The Vodafone Group Plc is an international British mobile phone companies. Although the headquarters is now in London, the registered head office is still located in Newbury (Berkshire ).

The name Vodafone is an acronym for voice, data, and phones and is intended to demonstrate the company's services: voice fax data over net (German: voice and data services over mobile phones). The name "Vodafone " was by its presence in almost all European mobile markets quickly with the brand.

In the 2013 financial year, Vodafone had a turnover of £ 44.4 billion and employed 91,272 people worldwide. The German Vodafone GmbH is a 100 percent subsidiary of Vodafone Plc and is currently headed by Jens Schulte- Bockum. The German part of the company is headquartered in Dusseldorf and employs approximately 12,000 people.


The British Racal Radio Group participated successfully in 1982 at an auction for a mobile license and launched the network in 1985 under the name Vodafone. In 1988, the initial public offering, 20 % of the shares of Racals cell phone industry were issued. Then in 1991, carried a full separation of Racal. First international investments have been made by Vodafone in 1993, followed in 1999 under the 1997 being beaten CEO Chris Gent, the takeover of the American Airtouch, which was shortly thereafter introduced into the joint venture Verizon Wireless. As part of the takeover, Vodafone Airtouch also came into possession of a minority stake in Mannesmann's mobile division (D2 ), whose parent company was founded in 2000 finally taken over entirely. This was followed by acquisitions in Ireland, Spain, Greece and other countries.

Mannesmann takeover

An important step was for the company's acquisition of the German industrial giant Mannesmann AG in February 2001., The former CEO of Vodafone, Chris Gent, had recognized that in the growing market of mobile a takeover of Mannesmann would be rewarded by the capital markets. At this time, Mannesmann had also with the acquisition of the company Orange in the UK home market from Vodafone in its sights. The acquisition was over months, the media and the financial world in suspense.

Because premium payments in the course of this acquisition began in January 2004, the Mannesmann trial of persons involved in the process that was set in November 2006 by the Landgericht Dusseldorf for cash conditions pursuant to § 153a Code of Criminal Procedure for the time being. The acquisition also led to a heated public debate about the responsibility of entrepreneurs for the business location Germany.

Acquisition of Cable & Wireless

On April 23, 2012 Vodafone announced an agreement on a takeover of the world's biggest telecommunications company Cable & Wireless for 1.04 billion pounds to have achieved ( the equivalent of 1.29 billion euros ). The shareholders of Cable & Wireless agreed June 19, 2012 to the takeover by Vodafone, which one shares costs 38 pence.

Sale of shares in Verizon Wireless

On September 2, 2013, Vodafone announced the sale of its stake in Verizon Wireless for $ 130 billion dollars to Verizon Communications. That Vodafone would withdraw from the joint venture Verizon Wireless, in which it has 45 per cent, and from the U.S. market. In turn, Vodafone would hold the entire share to Vodafone Italy. The acquisition is expected to be completed in the spring of 2014 and would be one of the largest transactions in the history of economics.

Takeover of Kabel Germany

On September 12, 2013 Vodafone announced that the cable Germany shares had been purchased by more than 75 percent of the shareholders for 10.7 billion euros.


The share of Vodafone is listed on the London Stock Exchange. Despite expanding debt of the Group, the share price rose to the turn of the millennium, from £ 45 in January 1996 to £ 399 on 10 March 2000. Currently, 90 % of the shares are in free float.


Vodafone has over 404 million customers worldwide ( in proportion to participation, as of 31 March 2012) and is based on the number of customers to China Mobile, the second largest global mobile phone companies in the world. In addition, Vodafone cared for in Germany 36.461 million mobile subscribers (as of 31 March 2012) and was the largest mobile operator in the country. Meanwhile, Telekom Germany GmbH Vodafone has overtaken Germany in number of customers and revenue and Vodafone relegated to second place. 2010 Vodafone from the market research firm Millward Brown ( Kantar Group ) brand is rated 44.4 billion U.S. dollars, down to # 10 in the list of most valuable brands. Compared to 2009 Vodafone lost so a value of 9.33 billion U.S. dollars and a place in this list. According to the European Brand Institute Vodafone is Europe 's third- most valuable brand with a brand value of 25.14 billion euros.

The annual sales in the March 31, 2013 at the end of the previous fiscal year at 44.4 billion British pounds, which represents a decrease of 4.4 % over the previous year. Worldwide dealt with Vodafone as of March 2013 91.272 employees, 12% in Germany, 6 % in Italy, 5% in Spain, 10 % in the UK and 13% of them worked in India. Within the Vodafone Group, India has the most customers ( 152 million ), followed by the USA ( 99 million ), South Africa ( 59 million ), Germany ( 32 million ), Italy (29 million ), United Kingdom ( 19 million ), and Spain ( 14 million ).

Overall structure of the company

  • Represented Vodafone itself
  • Represented subsidiaries of Vodafone
  • Represented partner of Vodafone

Current CEO of Vodafone Group, based in Newbury is Vittorio Colao. The 47- year-old manager took over the management of the company on 29 July 2008 by Arun Sarin.

Currently, the company is represented in 30 countries worldwide and has partnerships in 40 other countries. The Vodafone Group has interests in mobile operators in 27 countries. Director for the European region was until 2012 Michel Combes, who began his career in 1986 at France Telecom. In France, Vodafone participated until 2011 on a 44- percent stake in SFR with 19 million customers. On April 4, 2011, it was announced that this share for 7.75 billion euros will be sold to the majority shareholder Vivendi. 2000 the Greek mobile phone company Panafon was taken. In August 2012, Philipp Humm succeeds Michel Combes. Meanwhile, the customers can make calls beyond Germany with 296 operators in 154 countries on all continents mobile and are accessible on under their Vodafone number. Vodafone operates the largest mobile network in the world, it is, although not completely UMTS, also one of the most powerful in the world. However, Vodafone is not represented in all European countries with its own brand.