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MTN was in the headlines this week with the news that it has launched a pan-African Internet of Things (IoT) platform that will help companies to control and manage their connected devices and SIM cards. In addition, MTN has also launched a global machine to machine (M2M) SIM card, which gives customers the same rate for M2M activity across MTN’s African network. IoT connections are expected to reach 360-million by 2018.

Also making news this week were the results of the Sunday Times Generation Next Survey, which rated Samsung, Xbox and DStv among the coolest brands in South Africa, as voted by the country’s youth. The Awards, in partnership with HDI Youth Marketeers and sponsored by Waltons, have returned for the 11th year to celebrate the most influential brands amongst the youth today. The annual event has become notable for marketers, brands and celebrities alike. Meanwhile, Internet service providers (ISPs) did not rank well in the South African Customer Satisfaction Index (SAcsi) industry report. SAcsi found that ISPs are failing to set a high standard when it comes to customer satisfaction. More than 1 200 South African wireless ISP customers were surveyed. They scored the industry an overall satisfaction score of 67,2 out of 100.

And finally, while start-up entrepreneurs face key challenges, the majority are positive and are motivated to grow and develop their businesses. The main problems entrepreneurs face are finding customers, raising funds, a lack of guidance and entrepreneurs’ tendency to wear too many hats. These are among the findings of a survey of 900 start-up entrepreneurs by Seed Academy, aimed at getting a national snapshot of start-up entrepreneurs.

Until next week,

The IT-Online team