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MTN signs partnership with Cisco Jasper to enable IoT connectivity for businesses throughout South Africa

December 7, 2017

Posted by: Zenobia Hegde

Mariana Kruger of MTN Business

Mariana Kruger of MTN Business

MTN announced a partnership with Cisco Jasper to enable their business customers throughout South Africa to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) services worldwide. MTN will be the first mobile operator in South Africa to deploy Cisco Jasper Control Centre,the automated connectivity management platform for IoT. The partnership also represents Cisco Jasper’s initial expansion into South Africa.

Mariana Kruger, general manager for ICT Solutions at MTN Business, says this partnership will entrench MTN’s position in the IoT and connected vehicles space and will give IoT device and vehicle manufacturers the opportunity to leverage MTN’s expansive network. While this solution will initially be rolled out in South Africa, plans are in place to leverage MTN’s data centres across its 22 points of presence across Africa.

“Our business customers in nearly every industry are looking to innovate and transform their businesses by offering connected services,” said Kruger. “The combination of our powerful mobile networks and Cisco Jasper’s leading IoT platform will empower our customers to deliver new connected services that generate recurring revenues, while also enhancing their customers’ experiences. More enterprises globally rely on Cisco Jasper Control Centre than any other IoT platform, and we are excited to bring its capabilities to our customers.”

Kruger says MTN is starting to reap the benefits of the substantial investment it has made in its network, and the strategic partnerships it has forged in the IoT space.

“Over the past three years, we have invested substantially in our network and have forged strategic partnerships with leading global players in the IoT space. These interventions have put us in a better position to provide our customers with a distinct customer experience.

The partnership between Cisco Jasper and MTN has several synergies – both companies have the unrivalled capacity and expertise to provide NB-IoT services to enterprise customers. In addition, the technologies that we have invested in give MTN the ability to provide cutting-edge and tailored propositions to our clients, while delivering a secure and fool-proof connection,” concludes Kruger.

MTN sees significant demand for the Control Centre platform across all markets, and particularly from the following segments:

Kalle Ward

As a global market leader, the Cisco Jasper Control Centre platform is the IoT connectivity management platform of choice of over 14,000 enterprises worldwide. Control Centre enables these companies to rapidly and efficiently launch, manage and monetise their IoT services, while providing the flexibility for businesses to scale those IoT services worldwide to meet the changing needs and expectations of their customers.

“For more than a decade, Cisco Jasper has been helping enterprises across every industry to enhance their customers’ experiences through connected services,” said Kalle Ward, managing director EMEAR, IoT Cloud at Cisco Jasper.

“We do this by partnering with the most strategic mobile operators, and by combining the Control Centre platform with their mobile networks and expertise, together we help businesses automate and manage the delivery of their IoT services globally. We are excited to partner with MTN and to expand into South Africa to serve this new, strategic market.”

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