Telkom technology subsidiary BCX is managing about 100,000 Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) devices and sensors.
Sipho Maseko, the CEO of Telkom, said on Friday that BCX is delivering a wide range of industry-leading IIoT solutions.
“We have more than 100,000 IIoT devices and sensors that are managed across multiple technologies within BCX,” he said, without providing further details.
“We see strong growth prospects for that offering.”
BCX, which was bought by Telkom in 2015, enables digitisation, automation, and analytics so that you can make real-time decisions and enable new and fundamental business processes through what it call a Connective Intelligence.
The technology firm provides IIoT solutions for the following industries: mining (remote generator monitoring and control, people, and assets tracking), retail (food processing automation and control), logistics (cargo condition monitoring and tracking, theft, and intrusion detections), IIoT solutions (municipal water metering, predictive maintenance), smart city solutions (data collection for water and electricity billing, and people flow tracking and route optimisation), etc.
BCX provides converged infrastructure solutions, information and communication services including cloud, infrastructure, and workspace services; global service integration management; and hardware and network equipment sales in South Africa and African countries.
The company is also building a new cyber security capability with market launch planned in 2018. It also aims to have a new Security Operations Centre go live in 2018.
Founded in 1996, BCX emerged as one of the most innovative and profitable tech firms in South Africa with a massive footprint across the African continent, which is why Telkom came calling in an R2.7 billion deal.
The company delisted on the JSE on 24 August 2015.
The digital solutions provider is built on the foundation of Telkom Business’s deep knowledge of infrastructure and Business Connexion’s expertise in providing customised ICT solutions for its customers. BCX is now the first brand in Africa that can offer end-to-end ICT solutions from a single provider.
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South Africa’s Telkom disclosed on Friday that its IT business unit BCX was looking to sell several assets, including NGA Africa after it posted slightly lower revenue figures for the six months to end-September.
“BCX has initiated a portfolio review process that will enable our strategy by identifying the core and non-core assets,” Telkom revealed in a statement to investors.
This process has resulted in the classification of several investments as held for sale as at 30 September 2017.
Telkom noted that the assets identified by BCX for potential divestiture at this time include NGA Africa, Appzone, BCX Kenya and BCX Botswana.