Vodafone offers gold service to Queensland businesses

Gold Coast the home of Queensland’s first Vodafone Business Centre (VBC)

Vodafone’s first Business Centre in Queensland was officially opened today on the Gold Coast by Federal Member for Moncrieff, Steven Ciobo.

The new centre showcases the company’s extensive range of business plans, mobile devices and machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions. With 28 full time mobile business specialists, Vodafone’s new centre can be found at Shop B003, Southport Central, 56 Scarborough Street, Southport.

Vodafone’s Executive General Manager of Enterprise, Stuart Kelly, said the Gold Coast was an obvious place for Vodafone to open its newest Business Centre.

“With a significant business community, and a growing and evolving economy already worth over $25 billion*, we are proud to open our first business centre in Queensland on the Gold Coast,” said Mr Kelly.

According to company research, 91% of businesses believe it’s important that IT and communications enable innovation as well as meeting operational needs. However, only 22% believe their current systems deliver the flexibility and responsiveness they need.

Mr Kelly said Vodafone wants to offer high quality specialist service to businesses, but also educate business operators on how to leverage mobile devices and technology to increase efficiency and effectiveness.

“More affordable mobile devices and faster network speeds are helping to turn mobile devices into mainstream business tools,” said Mr Kelly.

“With mobile email access widely adopted, Vodafone is committed to helping businesses get the most out of new technology advances, which can deliver better operational agility, better connected employees and better customer experience that will deliver growth for businesses in an increasingly competitive global marketplace.”

Vodafone strengthen its commitment to Queensland

Mr Kelly said Vodafone is continually investing in its network and expanding its retail footprint both in Queensland and around Australia, which in turn is creating local jobs.

“We are proud to support the local community here in the Gold Coast, by not only providing better service for small businesses, but through the creation of 28 new full time roles,” he said.

“In addition to the Gold Coast, we have already opened a business centre in Adelaide and two in Sydney, with plans to open seven more in the first half of next year.”

Vodafone has spent $3 billion on its network since 2012 to deliver 4G coverage to 96.9% of Australia’s metropolitan population and opened 60 new stores^ since June 2014.

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Notes to editors:
4G is available with a 4G device and an active prepaid recharge or plan with Vodafone Alerts. See vodafone.com.au/coverage

In the last 18 months, Vodafone has opened 13 new retail stores in Queensland and has plans to continue to expand its retail footprint in 2016.
*City of Gold Coast economic development report

^Vodafone has opened 60 new company-owned and dealer operated stores since June 2014.