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Press Release -- March 27th, 2015
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Vodafone and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited announce Partner Market Agreement in Botswana

Vodafone and Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) today jointly announced a new Partner Market agreement for Botswana.

Under the non-equity partnership agreement, BTCL becomes Vodafone’s preferred partner in Botswana and the two companies will jointly offer business and consumer customers a range of products and services.

BTCL will benefit from access to Vodafone best practice and will be able to enhance its customer proposition in Botswana with Vodafone’s products and services.  Vodafone’s multinational corporate customers will benefit from the addition of Botswana to their existing contracts for international managed services, while continuing to be serviced via a single point of contact.

As a preferred partner, BTCL will benefit from Vodafone’s scale as the largest international voice carrier, with access to its global data reach and a competitive cost base for its customers’ international calls.

Vodafone Partner Markets Chief Executive Stefano Gastaut said: “This strategic partnership with BTCL for Botswana will enable us to expand the reach of our products and services within Africa and extends our footprint to 55 markets worldwide.  It will also deliver enhanced roaming benefits for BTCL’s consumer and multinational corporate customers.”

Paul Taylor, Managing Director at BTCL said: “We are delighted to have entered into the non-equity strategic partnership with a global player of Vodafone’s standing.   The partnership will allow us to better differentiate against competition, delivering innovative communications solutions for the benefit of our customers and visitors to Botswana.  Vodafone, on the other hand, will draw on BTCL’s extensive network coverage.”

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Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 55 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 December 2014, Vodafone had 444 million mobile customers and 11.8 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit:www.vodafone.com.

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Botswana Telecommunications Corporation Limited (BTCL) is a leading ICT services provider in Botswana. It has a telecommunications infrastructure that is one of the most modern in Africa, with a network composed of an all-digital microwave, fibre optic systems and digital exchanges. beMOBILE, the mobile arm of BTCL, was established in 2008. It has the widest network coverage in Botswana reaching almost 90% of the population. For more information please visit:www.btc.bw

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