BT Communication Services South Africa (PYT) Ltd


The AEEI Group also holds a 30% equity interest in BT Communications Services South Africa (Pty) Ltd (BT). This investment is accounted for as an associate. BT has been present in South Africa for more than 18 years and is continuing to expand its operations in sub-Saharan Africa. BT entered into an agreement with AEEI, under which AEEI holds a 30% equity interest in BT’s South African business. This partnership is a demonstration of BT’s long-term commitment to South Africa and the B-BBEE agenda. BT provides networked information technology services to clients in South Africa. BT operates as a subsidiary of BT Group plc.


BT is focused on serving the increasing requirements of both South Africa-based multinationals expanding globally as well as global companies that are expanding their presence into South Africa and the rest of Africa. BT has experience across all industry sectors, and has unrivalled expertise in the financial services, mining, oil and gas, government, healthcare, media and broadcast, and transport and logistics sectors. Customers include more than 300 blue chip clients in South Africa, including Anglo American PLC, Barclays Bank Africa and Visa Inc. BT has extended its next-generation global IP network into South Africa to three global points of presence within South Africa. BT’s Global Media Network is also being extended to South Africa with the deployment of the media and broadcast node in Johannesburg, enabling the delivery of high-quality, real-time video content between South Africa and popular media hubs worldwide. BT has also extended its global managed voice network into South Africa, providing carrier-grade global voice services including global termination services for outbound voice requirements both mobile and fixed line originated, global inbound voice services for South African call centre operations, as well as extending BT’s conferencing services into the region. On top of these network services delivered by the BT 21st Century Network platform globally, BT also delivers unified communications and collaboration services, including Immersive TelePresence, Managed LAN and IPT services as well as the security and consulting services that form an essential part of these offerings. BT’s investment in technology is mirrored in its commitment to corporate social responsibility. In 2007, BT announced its development partnership with UNICEF, committing R20m to enhance the quality of education for children from some of South Africa’s poorest socioeconomic backgrounds.

BT’s business strategy for sub-Saharan Africa is two-fold: provide best-of-breed managed network services for multinational companies operating in Africa. They provide expertise to the national operators to improve their retail and domestic market offerings to their respective citizens.

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