MTN South Africa, SunStream deal to enable users charge devices via solar power


MTN South Africa has launched its new promotional package featuring World Panel’s SunStream which allows users to stream electricity from the sun directly into their mobile devices. The new bundle was announced at an event in Mthatha with executives from MTN and World Panel Inc. present.  The event was held outside the MTN store at Mthatha Plaza with product demonstrations and branded promotions.

The MTN/SunStream bundle carries an MSRP of R219 and includes a SunStream and R20 free airtime on the MTN network. This promotional package is available at MTN stores in Mthatha and the SunStream expected to roll out across South Africa.

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“The SunStream was developed with exactly this customer in mind: someone who views their mobile device as a lifeline, but lacks the power to keep it charged,” said Hennie Botha, World Panel’s Managing Director for South Africa. “The reliable, affordable power offered by the SunStream™ can be a game-changer, and we are therefore pleased to launch this bundle with MTN.”

World Panel’s SunStream product line was introduced in late 2015 after years in development. Built to international standards, the new technology bypasses the need for chipsets or PC boards, which are notorious for breakage on typical solar charging devices.  The highly durable SunStream products can charge most feature phones at or near the same speed as a wall plug and can perform even while submerged in water.

World Panel was founded by solar expert and entrepreneur John Anderson. On a trip to Sub-Saharan Africa, it became apparent that mobile electricity was in demand, and cell phone charging was of particular interest. Equipped with requests from citizens there that a solution be powerful, durable, affordable and portable, Anderson developed World Panel to charge 2G, 3G, and 4G LTE handsets as well as all USB devices.