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Vodacom wins Innovation Award for its IoT offering

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Vodacom received Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 Africa Technology Innovation Award for its narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) technology deployment in Africa.

On Monday, 9 April 2018 Vodacom announced it has received Frost & Sullivan’s 2018 Africa Technology Innovation Award for its narrow-band IoT (NB-IoT) technology deployment specifically developed to enable Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity for a range of devices using GSM telecommunication bands.

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.

Lehlohonolo Mokenela, Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst said that “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.”

Frost & Sullivan expects the company’s use of NB-IoT networks to have a tremendous impact on the continent’s connectivity over time.

“The Internet of Things is a key strategic growth area for Vodacom,” says Deon Liebenberg, Managing Executive for the Internet of Things at Vodacom, adding that Vodacom “continues to invest in the development of Africa’s IoT ecosystem, where our strategy extends beyond network and into platform and outcomes. 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.”

Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to the company that develops a solution with innovative features and functionality that is gaining rapid acceptance in the market. The award recognizes the quality of the solution and the customer value enhancements it enables.

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