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Out Of Africa, Or In?

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There’s been a lot of very exciting news from IBM out of Africa of late, where IBM is actively expanding its operations as part of its continued geographic expansion to increase its presence in key growth markets.

Just earlier today, IBM announced details of a $3M deal with the Commercial Bank of Ethiopia to support the bank in a major modernization and business expansion program.

With its new IT infrastructure, the bank plans to increase its number of accounts by 25 percent per year, launch 200 new ATMs per year, and open 500 new branches over the next five years.

That’s just one recent example.

IBM also opened subsidiary offices in Tanzania and Senegal this year, and IBM now has a direct presence in over 20 African countries (with more offices planned).

IBM also recently announced a deal with Bharti airtel to create an integrated telecommunications infrastructure to enable mobile phone communications throughout 16 countries in sub-Saharan Africa.

If you visit here, you can learn more about IBM’s numerous African-related announcements over the past two years. There, you can also hear directly from some African citizens and IBMers about IBM’s Corporate Service Corps initiatives in Africa.

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