Powering African Mining's Future with 5G Private Networks

Tumi Sekhukhune-Chamayou, Chief Enterprise Business Officer at MTN

5th February 2024


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At the 2024 Mining Indaba in Cape Town, MTN proudly showcases its advancements in 5G Private Networks, which is helping to transform the African mining landscape alongside valued partners. As the continent's leading mobile operator, MTN understands the unique challenges and opportunities faced by the mining industry. We believe 5G is not just a technological leap, but a catalyst for unlocking immense potential for safer, more efficient, and sustainable mining operations.

MTN's journey in 5G Private Networks is not a solo endeavour.

“We collaborate with industry leaders like Huawei, Minetec, and Nulitics, leveraging their expertise to tailor solutions that address specific needs. This collaborative approach ensures cutting-edge technology seamlessly integrates with existing infrastructure, maximizing the impact for your operations,” says Tumi Sekhukhune-Chamayou, Chief Enterprise Business Officer at MTN.

Real-World Impact 

From South Africa's Phalanndwa colliery, the first 5G-powered mine, to deployments across multiple sites, MTN Business' 5G Private Networks are already delivering tangible results:

"In the realm of operational efficiency, real-time data transmission is a game-changer, enabling remote monitoring and swift responses to emergencies, bolstering safety significantly. Precision automation takes the spotlight, with autonomous vehicles and machinery seamlessly controlled over 5G networks, ensuring accurate and risk-reduced performance in repetitive tasks. The optimization of production is realized through efficient data collection and analysis, enhancing decision-making for improved resource allocation and heightened productivity. Notably, commitments to sustainability can leverage 5G's efficiency, enabling lower energy consumption and a tangible reduction in environmental impact,” says Sekhukhune-Chamayou.

Beyond the Horizon

MTN's vision extends beyond current applications. In the realm of connected mining, a sophisticated ecosystem unfolds where every sensor, device, and vehicle harmoniously communicates, crafting a digital nervous system for the mine. Through the integration of AI-powered analytics, predictive maintenance takes centre stage, foreseeing equipment failures and effectively minimizing downtime while optimizing uptime. This technological synergy extends further with the introduction of remote expertise, enabling skilled personnel to engage virtually with the mine. Geographical barriers are transcended, fostering seamless collaboration and knowledge exchange that empowers operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Investing in the Future

“MTN is committed to continued investment in 5G infrastructure and expertise. We actively participate in industry forums and collaborate with stakeholders to build the 5G ecosystem in Africa. We believe that by working together, we can unlock the full potential of 5G and propel African mining towards a brighter, more sustainable future,” concludes Sekhukhune-Chamayou.

Visit MTN at the 2024 Mining Indaba to experience the power of 5G Private Networks and explore how they can transform your mining operations.

MTN Business is ready co-create the future of African mining, together.

Edited by Creamer Media Reporter


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