AFRICA – UK-based telco BT and pan-African mobile operator MTN have announced a collaboration that will see customers across Africa benefiting from cloud-based security and communications services.
New and existing MTN Business customers will get access to a raft of solutions, including cloud-based security and consultancy, managed connectivity, and voice services.
These services will be delivered seamlessly as part of MTN’s Enterprise portfolio, meeting local regulatory and compliance requirements.
The two leading operators will collaborate closely to enhance each other’s strengths. Customers will benefit from BT’s leading-edge technology combined with MTN’s strong presence on the ground and proximity to customers.
The first offering by BT and MTN will be a Security Operations Centre (SOC)-service, which will enable customers to consistently monitor and improve their cyber-security while preventing, detecting, analyzing, and responding to cyber-security incidents.
“MTN Business continues to deliver innovative solutions to ensure the benefits of the digital economy are expanded to more people and entities across Africa,” said Wanda Matandela, Chief Enterprise Business Officer at MTN.
“As this growth happens, however, it is imperative to manage risk. MTN Business is excited about the potential this alliance has to offer and is committed to providing solutions that ensure businesses thrive in the digital economy of the future.”
The new service is based on BT’s cloud-based Security Incident and Event Management (SIEM) service, which combines the leading technologies with BT’s unparalleled track record in securing leading global organizations.
Commenting on the deal, Alessandro Adriani, indirect sales director, BT, said, “The world’s leading banks, healthcare providers, energy companies, and governments put their trust in BT to connect and secure their operations.”
“We look forward to working with MTN to bring the same cutting-edge services and solutions to businesses across the African continent.”
With a subscription-based model that requires no capital investment, and BT’s accredited security team providing 24×7 monitoring and in-life support, the service will be scaled up and available immediately to MTN’s existing and new customers.
MTN will also tap into BT’s wide range of Unified Communications and Collaboration (UCC) solutions, including the provision of wholesale voice, Microsoft Teams voice, and global SIP solutions.