Vodafone Moving in to Enterprise Comms with New Acquisitions

Vodafone has announced 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 offering seamless communications to its customers, regardless of network or technology.

The partnership and acquisitions form a key part of Vodafone UK’s enterprise mobility consultancy and delivery capability strategy. Earlier this year the company launched their own broadband services portfolio.

Vodafone UK has signed a conditional contract to acquire Aspective Limited, a consultancy and service provider with core skills in mobilising enterprise applications. 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.

In addition, Vodafone UK has signed an exclusive strategic partnership with Fiberlink, a 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.

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.”