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Press Release | 04 Nov 2021

Vodafone Business and Microsoft collaborate to help boost digital transformation for businesses in Europe

Vodafone Business and Microsoft collaborate to help boost digital transformation for businesses in Europe

Five-year agreement to deliver cloud-based services to support innovation, growth and provide tools for hybrid work.

4th November 2021: Vodafone Business and Microsoft have announced a new, five-year strategic relationship to support small and medium-sized businesses across Europe on their digital transformation journeys.

Together, the technology companies will deliver new end-to-end cloud-based services that will leverage 5G, edge computing and IoT capabilities to support growth and deliver innovative tools for hybrid work.

Mark Allinson, Strategy and Development Director, Vodafone Business, said: “For businesses to become truly digital, they need networks, cloud and security to work in harmony. Together with Microsoft we are providing solutions that can be rapidly deployed and easily managed to support new ways of working and constantly improve business processes. This marks another step towards Vodafone becoming a SME Champion and a platform-based business.”

The agreement builds on an existing relationship and will provide customers with seamless cloud experiences that are flexible, secure, easy-to-use and future-ready – supporting organisations as they transition operations to run outside of legacy infrastructure with professional and managed services that bring the network, cloud and security together to secure and optimise application performance.

Combining Vodafone Business’ global footprint and strengths in emerging connectivity technologies with Microsoft’s leading cloud platforms, Vodafone’s customers will have direct access to Microsoft 365, Teams Phone System and Microsoft Azure. Boosting productivity, these tools mean employees can stay connected when working remotely and share information in near real-time.

As part of the agreement, the companies will collaborate and co-innovate to deliver new offerings in areas such as Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC) and the Internet of Things (IoT), bringing the benefits of 5G and Mobile Private Networks (MPNs) to life.

The first area of collaboration is Mixed Reality. Using Vodafone Business’ dedicated edge computing services with Microsoft’s software and HoloLens 2 headset, organisations can improve operations and remote working experiences. They can also create smoother onboarding and training processes for employees.

In a manufacturing setting, for example, this immersive technology allows engineers to complete maintenance procedures in half the time. New trainees can learn to operate machinery remotely by following step-by-step instructions, helping speed up assembly, bringing greater precision and enhancing efficiency on the factory floor.

With instant access to experts at any time, and from anywhere, the accuracy of tasks is improved. The hands-free nature of this technology means workers can follow instructions and advice while still paying full attention to their physical surroundings, supporting safety and compliance.

“More than ever before, small and medium-size businesses across Europe and Africa need secure and reliable solutions and services that enable real-time communication, collaboration and innovation in order to transform their businesses and realise growth,” said Rodney Clark, Corporate Vice President, Channel Sales, Microsoft.

“We are thrilled to collaborate with Vodafone Business to bring innovative Microsoft cloud solutions, that leverage 5G and edge computing services and support new ways of working, to market.”

These new services will be available to Vodafone Business customers across Europe from 4 November 2021.

Find out more about Vodafone and Microsoft’s Mixed Reality services.

About Vodafone UK

Vodafone UK is a technology communications company that connects people, businesses and devices to help our customers benefit from digital innovation. Our services span mobile, fixed-line connections, home and office broadband, and the Internet of Things (IoT).

We have a strong track record as a tech pioneer, making the UK’s first mobile phone call, sending the first text message, and making the UK’s first live holographic call using 5G in 2018. We were also the first to start carrying live 5G traffic from a site in Salford, Greater Manchester. As of June 2021, we have 5G in 364 locations across Europe – 124 in the UK and 240 across Germany, Spain, Italy and Ireland. Our 4G network coverage currently reaches over 99% of the UK population.

Today, Vodafone serves more than 18 million mobile and fixed-line customers in the UK. To help deliver Gigabit UK, our full-fibre broadband roll-out programme now covers 24 UK towns and cities, rising to 34 over the coming months, through partnerships with CityFibre and Openreach. By spring 2022, our target is to make full fibre services available to more than eight million homes across the UK.

Sustainability is also at the heart of what we do: as of 1 July 2021, 100% of the grid electricity we use in the UK is certified to be from renewable sources.

For more information about Vodafone UK please visit: www.vodafone.co.uk.

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