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MTN teams with Cisco to deliver triple play

South African telco MTN has joined forces with Cisco to provide voice, data and video service to its subscribers through a single internet protocol (IP) network.

South African telco MTN has joined forces with Cisco to provide voice, data and video service to its subscribers through a single internet protocol (IP) network.

The networking giant is deploying its CRS-1 routing system at MTN, which the vendor said would help the operator to eliminate the complexity and costs associated with managing numerous disparate networks running separate services.

Cisco also said the system would enable it to evolve its network to deliver advanced mobile services such as IPTV.

"Launching a comprehensive content platform is critical for our operations in Africa and the Middle East," said Karel Pienaar, chief IT officer at MTN Group. "With the ability to deliver voice, video and data to our customers over a single network we are really helping customers leapfrog the digital divide where they will not need a laptop to connect to the internet - they can get it all on the mobile device."

MTN joins the Saudi Telecom Company (STC) in deploying the CRS-1 routing system, the biggest gun in Cisco's armoury, in the region.

MTN last year bought Dubai-based Investcom for US$5.4 billion, giving it coverage across 21 countries in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA).

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