MTN and ZTE launch IoT platform
South Africa’s MTN Group and ZTE have launched an internet of things (IoT) platform aimed to provide a dedicated network to connect devices and systems across the region.
The service, already live in South Africa, claims to adopt leading technologies suited to developing markets to bring flexible connectivity for devices in the continent.
In addition the two companies have also launched a global machine-to-machine (M2M) SIM card, providing customers with a blanket rate for M2M activity across MTN’s African network.
According to ZTE, IoT and M2M technology will drive business growth in sectors such as banking, transportation, energy and public services through smart cities.
MTN Group claims to have developed a strategy to contribute to that growth, as well as an extensive range of IoT/M2M products and services from connectivity, managed connectivity and end-to-end (E2E) solutions, designed to provide benefits for businesses, government and consumers.
“Working across such a wide range of vertical markets, from automotive and healthcare to construction and utilities requires a level of flexibility and scalability that only a cloud-based platform can deliver," said Zhao Peng, VP of ZTE.
“The new IoT platform provided by ZTE, which is live in South Africa and able to connect and manage machines across MTN’s African footprint, provides a dedicated network to connect devices and systems.”
MTN’s chief enterprise officer Mteto Nyati said the IoT platform provides an opportunity for African enterprises, entrepreneurs and developers as the service can help enable growth in their markets.
“In addition to this, the platform and its associated integrated network environment will enable MTN to introduce application services with the potential to enhance the socio-economic environment in South Africa and throughout the rest of the continent,” he said.
In May 2015 the operator launched a pan-African IoT platform for the region's enterprises.