Press Kit

About Vodafone Malta

The 25th of July, 1990 was the start of a new chapter in the history of telecommunications in Malta. It was the day when Vodafone (then Telecell) established itself as the first mobile phone network operator and service provider on the Maltese Islands. Although the Malta business is one of the smallest companies in Vodafone, it was one of Vodafone’s first ventures beyond the UK and over the years, it has introduced a series of firsts to the market. It introduced its GSM network in 1997, the same year that Telecell rebranded to Vodafone.

It was the first to introduce GPRS in 2001 and the first to deploy 3G in 2006. In 2013, Vodafone Malta was the first to deploy 4G across the Maltese islands and the first to introduce plans with integrated roaming for clients on both prepaid and postpaid agreements within EU member states in 2016.

In 2017, Vodafone became the first network to introduce superfast 4.5G to the Maltese islands, making it the country’s fastest network. The new technology allows for the downloading of data at unprecedented speeds, 60 per cent faster than 4G, at up to 210 Mbps.

Vodafone Malta has also contributed positively by investing in a more sustainable society. Since 2003, the Vodafone Malta Foundation has donated over €3 million to local causes across Malta and Gozo.

About Vodafone Group

Vodafone Group is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone Group has mobile operations in 25 countries, partners with mobile networks in 45 more, and fixed broadband operations in 18 markets. As of 31 March 2018, Vodafone Group had 535.8 million mobile customers and 19.7 million fixed broadband customers, including India and all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.

For media enquiries, please contact Kim Dalli, Corporate Affairs Senior Executive, on kim.dalli@vodafone.com.

Sonia Hernandez – Chief Executive Officer

Sonia Hernandez joined Vodafone in 2012 as the head of supply chain radio access at the Vodafone Procurement Company (VPC) in Luxembourg. In 2015 she was promoted to Group supply chain commercial and services director and was responsible for expenditure across all operating companies, in the areas of Marketing, Customer Care, Human Resources, Business Services and Real Estate. She also was a member of the Board of Directors of the VPC.

Currently she is a member of the Board of Directors of Vodafone Germany and Kabel Deutschland.

Throughout her career, Ms Hernandez has occupied key roles is sales, human resources and supply chain management. Prior to joining Vodafone, she worked for Siemens Mobile Communications and was in charge of global sales account management for international accounts such as Telefonica and Telecom Italia.

She was a key contributor to the growth of the Siemens mobile and Nokia Siemens Networks business in Latin America. She then made a career change to human resources management, and served as Head of HR for Nokia Siemens Networks.

In June 2018, Ms Hernandez joined Vodafone Malta as Chief Executive Officer. She speaks five languages fluently and studied Electrical Engineering at the Technical University of Madrid.