Telco 2degrees is expanding its cloud services offerings with its new Cloud Navigator service, supported by Microsoft and Auckland-based cloud solutions provider Umbrellar.
It will allow customers to buy and manage Microsoft licenses and products through their 2degrees account, included on the same bill and managed on the same platform as other services they buy through the telco.
The move is part of the telco’s plans to grow the technology products and services that they offer, the company said in a statement.
“2degrees Business is excited about what we have coming up in 2022, and what this relationship will achieve for our customers as we best utilise the expertise of each organisation,” said 2degrees Business product and marketing general manager Richard Hann.
Umbrellar head of strategic partnerships Shavvah Aldred added that the partnership “signals a significant milestone in Umbrellar’s mission to empower all New Zealand businesses”.
“NZ’s telco sector has ceaselessly remained at the forefront of digital transformation and technology sits at the core of its integrity and innovation,” he added. “We are excited to be at the start of this journey with 2degrees.”
Microsoft partner director Matt Bostwick added that the partnership will allow more Kiwi businesses access to cloud technologies that can help businesses gain a competitive advantage.
“The cloud has increasingly become the place where business innovation happens, allowing more organisations to scale up and realise their potential with unprecedented access to new technologies,” he said.
Late last year, it was announced that 2degrees was to be acquired by Vocus for $1.7 billion, to be merged with its Orcon ISP brand.
The acquisition was cleared by the Commerce Commission in March and is awaiting final approval from the Overseas Investment Office before the merger can officially commence.
The merged company will be headed by Vocus NZ CEO Mark Callendar and retain the 2degrees branding.