MTN Business has launched an open Internet of Things (IoT) platform, looking to connect and manage machines across its African footprint.
The platform provides a dedicated network to connect devices and systems, removing “significant cost and accessibility barriers, ultimately enabling development on a broader scale,” MTN said.
The new IoT platform is live in South Africa, with other MTN operating countries set to follow over the next 12 months.
The number of global IoT connections is expected to reach 360 million by 2018, MTN said, with the South African wholesale Machine-2-Machine (M2M) market – one aspect of IoT – already worth an estimated R350 million and expected to grow to R1.2 billion by 2017.
“This means there are significant business opportunities for aspiring developers in South Africa and the rest of the continent,” said MTN Group chief enterprise officer, Mteto Nyati.
The open platform will enable networked devices to exchange information and perform actions, responding intelligently to their environments without human intervention, MTN said.
The launch also sees the introduction of a global M2M SIM card, which will give MTN customers the same rate for M2M activity across Africa.