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The bank of the future is green, secure and digital: BNL and Vodafone Business partner to build it

19 Oct 2020

The two companies enter a five-year strategic collaboration to innovate banking for employees and customers

Milan/London/Paris 19 October 2020

BNL GRUPPO BNP Paribas, one of Italy’s largest banks, and Vodafone Business, a technology communications company, today announced a strategic collaboration to digitally transform BNL’s customer service and ways of working for its employees.

In a five-year plan, Vodafone Business will start supplying BNL with mobile voice and data connectivity, allowing staff to work flexibly and customers to interact with them remotely and efficiently. 

The cooperation will also gradually make new technologies, including 5G, a core element of BNL’s network infrastructure. And as part of the project Vodafone Business will work with BNL to explore the role collaboration platforms and digital services, like wireless ATMs, unified communications (UC), video services and augmented reality experiences, can play to make the bank’s customer experience more inclusive and agile.

A recent report published by Vodafone Business, which found 79% of Future Ready businesses saw technology as strength that will help them make changes and adapt to the future more easily. In line with this, BNL, BNP Paribas and Vodafone Business are committed to accelerating digitalisation in Italy and promote social inclusion. Both companies are engaged to establish new ways of working to better serve customers, be more sustainable and improve quality of life for employees.

Saverio Ferraro, BNL Chief Information Officer (CIO) said:Digital transformation is an essential step in BNL’s evolution and also for society as whole. There’s a need for innovative solutions that support mobility and sustainability at the same time and that can strengthen trust between banks and their customers. Digital collaboration tools and technologies are a daily need and the last few months have made this even clearer. At BNL we want to accelerate our digital evolution for our colleagues and customers. That’s why we have built a 5 future-proofing year programme with Vodafone Business. Creating a digital-first culture is essential for us. We are also very proud of having sustainability at the heart of everything we do as part of our #positivebanking project”

Vinod Kumar, CEO, Vodafone Business said: “BNL is putting digital at the heart of its long-term strategy to build a responsible, sustainable and accessible bank. This makes BNL part of a forward-thinking group of companies that see technology as a core part of creating a successful business and their contribution to building a digital society. We look forward to partnering with them on that journey and supporting BNL to deliver new services that benefit customers, employees and the wider world.

About Vodafone

Vodafone is a leading technology communications company keeping society connected and building a digital future for everyone. 

 Vodafone is focused on two scaled and differentiated regional platforms in Europe and Africa.  We operate mobile and fixed networks in 22 countries and partner with mobile networks in 48 more.  As at 30 June 2020 we had over 300m mobile customers, more than 27m fixed broadband customers and over 22m TV customers.

 We connect for a better future.  We are optimistic about how technology and connectivity can enhance the future and improve people’s lives. Through our business, we aim to build a digital society that enhances socio-economic progress, embraces everyone and does not come at the cost of our planet. That is why we have committed to improve one billion lives and halve our environmental impact by 2025.

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