News


Vodacom to reposition as a provider of converged ICT

14 May 2008 News

The Vodacom Group recently announced a capital investment of R2,5 billion over the next five years that will reposition the company from being a mobile centric network operator to a leading provider of converged information and communication solutions.

"We are standing on the brink of a significant change in the way corporate South Africa communicates in this environment, Vodacom plans to be a next generation network service provider delivering on mobile and fixed voice, video and data requirements of all businesses," said group CEO Alan Knott-Craig. "In a playing field that has quickly become crowded, we will differentiate ourselves with the services that are provided on top of the network infrastructure layer," he said.

Vodacom has established a new division called Vodacom Business to provide end-to-end converged solutions and services for the corporate and SME markets.

"In a maturing South African market where cellphone SIM card penetration is already over 90%, our future lies in expanding our business horizontally. We believe that substantial changes will take place in the telecommunications world this year, with the main drivers being within the regulatory and competitive environments," Knott-Craig said.

He added that Vodacom plans to remain the cellular market leader, but aims to leverage off these changes and developments in order to lead with an aggressive converged solutions strategy in the market place. "Secondly, the demand for broadband is growing exponentially whilst being stifled by the country's limited transmission capacity. Vodacom has now started the process to build our own transmission capacity for the Vodacom network as well as for our corporate customers," Knott-Craig said.

He added that the information communication technology (ICT) landscape has been developing rapidly over the last 18 months. "Vodacom Business has been positioned to offer centralised network architecture combined in a hosted environment to offer a full range of converged communication solutions by the second quarter of 2008. The resulting economies of scale will generate significant cost savings for customers, as well as improvements in network efficiencies, security, backup of data and applications, and power redundancy."

Vodacom is building a fibre-optic network and the first ring was scheduled to have been completed in Gauteng by April this year. The network is being built with links to many of South Africa's top blue-chip companies, who have already indicated a commitment to infrastructure and service contracts with Vodacom Business.

The slow but steady liberalisation in the ICT industry, as well as the introduction of new licensed operators, has set the stage for fixed and mobile network operators to compete directly with ICT vendors, Value Added Network service providers (VANs) and Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

With the changes in the Electronic Communications Act, the number of players providing information communication infrastructure has grown. Vodacom Business is aiming to differentiate itself at the service end of this new and developing playing field with four main towers of services to market.

Access Services will build state-of-the art access networks to provide last-mile connectivity and broadband access with service level agreements to ensure optimum uptime and availability.

Hosted Services will give customers the ability to outsource functions such as hosting, application services, storage and security functions, allowing companies to take advantage of the scale and diversity of a large infrastructure and focus their attention on their core business.

Managed Network Services will provide high-quality first-tier Internet and managed network services to businesses. This includes a range of Internet access mediums, virtual private network (VPN) solutions and a next-generation network that will provide a wide variety of simultaneous voice, video and data communication options.

Converged Application Services streamlines the access and management of mobile applications and their various service providers into a seamless service that is globally operational, supporting a full range of communication devices, from cellphones to laptops to PDAs.





Share this article:
Share via emailShare via LinkedInPrint this page

Further reading:

Buy a Fluke, get one free
28 October 2020, Comtest , News
Comtest, Fluke’s official South African importer, is offering one free Fluke for every Fluke purchased from any South African-based, authorised Fluke dealer. Fluke is a world leader in the manufacture, ...

Read more...
Online Ohm’s law calculator from Mouser
28 October 2020 , News
The famous Ohm’s law states that the current flowing through a circuit is proportional to the voltage applied across both points. Mouser Electronics’ online Ohm’s law calculator saves engineers time by ...

Read more...
From the editor's desk: Where monsters, viruses and technology meet
25 November 2020, Technews Publishing , News
I clearly remember the moment it really sank in that the world as we know it has become almost unrecognisable from a year ago. It would be hard not to remember really, because it happened only two days ...

Read more...
Clearing the Static
28 October 2020, Actum Group , News
ESD training and compliance According to Desco Industries, electrostatic discharge (ESD) can change the electrical characteristics of a semiconductor device, degrading or destroying it entirely. ESD ...

Read more...
SA project receives international energy award
25 November 2020 , News
South Africa’s largest energy efficiency initiative, the SA Industrial Energy Efficiency Project, has won the highest international accolade for an energy programme – the International Energy Project ...

Read more...
Intelsat brings space STEM to students in Africa
25 November 2020 , News
Intelsat is partnering with XinaBox to deliver space-focused science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning tools to teenagers across the African continent. Intelsat is sponsoring ...

Read more...
DesignSpark racks up one million members
25 November 2020 , News
RS Components recently marked a significant milestone when its DesignSpark engineering platform surpassed one million members. This comes just a few months after DesignSpark celebrated ten years of ...

Read more...
Personality profile: Dereck Styane
25 November 2020, Phoenix Contact , News
“We do try and develop people and promote them from within the company, so I savour people’s personal growth that I’ve overseen.”

Read more...
MTN and Siyavula enabling maths and science learners
25 November 2020 , News
Lockdown or no lockdown, South African learners will do what it takes to ensure that they are ready for their year-end exams. So says the MTN SA Foundation, which partnered with digital teaching and learning ...

Read more...
Production Logix appoints new business development manager
25 November 2020, Production Logix , News
KwaZulu-Natal based electronics contract manufacturer, Production Logix, is broadening its scope and sharpening its focus as it expands its footprint across South Africa and into southern Africa. As part ...

Read more...