Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

IoT & Smart Cities

BICS, Flickswitch Team Up on IoT

Article Image
PRESS RELEASE -- BICS, a leading international communications enabler, and Flickswitch, an African mobile network service provider, have today announced a partnership to accelerate the deployment of the Internet of Things (IoT) in Africa. As a result of the collaboration, enterprises will benefit from extensive, seamless and affordable connectivity for their IoT projects in the region, and across international borders using multi-network SIM cards, over BICS’ fully-owned and leading IPX network.

BICS’ SIM for Things global IoT solution was selected following extensive technical testing and is providing Flickswitch’s customers with a flexible business model, allowing them to scale and benefit from seamless access to mobile networks anywhere in the world. The partnership will initially target Flickswitch’s 400+ African-based enterprise customers – primarily in the M2M/IoT, security, logistics, fintech and retail sectors – which have international data roaming needs.

Kees Snijders, Managing Director of Flickswitch said: “For over ten years we have been helping companies to better manage their device connectivity. With ubiquitous IoT connectivity becoming increasingly important to our growing enterprise customer base, partnering with BICS was a natural next step. BICS’ multi-network coverage made them the obvious choice, and will allow our customers to quickly and easily access constant, consistent connectivity.”

“As the network at the heart of international connectivity, enabling the global mobility of businesses, people, applications and things is our daily mission,” said Mikaël Schachne, CMO and VP Mobility & IoT Business, BICS. “Our partnership with Flickswitch will make IoT deployments in Africa easy to launch and simple to manage. The collaboration also strengthens BICS’ SIM for Things footprint in Africa, and comes as the next phase in our long-lasting presence and commitment to the African market as the leading provider of international connectivity.”

BICS connects all mobile networks in Africa and over 700 mobile operators across more than 200 countries. With the number of IoT connections expected to reach 1.1 billion by 2025, according to the GSMA, the collaboration will play an important role in supporting the advancement of the IoT throughout the African continent.

ENDS

Innovation hub

Story

Alphabet grounds Loon Internet project

Balloon-powered Internet company Loon is shutting down, an unexpected announcement after projects in Kenya and Mozambique expected to use the technology in 2021.

Story

The state of funding for Africa's tech startups

The estimated value of startup funding in Africa during 2020 was $1.3 billion, plus about $1.12 billion worth of disclosed M&A, according to a new Briter Bridges report.

More Innovation hub

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Latest video

More videos

AfricaCom perspectives

Story

AfricaCom Interview: Onica Makwakwa on closing the digital gender gap

The Alliance for Affordable Internet's head of Africa, Onica Makwakwa, shares her views on how to narrow the digital gender gap and the challenges keeping women offline on the continent.

Story

AfricaCom Interview: Tunde Fafunwa on how the ACIP is fighting COVID-19

Tunde Fafunwa from the UN Economic Commission for Africa explains how the Africa Communication and Information Platform (ACIP) is helping Africa's battle against COVID-19.

Story

AfricaCom Interview: Temidayo Oniosun on Africa's space and satellite industry

Space in Africa founder, Temidayo Oniosun, shares his views on the challenges and opportunities in the African space and satellite industry.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Partner perspectives

How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
By Katia Gonzalez, Head of Fraud and Security at BICS

SD-WAN and satellite – how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
By Ofer Asif, SVP BizDev, marketing and strategy at Spacecom

Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS

All Partner Perspectives

Upcoming events

East Africa Com
May 11-12, 2021
Virtual Event
Africa Tech Festival
November 8-12, 2021
Cape Town, South Africa
More Upcoming events

Flash poll

All polls

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

AfricaCom 2019 Preview

Slideshow archive

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up