Olive named Vodafone Platinum Partner of the year

Vodafone spokesperson: “We welcome Ofcom’s announcement to commence the auctions this year. However, we also need to see Ofcom and the UK government support a pro-investment approach to infrastructure investment more broadly to ensure networks can be built out quickly and efficiently.”

Onecom bags Total Communications partner award, while Connect Telecom bag One Net Solution gong at annual partner conference

Vodafone has selected B2B dealer Olive Communications as it’s Platinum Partner of the Year at it’s annual partner conference held at St John’s Hotel in Solihull yesterday (July 9).

The fifth annual Partner of the Year Awards recognised the achievements of dealer partners between April 1 2014 and March 31 2015.

Onecom, which has been named Platinum Partner of the Year for the previous four years, became only the second company to bag the award for Total Communications Partner of the Year. Commsexchange won the first ever award last year when the category was added.

Qualitel Data and Voice, part of Elitetele.com was named Gold Partner of the Year, while NIBC Corcra was given the gong for Silver Partner of the Year.

Connect Telecom was recognised for its achievements in Vodafone’s One Net Solution.

italk was named Fixed Partner of the Year, while Eison was given the gong for Innovation in Fixed Solutions.

Vodafone UK head of partner services Rob Mukherjee said: “Five years on from the launch of the Vodafone Partner Programme and our partners remain a vital part of our business.

“The awards are our way of celebrating our partners’ commitment to and belief in Vodafone and it’s fantastic to be able to recognise their well-deserved success.

“The award-winning partners span across all of our current tiers and across the mobile, fixed and total communications space, which is further demonstration of our own efforts to become a leading total communications provider.”

Changes to partner programme

Ahead of the awards, Vodafone announced a major revamp to it’s partner channel which will see it scrap the existing Platinum, Gold and Silver tiering system in favour of a model recognising total comms capability.

Rob-Mukherjee-logo-webThe new tiering system is set to launch next summer. Top tier dealers will need to demonstrate the ability to sell a certain amount across mobile, fixed line, OneNet and WAN, and future products such as M2M and cloud services, as well as customers taking more than one product. Vodafone did not disclose targets.

Mukherjee added: “Both we and our partners are focused on supporting UK businesses to make best use of technology; technology which enables UK plc to work more efficiently, deliver great customer service to their own customers and compete in today’s fast-paced market.

“We want our partners to focus on the things that matter – driving converged technologies and providing a fantastic customer experience. We also want to support our partners to be the best channel to market for our total communications portfolio, as we know this is what customers want.

“We believe that the upcoming changes to the programme will be key to enabling the future for both our partners and our customers.”