Vodafone in talks with Zain to help reduce data roaming costs

Vodafone in talks with Zain to help reduce data roaming costs

Vodafone is in partnership talks with Kuwait-based telecoms firm Zain to reduce data roaming costs for customers.

With more organisations sending employees out to the Middle East on business, the partnership could see a reduction in roaming charges.

In a statement, the company said: "Zain Group is at an advanced stage in negotiations towards reaching a strategic partnership agreement with Vodafone.

"Vodafone has more than 40 partnerships of this nature worldwide whereby customers benefit from their global scale and the in-country operator's local expertise. This is a non-equity deal."

The agreement would cover Saudi Arabia, Iraq and Bahrain, according to a Reuters report which cited a source close to the situation.

Vodafone is the world's biggest mobile operator by sales and has been seeking new agreements with local operators to spread its coverage while avoiding expensive buyouts or heavy investments.

The firm recently purchased Cable & Wireless Worldwide and has begun shaking up the management structure of the struggling firm.