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Vodafone and BAE Systems form security and mobile partnership

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UK based defense contractor, BAE Systems has signed a deal to resell Vodafone services in all its markets outside the USA. The company will also migrate its own mobile communications to Vodafone networks and will develop new products for Vodafone to offer to its customers.

The formation of the partnership is part of BAE Systems'aim to grow its cyber and security arm, BAE Systems Detica, in areas such as the communications technology market.

The first commercial element of the strategic partnership between Vodafone and BAE Systems will be a new cloud-based mobile security solution, Vodafone Mobile Threat Manager, to be brought to market in Spring 2013 and initially available to Vodafone's largest 1,500 global enterprise customers. Vodafone Mobile Threat Manager works across all networks, scanning traffic to and from a company's mobile devices in order to safeguard against malicious attacks and block inappropriate content, without impacting on device performance.

Once appointed, Vodafone will provide services to BAE Systems' 35,000 UK employees from July 2013, with a view to expanding these services across its global workforce over the term of the five year contract. Vodafone is additionally discussing the supply of Unified Communications to BAE Systems in the UK.

The partnership also provides a framework for both companies to explore a broader range of joint security products for other business areas including interconnected devices using machine to machine (M2M) technology.

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