Brightstar Continues Expansion into Africa through Multi-Service Agreement with MTN South Africa

By Brightstar Corp., PRNE
Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MIAMI and JOHANNESBURG, October 13, 2011 -

- Brightstar to Provide Device Management, Supply Chain and Inventory Management Services

Brightstar Corp., a global leader in services and solutions for the wireless industry, today announced a multi-year service agreement with MTN South Africa (SA). The deal builds upon Brightstar’s recent expansion of operations and services in the region.

Brightstar will provide MTN SA with device portfolio management services, supply chain services and OEM engagement services that will encompass the operator’s full portfolio of handsets, data devices, laptops and tablets. These services will enable MTN to continue its focus on improving efficiencies in the supply chain, enhancing the OEM engagements and ultimately delivering a superior customer experience.

“We are delighted to offer MTN the world class innovative solutions needed to execute its business strategy in South Africa,” said Jeff Gower, head of supply chain services for Brightstar. “This agreement is evidence of our commitment to expanding our reach into this region and becoming a truly global services provider within the wireless industry.”

“Brightstar’s deep understanding of the industry and its global market intelligence complements that of MTN SA and enhances the company’s capacity to administer device management, allowing us to focus on better servicing our customers,” said Brian Gouldie, Sales and Distribution Executive at  MTN SA.  ”Brightstar’s proven innovative suite of services will enable our customers to have the products they want, when they want them. It’s all about accessibility and convenience — a prerequisite for today’s customers.”

Brightstar offers an expansive portfolio of more than 100 services for wireless manufacturers, operators, retailers, government agencies, value added resellers (VARs) and consumers worldwide.

About Brightstar Corp.

Brightstar is the world’s largest specialized wireless distributor and a leading global services company focused on enhancing the performance and profitability of the key participants in the wireless device value chain. The company supports over 80,000 points of sale worldwide with operations in 51 countries and territories and provides a comprehensive range of more than 100 customized services for value-added distribution, supply chain optimization, retail, government and VARs, and consumer services. Brightstar’s services help customers manage the growing complexity of the wireless device value chain and enable them to increase product availability, expand their channel reach and drive supply chain efficiencies by getting the right products to the right place at the right time for the best value. For more information on Brightstar, please visit

About the MTN Group

Launched in 1994, the MTN Group is a multinational telecommunications group, operating in 21 countries in Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The MTN Group is listed on the JSE Securities Exchange in South Africa under the share code: “MTN”. As of 30 April 2011, MTN recorded 149 million subscribers and subsequently passed 150 million subscribers across its operations in Afghanistan, Benin, Botswana, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Iran, Liberia, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Sudan, Swaziland, Syria, Uganda, Yemen and Zambia.

Michele M. Merrell, Brightstar Corp., +1-305-921-1484, michele.merrell at; or Bridget Bhengu, Senior Manager - PR and Communications, MTN SA, Cell: +083-212-1964, Bhengu_b at, or Maphamola Paul Lebel, PR Manager, MTN SA, Cell: +083-212-9918, Lebelo_m at

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