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Thuraya, Airtel Africa bring mobile connectivity to 17 countries in Africa

Airtel Africa retail outlets to offer Thuraya satellite products including SatSleeve, XT phones

Thuraya and Bharti Airtel International BV have signed an agreement to provide Airtel Africa customers with mobile satellite products and services across 17 countries in Africa. The partnership will provide these customers voice and broadband connectivity via Thuraya’s satellite network across the continent’s most remote areas.

Commencing in May, Airtel Africa will sell Thuraya’s products and airtime packages at its retail outlets and through its enterprise account team.

“Thuraya’s partnership with Airtel Africa is a very positive development in bridging the digital divide in Africa. We recognise the massive impact that access to reliable communications can have on the lives of ordinary people,” says Samer Halawi, CEO of Thuraya. “Thuraya’s robust satellite network will enable Airtel Africa to provide its consumer and enterprise users with reliable, high-quality voice and broadband services.”

Christian de Faria, CEO of Airtel Africa, adds: “Providing reliable connectivity in many remote parts of Africa can be challenging. This partnership enables us to further extend our coverage and services for businesses and general consumers who live or work in very remote areas. Thuraya’s satellite services will be combined with the reliable, high-quality voice calls and broadband access that our customers are accustomed to experiencing in our urban centers.”