MTN partners Cisco to launch IoT services in South Africa

24 May 2018 | Natalie Bannerman


MTN and Cisco have announced the availability of the Cisco Jasper Control Center for all companies on MTN’s network in South Africa.

The availability of the automated IoT connectivity platform will enable business customers to launch, manage, and monetise IoT services worldwide.

Commenting on the new launch, Mariana Kruger, general manager for ICT solutions at MTN Business, said: “We’re excited to see the early adoption from our business customers, and it’s clear that organisations in every industry are eager to deliver powerful connected services that help transform their businesses. More businesses worldwide rely on Cisco Jasper Control Center than any other platform to deliver these IoT services, and combined with our powerful network, we are providing customers with the premier IoT connectivity solution in South Africa.”

Since rolling out the new offering the company’s say they have seen quick adoption of the service from its customers indicating strong demand from across all industries, but with particular interest from the connected car, vehicle tracking, building security & automation, and logistics industries.

“Regardless of industry, every business can benefit from delivering connected services that enhance their customers’ experiences, help reduce operational cost, and introduce new sources of revenue,” said Kalle Ward, managing director of EMEAR at Cisco IoT. “Businesses throughout South Africa trust MTN as their network and business solutions provider, and now with Control Center, those businesses can reliably and securely launch and monetise IoT services not only in South Africa, but globally.”

The Cisco Jasper Control Center enables MTN customers the ability to securely and cost-effectively offer new connect services in South Africa and to scale those services if need be. Also, because Cisco Jasper partners with more than 50 service providers that all manage IoT devices across more than 550 mobile networks worldwide, businesses in South Africa can use the Control Center platform to deliver their IoT services worldwide.