Vodafone announced recently that it is going to begin offering wireless services to its multinational customers in the United States who already use its fixed, mobile and machine-to-machine products, beginning next year.
Part of its expansion includes a deal with T-Mobile under which Vodafone will operate as a mobile network virtual operator (MVNO), which means you’ll be able to buy Vodafone products and services that operate on T-Mobile’s wireless network. Vodafone currently operates its own networks in 27 countries but supports services in 75 countries “through partner market relationships,” similar to what it will have with T-Mobile in the U.S.
Of course, this isn’t the first time Vodafone has had a hold on the U.S. market. Until this year, Vodafone was a 45 percent stakeholder in Verizon Wireless, once a joint venture between Verizon Communications and Vodafone. Verizon closed its deal to purchase Vodafone’s stake for $130 billion in February.
FierceWireless said Vodafone hasn’t chosen a name for its service yet but that it’s expected to go live sometime during the fall.