BT to double business across Turkey, the Middle East and Africa; to add 170 jobs


By Telecom Lead Team:BT is planning to double its business across Turkey, the
Middle East and Africa. To support global companies investing in these regions,
BT will hire around 170 new employees across the three regions, including
highly skilled professional services.


These initiatives build on similar programs in Asia
Pacific and Latin America, where orders in the first nine months of this
financial year were up over 50 per cent.


The addressable market in Turkey, the Middle East and
Africa was worth a combined $8.5 billion in 2011, according to BT’s research.


IT spending growth across the regions is expected to top
10 per cent in 2012, according to IDC.


BT already serves around 600 large organizations in the
regions, including many of the world’s leading global companies.


The Middle East hosts some of the world’s main business
hubs, and is a crucial region for many of BT customers.


Turkey is a key business bridge between Europe, Asia and
the Middle East and is growing rapidly.


Sub-Saharan Africa remains largely a new frontier for
ambitious businesses and is currently showing strong growth rates in a number of


We are extending our network capabilities in that region
beyond our strong South African operation, with the ambition of serving our
customers wherever they seek new opportunities. We are also seeing the
emergence of a new generation of local companies in these regions, eager to
expand globally. Our new initiatives show that when we talk about global
ambitions, we truly mean global,” said Jeff Kelly, CEO of BT Global


Network reach and access options are being improved in
Sub-Saharan Africa. These include the recently announced international routing
facility in South Africa and a new network connection between Cape Town and
Johannesburg. These will make BT the first global operator with its own network
infrastructure in the country. Specific interconnection agreements with local
partners extend BT’s network reach into Sub-Saharan Africa.


Three new network nodes are being launched in the Middle
East, while additional network interconnections will be rolled out in Turkey.


BT revenue down 5% in Q3 2011-12 to 4.77 billion pounds


Recently, BT reported 5 percent drop in Q3 2011-12
revenue at 4.77 billion pounds against 5.03 billion pounds in the same quarter
previous fiscal.


BT’s poor performance in Global services, retail and
wholesale business contributed significantly to the 5 percent dip in revenue.


BT floats BT Advise, to offer consulting services to telecom
operators and other sectors


BT Advice will enable BT to bring together BT Global
Services experts who deliver consulting, systems integration and managed


Customers will benefit from engaging with a team of 4,500
skilled professionals who will apply processes and methodologies with improved
consistency. BT Advise will be further reinforced through hiring programs
aligned to a pipeline of new customer contracts with leading private and public


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