Vodafone, Softbank team up to serve businesses in Japan

Vodafone has entered into a strategic alliance with Softbank to boost its offering to multinational enterprises in Japan.

The UK-based operator said the deal “enhances commercial and operational support” for its business customers operating in the country.

Specifically, companies will be able to get a managed service using SoftBank’s mobile network.

Financial details and the duration of the alliance were not disclosed, but it is the first such deal that Vodafone has entered into in Japan.

Vodafone saw service revenues from enterprise customers fall 7.2 percent to €5.96 billion in the six months to 30 September.

Diego Massidda, Vodafone Partner Markets CEO, said: “This strategic alliance brings together two of the world’s leading communications companies to provide enterprise customers with the most innovative and responsive service and support in Japan.”

Softbank, which has hit the headlines recently over its decision to do a deal with Altice rather than Deutsche Telekom for US mobile operator Sprint, has also seen a downturn at its telco division.

Sales fell from ¥1.55 trillion to ¥1.53 trillion in the six months to 30 September, while EBITDA was down from ¥691 billion to ¥660 billion.

SoftBank President & CEO Ken Miyauchi said: “We are extremely pleased to be able to further improve and expand our corporate customer services.

“Based on this strategic collaboration by Vodafone and SoftBank, we look forward to further enhancing our services to provide a new experience for our customers.”

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