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Vodafone Transitions to a Technology Communications Company: A Deep Dive into IoT, MEC and MPNs

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Report Summary:

In February 2020, Strategy Analytics spent several days with Vodafone discussing its shift in strategy from a traditional telecommunications service provider to a Technology Communications Company This included a new strategic framework, called “Tech2025”, aligning Group with its operating companies (OpCos), leveraging its acquisitions, as well as how the company was planning to leverage its substantial infrastructure assets to transform its business in multiple areas around managed services, IoT, 5G, Mobility, Mobile Private Networks (MPN) and Multi-access Edge Computing (MEC), Cloud, UC to name a few areas.

This report provides an insight into Tech2025 and Vodafone’s strategy, with a particular focus on how it will address the IoT, MEC and MPN space.

Table of Contents

1.       From Traditional Telco to Technology Communications Company  3

2.       Analysing Vodafone’s Transformation Strategy  5

2.1     Move to a “Digital First” approach. 6

2.2     Consolidate architecture  7

2.3     Develop common platforms  7

2.4     Case Study Example: What impact will these changes have on a proposition like V by Vodafone?  7

3.       Vodafone’s Transformation will lead to an Evolution of its IoT Business  9

3.1     An IoT Connectivity Success Story  9

3.2     From Connectivity Pioneer to End-to-End Provider 11

3.3     IoT.nxt and grandcentrix push Vodafone deeper into vertical markets  13

3.3.1       IoT.nxt 13

3.3.2       grandcentrix  13

3.4     Vodafone’s Transition to Tech Comms Company & IoT Strength, fit well with MEC and MPN  15

4.       Conclusions  17

4.1     Questions for Further Consideration  18

5.      How Can We Help You?  19


Figure 1: Vodafone Transforming from a Telco to a Tech Comms Company. 3

Figure 2: Vodafone Group’s Strategic Progress. 5

Figure 3: Vodafone “Tech2025” Priorities. 6

Figure 4: Estimated Cellular IoT Connections (Selected CSPs excl. China) YE 2019 (M) 9

Figure 5: Vodafone’s B2B Ambitions in IoT. 11

Figure 6: Vodafone’s Priority Verticals and Key Service Propositions in IoT. 12

Figure 7: grandcentrix Overview. 14

Figure 8: Mennekes Product Portfolio. 14

Figure 9: Vodafone MPN Target Industries. 15

Figure 10: Vodafone End to End Solutions. 16

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