Airtel Launches Its First 4G Service In Africa

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By Ayomide Oriade

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecom services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, on Wednesday launched Africa’s first 4G service.

The state-of-the-art network based on FD-LTE which was launched in Seychelles on Wednesday network is a new nationwide LTE (Long Term Evolution) 800 MHz network, and is expected to cover 10,000 LTE subscribers in the first phase and greatly enhance connectivity giving Airtel’s customers an improved smartphone experience, with faster web browsing, downloads and improved quality of service.

The  commercial LTE network in is Airtel’s first in Africa making Seychelles amongst the first countries in sub Saharan Africa to commercially deploy this cutting-edge technology.

The network is expected to cover 10,000 LTE subscribers in the first phase and will greatly enhance connectivity giving Airtel’s customers an improved smartphone experience, with faster web browsing, downloads and improved quality of service.

Airtel’s 4G (FD-LTE) network was launched by His Excellency Mr. Danny Fure, Vice President, Government of Seychelles. The Vice President stated, “The deployment of the next generation mobile network across the Seychelles will enable an enhanced mobile experience and reliable services; and will facilitate new and exciting opportunities for businesses, the society and the people in the country.”

Airtel Seychelles Managing Director, Amadou Mahamat Dina, said” Besides offering rich content, Airtel’s 4G will allow superfast access to High Definition (HD) video streaming, multiple chatting, instant uploading of photos and much more.”

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