Voda: a “Total Comms Provider”

Vodafone UK today announces an exclusive partnership and the acquisition of two companies, as part of its longer-term plan to evolve from a mobile-focused company to a total communications provider.
Vodafone UK has signed a conditional contract to acquire Aspective Limited, a respected consultancy and service provider with core skills in mobilising enterprise applications. Aspective specialise in the mobilisation of enterprise applications such as CRM and Field Sales Automation – an area in which Vodafone UK is seeing increasing demand from its enterprise customers.

The company has also acquired Isis Telecommunications Management Limited, a leading provider of customer services, fleet management and bespoke managed services to the business market. Isis is a mobile service provision business, which offers bespoke services for small to medium sized businesses, with a particular strength in billing arrangements for customers with special requirements.

In addition, Vodafone UK has signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Fiberlink, a leading specialist in secure mobile working. Under the terms of the deal, Vodafone will be the only mobile provider of Fiberlink in the UK, and will offer Fiberlink’s platform exclusively for mobile workforce services in the UK.  The agreement with Fiberlink is effective from January 1 2007 for three years.

Fiberlink’s Extend360 Mobility Platform is planned as a one-stop shop solution to the challenges posed by the increasing mobilisation of companies’ workforces and will offer enterprise customers in the UK secure remote access across any bearer.  In addition the service will be scalable with options which will meet all business needs and will feature a single user interface allowing secure access to the corporate network via a LAN connection, Vodafone 3G broadband, WLAN, dial up, Wi-Fi hotspot or Broadband.

Kyle Whitehill, Director of Vodafone UK’s Enterprise Business Unit, comments: “We are focused on developing our capability in three core areas: applications, access and service. In the next three years Vodafone UK will become much more than a mobile network operator and will play a significant role as an integrator of seamless communications. Today’s announcements are testament to our commitment to this strategy with the acquisition of skills and capabilities in all three of these core areas.”

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