Recently, Bharti Airtel has been awarded a 3G/4G license by the Chadian government, with the company saying it is an important milestone towards the development of telecoms infrastructure and better internet access for the social and business community.
With the addition of Chad, Airtel now operates a 3G signal in 16 countries, which is one of the widest footprints for a mobile operator on the continent. Reaching speeds of up to 21 Mbps, Airtel’s 3G network across Africa is amongst the fastest available globally and is benefitting multinationals, SMEs and youth.
Internet access in Chad has long been hindered by the nation’s landlocked status, and the country is one of only a handful still dependent primarily on satellite links for international connectivity. According to the latest figures from sector watchdog the Office Tchadien de Regulation des Telecommunications (OTRT), at the end of 2012 there were some 1.987 million internet users, 99% of which connected via the 2.5G GPRS/EDGE networks of Airtel and its cellular rival Tigo Chad. Source
“Mobile devices, using either 3G or even 2.5G EDGE networks, are already the main platform for internet access in Africa, allowing people to bypass the limited reach of the fixed broadband network. Mobile services are already available to a larger portion of Africa’s population than many other basic services, including electricity, sanitation and financial services. As a result, mobile services can play a unique role in addressing social, economic and environmental issues,” said Christian de Faria, CEO, Airtel Africa.
“Chadians in Ndjamena and elsewhere need good quality data services. Students expect broadband internet in universities, traders expect high speed internet for their operations and physicians, amongst others, expect to be connected to the various operations that they have with the outside world. Everyone needs reliable connectivity,” said Daoussa Deby Itno, minister of posts and new information technologies, during the signing ceremony.
Bharti Airtel is the largest cellular service provider in India with market share of 21% Bharti is the leading cellular service provider, with a footprint in 23 states including all metros in India. Airtel has more than 261 million subscribers across 20 countries as…Read More..