MTN seeks additional mobile Internet partnerships

South Africa’s network services provider, MTN said key partnerships with distribution companies and manufacturers in the information technology sector would enhance the company’s Internet services.

MTN Group Chief Commercial Officer Christian de Faria (image source: file photo)

“We are continually seeking ways to couple device with leading technologies to improve customer’s Internet experience,” said MTN Group Chief Commercial Officer Christian de Faria, during the Highway Africa 2011 Conference.

“However, it’s important that the convergence we talk about is driven by innovation,” said de Faria.

“I must also add that such innovations have to be underpinned by innovation models to produce products and services that are relevant and add value to the lives of our communities.”

de Faria said MTN was moving towards developing and driving mobile data, and deploying convergence services.

“Mobile operators would either leverage local landline players or build their own fixed networks to deliver ICT services,” he added.

In recent months, MTN has entered into several value-added partnerships hoping to provide the best internet experience to its 152.3 million mobile subscribers across Africa and the Middle East.

In August 2011, MTN signed a global agreement with Norway’s Opera Software to boost mobile Internet services across the two regions by offering a special co-branded version of Opera Mini, one of the world’s most popular mobile Web browser.

Mthulisi Sibanda