Vodacom’s parent firm Vodafone is aiming to provide backhaul for Internet of Things (IoT) devices in far-flung corners of the globe, according to a report in the The Register.
The British-based mobile phone giant Vodafone and satellite phone firm Inmarsat have inked a deal to provide backhaul for IoT.
According to yesterday’s Financial Times, Vodafone is seeking to expand into providing IoT connectivity for driverless cars, smart cities, smart farms and other IoT/M2M uses.
The Register said apparently there is no financial commitment from either Vodafone or Inmarsat to the deal, though Inmarsat CEO Rupert Pearc said if Vodafone made a success of its IoT offering, the “financial contribution” to Inmarsat could be “significant”.
Vodacom is majority owned by Vodafone and is playing a critical role in the development of IoT/M2M across the African continent.
Current estimates suggest that if there are around two billion people online, there are around ten billion things online, and this will grow 50 billion things by 2020.
Vodacom is using Vodacom Business and recently acquired XLink Communications and Mezzanine Ware to deploy its IoT and M2M services across the continent.