13:34 uur 01-07-2015

MTN en ZTE lanceren platform voor M2M en IoT

ZTE Corporation, een grote internationale aanbieder van telecommunicatie en oplossingen voor zakelijk en particulier mobiel internet, heeft samen met IT-leverancier MTN Group een platform voor het internet der dingen (IoT) gelanceerd in Afrika. Het innovatieve platform maakt gebruik van de nieuwste technologieën, die geschikt zijn voor markten in ontwikkeling, en brengt de regio flexibele connectiviteit voor apparatuur. ZTE en MTN lanceren ook een simkaart voor machine-naar-machineverbindingen (M2M), wat zorgt voor een allesomvattende M2M-activiteit binnen het Afrikaanse netwerk van MTN.

Volgens voorspellingen zijn er in 2020 50 miljard verbonden apparaten in de wereld. De groei van IoT-verbindingen en M2M-communicatie faciliteert deze ontwikkeling. In het Midden-Oosten en Afrika (MEA) bevorderen IoT en M2M groei van het bedrijfsleven in branches als de bankensector, transport, publieke dienstverlening en energie. MTN Group heeft een heldere strategie ontwikkeld om bij te dragen aan deze groei.


MTN and ZTE Launch Machine-to-Machine/Internet of Things Platform

ZTE Corporation (0763.HK / 000063.SZ), a major international provider of
telecommunications, enterprise and consumer technology solutions for the
Mobile Internet, has jointly launched an Internet of Things (IoT)
platform in Africa with leading ICT provider, MTN Group. The innovative
platform adopts cutting-edge technologies suited to developing markets,
bringing flexible connectivity for devices in the region. ZTE and MTN
have also launched a global machine to machine (M2M) SIM card, providing
customers with a blanket rate for M2M activity across MTN’s African

It has been predicted that by 2020 there will be 50 billion connected
devices around the world, facilitated by the growing use of IoT devices
and M2M communication. In the Middle East and Africa (MEA), IoT and M2M
technology will drive business growth in sectors such as banking,
transportation, energy, and public services through smart cities. MTN
Group has developed a clear strategy to contribute to this growth, as
well as an extensive range of IoT/M2M products and services from
connectivity, managed connectivity and end-to-end solutions, designed to
provide benefits for businesses, government and consumers.

“Working across such a wide range of vertical markets, from automotive
and healthcare to construction and utilities requires a level of
flexibility and scalability that only a cloud-based platform can
deliver,” said Zhao Peng, VP of ZTE Corporation. “The new IoT platform
provided by ZTE, which is live in South Africa and able to connect and
manage machines across MTN’s African footprint, provides a dedicated
network to connect devices and systems.”

“At MTN, we are particularly excited by the opportunity that the IoT
platform creates for African enterprises, entrepreneurs and developers,
as they now have the means to enable and inspire growth in their
markets. In addition to this, the platform and its associated integrated
network environment will enable MTN to introduce application services
with the potential to enhance the socio-economic environment in South
Africa and throughout the rest of the continent,” says Mteto Nyati, MTN
Group Chief Enterprise Officer.

With the launch of the innovative IoT/M2M platform in partnership with
ZTE, MTN has demonstrated its commitment to using bigger, faster
networks to provide next-generation services to customers across each of
its markets. MTN is working with a number of leading organisations to
support the development of smart cities.

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a leading emerging market operator,
connecting subscribers 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 April 2015, MTN recorded
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 us at, www.mtnbusiness.com
and www.mtn.com.

About ZTE

ZTE is a provider of advanced telecommunications systems, mobile
devices, and enterprise technology solutions to consumers, carriers,
companies and public sector customers. As part of ZTE’s M-ICT strategy,
the company is committed to provide customers with integrated end-to-end
innovations to deliver excellence and value as the telecommunications
and information technology sectors converge. Listed in the stock
exchanges of Hong Kong and Shenzhen (H share stock code: 0763.HK / A
share stock code: 000063.SZ), ZTE’s products and services are sold to
over 500 operators in more than 160 countries. ZTE commits 10 per cent
of its annual revenue to research and development and has leadership
roles in international standard-setting organizations. ZTE is committed
to corporate social responsibility and is a member of the UN Global
Compact. For more information, please visit www.zte.com.cn.

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