Vodacom, one of the continent’s largest telecommunications providers owned by Vodafone, announces today that it has received Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 Africa Technology Innovation Award for its narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) technology deployment in Africa.
The award recognizes a solution with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid acceptance in the African market. It also recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables.
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.
“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.
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.
“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,” Deon Liebenberg, Managing Executive for the Internet of Things at Vodacom says.
“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.
“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 Africa telecommunications landscape,” said Mokenela.