Monday, 22 December 2008

An Post partners with Vodafone for MVNO launch – Ireland

An Post, a state-owned provider of postal services in Ireland, is planning to launch its MVNO service in Ireland in 2009. The company will utilise the network infrastructure of Vodafone to provide products and services through its retail channels. Initially, An Post plans to provide only prepaid mobile services.

Commenting on the agreement, Charles Butterworth, Chief Executive Officer of Vodafone Ireland, said: “An Post’s MVNO will be able to draw on the strengths of two of the most recognizable brands in Ireland – Vodafone’s superior network and technology and An Post’s retail strength. This launch marks a further strengthening of competition in the Irish mobile market and will deliver great value to Irish consumers. Vodafone has invested significantly in building Ireland’s best quality and most extensive network. This deal with An Post allows us to make full use of this valuable asset”.

According to Donal Connell, Chief Executive Officer of An Post, the partnership with Vodafone is indicative of new products and services that the company is in the process of developing and plans to launch in the near future. He added: “1.7 million customers visit their local Post Office every week, and from summer 2009, customers can avail of handy, value-for-money, mobile phone services. We’re investing heavily in the Post Office of the future, marrying the strengths and expertise of our retail business with new products such as this MVNO with Vodafone”.