Azerfon inks partnership deal with Vodafone, rolls out 3G network

23 Jul 2009

UK-based ¬telecoms group Vodafone has announced a non-equity partnership deal with Azeri mobile operator Azerfon to offer co-branded services. Under the agreement, Azerfon has exclusive access to a range of products, services and devices from Vodafone in Azerbaijan. Vodafone’s products and services will be marketed in Azerbaijan under a co-branded approach and as part of a phased roll out Vodafone will provide the Azeri cellco’s customers with network access across 67 countries where the UK company has a presence. The pair will also collaborate jointly on future technological developments. Azerfon, which is currently constructing a 3G network in the country, will also be able to benefit from Vodafone’s experience in rolling out high speed mobile data networks and mobile broadband products, working with leading global equipment providers. Commenting on the benefits of the partnership, Guido Helbich, CEO of Azerfon, said: ‘The strategic partnership between Azerfon and Vodafone is of great importance to both companies. It is a logical step for Azerfon as the fastest growing mobile operator in the country to continue the development benefiting from Vodafone’s expertise and world-wide success together with the provision of best in class and most innovative products and services from around the world on the local market. It will allow us to reach our potential and better develop the ICT sphere of Azerbaijan.’

Azerbaijan, Azerfon (Nar), Vodafone Group