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South Africa: BT Unveils 'Better Future' Strategy
Source: http://www.itweb.co.za/
Source Date: Thursday, July 18, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government, ICT for MDGs, Knowledge Management in Government, Citizen Engagement, Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Jul 18, 2013

According to BT, Connected Society is about improving society globally through the power of digital connections, with the goal of providing access to fibre-based products and services to more than nine out of 10 people in the UK by 2020. BT’s investment alongside 19 partnership investment projects has accelerated UK fibre broadband rollout to around 15 million premises already.

Further afield, the company says its Connecting Africa initiative is providing Internet services via satellite to 20 locations, creating access to information and critical services for up to 700 000 people.

The second focus area, Net Good, aims to help society live within the constraints of the planet’s resources through BT’s products and services. The company says its 2020 goal is to help customers reduce carbon emissions by at least three times, to end the carbon impact of its business.

Improving Lives is focused on improving hundreds of millions of lives globally with the help of BT products and people. The 2020 goal is to use BT’s skills and technology to help generate more than £1 billion for good causes. Last year, BT helped raise £59 million for good causes, including more than £25m through BT’s MyDonate telethon platform, £2.9 million through payroll giving, and volunteering projects worth an estimated £13 million.

Keith Matthews, general manager, BT sub-Sahara Africa, says: “BT South Africa sponsored an Infinite Family mentoring and computer laboratory at the Nkosi’s Haven Village in Allan Manor in 2011, and another laboratory in Alexandra, Johannesburg, in 2012. These laboratories use technology provided by BT to give teenagers at these facilities access to high performance video-conferencing solutions, enabling them to engage with their mentors around the world, share video and get help with homework remotely by using modern collaboration tools.”
Niall Dunne, chief sustainability officer, says: “Our Better Future programme signals BT’s evolution to a new model in which every part of the business and every employee has a role to play in realising our visions and achieving our goals to create a better business with a better future. It’s a long-term commitment, focusing on what we do best – bring together our networks and our technology with the expertise of our people to make a better world. Using the power of communications, we can benefit our customers, our bottom-line and the communities we operate in.”
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