Vodacom’s Internet of Things (IoT) division continues to experience solid growth across all segments.
Vodacom’s IoT solutions are deployed across a range of industries such as healthcare, asset tracking, energy data management, smart farming and metering, etc.
The Vodafone-owned company announced on Wednesday that it has attracted 3.4 million connections to its IoT platform in the quarter to end-December 2017, reflecting a 6.8% rise versus the same period in the previous year.
The division is led by Deon Liebenberg.
Vodacom is tapping on this market and providing IoT solutions for the African market.
The IoT is a network of intelligent devices and machines that can monitor themselves as well as gather contextual information (temperature or GPS location, for example) using sensors, and share it with other devices and services. It sees devices and items from watches and fridges to industrial equipment and even irrigation systems at farms become connected to the Internet.
Trends such as connected cars, smart home technology, and connected factories and offices are likely to change our lives dramatically over the next few years. Amid the hype, it’s easy to underestimate the role that a device most of us already own will play in the IoT revolution.
A new report from the IoT analyst firm Berg Insight says that the ten leading global mobile operator groups have a combined market share of 76 percent in cellular IoT. The top players reported a combined active base of 407 million cellular IoT connections at the end of H1-2017.
China Mobile was number one with 150 million IoT connections in the period.
Vodacom’s parent company Vodafone ranked second, with a reported 59 million connections, ahead of China Unicom with 50 million IoT connections.
AT&T and China Telecom ranked fourth and fifth with 36 million and 28 million IoT connections respectively. Deutsche Telecom, Softbank/Sprint, Verizon and Telefónica currently had in the range of 15–20 million cellular IoT subscribers, which are growing at yearly rates of 15–30 percent. Telenor was the last player in the top ten with approximately 12 million cellular IoT subscribers.