Vodafone and Melco Resorts: connectivity partners

By William Smith
Dan Beevers, Regional Director, APAC, Vodafone Business, on the partnership with Melco Resorts and the possibilities of technologies such as 5G...

Vodafone is one of the world’s leading telecommunication operators. “We're on this journey right now of moving from being a traditional telco provider to being a tech-co,” explains Dan Beevers, Regional Director, APAC, Vodafone Business. “The purpose of Vodafone is connecting for a better future. With our expertise and global scale, we have that unique opportunity to drive positive change across society, connecting friends, families, businesses and government organizations.” Aside from being the world’s largest IoT connectivity provider, with over 100 million IoT connections, the company has also risen to the challenge of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We played a vital role in keeping economies running and critical sectors functioning in such areas like education, healthcare, manufacturing and utilities, to name a few.”

Vodafone has been at the forefront of driving major technology trends in the industry, with 5G being one of the most exciting technologies to emerge of late. “Vodafone has been involved in leading efforts to trial 5G in cities across Europe,” says Beevers. “We’ve also taken a leadership role in global 5G research, for instance holding the chair of the Next Generation Mobile Networks Group.” Beevers emphasises the opportunities that 5G affords customers and society at large, and the role Vodafone can play in enabling it. “Connectivity has been through a massive change in mobile technology. The company knows where the opportunities are, where the challenges lay, and therefore can ask the right questions to get businesses started on that 5G journey.”

The company embarked on a relationship with Melco Resorts back in 2015, when it addressed Melco’s need to connect global facilities across Asia and Europe to provide a consistent user experience and high quality IT network services. “Partnerships are all about trust. We built trust with Melco by making sure service was paramount and talking in their language - now we provide them connectivity across nine countries around the world and are expanding the relationship into other areas such as Azure cloud services.” In 2018 the partnership was expanded around a VDI solution. “That’s a service which helps them acquire virtual desktop infrastructure. With that service, we provide a secure user experience, the ability to scale and also the ability to reduce costs whilst increasing efficiencies within their organisation.”

With technology changing at pace, a study conducted this year by Vodafone Business, called Vodafone Business Future Ready, uncovered a number of criteria for organisations to bear in mind to prepare themselves for the future. “It’s about having a positive attitude and a mindset that you need to change with the speed of the wider world of technology, being open to new technologies within your organisation, being able to adapt your people to your customers and to your competition, while actively planning for the technological future,” says Beevers. That adaptability means that companies can thrive going forward. “Having the ability to experiment fast while using data, means being able to make informed decisions in response to challenges. That’s why in our conversations with Melco and customers in general, it's key that our partnership absolutely focuses around thinking about these trends.”

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