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1984 The operating company was Racal-Vodafone Ltd. A new public telephone service based on cellular technology was announced, run by Racal and Millicom. The network would be operated by the AA and Racal, using L. M. Ericsson's Vodafone method
1985 1st January: Racal introduced the Vodafone service
1987 Racal Electronics acquired the 20 percent of Racal-Vodafone that it did not own
1988 Racal-Vodafone Ltd was one of the telephone companies granted a variation in their licence in relation to chatlines
1988 Vodafone was packaged together with other Racal companies to form Racal Telecommunications Group; 20% of Racal Telecom was floated on the London Stock Exchange. This would lead to the situation where Racal Electronics was valued at less than its shareholding in Racal Telecom.
1989 Signed the 500,000th customer, making Vodafone the largest mobile phone company in the world
1991 Racal Telecom was demerged in October 1991 forcing a more positive valuation of the rest of Racal Electronics. The Telecoms company was renamed Vodafone Group plc
Vodafone later became the largest mobile network in the world and the highest valued company on the FTSE 100.
1993 The parent company was Vodafone Group plc
1996 Christopher Gent was appointed chief executive
1999 Acquired US company Airtouch; Vodafone had 28 million customers in 23 countries.
2012 Acquired Cable and Wireless Worldwide.