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BT strengthens African position as global 21CN reaches Nigeria


BT, one of the world’s leading providers of communications solutions and services, has announced the extension of its global 21CN platform into Nigeria, with a new multi-protocol label switching (MPLS) node in Lagos.

BT’s global 21CN platform is the back bone for international business communications with a global IP based Virtual Private Network (VPN) solution capable of carrying all types of traffic – such as voice, data, and video – to over 100 countries across the world.

BT’s decision to extend the global 21CN platform to Nigeria is a direct response to feedback from its customers with a presence in Nigeria, in particular from within the energy and finance industries. This extension is part of BT’s $20bn 21CN investment to create the world’s most advanced IP network.

“Today is a significant step for BT in our quest to service the needs of our global customers in the oil and gas, consumer goods and finance industries. We received a very enthusiastic response to news of the launch of the 21CN platform in Lagos. In fact we are already planning for further development in anticipation of strong demand,” said Dr Brian Armstrong, BT’s vice president for Middle East and Africa (MEA).

BT undertook a rigorous selection process before choosing a local company, 21st Century Technologies, as its partner in Lagos. The partnership with 21st Century Technologies will enable customers with sites in Nigeria to access BT’s global network.

“This is a tremendous opportunity for Nigerian businesses to access and utilise one of the world’s most extensive and reliable global MPLS networks. We look forward to working with BT and developing this exciting new relationship,” said Wale Ajisebutu, Executive Vice Chairman of 21st Century Technologies.

BT fully understands Nigeria’s potential as a major contributor to the world economy. Over the past five years, Nigeria has developed into OPEC’s sixth largest oil-producing country and has recently announced plans to expand production. Nigeria’s wealth of oil makes it a very attractive option for direct foreign investment. This is also reflected in another key area for BT’s MPLS network – the international finance and banking market.

Many of BT’s existing clients, who rank amongst the biggest players in the oil and gas sector, are keenly anticipating the benefits of 21CN in Nigeria.

BT expects the arrival of fast and resilient networking technology to provide a boost for Nigeria’s 110 million citizens. Improved ICT support will enable businesses to bridge the digital divide and engineer growth in the local economy.


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