Airtel 3.75G services in Madagascar
MOBILEBy BiztechAfrica - July 20, 2012, 8:38 a.m.
Airtel Madagascar has launched its mobile 3.75 platform as part of Airtel’s roll-out of the the largest 3.75G network across Africa.
Airtel also announced the launch of 3.75G services in Malawi this week.
Airtel says the launch of the platform promises profound changes to how subscribers in the region experience the web on internet-enabled devices.
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 devices.
“3.75G technology will give our customers the opportunity to interact with data in a completely different way,” explained Heiko Schlittke, Managing Director, Airtel Madagascar.
“This is why Airtel doesn’t see 3.75G as a product but a platform that enables customers to have access to data and the internet.”
There are currently about 400 million mobile subscribers in Africa, according to data from McKinsey & Co, and 2.5 million are with Airtel Madagascar. 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.
Airtel has remained committed to deepening its network coverage and bringing communication opportunities to rural populations that, until now, have been left out of the telecommunications revolution in Madagascar.
“We all know that access to basic telecommunications services is crucial for economic development. However, these services are not available to all in Madagascar. Communications should be a fundamental right and not a privilege.
Access to telecommunications for populations that are not connected yet will enhance their social, cultural and commercial participation. Our platform will enable customers to take advantage of the potential of the internet as well as the mobile phone,” added Schlittke.
Airtel is committed to building the largest 3.75G platform on the continent and will continue to offer innovative and relevant services to all.
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