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IBM and Vodafone sign major new tech partnership

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IBM and Vodafone Business have announced a new partnership (opens in new tab) that aims to help businesses in Europe and elsewhere innovate faster and succeed in the digital business realm of today. The new venture is designed to tackle solutions in the AI, 5G, edge and SDN domains.

Its clients will have access to IBM’s full portfolio of cloud offerings, expertise and open technologies. As part of the deal, IBM will offer managed services to Vodafone Business’ cloud and hosting unit, in an eight-year deal that’s worth roughly $550 million.

Besides offering already built solutions, new ones will be co-developed by the two parties, as well. The two companies believe their new venture will act like a start-up, being responsive to a rapidly changing market and customer demands.

They expect it to become operational in the first half of this year.

"IBM has built industry-leading hybrid cloud, AI and security capabilities underpinned by deep industry expertise," said IBM Chairman, President and CEO Ginni Rometty. "Together, IBM and Vodafone will use the power of the hybrid cloud to securely integrate critical business applications, driving business innovation – from agriculture to next-generation retail."

Using the new offering, organisations can expect faster decision-making, enhanced automation and more personalized experiences for end users all over the world.

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Sead Fadilpašić
Sead Fadilpašić

Sead Fadilpašić is a freelance tech writer and journalist with more than 17 years experience writing technology-focussed news, blogs, whitepapers, reviews, and ebooks. And his work has featured in online media outlets from all over the world, including Al Jazeera Balkans (where he was a Multimedia Journalist), Crypto News, TechRadar Pro, and IT Pro Portal, where he has written news and features for over five years. Sead's experience also includes writing for inbound marketing, where he creates technology-based content for clients from London to Singapore. Sead is a HubSpot-certified content creator.