Sierra Leone: Airtel’srolls out 3G in main cities


Airtel Sierra Leone has taken a significant step towards building the largest 3G network across Africa by announcing the launch of its 3G mobile platform in the country, which promises to change how subscribers experience the web on internet-enabled cell phones. The improved technology will enhance multimedia functionality, high speed mobile broadband and internet access; allowing  users to make video calls, watch live TV, send and receive emails, and download music from the handheld devices.

“3G technology will give our customers the opportunity to interact with cellular technology in a different way,” explains R.V.S. Bhullar “This is why Airtel doesn’t see 3G as a product, but rather as a platform that enables our subscribers to experience data better.”

There are currently about 400 million mobile subscribers in Africa, according to data from McKinsey & Co. Telecommunications is one of the continent’s fastest growing industries with a rapidly expanding cellular phone market that now includes internet access, mobile banking and mobile commerce.