharest Ring - Vodafone Bucharest Challenge 07, primary sponsor
*Clare Gaelic Athletic Association
*DTM (German Touring Car Masters) series (2002-2007)
*England cricket team
*Vodafone Oaks and Vodafone Derby horse races
*McLaren-Mercedes Formula One team, title sponsor
*New Zealand Warriors - An NRL Rugby League team
*UEFA Champions League from the 2006/7 season
*Port Adelaide Football Club Australian rules football team, joint major sponsor since 1997
*North Melbourne Football Club Australian rules football team, joint major sponsor since 2008
*Romania National Football Team, major sponsor from 2006
*St Kilda Football Club Australian rules football team, joint major sponsor from 2007
*Vodafone Arena (Rosenholm) multisport arena in Karlskrona, Sweden (since 2005)
*Vodafone Arena Multi purpose venue. Arena in Melbourne Park, Melbourne, Australia
*Wellington Lions - New Zealand rugby union team
*West Coast Eagles, Australian rules football team, elite sponsor since March 2006
*Triple 8 Race Engineering, V8 Supercars team, primary sponsor (since 2007)
*Olympiakos, Greek football team
*Newbury R.F.C., Newbury Rugby Club
*Newbury Comedy Festival
*Newbury Buses
*Home-Start International worldwide family support charity
*Al Ahly, Egyptian Club football teamPrevious sponsorships by Vodafone include those of SL Benfica, Manchester United, Ferrari and the Benetton (now known as Renault F1) Formula One constructors,Egypt national football team under the name of ClickGSM and the Australia national rugby union team.

ee also

*Vodafone market share

References

External links

* [http://www.vodafone.com/ Vodafone's global website]
* [http://enterprise.vodafone.com/site/enuk/home/p_home.jsp/ Vodafone Global Enterprise]
* [http://www.vodafonejourney.com/ Vodafone Journey]
* [http://vodafone.mobi/ Vodafone mobile-compatible website]
* [http://shop.vodafone.co.uk/ Vodafone Online Mobile Phone Shop]
* [http://www.vodafone.de/testing/ Vodafone Test & Innovation Center]
* [http://vodafonebetavine.net/ Vodafone Betavine]
* [http://forge.vodafonebetavine.net/ Vodafone Betavine's Forge]
* [http://www.gstock.com/s=vod Vodafone stock quote]
* [http://www.ourvodafone.com/ A History of Vodafone's Culture from the 1990s]
* [http://www.fcreports.com/telecommunications/mobile-telecommunications/vodafone-group-3-3073.aspx/ VODAFONE COMPANY REPORT] - FCReports.com
* [http://www.masalaads.com/free/categories.php?cat_id=217 Vodafone's TV Commercials]


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