TOTAL ACCESS COMMUNICATION PLC.
25 March 2009
Re: VODAFONE AND DTAC SIGN STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP
To: The President The Stock Exchange of Thailand
Vodafone and dtac, one of Thailand's leading telecom operators, today jointly announced that they have signed a Partner Market agreement. The exclusive strategic partnership will help both companies to better serve the needs of their respective customers in Thailand.
Under the terms of this agreement, dtac will have exclusive access to Vodafone's range of products, devices and services in Thailand and will be able to draw on Vodafone's experience in supply chain management, technology development, the acquisition of enterprise customers as well as improved inter-working between networks.
As part of a phased roll-out, Vodafone will be able to use dtac's network to offer seamless voice and data roaming for its customers visiting Thailand through the use of 'home' network capabilities. The two companies will cooperate to provide additional support to Vodafone Global Enterprise customers, many of whom have a presence in Thailand. In turn, Vodafone will provide dtac customers with improved voice and data roaming access across 67 countries.
This alliance will bring substantial benefits to our customers and shareholders, becoming a catalyst for expanding our service portfolio and improving our operational efficiency.
Please be informed accordingly.
(Mr. Premon Pinskul)
Deputy Chief Financial Officer
Total Access Communication Public Company Limited
For further information:
Vodafone Group Plc
Telephone: +44 (0) 1635 664444
Telephone: +44 (0) 1635 664447
Telephone: +66 8 16552173
Telephone: +66 2 202 8882
Notes to Investors
Vodafone is the world's leading international mobile telecommunications company, with equity interests in 27 countries and Partner Markets in more than 40 countries. As of 31 December 2008, Vodafone had approximately 289 million proportionate customers worldwide. For further information, please visit www.vodafone.com.
Total Access Communication Public Company Limited, or 'dtac', is one of the leading mobile operators in Thailand with nearly 19 million subscribers. Founded in August 1989, dtac has since then played a leading role in the local mobile telecommunication market, gaining considerable brand presence and market share. It delivers high quality, excellent value and innovative mobile communications services to customers. For more information, please visit www.dtac.co.th/english