Vodafone has made three major announcements in the UK, including a deal with RWE, the launch of a cloud computing product and a billion pound investment in its retail arm.

Vodafone Global Enterprise will provide energy company RWE with all its network, voice and data services after signing a seven year, multi million pound contract.

VGE will supply and manage telecommunications, video conferencing and internet access across all RWE UK sites, connecting offices, customer contact centres and the monitoring and control systems used in RWE npower’s power generation sites.

Jan Geldmacher, chief executive of VGE hailed the deal saying RWE is a “critically important supplier to millions of UK households and businesses”.

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The UK-based operator also unveiled Flexible Computing for Government,a secure, multi-tenant (IaaS) cloud computing service designed specifically for the UK public sector.

Vodafone said the hybrid cloud solution is scalable and able to support both long-term projects and short-term needs ensuring organisations can prevent unnecessary capital expenditure.

It allows organisations to embrace a mix of managed and co-location services, which are protected by the Government-grade security credentials in Vodafone’s data centre network

The pay as you go service will be available this month.

Matt Key, Director of Large Enterprise at Vodafone UK, said the launch followed the public sector experiencing a “significant shift” in the way that computing resources are procured and delivered.

Meanwhile, Vodafone UK also announced it will open 150 new shops and create 1,400 new retail roles over the next 12 months.

The new shops take the total number of Vodafone's branded UK outlets to more than 500.

The £100 million (€120 million) investment forms part of its plans to invest £1 billion in the networks and services this year, which includes a commitment to provide indoor and outdoor coverage using 2G, 3G and 4G services to 98% of the UK population by 2015.

Vodafone UK Chief Executive Jeroen Hoencamp commented: “This year we'll invest more than ever before to provide our customers with the strongest network and best services in the UK. We're also committed to putting our brand and our people where our customers want us: right at the heart of their high street and shopping centre.”

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