Vodafone opens doors to new $200M Auckland office

Vodafone opens doors to new $200M Auckland office

Telco giant relocates 1800 staff to Smales Farm

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Vodafone has officially opened the doors to its new-look office at Smales Farm in Auckland, 12 months behind schedule.

After acting on plans to to quit its Auckland Viaduct office in mid-2017, the telco giant has finally relocated 1800 staff to the $200 million facility across the Harbour Bridge.

As revealed by sister publication Computerworld, the move was first announced in January 2016, as part of plans to bring four locations together under one roof.

The new workplace has been labelled as a “fully enabled smart building”, under the banner of InnoV8 in a “campus-like environment”.

“We believe physical environments play a big role in the general wellbeing of our people,” said Antony Welton, director of HR at Vodafone. “We’re proud to have joined the Smales Farm community and feature our own digital workplace.

“We’re excited to demonstrate our technology and expertise in getting the business ready for a digital future.”

The new-look building is equipped with Internet of Things (IoT) sensors, allowing smartphone access to the facility in the process.

“We’ve invested in the mobility of our people,” added Murray Dobson, regional head of property at Vodafone. “The state-of-the-art technology we’ve prioritised in this renovation is here to facilitate flexible working, it’s not tech for tech’s sake.”

Specifically, the building has six levels with over 70 meeting rooms and can accommodate up to 2000 people in any one day.

The opening follows news that Meridian Energy has selected Vodafone as its preferred supplier of telecommunications services.

As reported by Reseller News, NZX-listed Meridian selected the telecommunications giant to provide full support services including data, voice and mobility after a fourteen-month bidding process that started last May.

The result is a four-year deal worth up to $16 million, with potential for extension.

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