Bharti Airtel launches 3G network in Tchad

Bharti Airtel has launched 3G services in Tchad to facilitate Internet access for all Tchadians.

The event was graced by the Tchadian president, Idriss Deby, the Mauritanian head of state,  Mohamed Ould Abdelaziz and Goodluck Jonathan, the president of the Republic of Nigeria.

With Tchad’s launch, Tchad is set to be the 16th 3G market of the 17 Airtel operations in Africa. With a license already granted in Niger, services will also be launched within the fiscal year. Airtel already has the widest 3G footprint in Africa.

Speaking at the launch event, Salia Gbane, managing director, Airtel Chad said, “Our 3G platform will allow our customers to combine the enormous potential of the Internet with the convenience of cellular phones and other mobile devices. The network will unleash the potential of our youth by providing quick access to internet for learning, sharing, social networks, creation and access to educational content.”

Idriss Deby said, “The launch of the 3G network in the country goes in line with the government commitment to Chadians to make the country become a technology hub in Africa. The private sector contributes a lot to the access of internet and we wish Airtel success with its new 3G network project.”

Africa is an emerging market and subscribers across the continent are increasingly demanding a more reliable network and superior services. To provide infrastructure and a high level solutions to meet these requirements, the HSPA+ technology also currently deployed in European markets, will allow Airtel subscribers in Africa to enjoy mobile Internet broadband services.

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