Dear Roaming Partner
Your new single access point to all our operators
Vodafone, like many other operators, has been establishing bilateral roaming agreements for many years. As a group of operators, we establish, upgrade, and manage approximately 7,000 roaming agreements we hold through our local subsidiaries.
It is very likely that you have already established roaming relationships with a number of our operators. Many of our Roaming Partners have told us they find it time consuming to interface with so many Vodafone entities, quite inefficient to maintain so many signalling links with Vodafone, and unnecessary to settle wholesale revenues with so many Vodafone parties.
In order to be more efficient as an operator group, we are now centralising our roaming business. As a part of that move, we are migrating all roaming contracts, all wholesale agreements, all roaming teams and all roaming traffic to our new central roaming team – the Vodafone gateway.
In the course of the next year our operators will commence transition of responsibility for bilateral roaming agreements to Vodafone Roaming Services. In order to work with Vodafone in the future you will only need to sign one group agreement with Vodafone Roaming Services. This will have benefits to all our Roaming Partners. You will immediately find efficiency in your Roaming operations: we will replace multiple contracts with one single contract covering all Vodafone operators (at no cost). We will settle our wholesale revenues through one single invoice. And we will communicate through one single interface which removes the need for group internal alignment.
For existing relationships with Vodafone operators, you can now open all roaming services (especially new data services) as and when they are deployed locally. It also becomes very easy to establish roaming relationships with new Vodafone operators.
Dealing with Vodafone operators becomes much simpler than before. This frees up resources you can deploy on other important services. Last but not least, you benefit from a significant cash flow advantage as we take financial liability for IOT settlements with Vodafone operators.
While the Vodafone gateway gives you access to all Vodafone operators, The Vodafone roaming hub offers much more. It also gives you access to a fast growing number of 3rd party mobile operators which will help you to expand your footprint faster. In additional, you get access to value added services such as the Vodafone camel adapter and a hosted traffic steering solution.
We thank you for your ongoing commitment to Vodafone and for your support during the migration period. You can be assured that we will make this transition a short, smooth and low-touch experience for you.
Your Vodafone gateway team