The company’s NB-IoT technology delivers a low power wide area (LPWA) network to enhance IoT connectivity options and enhance IoT use cases and solutions
Based on its recent analysis of the Internet of Things (IoT) market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Vodacom (part of the Vodafone Group) with the 2018 Africa Technology Innovation Award for its narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) technology deployment specifically developed to enable IoT connectivity for a range of devices using GSM telecommunication bands.
“Vodacom, through strategic acquisitions and a well-developed growth implementation strategy, has become an end-to-end provider of IoT services in the Africa market,” said Lehlohonolo Mokenela, Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst.
Vodacom deployed NB-IoT technology to support more IoT use cases where devices will consume less power, operate at a lower cost per unit, allowing a large number of devices and services to connect simultaneously. Frost & Sullivan expects the company’s use of NB-IoT networks to have a tremendous impact on the continent’s connectivity over time. The NB-IoT network improves outdoor and indoor connectivity, acts as a new virtual layer of signals, and reaches remote areas due to its deep penetration. NB-IoT technology leverages existing mobile network infrastructure delivering ubiquitous coverage and maintains the core security features of GSM networks.
Deon Liebenberg, Managing Executive for the Internet of Things at Vodacom says: “The Internet of Things is a key strategic growth area for Vodacom and we continue to invest in the development of Africa’s IoT ecosystem, where our strategy extends beyond network and into platform and outcomes. We are pleased to have been acknowledged as a leader in this industry by Frost & Sullivan and we are working hard to remain at the forefront of IoT innovation in Africa.”
Further to the NB-IoT deployment, Vodacom is a significant participant in the platform economy, which is a business model that creates value by facilitating political, financial, and social interactions through digital platforms. As one of the continent’s largest telecommunications providers, Vodacom uses a “connect, collect, analyze, and action” framework to research and develop IoT capability and infrastructure in the region. This framework aims to connect all possible devices for effective organizational data collection and analysis. The company is taking a leading role in the regional advancement of IoT-enabled services coexisting with current processes by not just connecting devices, things, and services, but also by creating customer value through assisting clients in digitizing their businesses and enabling them to act accordingly to the provided data-based insights.
“Vodacom continues to grow its presence in the Africa digital industry, growing its business use cases by expanding the applicable reach of its innovative technology and leveraging its position as a major player in the Africatelecommunications landscape,” said Mokenela.
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