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Tech News: Airtel launches first 4G service in Africa

Airtel, a leading global telecom services
provider with operations in 20 countries across
Asia and Africa, has launched Africa’s first 4G
service in the Seychelles.

Airtel launched the service on a state-of-the-
art network based on FD-LTE, making the
Seychelles among the first countries in sub-
Saharan Africa to commercially deploy this
cutting-edge technology.

This is Airtel’s first commercial LTE network in
Africa.

The infrastructure is a new, nationwide LTE
(Long Term Evolution) 800 MHz network, which
will more than meet the growing customer
demand for mobile broadband services, whilst
delivering superior network performance.
The network is expected to cover 10,000 LTE
subscribers in the first phase and will greatly
enhance connectivity giving Airtel’s customers
an improved smartphone experience, with
faster web browsing, downloads and improved
quality of service.

Airtel’s 4G (FD-LTE) network was launched by
Mr Danny Fure, Vice-President of Seychelles.
The vice-president stated:

“The deployment of the next generation mobile
network across the Seychelles will enable an
enhanced mobile experience and reliable
services; and will facilitate new and exciting
opportunities for businesses, the society and
the people in the country.”

Commenting on the launch, Mr Christian de
Faria, Airtel Africa’s CEO, said:

“Today’s launch is a major milestone for
Seychelles and Airtel in Africa. We already have
Africa’s widest 3G footprint, being present in
17 countries. We are delighted to now provide
leadership in setting the technology standard
for 4G services in Africa by rolling out this
cutting-edge LTE network. I would like to thank
the team involved in helping fulfill this
achievement.”

Airtel Seychelles Managing Director, Amadou
Mahamat Dina, said:
“Besides offering rich content, Airtel’s 4G will
allow superfast access to High Definition (HD)
video streaming, multiple chatting, instant
uploading of photos and much more.


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