Africa: Thuraya Partners With Airtel to Bring Mobile Satellite Connectivity to 17 African Countries

Telecoms

Satellite services provider Thuraya Telecommunications has partnered with Bharti Airtel International to provide Airtel Africa customers with mobile satellite products and services across 17 countries in Africa.

The partnership will provide Airtel Africa customers with voice and broadband connectivity via Thuraya's satellite network across the continent's most remote areas. As part of the agreement, which takes effect from May, Airtel Africa will sell Thuraya's products and airtime packages at its retail outlets and through their enterprise account team.

Extending mobile networks into remote or rural areas presents both geographical obstacles and business challenges for connecting people in Africa. Thuraya's satellite network helps bridge the digital divide by providing an immediate and cost-effective way for Airtel Africa to extend its coverage, while generating new revenue streams and providing vital connectivity. Thuraya's mobile satellite service can address the diverse voice and data communication needs of Airtel Africa enterprise users across the mining, energy, media, government and humanitarian NGO sectors.