MVNE (Mobile Virtual Network Enabler) – a member company of the Digital Solutions Group (DSG) – was awarded the New Age Partner of the Year accolade at the MTN Business Partner Awards – presented during the network operator’s inaugural Partnership Summit in Johannesburg.
“While our business is predicated on a strong partnership with the host network, we hadn’t expected this and are very honoured and humbled that MTN Business chose to recognise us for an award as prestigious as this,” says Zak van de Merwe, CEO of MVNE.
The overarching theme for the MTN Business inaugural conference was around the changing approach to partnerships in the new world of business, through collaboration. In recognition of the creative economy and how the world has changed in recent years, MTN Business highlighted that the operator is on a transformative journey and used this conference to invite their partners to join them in this – and in recognition that collaboration is the way of doing business in the future.
“MVNE was elected because of the way we have, and continue to, work very closely with MTN Business. Over the last two years our partnership has solidified many of the critical factors that they have identified for successful partnerships going forward. But also in recognition of the work we have done with MTN Business in the mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) space in South Africa” adds van de Merwe.
“Throughout our partnership with MTN Business we have been working on building a mutual understanding of the need, design and potential for mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in South Africa – and how a host network and an MVNE can work together to empower and enable consumer brands with branded mobile services. The MVNO space in Africa, although well established globally, is quite new and very complex. It’s one that you can’t tackle in the traditional way of doing business and the secret to MVNOs succeeding, is the strength and unity of the collaborative partnership between the host network and the MVNO.
“We are very proud to receive this prestigious award in recognition for the work we have done with MTN Business in the MVNO space as well as for the work we’ve done with our shared clients,” concludes van de Merwe.