South African network solutions provider Vula Telematix has partnered with machine connectivity specialist Ingenu to launch the Machine Network in the Western Cape region of South Africa.
Vula Telematix, an Ingenu Global Licensing Partner, is the exclusive provider of the Machine Network in South Africa and will be building out the nationwide RPMA (Random Phase Multiple Access) network to serve the country’s population of over 52 million.
This public IoT (Internet of Things) network is powered by Ingenu’s patented RPM communication technology, which provides robust, reliable connectivity across a variety of operating environments. The cities of Cape Town, Johannesburg and Pretoria will utilise the RPMA network to deliver smart grid and smart city services. RPMA services will expand to additional cities in the near future.
Vula Telematix, a wholly owned subsidiary of Vula Investments Group, is a provider of telecommunications and smart energy services to the technology industry in South Africa.
“The availability of the Machine Network to the Drakenstein Municipality in Paarl, Cape Town, will provide a multitude of smart energy services to its customers and will enable limitless opportunities for future smart city initiatives,” said Agnat Max Makgoale, CEO of Vula Telematix. “Following the initial roll-out, we will expand the network to provide truly ubiquitous IoT coverage throughout South Africa to support the region’s sustainability and technology initiatives.”
Ingenu is currently building out its Machine Network in the U.S. and is on pace to have 30 major markets covered by the end of 2016. The company is also partnering with global strategic companies like Vula Telematix to build nationwide public networks specifically for IoT traffic in their respective countries.
“Vula Telematix has worked diligently to quickly deploy the Machine Network in South Africa and provide machine connectivity to this growing region,” said John Horn, CEO of Ingenu. “The powerful RPMA network is uniquely designed to support existing IoT applications, with the longevity and capacity to accommodate growth. This enables IoT providers such as Vula Telematix to leverage the network and expand its customer ecosystem without the need for additional infrastructure investment.”