"We have created a new platform for young entrepreneurs who have developed mobile apps," Pieters said at Infocomm 2014.
    
He said that Vodafone would offer such start-ups to plug in their apps and help them gain access to 75-million-odd subscribers of the telecom firm's network in India.
    
Stating that the telecom sector was contributing to Indian society in a big way, Pieters said the industry had created both social and economic development in the country by offering huge employment opportunities.

Earlier in November, Vodafone Business Services (VBS), the enterprise arm of Vodafone India, launched initiatives for small and medium businesses (SMB) to increase productivity, reduce costs and improve customer responses.

"As a total communication solution provider, we partner with enterprise clients to make them more agile and future ready. The initiatives being launched are synergised to effectively manage rapid growth challenges - catering to evolving needs of customers, enhancing operational efficiencies and building a more connected and productive workforce," Vodafone India Director (Vodafone Business Services) Naveen Chopra had said.

The three programmes will focus on SMBs with an annual turnover of Rs 50-500 crore, the company said in a statement. According to several estimates, the overall improvement in the economic environment should result in real GDP growth of over 5 per cent this fiscal.

VBS said a faster growing medium enterprise segment will help accelerate the Indian economy into its next phase of growth, helping achieve even higher real GDP growth next fiscal and beyond.

The company will also provide a web-based diagnostic tool that helps businesses measure their competitive business efficiency and take stock of their capability to deal with the volatility of today’s business environment. The company will also provide its suite of total communications solutions to the enterprises.