Leading communication services company BT today announced its ‘Connecting Africa’ project, which will bring broadband internet access to communities across Africa.
BT is working with SOS Children’s Villages, an international charity that focuses on children at risk, to connect twenty of the charity’s sites in twelve African countries via its global satellite network.
BT and SOS Children’s Villages estimate that the project could directly and indirectly benefit approximately 700,000 people.
The first two SOS Children’s Villages in The Gambia have already been brought online and the remaining Children’s Villages are scheduled to be connected by October 2013.
BT will provide connectivity for the Children’s Villages for three years via its global satellite network, run from its operational center in Madley in the UK.
The Connecting Africa project will bring numerous benefits to the children living in the Children’s Villages, enabling them to get online and helping with their education through e-learning courses and mentoring programs developed by the charity.
It will also bring significant benefits to SOS Children’s Villages as an organization, helping the charity run its operations more efficiently and better co-ordinate the facilities it operates in the communities, which include schools, medical centers and community programs.
The Connecting Africa project is part of BT’s Better Future program, which is a commitment to use the power of communications to improve lives and ways of doing business.
It is one of a number of projects that BT is running around the world to help people get online and develop the skills and confidence to use the internet.