Global communications enabler, BICS has today announced that it has joined the SMART Africa Alliance and is supporting its ‘One Africa Network’ (OAN). The project is working to reduce roaming charges among the 30 participating African countries, which collectively represent over 750 million people.
SMART Africa represents a commitment from African Heads of State and Government to accelerate sustainable socio-economic development on the continent. It aims to develop Africa’s ‘knowledge economy’ through affordable access to broadband and the use of information and communications technologies.
The organisation’s ‘One Africa Network’ (OAN) project was established to improve integration of communities and businesses across the African continent. The project advocates free movement of people and ideas, boosting trade and fostering intracontinental growth. This will be enabled through affordable voice and data roaming rates and cross-border mobile payments, supporting millions of Africans within Smart Africa member states.
BICS is connected to almost all the mobile networks in Africa and has an extensive and long-standing presence in the market, reaching 95% of African subscribers directly by enabling international voice, messaging and data roaming connectivity.
We’re pleased to support SMART Africa in its mission to reduce roaming charges within the continent. BICS is a leading and neutral carrier, and already carries a significant proportion of voice, messaging and data roaming traffic within Africa. As such, and thanks to our turn-key ‘free roaming’ solutions, we’re perfectly positioned to help our customers (local mobile operators) to roll out the new initiative affordably, and in a very short timeframe.
Daniel Kurgan, CEO, BICS