The world’s largest mobile operator: Vodafone (VOD) (1985)

Vodafone Group Public Limited Company (NASDAQ:VOD, LSE:VOD) was established in 1984 and is headquartered in Newbury, Berkshire, UK and Dusseldorf, Germany. It has 111,684 full-time employees and is the world’s largest mobile operator.

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Vodafone (VOD):

Vodafone Group plc was established in 1984, under the name Racal Telecom Limited (Racal Telecom Limited), which was a subsidiary of Racal Electronics Plc. in the United Kingdom.

Vodafone Group is a British multinational telecommunications company, mainly in Asia, Africa, Europe and Oceania. Among the global mobile operator groups, Vodafone’s turnover ranked fifth, behind China Mobile (2014 data). Vodafone owns and operates networks in 26 countries and has partner networks in more than 50 countries. Its Vodafone Global Enterprise division provides telecommunications and IT services to corporate customers in 150 countries.

Vodafone is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is part of the FTSE 100 Index. As of February 10, 2016, the company’s market value was approximately 52.5 billion pounds, making it the eighth largest company by market capitalization on the London Stock Exchange. In addition, Vodafone is listed on NASDAQ.

Vodafone VOD History:

  • January 1, 1985: The first call connected on the Vodafone-UK analog network.
  • In October 1988, the company sold 20% of its shares to the public.
  • September 1991: Vodafone’s predecessor, Ruikal Telecom, was split from Rikal Electronics and Vodafone Group Co., Ltd. was established.
  • June 1992: The Vodafone-Germany (named Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH at the time) network was launched.
  • July 1992: Vodafone-UK GSM network was launched.
  • September 1992: The Vodafone-Sweden network was launched.
  • October 1992: Vodafone-Portugal (then called Telecel, Comunicações Pessoais, SA) network launched.
  • July 1993: The Vodafone-Greek network was launched.
  • July 1993: Vodafone-Ireland’s GSM network was launched.
  • July 1993: New Zealand BellSouth (South Bell) network launched.
  • October 1993: Vodafone-Australia network was launched.
  • July 1994: The Vodafone-Fiji network was launched.
  • September 1995: Vodafone-Italy (named Omnitel at the time) network launched.
  • November 1995: The Vodafone-Spain (named Airtel at the time) network was launched.
  • December 1998: Vodafone acquired the New Zealand South Bell Network and reorganized into Vodafone New Zealand.
  • On June 29, 1999, after the merger with AirTouch Communications, the company changed its name to Vodafone AirTouch, which is the Vodafone Group Co., Ltd.
  • 2000: Vodafone-Germany acquired Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmBH & Co KG., a German mobile phone operator, which became the largest acquisition in European history.
  • On July 28, 2000, with the consent of the shareholders, the original name was restored, namely Vodafone Group Co., Ltd.
  • In 2000, it spent US$2.5 billion to purchase a 2.5% stake in China Mobile.
  • April 16, 2001: The first call connected on the Vodafone-UK third-generation mobile communication network.
  • 2001: Vodafone took a stake in Eircell and part of Eircom in Ireland, and was renamed Vodafone-Ireland.
  • 2001-2002: Vodafone acquired J-Phone, the third largest mobile phone operator in Japan.
  • In July 2002, it spent US$750 million to increase its holdings in China Mobile.
  • December 2002: J-Phone’s third-generation mobile communication network was launched.
  • December 1, 2003: Vodafone renamed J-Phone to Vodafone-Japan.
  • 2004: Vodafone introduced the third-generation mobile communication service in Europe.
  • December 2004: Hong Kong SmarTone Telecommunications Co., Ltd. and Vodafone Group signed a partnership network cooperation agreement.
  • 2005: Vodafone increased its stake in Connex in Romania to 99%.
  • April 27, 2005: Vodafone cooperated with Hong Kong SmarTone to launch the co-branded SmarTone-Vodafone.
  • April 27, 2006: Vodafone completed the sale of the entire equity of Vodafone-Japan to SoftBank.
  • October 1, 2006: Japan’s Vodafone changed its name to Softbank , and Vodafone officially left the Japanese market.
  • 2007: Vodafone acquired 67% of the shares of Hutchison Essar, India’s fourth largest telecommunications operator, for US$19 billion.
  • November 12, 2009: Chunghwa Telecom joined the “Vodafone Communication Alliance”.
  • On September 8, 2010, Vodafone sold 3.2% or 642 million shares of China Mobile at 79.2 Hong Kong dollars per share and cashed out 51.7 billion Hong Kong dollars.
  • 2011: Terminate the cooperative relationship with SmarTone.
  • 2011: Formed a super alliance with Hutchison Telecommunications and others covering 600 million users worldwide. The cooperative network providers at the stage include Hedian Hong Kong, Taiwan Far East, Japan NTT DoCoMo , Philippines SMART, Singapore StarHub, and Thailand TrueMove.
  • On April 4, 2011, Vivendi acquired a 44% stake in SFR, Vodafone’s French mobile phone business branch, for a cash consideration of US$11.3 billion, making Vivendi the largest single shareholder of SFR.
  • June 24, 2013, to $ 10.1 billion acquisition of Vodafone Germany’s largest cable company Cabel Germany (Kabel Deutschland), betting on television and fixed line services. At the same time, it will assume the company’s 3 billion euros of net debt, and the total bid is equal to 10.7 billion euros.
  • On March 20, 2014, Vodafone and Ono’s four private equity shareholders reached an agreement to acquire Ono, Spain’s second largest broadband, pay TV and fixed-line telephone provider, for a total consideration of 7.2 billion euros, together with the assumption of 3.3 billion euros.
  • On March 20, 2017, Vodafone agreed to merge the Indian subsidiary with Idea Cellular.

Vodafone (VOD) investment:

Vodafone, AT&T and Verizon are currently the world’s top three mobile operators. They are a British company and have always been inextricably linked with Li Ka-shing. In terms of investment, it is recommended to choose VZ.

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