Vodafone is first global IoT provider to pass 50 million connections

April 21, 2017
Vodafone 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’s 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.

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.

Nick Gliddon, Director – Vodafone Business Services, said, “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.”

The most recent Vodafone IoT Barometer report found that:

  • 24% of businesses’ IT budgets are being allocated to IoT
  • 76% of businesses say that IoT will be ‘critical’ for the future success of any organisation in their sector
  • 48% of IoT adopters say they’re using IoT to support large-scale business transformation
  • 86% of businesses in the industrial sector — including companies in mining, construction and waste management — say they have seen “significant” return from implementing IoT

Client testimonials

Ritesh Sutaria, CTO & Co-Founder, Prompt Softech – “We’re working on the world’s largest IT integration project, and I expect the Vodafone managed 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.”

Chintan Soni, Founder & CEO, Ecolibrium Energy – “I come from a telecoms background so I know the Vodafone quality and philosophy. The things we can do with the Vodafone IoT platform make it inevitable we’ll transition everything across. We can manage the entire estate from one place.”

About Vodafone Group

Vodafone is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 49 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 31 December 2016, Vodafone had 470 million mobile customers and 14.3 million fixed broadband customers. For more information, please visit:

About Vodafone Business Services

Vodafone Business Services, the enterprise arm of Vodafone, provides total telecommunications solutions across both mobility and fixed line platforms and enables Global Enterprises, National Corporates, SME’s and Government segments to communicate, collaborate and connect. Today with more than 7.5 million mobility corporate customers as on March 31, 2016, VBS is providing services to global and national businesses equipped with a robust network infrastructure and a 24×7 NOC.

Through a dedicated team of Account Managers and Service Managers and applying a consultative selling approach, it specifically addresses the connectivity, Internet of Things (IoT), cloud and converged communications needs of its customers.

With the advantage of its global expertise and knowledge of local markets, Vodafone India is well poised to expand the Government’s capacity to deliver benefits and outcomes for citizens, governments, and businesses. Vodafone endeavors to be a steadfast partner in the Government’s efforts towards Digital India.

VBS was recently awarded the ‘Enterprise Mobile Service Provider of the Year’ for the sixth year in a row (2011-16) and the ‘Enterprise Telecom Service Provider of the Year – SMB Segment’ at the Frost & Sullivan India ICT Awards 2016. It was also awarded ‘Telecom Leadership Award 2014’ for Customer Service by Voice & Data and the CIO Choice awards for enterprise mobility and leased lines.

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