Accra, Sept. 11, GNA – Vodafone Ghana has officially launched its « Machine to Machine » (M2M) service platform in a move that is expected to transform the efficiency of companies operating in Ghana.
The telecommunication network is looking forward to leverage its global scale and expertise in the technology to make Ghana’s fast growing services sector more efficient.
Mr Haris Broumidis, Chief Executive of Vodafone Ghana, speaking at the launch said: « Our reputation in this new technological frontier is unmatched across the world and we are excited to be finally deploying it in Ghana. »
Mr Broumidis said Vodafone views Ghana as a very important market for its continuous success as a company and M2M is one avenue to continue their success story, which would positively change the world of work in the country.
He said the M2M is part of the larger transformational agenda known as the « Internet of Things », which is now connecting people, places and things to the internet and turning them into intelligent assets that communicate.
Current estimates suggest that the number of devices to be connected by 2020 would be 28 billion on the global scale; adding $ 1.7 trillion to the global economy by 2019, according to Goldman Sachs.
The platform is already operational in Ghana, and would be supported by a team of experts with countrywide responsibility for growing Vodafone’s M2M business.
The team, which includes engineers, product and sales managers, is to ensure that customer needs are met in a timely fashion.
The Chief Executive noted that Vodafone’s capabilities in M2M in Ghana cover some of the most crucial areas of the economy including health, transport, logistics, banking, utilities and security.
He said these industries are using Vodafone’s SIM cards to smartly connect devices to enhance their efficiency and productivity output and the focus is to deliver practical innovation to customers in Ghana and West Africa.
Vodafone believes the technology, which is managed by its enterprise unit, could also help large businesses to reduce the impact of their operation on the environment.
Globally, Vodafone is ranked the best in M2M with about 21.5 million SIMs currently connecting assets in various industries in the world.
Mrs Angela Mensah-Poku, Head of Vodafone Business Solutions- the enterprise unit of Vodafone Ghana, said the M2M is definitely the start of a revolution that would certainly help companies in the country move to the next level of performance and make them more results-oriented.
« As a business committed to providing the best of service for our customers, we see M2M as a paradigm shift in making our customers even more comfortable with their activities », she said.
Mrs Mensah-Poku said the M2M platform will provide corporate customers with managed connectivity for smart service deployments.
She said: « The companies will be able to manage and control the process of rolling out M2M devices across the country, increase the speed of implementation and reduce the cost, complexity and risk traditionally associated with deploying such projects. »