In a press release, cellco Vodacom Tanzania announces that it has invested in customised Internet of Things (IoT)/Machine-to-Machine (M2M) solutions and cloud computing services. The cloud computing range is aimed at enabling business user clients to buy data storage and computing power in real time as per their needs through the Internet, hence reducing capital expenditure. ‘We are seeing data growth doubling every two years and the rate of generation of data is rapidly outpacing the ability of businesses to analyse the data, hence creating an opportunity for Cloud Computing,’ said Vodacom Tanzania Chief Officer, Business Enterprise Unit, Gregory Verbond. ‘We believe that there are enormous opportunities from this investment and that many Tanzanians can benefit from this. In line with global technology trends we need to offer our customers value and respond to their growing needs,’ he added.
With regards to IoT, the press release forecast figures projecting that ‘in a few years to come, the IoT will consist of almost 50 billion objects’, and Vodacom Tanzania is aiming to seize this opportunity by partnering with technology provider CUMii International, a group with a track record in various African markets. Initial IoT focus areas for Vodacom Tanzania’s IoT services are: vehicle tracking and fleet management services, monitoring of retail points, security systems and other telemetry services, targeting ‘individuals, corporate companies, business enterprises, government and non-governmental organisations’.