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Wind Telecomunicazioni S.p.A. (also known as Wind Italy) was an Italian telecom operator which offers integrated mobile, fixed telephony and Internet services (under Wind brand for mobile and business services and under Infostrada brand for home). Wind Italy had 21.6 million mobile customers with a market share of 22.9% (placing itself behind TIM and Vodafone Italy) and 2.8 million customers on fixed lines with a market share of 13.2% (that makes it the second largest fixed line operator, behind TIM). The company served through a network of 159 owned stores and around 498 exclusive franchised outlets under the WIND brand, as well as 396 electronic chain stores. In 2016, Wind merged with 3 Italy to form Wind Tre.
Headquarters in Rome
|Fate||Merged with 3 Italy into Wind Tre|
|Defunct||December 31, 2016|
|Andrew Mark Davies (Chairman), Maximo Ibarra (CEO)|
|Revenue||€4,428 billion (2015)|
|€945 million (2015)|
Number of employees
Wind was established in 1997 by the Italian Electrical Company Enel, which sold Wind in 2005 to Wind Telecom S.p.A. (former Weather Investments). In 2006 the group appointed Khaled Bichara as the Chief Operating Officer of the company. In 2011 Wind became part of Vimpelcom group, after a merger between the Russian company and the Egyptian Orascom Telecom: the newborn group appointed Khaled Bichara Chairman of Wind and Ossama Bessada CEO, after Luigi Gubitosi's exit.
Wind had run a GSM (900/1800/E900), GPRS, EDGE, UMTS (videocall and mobile broadband), HSPA and LTE network. While the GSM/GPRS/EDGE network is available almost everywhere, UMTS, HSPA and LTE are still expanding in the country. Wind has been also the exclusive provider for Italy of i-mode.
On August 6, 2015 VimpelCom Ltd (Wind) and CK Hutchison Holdings (the owner of Hutchison 3G) have agreed to combine their Italian telecommunications units in a deal valued at 21.8 billion euros ($24 billion), creating a carrier that would unseat Telecom Italia SpA (Telecom Italia Mobile) as the country’s largest wireless provider by customers.
In 2009, it launched a project named 10decimi which was meant to facilitate the communication between donors and the charities they support. The venture won them the "Lombard Elite - The Milan Finance Company" award for their dedication to Corporate Social Responsibility.
In 2015, it was awarded the title of Telecommunications Operator of the Year in Italy.
Wind was the main sponsor of A.S. Roma football club until 2013.
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- Official website—(in English)