Vodafone Italia S.p.A.
FormerlyOmnitel 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)
Company typeS.p.A.
FoundedJanuary 1994; 30 years ago (1994-01)
  • Omnitel Sistemi Radiocellulari Italiani
  • Pronto Italia
Area served
Key people
ProductsMobile and fixed telephony, XDSL, FTTX and FWA communications, Internet
OwnerVodafone (100%)
ParentVodafone Group
SubsidiariesVEI (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%.[1][2] 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[3][4]) merged into Omnitel Pronto Italia S.p.A., which launched a mobile telephony service, the second in Italy after TIM (formerly SIP).[5] 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 this time, 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. Two years later, it lso launched HSPA services. In 2007, Vodafone bought the Italian and Spanish branches of Tele2.[6]

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.[7] 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.[8]

On 23 January 2017, Vodafone launched the brand ho-mobile, to provide low-cost mobile telephony services in competition with Iliad.[9] 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. On 15 March 2024, Swisscom purchases 100% of Vodafone Italy for 8 billion euros, thus merging it with its subsidiary FASTWEB. As part of the agreement, Vodafone will continue to provide certain services, such as branding, to FASTWEB for up to 5 years.[10][11][12][13][14][15]

Brand identity

Evolution of the company brand and logo:[16]

Network and coverage

Mobile network

As of March 31, 2022 Vodafone Italia's mobile network is made from 21,785 physical sites, including:

The national mobile network covers:

Network Full Speed Coverage System Update
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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/
1800/2100/2600 MHz
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

International roaming

Vodafone Italia has signed international roaming agreements with 731 operators in 241 countries.[citation needed] As of June 30, 2016, about 150 of these operators in 100 countries allow customers to reach 4G LTE coverage.[citation needed]

Fixed network

Vodafone Italia's fixed network includes 1,254 sites ULL, 326 sites SLU and 19,000 ONU (cabinet) in fiber-optic (FTTC).[citation needed]

Technology Full Speed Coverage Typology Update
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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


Mobile telephony

Decrease 18.17 million mobile lines (for a market share of 23.3%)[2]

Decrease 14.69 million consumer mobile lines (21.6%) and Decrease 3.43 million business mobile lines (34.4%)
Decrease 15.43 million prepaid mobile lines (22.3%) and Increase 2.71 million subscription mobile lines (30.7%)

Fixed telephony

Increase 3.18 million of total fixed lines (for a market share of 16%)[2]

Decrease 447.400 fixed broadband lines (for a market share of 10.1%)
Increase 2.60 million fixed ultra-broadband lines (for a market share of 18%)


Increase 11.98 million SIM (of which 47% is used in applications of info-mobility and Smart card)[2]

See also


  1. ^ "Chi Siamo - Vodafone Italia". corporate.vodafone.it. Retrieved 17 May 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d "Osservatorio sulle comunicazioni". www.agcom.it (in Italian). Retrieved 10 March 2022.
  3. ^ "Zignago esce da Pronto Italia, cede ad AirTouch e a Mannesmann". Corriere della Sera. 14 September 1996. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2011.
  4. ^ "Pronto Italia stanzia 250 miliardi". Corriere della Sera. 14 January 1994. Archived from the original on 22 June 2015.
  5. ^ "640 in rete al servizio del cellulare". Corriere della Sera. 22 December 1995. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015.
  6. ^ "Vodafone to acquire Tele2's businesses in Italy and Spain". vodafone.com. 6 October 2007. Archived from the original on 8 January 2010. Retrieved 13 January 2010.
  7. ^ "Vodafone Omnitel cambia ragione sociale". cellularitalia.com (in Italian). December 2013. Archived from the original on 12 August 2014. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  8. ^ "Vodafone Informa". www.vodafone.it (in Italian). Archived from the original on 1 December 2016. Retrieved 15 September 2016.
  9. ^ Filippo Vendrame (31 January 2018). "Vodafone, il suo operatore virtuale è pronto". WebNews. Retrieved 6 July 2018.
  10. ^ Times, The Swiss (28 February 2024). "Swisscom Want to Buy Vodafone & Merge it With Fastweb". The Swiss Times. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  11. ^ Doran, Neal; Purnell2024-02-28T13:34:00, Joseph. "Vodafone lines up Italy escape, taking €8bn in Fastweb cash". TelcoTitans.com. Retrieved 15 March 2024.((cite web)): CS1 maint: numeric names: authors list (link)
  12. ^ Sharma, Ray. "Swisscom to Acquire Vodafone Italia from Vodafone Group, to Merge with Fastweb". www.thefastmode.com. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  13. ^ "Swisscom buys Vodafone Italia in $8.7 billion deal". Yahoo Finance. 15 March 2024. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  14. ^ "Swisscom to Buy Vodafone's Italian Business for €8 Billion". Bloomberg.com. 15 March 2024. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  15. ^ Lead, Telecom (15 March 2024). "Swisscom Announces EUR 8 Billion Acquisition Deal with Vodafone Italia". TelecomLead. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  16. ^ "La nostra storia - Vodafone Italia". corporate.vodafone.it. Retrieved 17 May 2013.