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Vodafone Romania

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Vodafone Romania S.A.
  • Connex
  • Connex-Vodafone
Company typeSubsidiary
Founded1997; 27 years ago (1997) (as Connex GSM)
HeadquartersBucharest, Romania
Key people
Achilleas Kanaris (CEO)
Revenue818,000,000 Euro (2018) Edit this on Wikidata
38,100,000 Euro (2018) Edit this on Wikidata
Number of employees
2,340 (2018) Edit this on Wikidata
ParentVodafone Group

Vodafone Romania S.A. is a Romanian telecommunications operator owned by Vodafone Group.[1] It launched in April 1997 as the first GSM network in Romania.

Before acquisition by Vodafone Group, it was known as Connex, after which it was rebranded Connex-Vodafone and in April 2006, the Connex name was dropped, the operator being simply known as Vodafone Romania, aligning itself with the global Vodafone brand.

Vodafone Romania is a wholly owned subsidiary of Vodafone Group, and is the seventh-largest Vodafone subsidiary in the world by number of subscribers. Vodafone became the majority stakeholder after it brought 79% of Mobifon's shares from Canadian company Telesystems International Wireless, which had been the previous majority shareholder. Furthermore, it recently acquired 5% of Mobifon's shares from Canadian Entrepreneur Elani Grobler.

The operator is the main competitor of Orange for the 22.8 million active mobile telephony users in Romania.[2] Connex, the ancestor of Vodafone Romania, held the largest number of subscribers, except the year 2000, until September 2004, when Orange edged ahead.

The motto of Vodafone is Trăiește fiecare clipă (rendered in English by the company as Make the most of now, a more accurate translation would be "Live every moment"). Previous mottos were: Tu faci viitorul (You create the future) and Viitorul sună bine (The future sounds good).

Brands of Vodafone

Vodafone headquarters in Bucharest, Romania

Vodafone Romania (and Connex before it) used numerous others brands. They include:


  • 1998: SMS services introduced
  • 1999: Xnet Internet service introduced; High Speed Circuit Switched Data (HSCSD) technology introduced; mobile phones running on Connex donated to ambulance service of Oradea (first Romanian company to do so)
  • 2000: WAP mobile Internet services launched
  • 2001: myX, Romania's first mobile portal launched; SMS services such as dating, ringtones and logos are introduced; GPRS service launched
A former "Connex Center" rebranded as Vodafone in Iaşi, Romania.
  • 2002: GPRS prepaid introduced; first company in Europe to introduce World Wide Number (WWN) facilities; mobile banking introduced in cooperation with Banca Comerciala Romana (BCR).
  • 2003: myBanking introduced – a service in collaboration with Raiffeisen Bank, for customers to pay Connex bills and do banking automatically
  • 2003: Connex Meeting Call introduced.
  • 2005: 3G services based on W-CDMA introduced, giving way to video telephony and broadband internet via mobile phone.
  • 2005: In partnership with RIM, Connex launches the second BlackBerry service in Romania.
  • 2005: Liliana Solomon is named CEO of Connex.
  • 1 November 2005: The name of the operator is changed to Connex-Vodafone.
  • 27 April 2006: The name of the operator is changed to Vodafone Romania.
  • 2018: Vodafone acquires Liberty Global's Romanian operations, UPC Romania.[3]

Radio frequency summary


The following is a list of known frequencies which Vodafone employs in Romania:

Frequencies used on the Vodafone Romania Network
MCC MNC Frequency Band number Protocol (Downlink/Uplink speed) Class Notes
226 01 900 MHz 8 GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G
226 01 1800 MHz 3 GSM/GPRS/EDGE 2G
226 01 900 MHz 8 UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+ (21.6 Mbit/s/5.76 Mbit/s) 3G
226 01 2100 MHz 1 UMTS/HSPA/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (43.2 Mbit/s/5.76 Mbit/s) 3G
226 01 800 MHz 20 LTE (75 Mbit/s/37.5 Mbit/s) 4G Downlink speeds can be up to 225Mbit/s through CA_3A_20A
226 01 1800 MHz 3 LTE (150 Mbit/s/50 Mbit/s) 4G Downlink speeds can be up to 225Mbit/s through CA_3A_20A
226 01 2100 MHz 1 LTE (75 Mbit/s/37.5 Mbit/s) 4G

See also



  1. ^ "Vodafone Romania S.A.: Private Company Information". bloomberg.com. Retrieved 11 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Piaţa serviciilo de comunnicaţii electronice din România (The market of electronic communications services in Romania)" (PDF) (in Romanian). Retrieved 2023-12-15.
  3. ^ "VODAFONE TO ACQUIRE LIBERTY GLOBAL'S OPERATIONS IN GERMANY, THE CZECH REPUBLIC, HUNGARY AND ROMANIA". Vodafone Group. 9 May 2018. Archived from the original on 2 August 2018. Retrieved 12 February 2020.