Vodacom talks up machine-to-machine plans

Vodacom says it aims to increase its market share in the machine-to-machine connectivity space, by leveraging off its parent company, Vodafone, and playing in markets outside of South Africa.

The group effectively blurred the lines between its operation and that of its parent company, Vodafone, as it intends to leverage its global reach, network, and research and development within the M2M space.

Cisco predicts that some 25 billion devices will be connected by 2015, and 50 billion by 202

Vodacom says its global M2M Platform provides authentication, access control, usage management and information on any Vodacom Global SIM on any Vodacom or Vodacom M2M roaming partner network, anywhere in the world.

The platform will enable businesses to manage and administer M2M deployments such as vehicle tracking, fleet management, electronic metering, asset tracking and remote operations on a local, regional, and global scale.

Vodacom says it will also look north of the border, into African markets, noting that it did not necessarily have to be a mobile network operator to provide M2M solutions.

The group said it would take a “broader option of service delivery”, as previously, Vodacom only provided the SIM.

Vodacom said it will increase it’s spend on end device testing and accreditation, and will also provide end devices (terminals) of its own.

Contracts for its M2M platform will be offered on a month-to-month basis.

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