Vodafone GmbH is a German subsidiary of Vodafone Group plc, a company based in the UK. It provides mobile phone, DSL, LTE, cable internet, landlines, cable TV and IPTV services to customers in Germany. As of the second quarter of 2016, Vodafone GmbH has 41.89 million mobile customers in Germany, making it the second largest provider of mobile phone services in Germany (the largest being Telefónica Germany.) The company's headquarters are in the Düsseldorf suburb of Heerdt, with regional offices throughout Germany.
|Subsidiary of Vodafone Group plc|
|Founded||1990 (as Mannesmann Mobilfunk GmbH)|
2002 (as Vodafone D2 GmbH)
|Hannes Ametsreiter (CEO)|
|Products||Prepaid and postpaid mobile phones, DSL, IPTV, cable internet, cable television|
Number of employees
|Parent||Vodafone Group plc|
The company in its present form resulted from Vodafone's takeover of the German engineering group Mannesmann GmbH in 2000. On 8 December 1989, the West German Federal Ministry for Posts and Telecommunications (de; one of several predecessors of the present-day Bundesnetzagentur) awarded the second digital GSM-900 (also known as D-Netz (de; lit. D-Network) in Germany) network in Germany to Mannesmann, as the first private company in Germany to break the monopoly of the telecommunications services operated by Deutsche Bundespost (now Deutsche Telekom). This licence was subsequently expanded to cover the former East Germany after German reunification in 1991. Mannesmann subsequently began operations of its mobile network on 30 June 1992. It was rebranded Vodafone D2 in 2002.
Vodafone Germany's network serves both prepaid and postpaid customers on GSM and UMTS (with HSDPA). In December 2010, Vodafone started providing LTE (Long Term Evolution) services, and launched HD Voice in October 2016.
At the end of 2010, Vodafone had 36.676 million mobile phone or mobile internet customers and 3.945 million customers with a DSL / VDSL connection.
As of 2014, the company owns around 75% of Kabel Deutschland.
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