One of Africa’s leading telecom companies, Airtel, has signed an agreement with Liquid Telecom in order to improve mobile broadband connectivity in Africa.
With the new agreement, Airtel subscribers in 17 African countries will soon start accessing faster and top quality Internet speeds on the network’s 3G and 4G networks. To make this a reality, Airtel will use Liquid Telecom’s terrestrial fibre network to connect its base stations and enterprises.
According to the framework agreement, Airtel operations will be able to leverage on Liquid Telecom’s existing 20,000 km-long fibre network across East, Central and Southern Africa, as well as enjoy new purpose-built fibre infrastructure, to connect its mobile base stations and enterprise customers with fibre.
According to Liquid Telecom, the agreement with Airtel solves the need for mobile operators to increase the Internet speed delivered over their mobile broadband networks.
Nic Rudnick, Group CEO of Liquid Telecom, says “Mobile operators are relying on Internet access and data services to grow their revenues. MNOs, and in particular Airtel, have managed to attract a large number of customers on their 3G and 4G networks and now need to strengthen their backhaul to deliver a super-fast Internet access service. Liquid Telecom’s extensive and fast-growing terrestrial fibre network is the perfect solution for Airtel to rapidly do so.”
Airtel Africa CEO Christian de Faria, on his part, said: “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.”