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Bhutan Invests in “High Growth” Markets in Bid to Capture €39 Billion Opportunity
Source: i-policy.org
Source Date: Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Focus: ICT for MDGs, Internet Governance
Country: Bhutan
Created: Dec 10, 2013

BT said that it is looking to expand its footprint in Asia Pacific, Turkey, the Middle East and Africa (AMEA) by hiring new staff and increasing its investment in the region.

The UK-based operator has identified these countries as high-growth markets that together provide an opportunity worth €39 billion. 

The AMEA region is expected to generate 44 percent of global GDP growth by 2025, with three billion people expected to enter the middle class over the next decade, according to a statement by BT.

The operator will place over 400 new staff focused on regional business growth in key markets including Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, the UAE and Turkey.

New sector solutions in domains such as health analytics, a suite of Point of Sale solutions for the retail sector and high performance supply chain management services will also be unveiled.

There will be better infrastructure through five new IP and Ethernet Points of Presence starting with India and Turkey, four Network-to-Network Interfaces (NNIs) with the first in Indonesia, and an enhanced satellite capability to support remote coverage and disaster recovery. 

BT engineers will deliver field services in India, Singapore, Hong Kong, China, Japan, Turkey, Indonesia and South Africa, while it plans to build a new strategic service assurance centre in Malaysia that will provide “24x7 incident management capabilities for complex contracts”.  

Luis Alvarez, chief executive officer, BT Global Services commented: “In 2010 we launched our first phase of investments to accelerate our expansion in Asia Pacific.

“This has allowed us to generate strong growth in the region and to nearly triple the number of new Asia Pacific customers signing with us. We are investing again to further grow our business, in a wider region combining Asia Pacific with Turkey, the Middle East and Africa.”

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