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M1, Vodafone to end partnership in 2012

Veronica C. Silva | Oct. 12, 2011
No reason cited as both parties ‘mutually agreed’ to decision.

Singapore mobile operator M1 Limited and UK telecommunications company Vodafone said they have "mutually agreed" to end their partnership.

No reason was cited, but the companies said they will not renew their  M1-Vodafone Co-Operation Agreement when it expires on 31 December 2011.

The two companies entered a partner network agreement in November 2003, making M1 Vodafone's exclusive partner in Singapore, and its first partner in the Asia-Pacific region, according to M1's website.

The partnership allowed the two companies to enhance their global and local services, especially roaming services.

Despite the end of the partnership with Vodafone, M1 said it had other global roaming partners in over 230 countries and territories. M1 said it is also part of the Axiata group of companies and a member of the Asia Mobility Initiative (AMI) -- an alliance of regional telecom operators. The alliance includes Celcom in Malaysia, dtac in Thailand, XL Axiata in Indonesia, IDEA Cellular in India, SmarTone in Hong Kong and Macau, as well as Sun Cellular in the Philippines.

M1 also assured its customers that it will continue to enhance its products and services offerings to make the mobile phone experience seamless and optimised for them.


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