Vodafone deepens equipment and purchasing ties with Swisscom

Vodafone extended its partnership deal with Swisscom to boost support for multinational companies and improve joint equipment purchasing deals.

Vodafone said the existing partnership it has with Swisscom, the country's dominant telco, will now include enhanced roaming arrangements for international travellers and closer working on acquiring handsets, network equipment, service platforms and other infrastructure.

The UK-based company said that this new five-year agreement would be an extension of the deal signed in 2006 following the sale by Vodafone of its 25 per cent shareholding in Swisscom back to the company for $3.5 billion.

Morten Lundal, Vodafone's chief commercial officer, said in a statement: "Switzerland is an important communications market and we are pleased to be extending our partnership with Swisscom, the market leader. The agreement enhances our ability to serve our international customers headquartered in Switzerland and to continue to offer them a full range of international products and services."

This move by Vodafone, which has attracted 42 companies to join its Partner Market programme, follows a similar partnership deal signed last week between Telefónica and Sunrise, Switzerland's second largest operator.

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