Thuraya and Airtel Africa to provide mobile satellite connectivity in Africa

mobile Sa tonsley flickrAfrican residents will gain access to voice and broadband connectivity through Thuraya's satellite network. (Image source: SA Tonsley/Flickr)Communications company Thuraya will partner with Airtel Africa to provide mobile satellite connectivity to 17 African countries

African residents will gain access to voice and broadband connectivity through Thuraya's satellite network across the continent's remote areas, stated Thuraya.

The company said it will sell airtime packages at its retail outlets from May 2014.

Thuraya's mobile satellite service is meant to address voice and data communication needs of Airtel Africa enterprise users across the mining, energy, media, government and humanitarian NGO sectors. This extension of mobile networks into rural areas will help overcome geographical and economic barriers, added Thuraya.

Samer Halawi, CEO of Thuraya said, “The 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. Thuraya’s satellite network will enable Airtel Africa to provide its consumer and enterprise users with reliable, high quality voice and broadband services. The company is well-positioned to support customer-centric mobile operators like Airtel Africa that are looking to extend their network and services with satellite-based solutions.”

Christian de Faria, CEO of Airtel Africa, added that providing a reliable connection across Africa is a challenge and this venture will particularly benefit those residents living or working in remote places.

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