Kaspersky Lab forms strategic partnership with MTN

11 Feb 2010
Business News

Kaspersky Lab, a leading developer of secure content management solutions, announces that it has formed a strategic partnership with MTN, Africa's leading telecommunications operator, aimed at protecting customers' smartphones from all types of IT threats.

With increased business mobility, through the use of smartphones, laptops, and even USB flash drives, the possibilities for viruses and other malware to spread has grown significantly. To ensure sustainable protection for consumers, MTN has integrated Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 into a range of smartphones available in its stores. The solution is unrivalled in terms of cutting-edge technologies, providing total protection against the wide range of threats facing smartphone users globally.

The multi-million rand deal will see all new contract customers with selected Nokia and HTC smartphones receive Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0, allowing them to safeguard their phones and confidential information from attacks by hackers and mobile worms that spread via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connections. The roll-out of the first phase has already commenced and will expand further over the course of the next few months.

"This is an exciting time for Kaspersky Lab and Africa as we head into 2010," said Garry Kondakov, Managing Director for Kaspersky Lab EEMEA. "Our vision is clear: provide an unprecedented level of protection from malware and other external threats. Partnership with the MTN group allows to us to pursue such a vision for Africa."

Customers will be able to download Kaspersky Mobile Security 8.0 for free from the MTN website or obtain a free activation key from MTN outlets.

About Kaspersky Lab

Kaspersky Lab is the largest antivirus company in Europe. It delivers some of the world's most immediate protection against IT security threats, including viruses, spyware, crimeware, hackers, phishing, and spam. The company is ranked among the world's top four vendors of security solutions for endpoint users. Kaspersky Lab products provide superior detection rates and one of the industry's fastest outbreak response times for home users, SMBs, large enterprises and the mobile computing environment. Kaspersky® technology is also used worldwide inside the products and services of the industry's leading IT security solution providers. Learn more at www.kaspersky.com. For the latest on antivirus, anti-spyware, anti-spam and other IT security issues and trends, visit www.viruslist.com.

About MTN Group

The MTN Group Limited (MTN Group) is a leading provider of communication services, offering cellular network access and business solutions. The MTN Group is listed in South Africa on the JSE under the Industrial – Telecommunications sector. Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa and the Middle East. As at the end of 2006, MTN recorded more than 40 million subscribers across its operations.