Vodafone lands multi-million pound deal with EDF Energy

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Mobile operator will update processes by quadrupling bandwidth and installing new Wi-Fi capabilities for the next 10 years, leading to the creation of a new digital platform

Vodafone has signed ten year, multi-million pound contract with EDF Energy to transform its communications and IT infrastructure in the UK.

This will see Vodafone’s network provide four times more bandwidth then currently available which it said will allow new services such as video conferencing and collaborative working.

In addition, new Wi-Fi networks will be established within all facilities, including nine offices, three data centres and 11 power stations, allowing legacy paper-based systems to be replaced for the first time by mobiles and tablets.

Vodafone said the transformation of the existing infrastructure will result in the creation of a new digital platform to support and enable the delivery of EDF Energy’s IT strategy for its generation business.

It added this will improve training systems, support regulatory compliance and provide more flexibility in how employees are able to work. The mobile operator will also provide a dedicated on-site support team for EDF Energy aimed at complementing its existing in-house teams.

Maintaining innovation

Vodafone Group Enterprise chief executive Nick Jeffrey said: “Bringing commercial certainty to the deal has allowed long term stability of investment for EDF Energy and makes planning a simpler process.”

EDF Energy head of infrastructure, IT operations Nigel Pettifer added: “We were looking for a partner to help us with a double challenge – upgrading our network while at the same time bringing greater transparency, control and stability to the investment needed to maintain the network.

“This long term agreement meets our objectives and helps us create a partnership that will minimise risk and maintain innovation.”

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