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Vodafone Group - a British company, one of the world's largest mobile operators. Headquarters - in Newbury, Berkshire

Founded in 1984 under the name Racal Telecom ltd as a subsidiary of Racal Electronics' Plc, the electronics manufacturer, including for military purposes. The first call in the analogue network was committed 1 January 1985. In 1991, Racal Telecom was separated from the company Racal Electronics and renamed Vodafone Group. Name - short VOice DAta FONE (phone).

In July 1992, it launched the first Vodafone GSM-network in the UK.

vodafone smart ultra 7
vodafone smart ultra 7

Vodafone's shares are in free float, market capitalization of about 57 billion pounds (2015).

Chairman of the Board - Gerard Kleisterlee (Gerard Kleisterlee). Born in 1946 in Germany, almost all of his career took place in the Philips company until the position of General Executive Director, Chairman of Vodafone Group Plc Board of Directors began in July 2011.

General Director - Vittorio Colao (Vittorio Colao). Born in 1961 in Italy, since 1996, worked in Omnitel Pronto Italia, soon became Vodafone Italy. Post Chief Executive Officer has held since 2008.

In the ranking of the two thousand largest public companies in the world Forbes Global 2000 Vodafone Group Plc took 40th place, including the first earnings, 94th by market capitalization, 120th in terms of revenue and 139th in terms of assets.

Vodafone Smart Platinum 7
Vodafone Smart Platinum 7

On 31 March 2014 Vodafone offers mobile services 434 million users (the second highest in the world after China Mobile) in 30 countries. Another 50 countries, Vodafone is a partner in the network over which it does not have full control (including those located in a strategic partnership with the Russian operator MTS). The two main activities of the region: Europe; Africa, the Middle East and the Asia-Pacific region. The largest number of subscribers - in India (184 million in 2015), more in five countries the company has more than 10 million subscribers (United Kingdom, Germany, Turkey, Spain and Italy). On the US market, Vodafone worked through Verizon Wireless, which had a minority stake (45%), but sold it in early 2014.

Vodafone owns a number of minority shareholdings, which are not included in the consolidated statements. In order to provide better information on the size and trends of business growth, the company publishes the "proportional income." For example, if the turnover of the business in which it owns a 45% stake, is £ 10 million, a proportional Vodafone revenue of £ 4,5 million. Proportional income is not a recognized measure of financial statements and, therefore, proportional to revenue Vodafone should be compared with a "normal" income from other companies.


Vodafone also publishes a proportionate customer base by the same principle, that is, if the operator in which it owns a 30% stake, has 10 million subscribers, this corresponds to 3 million proportionate Vodafone subscribers. It is generally accepted practice in the mobile telecommunications industry.