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TM goes Africa

Telekom Malaysia Bhd is expanding its global Internet connectivity to Africa, a move which can benefit and help accelerate the development of countries in that continent.

Its chief executive officer, Datuk Abdul Wahid Omar, said today the company is looking at setting up Internet protocol nodes in some of the African nations.

“We have already set up one (each) in northern Africa, in Egypt, and in the Middle East. The next one will be in South Africa,” he told reporters on the sidelines of the Langkawi International Dialogue (LID) at the Berjaya Langkawi Beach and Spa Resort here.

However, Wahid did not disclose how much Telekom will invest in setting up the infrastructures.

Basically, Internet protocol nodes are processing locations for networks.

Asked whether Telekom is looking at investing in African countries, he reiterated that the company will continue to focus on markets closer to home such as South Asia and Southeast Asia.

“In terms of investing in South nations, no, as we have already realigned and refocused our business more in South Asia and Southeast Asia and we will continue with that,” he added.

Limited resources, such as human capital, have so far prevented the company from venturing into these countries, he said.

However, he said that with dialogues like LID, Telekom could help these countries speed up their development.-Bernama

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