Vodafone and SAP have announced a strategic partnership to develop comprehensive communications solutions for enterprises that will leverage both SAP Leonardo and Vodafone's IoT Managed Connectivity Platform.
Nick Gliddon, Director - Vodafone Business Services, said, "We are delighted to announce our association with SAP. As customers digitize, industrial IoT is at the center of their programs. Working in collaboration with SAP, we offer an end to end partnership across IoT and analytics which enables meaningful insight and focused outcomes."
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) has signed to work together and offer a host of innovative packages comprising connectivity solutions, business application software, end-to-end device management, and support services, making it easy for enterprises to embark on their digital journey.
Enterprises of all sizes are seeking to embrace new-age technologies for higher efficiency," said Neeraj Athalye, Head - Innovation & Digital Strategy Group, SAP Indian Subcontinent. "The offerings provided by Vodafone Business Services are truly complementary to the SAP Leonardo portfolio - our enterprise-grade offering for digital innovation. With this, we aim to equip our customers with end-to-end solutions that will shift business value from 'things to outcomes."
The partnership between the two global technology leaders will help enhance digital adoption by enterprises in India by providing solutions that leverage the latest in technologies including Cloud, Analytics, and the Internet of Things (IoT), a statement said.
Vodafone is a global leader in IoT, being the first telco to exceed 66 million connections and has been recognized by Gartner as a 'Leader' in its Magic Quadrant for Managed M2M Services, for the fourth consecutive year.
The current collaboration between Vodafone and SAP builds upon an existing global partnership for Global SIM Management in SAPHANA, it said.
However, a report by research firm Counterpoint said, global IoT cellular connections grew 41 percent annually to the end of 3Q 2017, having already crossed the half billion mark earlier in 2017.
Cellular IoT acts as the backbone in driving secure connectivity for different devices to the internet and across different verticals. The type of access used will depend on the nature of the application. 3GPP WAN technologies like GSM (2G), WCDMA (3G), 4G LTE and upcoming 5G technologies, operate in licensed spectrum and have primarily targeted high-quality mobile voice and data services. However, they are being complemented with new functionality and the new radio access standards like EC-GSM, LTE-M and narrowband IoT (NB-IoT), specifically tailored to be an attractive solution for emerging low power wide area (LPWA) applications that will be the key IoT connectivity drivers alongside 5G in coming years, a report said.
The firm also pointed out that China Mobile grew 21 percent QoQ and leads the market with 32 percent share of connections while Vodafone grew 37 percent YoY and holds the second position with 10.9 percent market share. As of 3Q2017, Vodafone had launched NB-IoT in four countries including, The Netherlands, Ireland, Czech Republic and Spain. Vodafone added commercial NB-IoT networks in Turkey and Australia in early 4Q 2017.