Four key themes drive what Vodafone refers to as the Gigabit Society, in the words of Vodafone Global CEO Vittorio Colao: cloud, the Internet of Things, 5G, and artificial intelligence. IoT in particular is the real driver behind company productivity and efficiency gains and the foundation for many of Vodafone's long-term opportunities. This IDC Perspective provides a summary and analysis of Vodafone's Analyst Summit 2017. It assesses the company's IoT strategy and future vision.
"What we saw during Vodafone's 2017 Analyst Summit was a demonstration of the company's ability to gain customer trust by offering a compelling business case together with an understanding of customer needs, and the willingness to adapt to these needs. But the complexities associated with proving the IoT business case are such that even for operators like Vodafone, demonstrating their value beyond pure connectivity can be a challenge," said Marta Muñoz, European IoT Practice Lead at IDC.