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Tech Data Announces Agreement with Vodafone to Offer IoT Connectivity Services in Europe


BARCELONA, Spain, 6 November 2017:

Tech Data (Nasdaq: TECD) today announced a pan-European agreement  to offer managed Internet of Things (IoT) connectivity services from Vodafone, one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies. Through this agreement, resellers and systems integrators across Europe can access Vodafone’s value-added IoT services, which enable end customers to securely integrate and tailor IoT solutions into their businesses in segments such as manufacturing, logistics and transport, retail, or smart spaces.

Vodafone’s managed IoT connectivity services join Tech Data's extensive IoT Solutions portfolio, comprising a range of best-of-breed, interoperable solutions, ranging from sensing devices and gateways at the edge of the network to data aggregation and analytics in the datacenter or the cloud, as well as augmented reality devices and smart displays for user interfaces.

Victor Paradell, vice president, IoT & Analytics Solutions at Tech Data, said: “The agreement is a breakthrough as Tech Data is now able to offer a comprehensive, end-to-end Vodafone IoT connectivity solution across Europe. We’re excited to partner with Vodafone and help solution providers grow their businesses with new recurring revenue streams based on connectivity for IoT applications. Interest in IoT is stronger than ever, enterprise investment is increasing, and so is the number of IoT connections. Tech Data is well positioned to support partners as this market accelerates.”

Tech Data’s offering includes IoT SIM-enabled devices, hardware and software that, in combination with Vodafone’s Managed IoT connectivity services, will allow reseller partners to provide complete IoT solutions to their customers. This will enable business outcomes such as remote monitoring and control for industrial operational applications, mobile asset tracking, fleet management, building security, network access and worldwide device management solutions.

Erik Brenneis, director of IoT, Vodafone, said: “Strong partnerships within the ecosystem are a significant driver to the continued growth of IoT. Tech Data’s strength in the SME and mid-market IoT segments across Europe will help to broaden the adoption and use of IoT.”

Tech Data will conduct a phased roll out of this offering, starting in the UK in the coming quarter and following up across the rest Europe during 2018. For more information on Tech Data's IoT Solutions portfolio, contact iot@techdata.eu.

 

About Tech Data
Tech Data connects the world with the power of technology. Our end-to-end portfolio of products, services and solutions, highly specialized skills, and expertise in next-generation technologies enable channel partners to bring to market the products and solutions the world needs to connect, grow and advance. Tech Data is ranked No. 107 on the Fortune 500® and has been named one of Fortune’s “World’s Most Admired Companies” for eight straight years. To find out more, visit www.techdata.com or follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn, and Facebook.

 

About Vodafone Group
Vodafone Group is one of the world’s largest telecommunications companies and provides a range of services including voice, messaging, data and fixed communications. Vodafone Group has mobile operations in 26 countries, partners with mobile networks in 49 more, and fixed broadband operations in 17 markets. As of 30 June 2017, Vodafone Group had 523.5 million mobile customers and 18.5 million fixed broadband customers, including India and all of the customers in Vodafone’s joint ventures and associates. For more information, please visit: www.vodafone.com.

 

Media Contact:
George Troughton
Communications Manager
Tech Data Europe
george.troughton@techdata.eu
Mobile: 0034 615 841 745
Telephone: 0034 93 297 0222

 

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