Maintel to review network partners if take-over goes ahead

Maintel to review network partners if take-over goes ahead

Maintel has told Mobile it will re-evaluate its network partnerships following its bid to purchase Azzurri Communications.

CEO Eddie Buxton (pictured) explained that both companies currently have a strong relationship with O2, describing the network as the ‘biggest to protect’.

However, Azzurri’s partnership with EE and Maintel’s Vodafone tie-up has been thrown into question. Buxton claimed that the company’s mobile strategy would have to be evaluated should its Azzurri acquisition go ahead.

‘Azzurri is very strong with O2 and the network is by far the biggest to protectand grow,’ he said, ‘but we also have relations with EE and Vodafone, but can we win with three? We’ll be looking at that and evaluating our strategy on mobile inthe next few months.

‘We will integrate the company to extract value, so there will be changes, but we’re working through planning. We want to move quite quickly with an integration scheme and look at the areas where we want to grow and the areas where we see synergies.

'We’re involving the Azzurri team in that process as we need to protect their customer reputation and see where to get rid of overlaps. ‘Azzurri is very strong in mobile and has done a lot of work to improve its position, so it’s about where we focus our resource. If you join Azzurri with Maintel then we will have about 65-75,000 customers; that’s a substantial play in mobile.’

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