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MTN deploys Cisco IoT platform in South Africa

Steve Rogerson
December 14, 2017

Cisco Jasper is helping telco MTN’s business customers throughout Africa deliver IoT services worldwide. MTN will be the first mobile operator in South Africa to deploy the Cisco Jasper Control Center, an automated connectivity management platform for IoT.
Mariana Kruger, general manager for ICT at MTN Business, said the partnership would entrench MTN’s position in the IoT and connected vehicles space and give IoT device and vehicle manufacturers the opportunity to leverage MTN’s network. While this 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.
“Our business customers in nearly every industry are looking to innovate and transform their businesses by offering connected services,” said Kruger. “The combination of our powerful mobile networks and Cisco Jasper’s leading IoT platform will empower our customers to deliver new connected services that generate recurring revenues, while also enhancing their customers’ experiences. More enterprises globally rely on Cisco Jasper Control Center than any other IoT platform, and we are excited to bring its capabilities to our customers.”
Kruger said MTN was starting to reap the benefits of the investment it had made in its network, and the strategic partnerships it has forged in the IoT space.
“Over the past three years, we have invested substantially in our network and have forged strategic partnerships with leading global players in the IoT space,” she said. “These interventions have put us in a better position to provide our customers with a distinct customer experience. The partnership between Cisco Jasper and MTN has several synergies; both companies have the unrivalled capacity and expertise to provide IoT services to enterprise customers. In addition, the technologies that we have invested in give MTN the ability to provide cutting-edge and tailored propositions to our clients, while delivering a secure and fool-proof connection.”
MTN sees significant demand for the Control Center platform across all markets, and particularly from:
·    Telematics and vehicle diagnostics: Connected car initiatives enable car makers worldwide to monitor the performance of their vehicles and proactively address any issues before they cause a problem for drivers. Cisco Jasper has a deep history in the connected car market, with 50 of the world’s largest automotive brands using Control Center for their connected car initiatives.
·    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 people interact with both commercial properties and their homes, making them more efficient, secure and responsive to their needs. The more people value these services, the more pivotal connectivity becomes, which is why many of the world’s largest building security and automation providers use the Cisco Jasper platform.
·    Logistics: The IoT is a critical enabler for optimising and automating logistics businesses. Cisco Jasper Control Center enables companies to increase productivity and profitability with real-time visibility, automated controls, and remote diagnostics that optimise performance and quickly identify, solve and prevent problems.

The platform is used by more than 14,000 enterprises worldwide. Control Center lets these companies rapidly and efficiently launch, manage and monetise their IoT services, while providing the flexibility for businesses to scale those IoT services worldwide to meet the changing needs and expectations of their customers.
“For more than a decade, Cisco Jasper has been helping enterprises across every industry to enhance their customers’ experiences through connected services,” said Kalle Ward, managing director for Emear at Cisco Jasper. “We do this by partnering with the most strategic mobile operators and, by combining the Control Center platform with their mobile networks and expertise, together we help businesses automate and manage the delivery of their IoT services globally. We are excited to partner with MTN and to expand into South Africa to serve this new, strategic market.”
Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. As of September 2017, MTN recorded 230.2 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, South Sudan Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.