Vodafone today said it has become the first global Internet of Things (IoT) mobile provider to exceed 50 million connections and is demonstrating industry-leading growth of around one million new connections a month, with particularly strong performance in the automotive, healthcare and utilities sectors. Vodafone IoT solutions integrate its own networks and other partner networks to provide customers with simple, globally unified connectivity services spanning nearly every country on earth.
“Crossing the 50 million mark and being a global leader in IoT solutions is a testimony to Vodafone’s commitment and continued focus on innovation in the rapidly growing and dynamic IoT sector. We thank our customers for supporting us and helping us achieve this significant milestone,” said Nick Gliddon, Director – Vodafone Business Services.
IoT technologies are now beginning to reach critical mass in the enterprise and are also a core focus of research and development for a wide range of consumer technology companies. In India, Vodafone’s range of IoT solutions include Vodafone Location Tracker, Automotive Telematics, Remote Asset Management, Managed IoT Connectivity Platform, Wireless Payment solutions, Security & Surveillance solutions, Smart Metering solutions and Special SIMS designed for operating in harsh conditions.
Vodafone is now acknowledged to be the market leader in mobile IoT worldwide, recognised by Gartner as a ‘Leader’ in its Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, Worldwide 2016, for the third consecutive year and as ‘the consistent global leader’ in IoT services by Machina Research in its 2016 IoT Communications Service Provider Benchmarking report. This is the fifth consecutive year that Vodafone has been the leader in this report.
“We’re working on the world’s largest IT integration project, and I expect the Vodafone IoT connectivity service to comprise at least 60 per cent of this project. We have 1,000 villages already connected, and we’ll reach 18,000 within three years. Vodafone gives us the ability to scale quickly,” said Ritesh Sutaria, CTO & Co-Founder, Prompt Softech, a company that uses Vodafone IoT solutions.