Uruguayan telco Antel and Tata Communications have joined forces to serve mobile and IoT providers in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. The partnership will act as the foundation for next-generation mobile and IoT services in sectors such as retail, utilities, construction, IT and banking.
Antel and Tata Communications will offer cloud-based mobile and IoT services using a business model that is designed to minimise total cost of ownership and time-to-market through a commercial risk sharing approach. The new mobility partnership combines Antel’s data centre and Latin American market knowledge with the Tata Communications MOVE™ platform global network reach to enable businesses to quickly deploy new mobile and IoT services across the region.
Through the use of the Tata Communications MOVE platform, Antel’s MVNO partners can bring their own mobile network access agreements across Central and South America as well as the Caribbean, or work with Antel as the enabler for mobile wholesale access. The idea is that MVNOs of all sizes and market segmentations are able to launch new mobile and IoT services without making large up-front investments in their own mobile infrastructure, network service management or go-to-market operations.
The South American IoT market is projected to reach $19.4 billion by 2023. This growth is fuelled by increasingly pervasive internet connectivity in the region, which is accelerating the use of triple-play services and smartphones amongst consumers and businesses. Furthermore, in some countries, there are government efforts to make it easier and more cost-effective for MVNO start-ups to get off the ground, to expedite IoT deployments, and to developing digital networks and smart cities.
“As the fastest-growing smartphone market in the world, Latin America is seeing great impulse for internet and smartphones,” said Eng. Jorge Suarez, Deputy CEO, Antel. “With our brand new multi awarded Tier III data centre, boosted with the complement of the Monet/Tannat submarine fibre optic cable system, Antel has built the perfect environment to offer carrier cloud services to become the best partner in the region of choice for businesses and local tech providers that want to introduce new solutions, engage with their customers in new ways, or boost operational efficiencies through next-generation digital applications to improve their competitiveness. Working with Tata Communications enables us to address new local partners for mobile and IoT services, while generating new revenue streams, as mobile growth in this region gains momentum.”