Azzurri Communications has become an O2 Centre of
The partnership will give Azzurri customers access to the iPhone,
BlackBerry handsets and the Palm Pre.
Partners on the Centre of Excellence programme have to meet
qualifying criteria in customer service and proficiency in
business mobile solutions.
Azzurri is a managed service provider and provides clients with
full telecoms services including mobile, fixed line and
The company will now be focusing its mobile business on O2 and
will manage a base of O2 customers directly acquired by the
O2 business sales director Ben Dowd said: 'We are delighted to
welcome Azzurri as an O2 partner. Azzurri have already
demonstrated their capability by securing the largest corporate
win ever within the partner channel and we look forward to
winning more in this space. Our Centre of Excellence partners
continue to set the benchmark in the UK and have access to
increased investment from O2.
'Our business is continuing to evolve. As we move from being
purely a mobile brand to a leading connectivity service brand we
want to partner with the best people and this announcement is
another big part of that plan. We are dedicated to evolving the
Centre of Excellence principles ensuring we involve all our
partners in this process through an open dialogue. We believe it
is only through these true partnerships that our channel
solutions will succeed.'
Azzurri Communications CEO Gordon Matthew said: 'We've made an
important decision to align our business strategically with O2 in
order to underpin our mobility offering. Our focus is entirely on
ensuring our customers can be as agile and as efficient as
possible and we believe O2's network coverage, product strategy
and vision are the most compelling of all the UK mobile
operators, and will continue to be for the foreseeable future. As
leaders in the mobile space and with over 21 million customers, I
believe we are going to be working with a winning team. Their
market leading retention figures, and extremely low churn rate
proves that putting customers first gets results.
'O2's credibility, brand presence and scale combined with
Azzurri's expertise in delivering business efficiency through
technology and managed services represent a very strong
proposition for this sector.'