Vodafone is a British multinational telecommunications conglomerate with headquarters in London and Newbury, Berkshire. It originated as part of Racal, a British radar and electronics firm founder in 1950.
Racal founded its Vodafone subsidiary in 1983 and won the license to build Britain’s first cellular telephone network, which was launched in 1985. By the early 1990s, Vodafone was purchasing other companies and building network partnerships around the world.
The company roughly doubled its size in 2000 by acquiring German industrial conglomerate Mannesmann AG.
Founded as Mannesmannroehren-Werke in 1890 by Reinhard Mannesmann (1856-1922). Vodafone’s hostile bid for Mannesmann resulted in what was then the largest merger in the world.
In the process, Vodafone had become one of the world’s leading providers of mobile telecommunications services, and it conducted business in more than 30 countries.
It predominantly operates services in the regions of Asia, Africa, Europe, and Oceania. Among mobile operator groups globally, Vodafone ranked 4th (behind China Mobile, Bharti Airtel, and Vodafone Idea) in the number of mobile customers (313 million) as of 2018.
The name Vodafone comes from voice data fone (the latter a sensational spelling of “phone”), chosen by the company to “reflect the provision of voice and data services over mobile phones”.
Vodafone owns and operates networks in 25 countries, and has partner networks in 47 further countries. Its Vodafone Global Enterprise division provides telecommunications and IT services to corporate and help clients in 150 countries.
An established and trusted mobile phone network, Vodafone is now offering ADSL and Fibre Broadband services. Currently offering three main packages, Vodafone Home Broadband is available for both new and existing Vodafone customers (existing customer discounts available), with unlimited usage and at competitive prices.
Vodafone Home Broadband allows users to control their broadband service via the ‘Vodafone Broadband’ app and are able to control their Wi-Fi speeds, allows you to control who is able to use the broadband service and when, as well as the ability to set up a Guest Network for visitors to use.
Vodafone, though big in the world of mobile, is still quite new to broadband. It’s aiming to gain users quickly by selling some of the cheapest fiber broadband deals on the market. But does cheap mean it’s not as good?
Average download speed 35 Mbps and 63 Mbps
Average upload speed 10 Mbps and 20 Mbps
With more and more demand for speed, Vodafone has decided to no longer offer standard broadband, instead choosing to focus on fiber.
Vodafone Speed Test
Here’s how you can check your speed.
To check the speed of your internet to your router, you can download the Vodafone Broadband app from the App Store on an iOS device or the Google Play Store on an Android device.
Download the app and pair it with your router.
To check your internet speed, simply choose Info and Support, and you’ll see the sync speed to your router.
Note: this may be different to the sync speed to your device over WiFi
You can see your line speed in the router setup page (GUI). Type 192.168.1.1 into your browser and log in using the password ‘Vodafone’ and you’ll see the router’s speed displayed on the landing page.
To test your WiFi speed, download the speedtest.net app from the App Store on an iOS device or the Google Play Store on Android Device.
Once downloaded, choose ‘begin test’ and once the test has finished it will show the ping, download speed, and upload speed.
How Fast is Vodafone Internet Speed?
We believe that it’s a conflict of interest when Internet service providers operate their own speed tests. A third party opinion is necessary and the provider should not be allowed anywhere near the process.
When providers host their own speed tests they eliminate the variables that you’re here to test. Namely the Internet route itself. This test is unbiased, it tests and grades all providers on the same criteria.
Other speed tests, especially test offered by your Internet provider try to eliminate routing factors. This can make your connection appear faster than it really is.
Vodafone Superfast 1
With this package, Vodafone is offering an average of 35Mbps download (10Mbps upload). This speed is ideal for a home of four or five people of internet-using age.
Vodafone Superfast 2
Vodafone’s top speed averages just 63Mbps, which sounds rather puny, but is in line with the top speeds of most other providers.
63Mbps (with a 20Mbps upload speed) is best for folks who like to do a lot of stuff online and don’t do most of that stuff together.