Airtel Africa launches Thuraya satellite services in 12 countries

The first and only African mobile operator to provide customers with 100 percent coverage through terrestrial and mobile satellite connectivity

Dubai, UAE and Nairobi, Kenya, November 3, 2014 - Thuraya Telecommunications Company, a leading Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) operator, and Airtel Africa, today announced the commercial launch of Thuraya’s mobile satellite products and services across 12 countries in Africa. Thuraya’s satellite phones, including the SatSleeve and IP+ broadband terminals can now be purchased by Airtel’s customers through the company’s Africa’s subsidiaries in the Congo B, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya and Zambia. Airtel Africa intends to further expand into its five remaining markets. 

This launch demonstrates Airtel Africa’s commitment to lead the market by providing cutting edge, technology-driven solutions for the benefit of its enterprise and high value customers. Airtel Africa’s customers will now have access to voice communication, messaging, their favorite social media apps and broadband internet through Thuraya’s innovative satellite solutions. The collaboration spearheads the convergence between satellite and mobile communications, which addresses the growing demand for communications technology in Africa. Airtel Africa is the first and only African mobile network operator to offer instant ubiquitous 100 percent geographical coverage through terrestrial and mobile satellite connectivity as part of its portfolio of services. 

Andre Beyers, Chief Marketing Officer at Airtel Africa, said: “Our partnership with Thuraya demonstrates Airtel Africa’s commitment to deliver innovative products that offer 100 percent coverage within the 17 markets we cover. The partnership brings convergence to the forefront of our business by ensuring we are able to provide mobile and fixed telecommunications services even in the most remote areas in Africa. We continue supporting our customers’ operations and ensuring a high level of network service for demanding market segments such as mining and energy exploration.”

Despite rapid economic progress, many countries in Africa still lack terrestrial connectivity. Due to the minimal communications infrastructure, mobile network operators often have to build new networks from the ground up. 

Bilal El Hamoui, Vice President of Commercial at Thuraya said, “Thuraya recognizes the importance of connecting Africa’s most remote regions, which will enable businesses and communities to thrive and grow. We are uniquely positioned in understanding the diverse requirements of MNOs through our consumer friendly products and services, our existing relationships with several mobile operators worldwide, and our experience in securing over 360 GSM roaming agreements with leading operators. Thuraya enables MNOs like Airtel Africa to instantly expand their network coverage and offer state-of-the-art satellite solutions across more than 160 countries. ” 

About Thuraya Telecommunications Company
Thuraya Telecommunications Company is an industry leading MSS operator and a global telecommunication provider offering innovative communications solutions to a variety of sectors including energy, broadcast media, maritime, military and humanitarian NGO. Thuraya’s superior network enables clear communications and uninterrupted coverage across two thirds of the globe by satellite and across the whole planet through its unique GSM roaming capabilities. The company’s diverse range of technologically superior and highly reliable mobile satellite handsets and broadband devices provide ease of use, value, quality and efficiency. Thuraya remains committed to serving humanity through delivering the essential tools for optimal connectivity, never leaving anyone out of reach. Visit: www.thuraya.com 

About Airtel Africa
As Africa’s largest internet service provider, Airtel is driven by the vision of providing innovative mobile services to all. Airtel has African operations in: Burkina Faso, Chad, Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Republic of the Congo, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Madagascar, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

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