Bouygues Telecom looks to gain scale with Telefónica partnership

Bouygues Telecom, France's third largest operator, is joining the Partners Programme run by Telefónica, the giant Spanish telecoms provider. The companies said the agreement will benefit Bouygues by providing it access to Telefónica's scale, and the two will co-operate on business and technical topics.

The deal, which Telefónica aims to offer to a selected number of operators, includes collaboration on roaming services, devices and providing services to multinational customers. Of note, Bouygues will also have access to the Spanish operator's global procurement agreement.

"Given our complementarity and affinity, as well as Bouygues Telecom excellent track record, we are positive that our enhanced business cooperation will be quite fruitful and will create value to both companies," Mario Martin, Telefónica's director of strategic alliances, said in a statement. 

Telefónica also mentioned that the commercial agreement with Bouygues Telecom did not rule out further areas where the two firms might co-operate.

France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom recently signed a deal that included joint procurement, with TeliaSonera agreeing to join the European giants on cross-border M2M co-operation, and equipment standards and sourcing.

For more:
- see this release
- see this Telecom Paper article (sub. req.)

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