Research: Vodafone leads IoT connectivity, Telefónica in services

Transforma Insights has identified the key trends shaping the IoT connectivity market and highlighted the leading mobile network operators (MNOs) and mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in the space.

The report, based on in-depth discussions with 25 global cellular connectivity providers, reveals a rapidly evolving landscape marked by new technologies and business models.

Key trends identified in the report include:

A shift towards device-to-cloud...

Vodafone partners with Microsoft to scale its new IoT business  

Vodafone has entered a major strategic partnership with Microsoft that will significantly expand Vodafone's IoT capabilities.

The 10-year agreement aims to leverage both companies' strengths to transform digital platforms for over 300 million businesses, public sector organisations, and consumers in Europe and Africa.  

A key focus is supercharging Vodafone's global managed IoT connectivity platform that already links 175 million devices and platforms...

Vodafone, Ericsson and Qualcomm achieve first RedCap RAN data sessions

Vodafone, Ericsson, and Qualcomm have demonstrated a new 5G technology optimised for connecting IoT devices in a simpler, more efficient way.

In trials on September 21 using Vodafone's live 5G test network CREATE in Spain, the companies achieved the first data sessions leveraging Reduced Capability (RedCap) RAN. Unlike 5G smartphones, RedCap provides basic connectivity tailored for less complex, low-power IoT gadgets.

The successful use of RedCap is a significant step...

Kaleido Intelligence recognises Eseye and Vodafone as IoT connectivity leaders

Kaleido Intelligence’s latest study recognises Eseye and Vodafone as leaders in IoT connectivity.

The study, Connectivity Vendor Hub: Competitive Analysis 2023, evaluated 39 service providers—emphasising their roles in Connectivity Management Platforms (CMP), eSIM Connectivity, and eSIM Subscription Management within the IoT ecosystem.

Eseye and Vodafone emerged as ‘Champion’ vendors in eSIM Connectivity and CMP, respectively.

Erik Brenneis, CEO of...

Vodafone: 3.3B devices will trade with each other by 2030

According to a new report, the number of connected devices trading directly with each other is expected to reach 3.3 billion by 2030.

The report, commissioned by Vodafone and conducted by STL Partners, projects a significant increase from the current 88 million devices trading in 2024. Furthermore, it highlights the rapid growth of the Economy of Things (EoT) and its potential to create new markets and revenue streams for businesses.

The EoT refers to a future where...

Vodafone’s 4G now available in 50+ rural UK locations

Vodafone customers living, working or visiting 57 rural communities and locations across the UK are now receiving 4G as part of Vodafone’s ongoing commitment to the nationwide Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme. 

The arrival of Vodafone 4G at sites in locations from Orkney Islands to Devon means residents, businesses and visitors are now enjoying faster and more reliable data speeds as well as better quality voice calls.

The Shared Rural Network (SRN) programme...

Berg Insight: Global cellular IoT connections grew 22% in 2021

Berg Insight says that global cellular IoT connections grew an impressive 22 percent in 2021.

According to the company’s analysts, global cellular IoT connections reached 2.1 billion last year.

No particular region stood out for growth. The major regional markets of China, Western Europe, and North America grew similarly during the year as the world recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, China continues to lead the way for cellular IoT...

Vodafone’s IoT tech ensures 1.5M strawberries make it to Wimbledon

Vodafone is deploying IoT technology to ensure 1.5 million strawberries make it to Wimbledon, the world’s oldest tennis tournament.

Wimbledon simply wouldn’t be the same without strawberries and cream. Hughe Lowe Farms has supplied Wimbledon’s strawberries for almost 30 years and will remain the tournament’s exclusive supplier this year.

Vodafone has partnered with Hughe Lowe Farms to ensure the strawberries reach their destination, The All England Lawn Tennis...

Vodafone aims to improve European road safety with new platform

Vodafone is launching a platform that uses data from connected vehicles and devices to improve the safety of European roads.

The new ‘Safer Transport for Europe Platform’ (STEP) is free and compatible with all in-vehicle navigation systems and third-party map apps.

By facilitating faster and more efficient information-sharing between road users, transport authorities, and each other, Vodafone believes it can greatly improve road safety.

Joakim Reiter, Chief...

Marine-focused connected testbed launches in Plymouth

A testbed called Smart Sound Connect has been launched in Plymouth for companies to conduct marine research up to 20 miles offshore.

The testbed is a world-first and uses a private 4G/5G network by Vodafone and Nokia for connectivity across the coastal proving grounds.

Nick Gliddon, Business Director at Vodafone UK, said:

“Smart Sound Connect is using cutting edge innovation to accelerate developments in marine technology through 5G.

The 5G mobile...