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BT awarded South Africa telecom licences

04 февраля 2009

BT announced it has been awarded full telecommunications licences in South Africa, allowing it to expand the range of the network services it can offer in the local market.

The U.K.-based telco has until this point been operating in South Africa under a Value Added Network Services (VANS) licence.

That has now been replaced with an individual Electronic Communications Services (i-ECS) licence and an Electronic Communication Network Services (i-ECNS) licence, giving BT the same provisioning rights as local incumbents and mobile operators.

"The new licences will allow us to further expand our portfolio and offer a comprehensive range of networked IT services to our existing and new customers," said Keith Matthews, country manager of BT South Africa, in a statement.

Currently BT offers local and multinational companies a range of solutions including global MPLS services, wholesale and retail voice services, and outsourced ICT services.

BT said that local regulator the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) has been under pressure from a number of players calling for it to convert VANS licences into i-ECS and i-ECNS licences.

"This development is part of the broader opening up of the telecommunications market with several VANS operators receiving licences," said BT.

"This year has already been designated as the 'year of bandwidth' in South Africa as the telecommunications market deregulates – we welcome this new opportunity," commented Matthews.

Источник: Total Telecom

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