Airtel launches Africa Connect for increased bandwidth

Bharti Airtel, a leading global telecom company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, today announced the launch of its Africa Connect network aimed at enhancing Africa’s connectivity with the rest of the world.

Africa Connect will add to the data carriage capacity in Africa and is expected to contribute to growth of internet and data services in the Continent, home to some of fastest growing telecom markets in the world.

The network has an integrated fiber and satellite network with 42 points of presence (PoP) spread across 17 African countries. The network will offer a variety of integrated telecom applications and solutions.

The company wil suite of products in the area of global transmission and IP Services including submarine capacity, global leased circuits, Ethernet and backhauls, gobal and regional IP Transit, managed Internet, bandwidth on demand for customers, satellite and managed services portfolio to enterprises and carriers in the region.

Ajay Chitkara, CEO, Global Business, Bharti Airtel said, “Africa Connect is in consonance with our underlying theme to serve one of the fastest growing data markets in the world.”

Andre Beyers, chief marketing officer, Airtel Africa said, “With Africa seeing a significant jump in the growth of data and connectivity this initiative will help us in meeting the bandwidth requirements and diverse needs of our customers. The Africa Connect network will be a major catalyst as the continent moves into the next phase of digital growth and enhance the growth of internet and data services.”

Africa Connect augments the international connectivity into Africa through next generation cables including SEACOM, Eassy, Teams, WACS, Globalcom1, SEAMEWE4, IMEWE and EIG in East, West and North Africa. This allows enterprise and carriers customers’ seamless connectivity to the key global business hubs via multiple routes.

Apart from the fully integrated managed services, 42 new PoPs will offer customized MPLS infrastructure to the enterprise customers across 17 countries in which Airtel already operates. The new network further augmented its reach and connectivity using the multiple Network to Network Interconnects (NNI’s) that has more than 25 local network partners.

The entire network interconnects with Bharti Airtel’s landing station in Mumbai thereby allowing access to the company’s terrestrial express connectivity into the SAARC countries and infrastructure across the Pacific to the United States.

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