TELECOM & INTERNET | Staff Reporter, Singapore

Now we know why Vodafone is dropping M1

There’s no better way to spell competition, as StarHub will become the exclusive partner of Vodafone exactly the day after its deal with M1 ends.

In a release, StarHub and Vodafone announced that they have agreed to form a strategic partnership that will bring world-class mobile services to enterprise customers in Singapore, with unique Vodafone Global Enterprise services and an extensive global mobile footprint. StarHub will become the exclusive partner of Vodafone in Singapore with effect from 1 January 2012.

StarHub is a member of Conexus Mobile Alliance (Conexus), one of Asia’s largest mobile alliances with presence in 10 countries/regions. Vodafone is one of the world’s largest mobile communications companies with equity interests in over 30 countries and more than 40 partner networks worldwide. The partnership with these two prominent groups will allow StarHub to offer first-class, innovative mobile services to enterprises in Singapore.

It will also cater to the growing demand for data roaming on smartphone and mobile broadband. This means that corporate and retail customers can look forward to more innovative services and packages as well as further enhanced roaming experience abroad with StarHub.

"We are extremely delighted with the opportunity to form a strategic partnership with Vodafone in Singapore, enabling us to provide an even more comprehensive range of products and services for our enterprise customers locally and globally. In addition, this will allow StarHub to ride on the global mobile networks of Conexus and Vodafone to offer quality and cost-effective roaming services to all our customers. This is particularly important with the rapid growth of smartphone and mobile broadband data roaming," said Mr Neil Montefiore, CEO of StarHub.

StarHub and Vodafone will jointly provide multinational corporations (MNCs) in Singapore that are named Vodafone Global enterprise accounts, with mobile services as well as access to Vodafone Global Enterprise products and services. Companies can also look forward to innovative mobile pricing plans across the StarHub-Vodafone-Conexus networks for their growing local and global needs.

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