Unlocking business innovation through technology

New technologies such as automation, artificial intelligence (AI) and augmented reality (AR) offer limitless opportunities for businesses. We’re in an age where 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) are transforming the way we live and work. These are exciting and challenging times because today, more than ever, a culture of innovation is the key to business success.

To implement these technologies though, businesses must ensure they have the one key building block that underpins them all: connectivity. Advanced, secure connectivity is the driver of business today, making every other innovation possible.

Innovation is not just about new products and services but also about the way we work. Remote working is here to stay, and businesses that embrace it will gain a competitive edge, increase profitability and drive innovation. Plus, of course, connectivity that’s responsive and secure is the key to successful remote working.

So, what does the future of connectivity look like? Here’s a walkthrough of some of the most important tools and technologies that can help create a truly connected business.

Accelerate your business with superfast hybrid broadband

The foundation of any connected business is broadband. Speed is no doubt important, but it’s just one part of the connectivity solution your broadband should offer. Complete connectivity provides:

  • Download speeds of up to 400Mbps, allowing for faster downloads and seamless streaming

  • Automatic 4G mobile backup to keep you connected even if your broadband goes down

  • Advanced security to protect you from new and emerging cyber-attacks or threats

  • Control through online dashboards and mobile apps that allows you to monitor usage across your network

  • VPN networks to connect multiple sites and allow employees to access your business network safely and securely


For businesses with multiple sites, upgrading your network to a Software Delivered Wide Area Network (SD-WAN) can give you stronger, more seamless connectivity. It offers:

  • A smarter and more responsive network with better control over your traffic

  • More reliability for out-of-office and hybrid workers

  • You a chance to take advantage of next-generation as-a-service offerings on the cloud

SD-WAN in action

Housing specialists, Places for People, came to Vodafone to implement SD-WAN solutions that would help make them more responsive and better able to deliver their connectivity strategy.

They believed that moving to a cloud-based network has made them more efficient, agile and responsive to the needs of employees and customers.

Learn more about how we helped them achieve this.

IoT Smart solutions

Internet of Things (IoT) solutions help businesses digitally transform, utilising the potential of connected devices.

Objects or devices become ‘smart’ through a SIM-enabled device, allowing them to transmit data over the internet which can then be turned into actionable insights.

Smart roads, smart cars and smart domestic appliances are just the start. IoT will lead to complete connected cities actively responding to data in real-time to manage air quality, noise pollution, street lighting and traffic congestion.

IoT in action

At COP26, the 2021 climate summit in Glasgow, Vodafone demonstrated a Smart Building that monitors air quality, temperature, lighting, and occupancy, reducing energy usage by up to 30%. Vodafone believes that using IoT and other technologies can help reduce customers’ emissions by 350 million tonnes by 2030.

5G for business

Up to 10x faster than 4G, 5G makes every aspect of your business move more efficiently. You can enjoy instant connectivity, uninterrupted data use, and faster download speeds on your wireless devices with 5G for businesses, making it easier than ever to work smarter with more connected devices.

There’s no question that 5G will have huge applications in all business sectors and drive innovative new products and services. Vodafone is now offering businesses access to our innovation hubs where they can discover how 5G could work for them.

5G in action

Vodafone has launched Britain’s first commercial standalone 5G network with Coventry University, allowing medical students to take immersive, real-time tours of the human body using Virtual Reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR). This could open the door to breakthrough healthcare services including remote diagnostics and even remote surgery.

Augmented and virtual reality

While virtual reality (VR) creates a new 3D environment, usually experienced through a headset, augmented reality (AR) uses a normal device such as a smartphone to enhance the real world around you through digital elements that you can see, hear and even feel.

In the world of training, learning and development, businesses have begun to innovate by using VR and AR technologies to create truly immersive experiences.

Recently, Vodafone Germany collaborated with Nreal, a provider of augmented and mixed reality glasses, to provide kitchens across the country with an augmented reality cooking experience.

Automation and AI

Using Artificial Intelligence (AI), companies are automating processes to reduce downtime and minimise errors in a wide variety of sectors from manufacturing, production and warehousing. These technologies have massive potential to reduce costs, make operations more flexible and upskill employees.

Each year, more than 30 tonnes of strawberries are consumed by tennis fans at Wimbledon. Through Vodafone's IoT technology, Hugh Lowe Farms can efficiently grow the highest quality crop, meeting demand for over 1.5 million strawberries per year.

The deployment of new IoT technology and software, such as MYFARMWEB™, means the farm can collect data to support better soil and crop health, more effective water use, and precise fertiliser and pesticide application.

Optimising farming practices means greenhouse gases are reduced and farm productivity is increased. Vodafone estimates that IoT technology could help the agricultural sector save 2.4-4.8 million tonnes of CO2 annually.

Vodafone can provide help and guidance if you want to explore the potential of these technologies to enhance innovation in your business.

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