Bharti Airtel’s mobile broadband subscribers in Africa will soon enjoy faster internet access speeds on its 3G and 4G networks following a partnership with Liquid Telcom that will see Airtel use Liquid Telecom’s terrestrial fibre network to connect its mobile base stations and enterprises.
The framework agreement enables Airtel operations to leverage Liquid Telecom’s existing 20,000km-long fibre network across East, Central and Southern Africa, as well as enjoy new purpose-built fibre infrastructure, to connect Airtel’s mobile base stations and enterprise customers with fibre.
The agreement also enables Airtel operations to gain access to Liquid Telecom’s fibre infrastructure and to benefit from new fibre routes on an on-going basis.
This will enable Airtel to rapidly connect its mobile base stations and enterprise customers with unlimited capacity.
Commenting on the agreement, Airtel Africa Chief Executive Christian De Faria, said the agreement is a milestone in providing fast broadband services to customers in a cost-effective way.
“The agreement is a milestone in providing fast broadband services to customers in a cost-effective way. Airtel has invested significantly in mobile broadband technology across its African footprint and this agreement will deliver end-to-end fibre connectivity to our 3G and 4G base stations. This collaboration reinforces our commitment to providing affordable and innovative mobile services to all,” De Faria said.
On his part Liquid Telecom Group CEO Nic Rudnick says the agreement answers the need for mobile operators to increase the Internet speed delivered over their mobile broadband networks as mobile operators are rely on Internet access and data services to grow their revenues.
Airtel has African operations in Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
Liquid Telecom’s fibre network spans 20,000Km across Burundi, DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, South Africa, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.