BT Wholesale Supporting Vodafone Entrance into SME UC Market

Vodafone UK and BT have extended their long term partnership that will see Vodafone provide fixed line communications targeting small to medium sized businesses (SMEs) in the UK.

The managed services agreement with BT Wholesale, underpins the launch of Vodafone One Net, a communications service aimed at SME customers offering – one number for fixed and mobile phones, one voicemail and one contract through one service provider for a fixed price. It further demonstrates Vodafone’s commitment to delivering unified communications services, across all of its customers.

Vodafone One Net builds on the June 09 introduction of Vodafone One for corporate customers offering integrated fixed, mobile and data services at a standard price per user.

Under the five year deal, BT Wholesale will provide IP-enabled voice and broadband as a dedicated business-ready managed service to Vodafone UK, delivering a fixed-line solution that ensures nationwide coverage to complement Vodafone’s existing mobile business services. Vodafone customers will receive a national broadband service at the highest speeds available through the new service in their area. They will also have the ability to upgrade to next generation broadband services as and when they become available.

The agreement will enable Vodafone to extend its existing service portfolio without the need for capital investment to build its own IP network.

Peter Kelly, Enterprise Director at Vodafone UK, said: “BT Wholesale will provide a crucial link in our ability to offer our SME and small business customers a complete service that addresses both their fixed and mobile communications needs.”

Sally Davis, CEO at BT Wholesale, said: “Today’s agreement builds on our existing strategic partnership with Vodafone and is yet further evidence of BT Wholesale’s track record in helping BT’s customers, from consumers to other fixed and mobile service providers, thrive in today’s challenging economy.”

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