- For the successor of the Idea and Vodafone brands in India, see Vi. Not to be confused with Hutch in Sri Lanka.
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Vodafone was one of the largest telecom companies in India. It was originally branded as Max Touch (Orange in 2000–2006) in Mumbai, and as Hutch in the rest of the country. On 21 September 2007, the Hutch brand in India was replaced by Vodafone, as a joint venture with the Essar group.
After the arrival of newcomer Jio, Vodafone India merged with its competitor Idea Cellular on 30 August 2018, creating Vodafone Idea Limited. Both the Idea and Vodafone brands were used until 7 September 2020, when a new brand called Vi was launched.
Max Touch (Mumbai circle only)
Orange (Mumbai circle only)
On 14 February 2000, the Orange brand was introduced in Mumbai by Hutchison Telecom. France Télécom bought the rights to the Orange brand in May that year, and renamed itself to Orange S.A. in 2013. The Orange brand in Mumbai was discontinued in January 2006 and replaced by Hutch.
2003–2005 (except Mumbai)
2005–2007 (pan-India including Mumbai)
Vodafone bought out the shares of Hutchison Telecom in May 2007, and the joint venture with the Essar group was renamed from Hutchison Essar Limited to Vodafone Essar Limited in July 2007. On 21 September 2007, the Hutch brand in India was officially replaced by the Vodafone brand.
On 31 August 2018, the merger between the Aditya Birla Group–owned Idea Cellular and Vodafone India was completed, creating Vodafone Idea Limited, which was at the time the biggest telecom operator in India by subscribers and the second-biggest in the world after China Mobile (excluding Vodafone Group itself). It has since been overtaken by Jio.
Both the Vodafone and Idea brands were retained as consumer brands until 7 September 2020, when they were replaced by the new Vi brand.
|Subsidiaries, joint ventures and licensees:|
Europe: Albania | Channel Islands (Airtel-Vodafone)1 | Cyprus (Cytamobile-Vodafone) | Czech Republic (Oskarta) | Germany | Greece | Hungary | Ireland | Italy | Netherlands2 (50%) (Vodafone | Ziggo) | Northern Cyprus (Telsim Vodafone) | Portugal (Yorn) | Romania | Spain (Lowi | yu) | Turkey | United Kingdom (Talkmobile | Voxi)
Divested: SmarTone (Hong Kong) | Verizon Wireless5 (United States) | J-PHONE–Vodafone (Japan) | Si.mobil–Vodafone (Slovenia) | Europolitan–Vodafone (Sweden) | MTC–Vodafone (Bahrain) | Orange (United Kingdom)
|Affiliate company: CK Asset Holdings
Divested operations: Israel: Partner
A.S. Watson Group (75%)8:
Asian operations: Mainland China, Taiwan, Macau, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, Indonesia: Watsons | Hong Kong: Watsons | ParknShop | Taste | Fusion | Great | Gourmet | SU-PA-DE-PA | Fortress | Watson's Wine
Infrastructure and Energy:
|Current telecommunications operations|
Europe: Belgium | France (Sosh) | Luxembourg | Moldova | Poland | Romania | Slovakia | Spain (Amena | Jazztel | Simyo)
Former subsidiaries and brand licensees