Vodacom, South Africa’s biggest mobile phone operator, announced on Tuesday that its Internet of Things (IoT) division has more than 3.9 million connections to its IoT platform.
The operator said this reflected a 25.2% increase in new IoT connections to the quarter to end-June 2018 versus the same period last year.
Internet of Things (IoT), previously machine-to-machine, is the remote wireless interchange between two or more predefined devices or a central station without direct relationship with an end customer, in order to support a specific business process or product.
Last month, Vodacom lost key executives in the IoT division. Deon Liebenberg – Managing Executive of the Internet of Things (IoT), and Tony Smallwood – Executive head of IoT Solutions, who both have led IoT team at Vodacom left the company.
Liebenberg left to join an Australian firm, while Tony Smallwood moved to Vodacom’s IoT subsidiary XLink. For more read: Vodacom Loses Key Executives In Charge Of IoT Division
Now Vodacom IoT Division reports to the newly appointed Chief Officer of Vodacom Business, William Mzimba, who reports directly to the Vodacom CEO, Shameel Joosub.
Mzimba replaced Vuyani Jarana, who joined SAA as CEO.