MTN on Wednesday announced a partnership with Cisco Jasper to enable their business customers throughout Africa to deliver Internet of Things (IoT) services globally.
MTN said it will be the first mobile operator in South Africa to deploy Cisco Jasper Control Center, an automated connectivity management platform for IoT. The partnership also represents Cisco Jasper’s initial expansion into the country.
Mariana Kruger, GM for ICT Solutions at MTN Business, said the 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.
MTN forecasts significant demand for the Control Center platform across all markets, and particularly from the following segments:
- Telematics & Vehicle Diagnostics – Connected Car initiatives enable auto makers worldwide to constantly monitor the performance of their vehicles and proactively address any issues before they cause a problem for drivers.
- Vehicle Tracking – Vehicle connectivity enables a range of vehicle tracking services, from remote tracking to aid in recovery of stolen vehicles to the monitoring of vehicles for better fleet management.
- Building Security and Automation – Connectivity has transformed how we interact with both commercial properties and our homes, making them more efficient, secure and responsive to our needs.
- Logistics – IoT is a critical enabler for optimizing and automating logistics businesses.