Vodafone and Russian operator MTS announced an extension of an existing strategic partnership through to 2023, as part of plans to further streamline operations.
Under the new agreement, the companies will build on their “successful track record” of close collaboration across procurement, marketing and network operations dating back to 2008.
Additionally, the strategic partnership will see a series of joint projects to identify fresh opportunities to enhance business operations, drive technology innovation and strengthen strategic execution across the consumer and enterprise sectors.
The companies will also share best practices for strategically important areas such as “approaches to accelerate digital transformation and speeding up the launch of innovative new products and solutions”. The agreement also gives MTC access to Vodafone’s scale and expertise across network and IT management, supply chain and equipment procurement.
Alexander Gorbunov, MTS strategy and development VP, said: “Partnering with Vodafone unlocks new opportunities for MTS to leverage our partner’s expertise toward enhancing our operations and business productivity. Over the past 12 years, our strategic partnership with Vodafone has delivered significant benefits, saving MTS time and resources as we executed on key infrastructure projects, as well as improving our network development and enhancing our product launches.”
Diego Massidda, Vodafone Group partner markets CEO added: “This next phase of our strategic partnership will focus on projects where our market knowledge and global expertise can deliver incremental value to MTS’s business goals across its operations.”