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DSEI 2021: Nimble telecoms giant eyes slice of defence market

15th September 2021 - 12:30 GMT | by Samuel Beal in London

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Vodafone is exhibiting at DSEI for the first time this year. (Photo: Sam Beal)

First-time DSEI exhibitor Vodafone wants to find military customers for its 5G network and other services.

More conventionally associated with a world of fumbly SIM cards than military gadgetry, Vodafone is using DSEI 2021 to reaffirm plans to bolster its presence in the defence industry.

The event in London on 14-17 September marks the first time that Vodafone has exhibited at DSEI.

Andrea Dona, chief network officer for the telecommunications company, explained that Vodafone technology — in particular its 5G network — is now mature enough for military applications.

He told Shephard: ‘It now brings the best of our network capability to the defence market in terms of additional capability... combining with our mobile edge computing …

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