|Formerly||Omnitel Pronto Italia S.p.A. (1994-2002)|
Vodafone Omnitel S.p.A. (2002-2002)
Vodafone Omnitel N.V. (2002-2013)
Vodafone Omnitel B.V. (2013-2015)
|Products||Mobile and fixed telephony, XDSL, FTTX and FWA communications, Internet|
|Owner||Vodafone Group (100%)|
Vodafone Italia S.p.A. is an Italian telecommunications company, subsidiary of Vodafone Group Plc. It has 30,153,000 mobile phone customers and 3,182,000 fixed phone lines, with respectively a market share of 28.5% and 16%.
The company's headquarters are in Ivrea (TO) and Milan.
Since taking over the company, Vodafone has introduced in Italy services like Vodafone live!, the 3G, 4G and 5G mobile networks, DSL, fiber-optic and FWA services, and Mobile Virtual Network Operators for other corporations.
Vodafone's main competitors are FASTWEB, Iliad, TIM and Wind Tre.
In December 1995, Omnitel Sistemi Radiocellulari Italiani S.p.A. (founded on June 19, 1990, by Olivetti, Lehman Brothers, Bell Atlantic and Telia) and Pronto Italia S.p.A. (made up of Zignago Vetro, AirTouch, Mannesmann, Banca di Roma, Arca merchant, Comeba, Ersel, ERG, Urmet TLC, Spal TLC, Site, Ponti Radio and Fergia) merged into Omnitel Pronto Italia S.p.A., which launched a mobile telephony service, the second in Italy after TIM (formerly SIP). Olivetti, the original majority shareholder, through Omnitel and Infostrada (which dealt instead with fixed telephony), thus competed with Telecom Italia, which until then monopolized the entire telecommunications sector in Italy.
In 1999 Olivetti sold its interest in Omnitel and Infostrada to the German consortium Mannesmann, after Olivetti took control of Telecom Italia.
By 1999, Mannesmann had a majority stake in Omnitel with a 53.7% equity stake. The following year, Vodafone merged with Mannesmann thereby taking control of Omnitel. The merger led in 2002 to the change of company name to Vodafone Omnitel S.p.A., and in the same year the registered office was transferred to Amsterdam, changing the name again to Vodafone Omnitel N.V., legally registered in the Netherlands.
In 2004, the company launched UMTS services in 140 cities and, two years later, also HSPA services.
In 2007, Vodafone bought the Italian and Spanish branches of Tele2.
Following the acquisition of Tele2 Italia (in 2010 renamed TeleTu), in 2008, Vodafone launched in Italy XDSL services, offering Wi-Fi and VoIP to its customers, and between 2013 and 2014, launched also FTTX services.
In 2012 has enabled LTE technology services in Milan and Rome.
On 16 December 2013, following Verizon's sale of the entire share capital held in the company to Vodafone, it was transformed into Vodafone Omnitel B.V.
Between 2014 and 2015, started enabling LTE-A and VoLTE services to its mobile customers, and in 2017 launched LTE-A Pro services in Milan, Palermo and Florence.
On 23 November 2015, the company moved its legal residence in Turin, changing its name to Vodafone Italia S.p.A., returning to be a company legally registered in Italy.
On 23 January 2017, Vodafone founded the subsidiary Vodafone Enabler Italia (VEI) to provide low-cost mobile telephony services in competition with Iliad.
In 2019 launched 5G NR services in Milan, Rome, Turin, Naples and Bologna. Its GigaNetwork 5G is considered the evolution of the previous GigaNetwork 4.5G, which has been re-used to launch the 5G service.
In 2021 the company shuts down its 3G network, in order to enhance the 4G and 5G ones.
Evolution of the company brand and logo:
Omnitel Vodafone (2001-2002)
Vodafone Omnitel (2002-2003)
As of March 31, 2022 Vodafone Italia's mobile network is made from 21,785 physical sites, including:
The national mobile network covers:
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|2G||474 kbit/s||99.8%||GSM / GPRS / EDGE||900 MHz||March 2022|
|4G||150 Mbit/s||50 Mbit/s||7,627||99.0%||LTE||700/800/900/1500/|
|225 Mbit/s||4,000||LTE-A/LTE-A Pro||March 2020|
|5G||1.8 Gbit/s||75 Mbit/s||60||NR||2100/3700 MHz||March 2022|
Vodafone Italia has signed international roaming agreements with 731 operators in 241 countries. As of June 30, 2016, about 150 of these operators in 100 countries allow customers to reach 4G LTE coverage.
Vodafone Italia's fixed network includes 1,254 sites ULL, 326 sites SLU and 19,000 ONU (cabinet) in fiber-optic (FTTC).
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|ADSL||20 Mbit/s||1 Mbit/s||WLR|
|ADSL2+||52% of the population||ULL|
|100 Mbit/s||20 Mbit/s||102 cities||VULA||November 2018|
|200 Mbit/s||2,328 cities||SLU||May 2019|
|FTTH||2.5 Gbit/s||500 Mbit/s||130 cities (on Open Fiber's network)||GPON||May 2021|
18.17 million mobile lines (for a market share of 23.3%)
3.18 million of total fixed lines (for a market share of 16%)
11.98 million SIM (of which 47% is used in applications of info-mobility and Smart card)