Microsoft has revealed plans to enhance M-Pesa services in a decade-long strategic partnership with Vodafone, focusing on Europe and Africa.

The tech giant will host M-Pesa on Azure, introducing new cloud-native applications in the process. Aiming to impact 100 million consumers and 1 million SMEs in Africa, the partnership involves a $1.5 billion investment by Vodafone in cloud and AI services over the next decade, in collaboration with Microsoft. The focus areas include Generative AI, Scaling IoT, Enterprise growth, cloud transformation, and Africa Digital Acceleration.

Key Collaboration Areas
Generative AI Implementation Enhancing Vodafone’s customer experience
Scaling IoT Expanding Vodafone’s managed IoT connectivity platform
Enterprise Growth Developing digital and financial services for SMEs
Cloud Transformation Overhauling global data center cloud strategy
Africa Digital Acceleration Accelerating digital transformation in Africa

Margherita Della Valle, Vodafone Group’s CEO, expressed enthusiasm, stating that the partnership would speed up the digital transformation for small and medium-sized companies. Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, emphasized the potential of this new AI generation to open vast opportunities globally.

Furthermore, Microsoft will leverage Vodafone’s fixed and mobile connectivity services and invest in Vodafone’s managed IoT connectivity platform, set to operate as a separate business by April 2024.

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