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MTN GlobalConnect, BICS unite to support Africa’s digital growth

Staff Writer
By Staff Writer, ITWeb
Johannesburg, 20 Mar 2023

MTN GlobalConnect and mobile digital communication company BICS have renewed their partnership, in an effort to accelerate the growth of mobile and digital services in Africa.

According to a statement, the renewed partnership will see the companies working together to extend “affordable” international communication across Africa.

African operators and service providers will also benefit from a next-gen technology-powered bouquet of services, it states.

Says Frédéric Schepens, MTN GlobalConnect CEO: “It's important that we form strong partnerships to provide MTN’s 289 million subscribers with seamless digital services for ease of connectivity and collaboration around the world.

“As a strong partner, the evolution of the connectivity relationship between MTN GlobalConnect and BICS will support the growth of digital services in Africa and allow our business to continue to invest in cutting edge technologies such as 5G.”

GlobalConnect is mobile telephony group MTN’s digital wholesale and infrastructure services company, aiming to make the Pan-African mobile operator the number one fibre player on the continent.

Its fixed connectivity business offers access to 15 submarine cables and operates fibre networks in Africa.

The company has direct tier one level investments in the WACS and ACE cables on the west coast of Africa, and EIG and EASSy cables on the east.

It also has substantial indirect investments in cables such as AAE-1 SMW5 on the north-east coast of Africa connecting to Europe, and TEAMS on the east coast, among others.

The organisations note the partnership reinforces their cloud communications, roaming, and IOT ambitions. It’s also expected to accelerate the digital transformation of communication services across Africa, particularly focused on the trust and authenticity of each interaction and dialogue, reveals the statement.

“BICS’ mission is to create opportunities by connecting communities,” adds Matteo Gatta, BICS CEO.

“Over the next few years, MTN GlobalConnect together with its partners will actively contribute to the expansion of connectivity that will drive digital services across Africa. Through this partnership, people, communities, and enterprises from throughout the continent will have access to the power of communications to realise their full potential.”