MTN Business had launched the first Pan-African Internet of Things (IoT) platform in South Africa. This platform will provide African enterprises with the ability to control and manage their connected devices and SIM cards across Africa.
MTN has also introduced a global machine-to-machine (M2M) SIM card which gives customers the same rate for M2M activity across MTN’s Africa footprint.
“To ensure a seamless customer experience for our customers, wherever MTN has presence, the IoT platform has a dedicated network, separate from the consumer network, for operational and business systems support. As a result, the platform is dedicated to managing all MTN’s machine-to-machine functions,” says Mteto Nyati, MTN Group Chief Enterprise Officer.
The IoT system is currently live in South Africa, with plans for MTN’s other African operations to follow in the next 12 months, with Nigeria and Uganda next in line.
It is expected that the platform will eliminate many cost and accessibility barriers to IoT technology, allowing for broader development and encouraging the growth of an IoT ecosystem across Africa, connecting an otherwise fragmented population of devices and systems.
The platform enables networked devices to exchange information and perform actions, responding to their environments without human intervention.
According to Nyati the M2M market is worth R350m in South Africa and is expected to grow to R1.2 billion by 2017 with the number of global IoT connections expected to reach 360 million by 2018.