Vodafone and SFR strengthen strategic global alliance
Vodafone and SFR, the second largest French telecommunications company, today agreed to renew their strategic global alliance for a further four years. The two companies will continue to provide fixed and mobile telecommunications services to multi-national customers in France as well as roaming services for consumers travelling in and from the country.
The non-equity Partner Market agreement reaffirms SFR as Vodafone’s strategic partner in France and builds on the strong cooperation which has existed between the two companies since 2002. France is an important enterprise market for Vodafone with a significant number of the Group’s multinational customers either headquartered or having a satellite office there.
SFR Business Team and Vodafone Global Enterprise - the companies’ business units that provide communications services to multinational companies - will work together on new business opportunities, including machine-to-machine (M2M) services, 3G and 4G roaming and unified communications across France and the rest of the world. Vodafone will also continue to offer SFR a range of Vodafone Global Enterprise services such as One Net - its converged communications product - for use by customers in France.
Vodafone Group Chief Executive Vittorio Colao, said: “Our agreement with SFR builds on a longstanding and successful collaboration that began more than eleven years ago, and I’m delighted that this will continue in future.”
SFR’s CEO Jean-Yves Charlier, commented: “SFR has been a leading player in the French telecommunications for many years. This latest agreement with Vodafone bolsters both companies’ positions in the key enterprise market in France. ”
SFR customers will have access to Vodafone’s mobile and fixed networks covering nearly 30 countries as well as approximately 50 Vodafone Partner Markets networks worldwide.
Vodafone is one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies by revenue with approximately 419 million customers in its controlled and jointly controlled markets as of 31 December 2013. Vodafone has equity interests in telecommunications operations in nearly 30 countries and around 50 partner networks worldwide. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.
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