18 April 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Tata Communications and Dreamtime Technologies (DTTech) are partnering together to build a cloud-based virtual mobile network to serve African mobile and internet of things (IoT) providers.
The collaboration will lay the foundation for next-gen
mobile and Iot services in various sectors such as: healthcare,
transport, mining, agriculture, banking and retail.
DTTech will use this new network to offer mobile network
operators (MNOs) the ability to introduce new services and
extend its geographical reach, helping them to attract new
customers and create new revenue streams without the need for
large upfront investments.
"We’re witnessing a mobile and IoT innovation
drive in Africa, with new, disruptive services surfacing in all
sectors," said Karmanie Govender, founder and CEO, DTTech. "We
look to become the partner of choice for businesses and MNOs
that want to introduce new solutions, engage with their
customers in new ways or boost operational efficiencies through
these next-generation digital applications. Working with Tata
Communications enables us to address our
customers’ growing appetite for mobile and IoT
services, while generating new revenue streams, as growth in
Africa gains momentum."
The new network will use Tata’s MOVE mobility
and IoT platform which will support regional break-out to
Internet providers in Africa. This means that when a user
accesses a data-enabled app or IoT app, the internet connection
is not routed across long distances and lots of transit parties
back to the operator as this is slow and gives poor customer
experience. Instead the app connects to the internet in the
region using Tata’s high-speed subsea fibre
In addition, the cloud-based fully automated and API-enabled
MOVE platform speeds up and simplifies the deployment of new
mobile and IoT services for DTTech’s customers,
because of its close integration into DTTech’s
business processes so that there’s no longer any
complexity with managing operations such as service activation,
billing, promotions and value-added services.
"From vehicle fleet management and agriculture to healthcare
and retail, mobility and IoT open the door to new, truly
transformational services with regional and global scale,"
added Anthony Bartolo, chief product officer at Tata
Communications. "Yet, all too often businesses’
digital transformation ambitions are being constrained by the
inherently local nature of mobile networking, marred by complex
roaming agreements and patchy, unreliable connectivity in
different countries. With our Tata Communications MOVE™
platform, and our partnership with DTTech, we bring businesses
ubiquitous, high-quality connectivity for their mobile and IoT
services in Africa, and enable them to capture, move and manage
information securely and reliably across borders."
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