With over 144 million customers, Vodafone is the leading private telephony service provider in India. Operations by the telecommunication company were launched in 1994. A prestigious fact about Vodafone is that in 2011 it was awarded for the Best Mobile Service Provider. For the convenience of its customers, the company runs a single number which functions as the customer care number and also the helpline number of Vodafone. From anywhere in India and at any time, using a Vodafone mobile phone Indian Vodafone user can dial 111. Headquartered in London, United Kingdom, Vodafone Group Plc. (LSE: VOD, NASDAQ: VOD) is a multinational British telecommunication company. Some interesting details about Vodafone -- with over 391 million subscribers as of September 2011, it is the world’s second-largest telecommunications company measured by subscribers (behind China mobile) and the world’s largest measured by revenues. Vodafone has partner networks in over 40 countries and itself owns and operates its networks in over 30 countries. Measured by subscribers, Verizon Wireless is the largest mobile telecommunications company in the Unites States and Vodafone owns 45% of Verizon Wireless. Chosen by the company to “reflect the provision of voice and data services over mobile phones” the name Vodafone comes from this thought. Financial information about Vodafone states that is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index and has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange. As of 23 December 2011, Vodafone was the second-largest of any company listed on the London Stock Exchange with a market capitalization of approximately £89.4 billion. It has a secondary listing on NASDAQ.
In countries where the Vodafone Group does not hold an equity stake, it has entered into partnerships with local network operators. With different brand associations, Vodafone and its partner operators spread the global products and services that let customers know about Vodafone. This strategy helps Vodafone to launch services in new regions and create efficiency and value to their partners' customers and to Vodafone's own customers without actually having to make an equity investment in those countries.
Currently, Vodafone is also planning of expanding its services within the Indian sub-continent beyond just mobile phone services and is looking to provide internet and other wireless products.