Vodafone boosts roaming reach via Hutchison

Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong is teaming up with Vodafone Global Enterprise to enhance its enterprise services and expand its roaming footprint.
The partnership - which is part of a deal that Vodafone signed with the Conexus Mobile Alliance last September – will see Hutchison Telecom offer its multinational customers a range of managed services and solutions provided by Vodafone, including consolidated bid management for RFPs, single master service agreement, central procurement system and online telecom expense management.
Amy Lung, chief operating officer of Hutchison Telecom Hong Kong, says the partnership also helps extend its roaming coverage to 65 networks worldwide. “It allows us to get better roaming rates, which provide us with more flexibility to provide cheaper and diversified roaming packages to our customers,” she notes, adding that the company aims to deliver cost savings of up to 50% to its customers.
The two companies will also work together on launching new services like M2M and new devices, Lung added.
Lung said the partnership will focus on 3G/HSPDA services only. Lung noted that Hutchison Telecom has yet decided the exact launch date of the LTE network, which will be operated by Genius Brand, its 4G joint venture formed with PCCW’s Hong Kong Telecom.
“We would launch the [4G] service only when there are sufficient LTE handsets in the market,” she said. “We want to make sure that the time we launch LTE, it’s not with just one single dongle.”