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New IoT network emerges in SA

By April 19, 2017 No Comments

Vula Investments has revealed plans to build a nationwide Internet of things network through subsidiary Vula Telematix.

Vula Investments, the energy and telecommunications investment vehicle chaired by Mark Headbush — a key figure behind the launch of Wireless Business Solutions and iBurst — has revealed plans to build a nationwide Internet of things (IoT) network through subsidiary Vula Telematix. Roll-out of the network has already started, with the focus, at least initially, on Gauteng and Cape Town, followed by Bloemfontein and Durban.

Vula Telematix, whose other shareholder is Cape Town-based Unipalm Investment Holdings, is deploying technology from US IoT specialist Ingenu (formerly On-Ramp Wireless).Vula Investments CEO Max Makgoale, who is also CEO of Vula Telematix, said in an interview with TechCentral that although there a number of companies rolling out IoT networks in South Africa, he believes the market is big enough to support all of them.Dark Fibre Africa, through Sqwidnet, is also deploying a nationwide network using technology from France’s Sigfox, while Vodacom and MTN have expressed interest in building infrastructure based on the nascent Narrowband IoT technology standard being developed by the cellular industry.

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