Vodacom donates Library to SS. Peter & Paul School Ikate Elegushi

December 2016 – Lagos, Nigeria – Vodacom Business Nigeria donated a fully-equipped library to the pupils of SS. Peter & Paul School, Ikate Elegushi. The school is managed by Loving Gaze, a not-for-profit organisation.

According to Mr. Lanre Kolade, Managing Director for Vodacom Business Nigeria, the library was donated to promote a reading culture among the pupils from primary school. It will also help to prepare them for secondary and tertiary education by enabling them to learn about the world outside their school and their immediate environment. The library donation includes various books, furniture and multi-media equipment. The company also donated quality backpacks and water bottles to the pupils of SS. Peter & Paul School Ikate Elegushi and St. John School, Ikorodu, Lagos to help the children carry their learning materials and drinking water to school.

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The Internet of Things: a catalyst for Nigeria’s Smart Cities

October 2016 – Lagos, Nigeria – Futurists have long painted a vision of the revolutionary “smart city”; a gleaming metropolis of clean streets and punctual public transport, where issues of crime, congestion and pollution have been engineered into irrelevance.

A great deal of people believe that building the smart city will be extremely disruptive, but Lanre Kolade, Managing Director of Vodacom Business Nigeria has a different perspective. Kolade explained at the recent Nigerian-South African Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting that governments do not have to tear down the towns of today to build smart cities which will improve services and the quality of life for their inhabitants. He explained that by using the Internet of Things (IoT) technology, a host of intelligently connected services become possible.

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Vodacom says that the Internet of Thing is critical to future businesses success in Nigeria

September, 2016 – Lagos, Nigeria – With the increased interest in adoption and growth in the number of connected “things” across Africa, the Internet of Things (IoT) has the potential to transform business operations and maximize efficiency across all sectors.

According to Tony Smallwood, Vodacom’s Executive Head of IoT, “IoT drives digital transformation, helping businesses to remain relevant in today’s digital world. Overall, 63% of adopters say they have seen “significant” ROI from adopting IoT”. Smallwood revealed this during his Keynote on understanding IoT applications in strengthening digital business in Nigeria at the just concluded NigeriaCom ICT Leaders Forum, 2016.

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Vodacom trains 25 female secondary school students on Internet of Things (IoT)

May, 2016 – Lagos, Nigeria – Vodacom Business Nigeria has trained twenty-five female students of Clemmy High School, Agodo-Egbe, Lagos, on Internet of Things (IoT) as part of its support for the Girls in ICTprogramme. The students who were students from SS1 and SS2 learned how IoT is used in ensuring people’s safety and in securing property in today’s world. They also toured the company’s facilities, exposing them to the importance of connectivity and data security to individuals and businesses in this milieu.

Clemmy High School emerged as winners of the App development and Quiz competition which was part of the Girls in ICT Day celebration last month, organised by E-Business Life. Vodacom’s aim of training female students in particular is to demystify the myth that ICT is for males, predominantly; encouraging more female students to choose ICT as their course of study at tertiary levels of education. The training also empowers  female students to maximise their use of ICT, so that they are not left behind in the digital world.

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Vodacom Business Nigeria wins two outstanding Industry Awards.

April, 2016 – Lagos, Nigeria – Vodacom Business Nigeria  walked away with two industry awards at the Beacon of ICT (BoICT) Awards ceremony; a merit-centric celebration aimed at rewarding best practices and recognition of outstanding contributions to the growth of ICT in Nigeria. The BoICT Awards was instituted by Nigeria CommunicationsWeek, Nigeria’s leading technology publication.

At the BoICT awards ceremony, which was held in Lagos, Vodacom Business Nigeria representatives walked away with two outstanding awards which were the Enterprise Solution Provider of the Year, an award the company won in 2013, 2014 and 2016 and Cloud Service Provider of the Year, another award the company has won for three years, back-to-back since 2014.

This year over 1.3 million readers of Nigeria CommunicationsWeek voted in the different categories with Vodacom Business Nigeria emerging as the clear winner in Enterprise Solutions Provider of the Year and Cloud Services Provider of the Year categories.

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Vodacom Business Nigeria rings in changes in its top structure

March, 2016 – Lagos, Nigeria – Vodacom Business Nigeria, Nigeria’s leading total telecommunications provider has announced the appointment of Lanre Kolade as its Managing Director. From April 1, 2016, Kolade will take the reins at Vodacom Business Nigeria, replacing Guy Clarke who after eight years at the helm returns to South Africa to take up the role of Managing Director, Vodacom Business Africa.

Lanre has been in the Telecoms industry for over 19 years and has recently served as the Managing Director of Vodacom Business responsible for business growth in West, East and parts of Southern Africa excluding South Africa, Nigeria and Zambia.

Lanre, a graduate from Obafemi Awolowo University, University of Witwatersrand, South Africa and the London Business School, UK, is a seasoned and innovative business leader who is passionate about people and great customer service.

Vodacom Business Nigeria provides innovative total communications solutions to enterprises in Nigeria, ranging from IPVPN, internet of things (IoT), cloud & hosting services, enterprise mobility applications that transform key value chains such as healthcare, agriculture and education.

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Vodacom Business Nigeria partners with Etisalat to provide superior enterprise solutions to Corporates.

February, 2016 – Lagos, Nigeria – Vodacom Business Nigeria and Etisalat Nigeria have announced a partnership agreement that enables Vodacom provide mobile voice services to its customers and empowers Etisalat to provide improved enterprise solutions to its customers. This strategic partnership brings together two forward-looking companies focused on delivering superior telecommunication services to businesses in Nigeria.

Speaking at the event was Solomon Ogufere; Executive Director Commercial, Vodacom business Nigeria, who said that with this partnership, Vodacom is well placed to offer a full package of custom-made enterprise class Mobile Voice and Data Services to businesses in Nigeria through its Enterprise Mobile Voice Solution which aims at improving productivity and response time for corporates; especially those businesses with large number of staff on the move. Organizations, large and small as well as government agencies in Nigeria now have access to high performance and easy to manage mobile communication solutions.

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