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BICS/MTN levelling up African communications

by Anthony Weaver

20 March 2023 – MTN GlobalConnect and BICS are pleased to announce the renewal of their partnership to collaborate in international mobility and connectivity for Africa. This partnership will see the complementary strengths of both companies coming together to accelerate the growth of mobile and digital services in Africa.

MTN GlobalConnect, a pan-African digital wholesale and infrastructure services company, and BICS, an international digital communications platform business, through this partnership, will extend affordable international communication across Africa. With expertise in innovation and digitalization, African operators & service providers will benefit from a Next-Gen technology-powered bouquet of services.

“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,” said Frédéric Schepens, MTN GlobalConnect CEO. “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.”

The partnership reinforces both organisations’ cloud communications, roaming, and IoT ambitions. It will accelerate the digital transformation of communication services across Africa, particularly focused on the trust & authenticity of each interaction and dialogue. According to GSMA, by the end of the decade, there will be more than 340 million 5G connections in Africa – supporting the digital growth story and security of these services is instrumental to both MTN GlobalConnect and BICS.

“BICS’ mission is to create opportunities by connecting communities,” said 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.”

About BICS

As a leading communications platform company, BICS is connecting the world by creating reliable and secure mobile experiences anytime, anywhere. We are a global voice carrier and the leading provider of mobile data services worldwide. Our solutions are essential for supporting the modern lifestyle of today’s device-hungry consumer – from global mobile connectivity, seamless roaming experiences, fraud prevention and authentication, to global messaging and the Internet of Things. We are headquartered in Brussels, with a strong presence in Africa, Americas, Asia, Europe, and Middle East.

About MTN GlobalConnect

MTN GlobalConnect is a Pan-African digital wholesale and infrastructure services company founded in 2018 and an operating company in the MTN Group. MTN GlobalConnect manages MTN’s international and national major wholesale activities, in addition to offering reliable wholesale and infrastructure solutions for fixed connectivity and wholesale mobility solutions that include international mobile services, Voice interconnect, SMS, signalling and roaming.

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