Vodafone Group Plc (VOD) - Vodafone Acquires Bluefish Communications
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Vodafone Group Plc
01 December 2011
1 December 2011
Vodafone acquires Bluefish Communications
Acquisition significantly enhances Vodafone's Unified Communications expertise
Vodafone Global Enterprise - the business within Vodafone which manages the
communications needs of its largest multinational customers - is strengthening
its professional services arm through the acquisition of European IT and
communications consultancy, Bluefish Communications Ltd.
Bluefish will form the nucleus of a new Unified Communications and
Collaboration practice within Vodafone Global Enterprise, which will focus on
advising multinational companies on how to get the most from their mobile,
fixed line and IT services, as well as offering guidance on the adoption of
The practice will also advise large corporate customers on how new
collaboration services, such as video conferencing and presence awareness, can
boost their business's performance.
Unified Communications seeks to make fixed and mobile communications more
efficient, optimise and reduce costs, and enable better collaboration between
employees, business partners and clients.
Bluefish has been recognised as one of the fastest growing technology
companies in both the UK and Europe. The acquisition will expand Bluefish's
geographical reach as it becomes part of Vodafone Global Enterprise's global
Further services on offer to Vodafone's multinational customers will include:
• An audit of existing infrastructure and future communication
• Advice on moving to a communications strategy that spans mobile,
fixed line and IT.
• Management of system integrators and vendors to ensure an
effective and unified communications
network closely aligned to business strategy.
Nick Jeffery, CEO of Vodafone Global Enterprise said: "The acquisition of
Bluefish further develops our expertise in unified communications and broadens
the range of services we can offer to our multinational customers. Having the
right information at the right time, in the right place, has never been more
important to business success and this acquisition will enhance our ability to
advise multinationals on how to maximise value from their communications."
The value of the gross assets being acquired is £3.14m.
Vodafone is one of the world's largest mobile communications companies by
revenue with approximately 391 million customers in its controlled and jointly
controlled markets as at 30 September 2011. Vodafone currently has equity
interests in over 30 countries across five continents and more than 40 partner
networks worldwide. For more information, please visit www.vodafone.com.
About Vodafone Global Enterprise
Vodafone Global Enterprise provides managed communications services to many of
the world's leading global companies. It supports communications wherever its
customers are present: in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia Pacific and
the United States. Vodafone was positioned in the "Leaders" quadrant of the
Magic Quadrant for Pan-Western European Mobile Service Providers and the Magic
Quadrant for Telecom Expense Management.
About Bluefish Communications
Founded in 2004 and headquartered in Reading, UK, Bluefish is a technology
consultancy and professional services company specialising in the delivery of
complex projects, service design and technical architecture. It delivers a
strong capability in IT networking and applications in particular in Unified
Communications design and implementation and hosted (cloud) portfolio design
Bluefish is independently recognised as the market leader in its field:
• Sunday Times Tech Track 100 "Fastest growing UK technology
companies", 3 consecutive years
2007, 2008, 2009
• Deloitte fast 50, 2010 UK's fastest growing technology companies
• Deloitte fast 500, 2010 EMEA's fastest growing technology
Bluefish services are concentrated in three areas, Consulting, Resourcing and
Outsourcing. Consulting - preparing business cases, delivering transition and
transformation services, business improvement, service management, solutions
architecture and generally solving business challenges and technology
deployment issues. Resourcing - supporting our clients when they need a
specific skill, either filling an interim gap or augmenting a client's team.
Outsourcing - when a client transfers an operational or service process to
Bluefish and buys back a managed service, often involving service improvement,
a reduction in costs and the transfer of staff and assets from the client to
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