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BT and Vodafone partners over high speed connectivity

Vodafone has announced that it has entered a five-year agreement with BT to use the latter's 21st Century Network (21CN) Ethernet Service as well as delegating the management of traffic and bandwidth from Vodafone's UK base station to BT's own national network.

Under the new agreement, Vodafone will only pay for whatever it uses thereby diminishing the risk associated with a hugely expensive outlay.

In effect, Vodafone becomes a Virtual Network Operator as BT manages and oversees Vodafone's customer base traffic with a structure capable of providing backhaul speeds of up to 60mbps (Ed : that's roughly three 20mbps cable lines).

This will be instrumental in getting Vodafone back in the game as Fixed Mobile Convergence picks up and Vodafone could see itself stranded if it did not invest in sufficient solutions to handle the surge in music downloads, videos, VoIP calls and internet traffic.

Jeni Mundy, Chief Technology Officer of Vodafone UK said in a statement: "By working with BT Wholesale, we are able to realise immediate cost efficiencies and focus on our customers while BT provides a managed service for our growing access and backhaul needs."

BT signed a similar agreement with T-Mobile back in July 2007 and this highlights the immense experience and clout that BT Wholesale has in this field.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.