MTN taps Novatel to offer Ctrack telematics to IoT customers

MTN South Africa
Telecom network operator MTN has selected Novatel Wireless to offer Ctrack telematics solutions and services to MTN’s IoT customers.

MTN has 229 million subscribers across Africa and the Middle East. MTN has a growing enterprise business and one of the focus areas is Internet of Things (IoT).

Novatel Wireless said its Ctrack telematics solution enables MTN’s business subscribers to integrate fleet management and vehicle tracking solutions using MTN’s Pan African IoT SIM cards. Business customers of MTN will gain from a single rate for IoT activity in Africa. In addition, enterprises can also monitor and track vehicles across borders.

Debbie Minnaar, acting executive for MTN’s Group Enterprise Business Unit, said: “The launch of fleet management services marks the beginning of MTN’s journey towards building an IoT ecosystem, whereby services such as fleet management can be leveraged to enable and enhance other offerings related to smart cities, smart health and smart agriculture.”

The Ctrack fleet management and vehicle tracking platform for MTN is a combination of hardware, software and firmware that accelerates the time to market of M2M and IoT projects and enables MTN to layer their added-value components on a ready-to-use infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the San Diego-based Novatel Wireless on Monday posted a loss of $11.9 million in the first quarter of 2016. The wireless company posted revenue of $66.9 million in the period.