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Vodafone to invest £500M to grow enterprise capabilities across Asia and Africa

Zafirah Salim | Oct. 2, 2014
Some of the intended uses for the investment will be to consolidate and build Vodafone’s presence in Singapore, as well as secure a new office space in the central business district.

At the opening of its new office in Singapore this week, British telecommunication company Vodafone, will confirm plans to invest £500 million (S$1.03 billion) over the next five years to scale up its network and enterprise capabilities, people and offices across Asia and Africa.

This business transformation initiative aims to accelerate the company's progress towards becoming a total communications service provider delivering an integrated suite of unified communications and flexible computing capabilities to enterprise customers in the region, said the telco in its media statement yesterday (October 1, 2014).

The £500 million investment will be used to consolidate and build Vodafone's presence in Singapore, as it is the regional headquarter of Asia and Africa. It will also be used to secure a new office space in Singapore, as well as hire people to expand regional sales, product, service design, build, operate and support capabilities across 10 sales hubs within the Asia and Africa region.

On top of that, Vodafone intends to set up a Customer Experience Centre, which will showcase the full suite of Vodafone services in fixed and mobile connectivity, M2M, converged communications and cloud. The company also plans to extend Vodafone's fixed network in Asia to reach 17 countries in region and interconnect into the deep national fixed and mobile networks in New Zealand and India.

Other plans include offering broader managed mobility capabilities through Conexus Alliance partners in 10 markets across APAC; expanding One Net Enterprise service capabilities across Asia and Africa; enhancing Vodafone's M2M platform beyond six markets in Asia (Australia, China, India, Japan, Korea, New Zealand); scaling capacity of sub-sea cable systems in the region; as well as offering network-connected cloud and value-added managed hosting services through partners across APAC as well as owned data centre assets in South Africa and New Zealand.


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