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Vodafone named as the "consistent global leader" in Internet of Things (IoT) Services in new Machina Research Benchmarking report

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21 September 2016

Vodafone named as the “consistent global leader” in Internet of Things (IoT) Services in new Machina Research Benchmarking report

Vodafone recognised for global scale, depth of specialist expertise and strategic focus on IoT

Vodafone has been named as “the consistent global leader” in IoT services by industry analyst firm Machina Research.

In the 2016 Machina Research IoT Communications Service Provider Benchmarking report, Vodafone’s global scale, depth of specialist expertise and the strategic focus placed on IoT within the company were highlighted. It also said that Vodafone is the largest global IoT player and the fastest growing business in the market, with Machine-to-Machine (M2M) connections increasing 38% in the past year.

Machina Research chief executive officer Matt Hatton, said: “Vodafone has been the consistent global leader in Communications Service Provider (CSP) IoT services for the past several years. It has made bold investments in key IoT vertical segments as well as in technology and capabilities and has built the largest team of IoT specialists. When this team is coupled with its unmatched global footprint, it becomes clear why Vodafone would consistently be on the short-list of multi-national corporations seeking seamless global IoT services.”

Businesses around the world are rapidly exploring the opportunities of IoT technology to improve operational efficiency, increase revenue through new business models, improve customer service, comply with legislation and make their businesses more sustainable by reducing carbon and energy use.

Vodafone IoT director Ivo Rook commented: “This report recognises the leadership position we have established in IoT. Our team will continue to set the pace in this fast growing industry, successfully completing the world’s first trial of standardised NB-IoT on a live commercial network is the latest example of our commitment to continue to invest in expanding our platform and IoT services.”

Hatton added: “Innovations around its platform have been especially helpful to Vodafone in building its connected car business. The flexibility it provides is critical to accelerating the development of connected cars.”

Along with automotive, Machina highlights healthcare, energy and utilities as sectors in which Vodafone is seeing robust growth in its IoT services. The company is also winning customers in insurance and manufacturing.

View a Vodafone extract of the Machina Research Benchmarking report The full report is available from Machina Research.

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 56 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 June 2016, Vodafone had 465 million mobile customers and 13.7 million fixed broadband customers. For more information,
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About Machina Research
Machina Research is the world’s leading provider of strategic advice on the newly emerging Internet of Things, M2M and Big Data markets. Our Advisory Service provides comprehensive support for any organisation interested in these opportunities. Our vertical market information and forecasts cover sectors such as Industry, Healthcare, Cars and Cities. Furthermore we provide guidance on commercial and technical best practice supporting all stakeholders in the sector including users, manufacturers, service providers, investors and regulators. In addition to our syndicated Advisory Service research we also undertake a wide range of client-specific custom research projects ranging from White Papers through to full go-to-market strategies. Machina Research is staffed by the leading industry analysts in the sector.

About the Report
‘IoT Global Forecast & Analysis 2015-2025’ provides an overview of the global IoT market from 2015 to 2025, featuring forecasts of connections, applications, technology, traffic and revenue. It is based on data extracted from Machina Research’s IoT Forecast Database in August 2016. The report is a summary snapshot of the detailed country-by-country and application-by-application forecasts contained within the IoT Forecast Database. This report also includes assessment of the major changes that have happened to the forecasts in the last 12 months. Subscribers to the IoT Forecast Database should access the forecasts via the web tool which includes more granular data, with country-by-country forecasts on each specific application.

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