Vodafone’s internal transformation efforts, its 5G and IoT expertise and assets, and the venture with IBM position the company to monetize its network and edge architecture and establish a more strategic role as technology/industry platform provider.
Like other telco-heritage companies, Vodafone must convince enterprises (and potential partners) of its bona fides as a ‘beyond connectivity’ provider/ecosystem for digital business offerings.
The IBM venture will be a key vehicle via which Vodafone drives growth and deepens existing customer relationships. Vodafone’s expertise in (and increasing industrialization of) SD WAN, 5G, IoT and edge computing.
– combined with IBM’s market breadth, credibility and vertical reach – gives Vodafone greater permission to engage with customers in a more end-to-end, business-outcomes- focused manner.
Vodafone, like other telcos, is seeking to replace its telecom heritage with a more IT- oriented approach to running the business. However, success depends on continued internal operations transformation and the pace at which new business opportunities for 5G, IoT and edge computing emerge, and the extent to which Vodafone can corral customers and partners (particularly application developers) to its platforms.
Around the globe, our network reaches 182 countries.
We provide the physical network and the management and control function.
Gartner names Vodafone as a Leader in its 2019 Magic Quadrant for Network Services, Global.