Justice Minister Hon. Given Lubinda toured the Vodafone Zambia head office and operational hub in Lusaka to familiarise himself with the telecommunications centre.
The use of information and communication technology (ICT) is considered one of the key elements to significantly improve the administration of justice. The rapid development of technology has opened up new opportunities that were unthinkable years ago. Around the world, several statutory reforms have been introduced to allow the use and the exchange of electronic data and documents within national judicial systems.
Speaking during the Minister’s visit, Vodafone Zambia CEO, Lars Stork said: “We launched in the Zambian market in June 2016 with 4G data services aimed at transforming the communication sector with an initial investment of US$ 40 million. We are confident that the developments currently taking place in Zambia’s ICT sector, with regards to innovation and regulation, will further transform and streamline the way people communicate and manage their affairs.”
Hon. Lubinda expressed his happiness and positive impressions by the ICT infrastructure and architecture Vodafone has put in place, which is supported by a youthful workforce accounting for 50 per cent of the company’s staff compliment.
“I am thoroughly impressed with the investment, the level of innovation, the technology and the pledge to drive change in the communication space. The confidence and the passion of the workers at Vodafone Zambia have, equally, amazed me. If others can emulate what is happening here, Zambia will move many steps ahead,” said the Justice Minister.
The honourable Minister visited Vodafone following an invitation from the next generation operator. In today’s increasingly digital world, ICT cuts across many spheres, from commerce to finance, governance, health, and the administration of justice.
“At Vodafone, we understand that ICTs are cross-cutting and impact on all segments of the society. Therefore, we are building relationships with stakeholders in the public and private sectors. The Ministry of Justice is among our key stakeholders. As such, we are pleased and humbled that the Honorable Minister took the time to visit us,” concluded Mr. Stork.
Vodacom Business sees upsurge in ICT in Africa
Vodacom Business is witnessing an upsurge in demand for ICT services – in particular the application of cloud, M2M and enterprise mobility on the continent.
Last week the company announced a partnership with IBM to open the first industrial-scale cloud data centre facility on the African continent.
Chief Officer for Vodacom Business, Vuyani Jarana says that technology is playing a key role in commercial growth on the continent. “CIO’s are looking to gain efficiencies and cut costs by re-looking IT infrastructure, even leap fogging traditional technology.“
“Technology like cloud is both a disrupter that drives market-level change, and an enabler that allows companies to respond effectively to that change within their own business,” says Jarana.
ICT solutions like this are uniquely powerful in helping businesses become more robust, more agile and better able to communicate to staff and clients.
“Only those able to stay on course in terms of strategy, yet respond quickly to customer needs will unlock the opportunity that such technology offers and change brings,” adds Jarana.
The Africa CEO Forum, taking place on 21 and 22 March in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, is an ideal platform for Vodacom Business to share our experience and expertise of doing business in Africa.
The Forum – considered the foremost international meeting for African CEOs, bankers and investors – has become one of the most important events on the African business calendar, enabling participants to exchange their views and opinions on the issues affecting economic development for companies on the continent.
“We see our role as a facilitator and integrator – working with business and government to develop relevant and innovative solutions that will meet the growing need for services, products and great experiences. This is how we play a key role accelerating business growth across the continent.”
Vodacom Business Nigeria, Etisalat seal enterprise partnership
Vodacom Business Nigeria and Etisalat Nigeria have announced a partnership agreement that enables Vodacom provide mobile voice and data services to its customers and equips 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.
With this Partnership, Vodacom is now well-placed to offer a fuller package of custom-made enterprise class Mobile Services to businesses in Nigeria through its Enterprise Mobile Voice Solution.
The Partnership enables Etisalat to provide point to point and point to multi-point connectivity solutions to its customers, thereby offering them a one-stop shopping experience. Furthermore, Vodacom and Etisalat customers will be provided with a single billing platform to negate the trouble of dealing with multiple communications service providers.
Commenting on the partnership, Chief Executive Officer of Etisalat Nigeria, Matthew Willsher said, “In the fast paced telecommunication market of today, the successful companies will be those who build the right strategic partnerships to accelerate innovation, growth, and offer customers more value for their money. Etisalat is committed to offering quality services both in voice and data, and to continuously provide solutions that help enterprises and startups excel in their businesses. This partnership brings together two outstanding industry leaders, with proven track record of innovation.”