Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of Indian telecommunications company Airtel has partnered with Dubai based mobile satellite services provider Thuraya to launch its products and services in 12 African countries and tap the growing demand for communication services.
Thuraya's satellite phones and IP+ broadband terminals can now be purchased by Airtel's customers through the company's Africa subsidiaries in the Congo-Brazzaville, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya and Zambia.
"The services are to be provided to 12 countries in Africa," Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer at Airtel Africa, said.
Despite rapid economic progress, many countries in Africa still lack terrestrial connectivity and often have to build new networks from the ground.
Bilal El Hamoui, Vice President of Commercial at Thuraya said, "Thuraya recognises the importance of connecting Africa's most remote regions, which will enable businesses and communities to thrive and grow."
"Our partnership with Thuraya demonstrates Airtel Africa's commitment to deliver innovative products that offer 100 per cent coverage within the 17 markets we cover.
The collaboration spearheads the convergence between satellite and mobile communications which addresses the growing demand for communications technology in Africa," Beyers said.
Airtel Africa intends to further expand into its five remaining markets, he added.