While the past year has seen an unparalleled acceleration in reliance on connectivity, it has also highlighted digital divides.
Millions of people remain unable to take advantage of the benefits digital technology. Through our social contract acceleration, we have broadened Inclusion for All, accelerating programmes to benefit groups affected by the crisis. In the last year we have enabled free access to digital education for 5.2 million students, donated more than 18,000 devices for education, and removed transaction fees for mobile money users in Africa. We also launched the jobseekers.connected initiative, a comprehensive support package for people seeking work in Europe, Turkey, Egypt and South Africa, combining price discounts and data offers, and continued access to learning and skills with Udemy and Vodafone’s Future Jobs Finder tool. Other initiatives, to be demonstrated during Mobile World Congress Barcelona 2021 include:
M-PESA, the leading provider of mobile money and accessible financial services in Africa connects 48 million consumers, merchants, agents and large enterprises to financial and digital lifestyle service providers.
TINALP enables an immersive Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality e-Learning experience, empowering new ways of learning through services such as mobile cloud classroom and a virtual presence, enabled by Vodafone’s 5G mobile network.
Vodafone has created Spain’s first ‘smart’ telecare platform, applying Internet of Things, Big Data and artificial intelligence to manage devices used by emergency responders, Vodafone connectivity is also providing an interactive and easy-to-use digital platform to support people with care needs, whether they live independently or in assisted living homes.