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We've won the Broadband Changing Lives Award 2016

24 November 2016

We’ve been awarded the Broadband Changing Lives Award at the Broadband Awards 2016 for our Connecting Africa project. The award, recognizes our commitment to driving change through technology and internet access.

Since 2013, we’ve been helping some of the world’s most vulnerable children and families through our groundbreaking Connecting Africa programme. Working closely with an international charity SOS Children’s Villages, we’ve successfully delivered internet connectivity to 30 SOS children’s villages in some of the remotest parts of sub-Saharan Africa using satellite technology. This has transformed lives for around 145,000 people, connecting classrooms, clinics and communities to the world.

“This partnership is a real success because BT goes beyond material support. They bring essential expertise that allows us to give (the children) access to the world” says Benoît Piot, international director, SOS Children’s Villages.

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The first significant outcome is education. Data from the programme shows that 88% are using the internet for learning. The impact is significant, inside and outside the classroom.

The second social outcome is improved healthcare. Internet access, alongside a BT-supplied bespoke medical system, has simplified clinical processes such as invoicing, stock control and electronic patient records.

“We feel honoured by this prestigious award for our efforts to contribute to communities we operate in. Technology in the digital age is all about connecting resources with people’s passion to drive change, and while our work in Africa is far from done, our Connecting Africa project forms part of our commitment to use the power of communications to make a better world,” says Oliver Fortuin, managing director, BT in Sub Saharan Africa.

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