UK-based Vodafone and DOCOMO Pacific have announced a new Partner Market agreement for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), building on Vodafone’s strategic partnership with Japan’s NTT DOCOMO. Under the non-equity partnership agreement, DOCOMO Pacific, a wholly-owned subsidiary of NTT DOCOMO, will become Vodafone’s preferred partner in Guam and the CNMI and the two companies will jointly offer business and consumer customers a range of products and services. Jonathan Kriegel, CEO at DOCOMO Pacific, said: ‘With the combination of our parent company NTT DOCOMO and our new partnership with Vodafone, we are best positioned to bring the people of Guam a truly superior customer experience complete with a world class network, products and services.’
According to a press release, DOCOMO Pacific will benefit from access to Vodafone best practice and will be able to enhance its customer proposition in Guam and the CNMI with the firm’s products and services. Vodafone’s multinational corporate customers will benefit from the addition of Guam and the CNMI to their existing contracts for international managed services, while continuing to be serviced via a single point of contact.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database states that NTT DOCOMO acquired DOCOMO Pacific – originally a merger of mobile operators Guamcell Communications and HafaTel – in December 2006. The combined entity subsequently launched 3.5G services in 2008, while an HSPA+ upgrade was rolled out in November 2011 and 4G LTE followed in October 2012. Also that year NTT DOCOMO agreed to buy MCV Broadband, a supplier of cable TV, telephony and high speed internet services in Guam and the CNMI from New York City-based investment company Seaport Capital, and the deal was completed in May 2013.