A Short History of Vodafone
Vodafone is a name that’s synonymous with mobile communications in the UK, as the company power millions of calls, texts and messages every single day across these fair isles. What many people don’t know though, is both the history and the sheer scale of Vodafone today. Put simply, it’s a telecommunications giant across the world, with over 434 million subscribers and operates in over 60 countries around the world. Indeed, the company’s market cap values the company at £60 billion.
Vodafone began life with the establishment of a subsidiary of Racal Electronics plc called Racal Strategic Radio Ltd. This subsidiary between the UK’s largest maker of military radio technology and pioneering American mobile network company Millicom would form the basis of what we know today as Vodafone. Before all that though, the company went through significant change under the Racal Telecom umbrella.
The start was the bid for the UK’s second ever cellular radio license, bid for by the joint forces of Racal and Millicom, a deal which eventually saw Racal own 80% of the company, Millicom with 15% plus royalties and a separate venture trust at 5%. With the license secured, the two companies began working together to create the UK’s first national mobile network, and by the start of 1985, they were ready.
This new company was known as Racal-Vodafone, and as they grew through the 80s and early 90s, the company were quick to demerge from the largely military company Racal and become the Vodafone group in 1991. From there, its growth was meteoric, expanding at a remarkable rate and fast becoming the UK’s largest mobile network. It would later hand that crown off to Orange, T-Mobile and EE, but Vodafone offer more than just mobile phones these days.
The company also offer home broadband services to customers, letting you bolt on Internet as part of your mobile contract, so as to ensure you’ve got blazing fast internet both inside and outside your home (thanks to 4G). Vodafone now offer you granular control over exactly who on your network can access the internet, and who gets priority over others. It’s a neat touch, which alongside Vodafone’s home phone service with free evening and weekend calls, ensures that everything runs smoothly in your home.
Head office: Vodafone Group Plc, Vodafone House, The Connection, Newbury, Berkshire, RG14 2FN, England
Customer services: https://www.vodafone.co.uk/contact-us
Number: 0333 304 0191