Vodafone catches a little Bluefish in takeover deal

VODAFONE Global Enterprise, the mobile giant’s communication management business, yesterday acquired IT consultancy Bluefish Communications for an undisclosed fee.

Bluefish will form the nucleus of Vodafone’s new Unified Communications and Collaborations unit, which will advise multinational companies on getting more from their telecoms services and on new technology such as cloud services.

The assets being acquired in the takeover are valued at £3.14m.

Bluefish was ranked last year as one of the fastest growing technology companies in Europe by Deloitte.

Nick Jeffery, chief exec of Vodafone Global Enterprise, said the deal “further develops our expertise in unified communications and broadens the range of services we can offer to our multinational customers”.

Vodafone yesterday declared its interest in buying a 10 per cent stake in Milan’s largest fibre network, Metroweb SpA. It has also just released Vodafone Guardian, an Android app which enables parents to protect their children from inappropriate mobile content.