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MTN, Cisco launch IOT services throughout SA


Johannesburg, 24 May 2018
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MTN and Cisco today announced the availability of the Cisco Jasper Control Center automated Internet of things (IOT) connectivity platform for all companies looking to provide IOT services to their customers on MTN's mobile network throughout South Africa.

MTN is the first mobile operator in South Africa to deploy Control Center, a leading global IOT platform, enabling their business customers to launch, manage, and monetise IOT services worldwide.

"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," said Mariana Kruger, General Manager for ICT Solutions at MTN Business. "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."

Initial customer adoption has indicated strong demand for Control Center across all industries, with particular interest from the connected car, vehicle tracking, building security and 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, EMEAR, 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."

MTN's mobile network, combined with Cisco Jasper Control Center, enables enterprises to securely and cost-effectively deliver new connected services throughout South Africa, and to scale those services globally as needed. Cisco Jasper partners with more than 50 service providers that manage IOT devices across more than 550 mobile networks worldwide, which enables businesses throughout South Africa to easily utilise the Control Center platform to deliver their IOT services to other countries, too, as business demands.

MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 22 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: "MTN". As of 30 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. Visit MTN at www.mtn.com and www.mtn.co.za.

Cisco

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Sarah Rich (CISCO) (530) 521 2485 sarich@cisco.com
MTN Business Bridget Bhengu (083) 212 1964 Bridget.Bhengu@mtn.com
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