Thuraya, Airtel Partner to Extend Coverage in Africa

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Satphones are one example of mobile satellite products. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

[Via Satellite 03-31-2014] Thuraya Telecommunications Company has partnered with Bharti Airtel International BV to provide Airtel Africa customers with mobile satellite products and services across 17 countries in Africa. These customers will receive voice and broadband connectivity via Thuraya’s satellite network across even in the most remote areas. Beginning in May, Airtel Africa will sell Thuraya’s products and airtime packages.

With the aid of Thuraya’s network, Airtel Africa will be provided with an immediate and cost-effective way to extend its coverage, generate new revenue streams and provide vital connectivity. Customers include enterprise users in the mining, energy, media, government and humanitarian NGO sectors.

“Thuraya’s partnership with Airtel Africa is a very positive development in bridging the digital divide in Africa. We recognize the massive impact that access to reliable communications can have on the lives of people,” said Samer Halawi, CEO of Thuraya. “Thuraya’s robust satellite network will enable Airtel Africa to provide its consumer and enterprise users with reliable, high quality voice and broadband services.”

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