Telecom major Bharti Airtel today said it has been granted a 3G licence in Niger, paving the way for roll-out of the latest mobile technology in the country. Also Read - Airtel uses Nokia equipment to successfully conduct first 5G trial in Eastern India
“The license acquisition is also a significant indicator of Airtel’s long-term commitment to provide revolutionary telecommunications services across Africa and in Niger. “This will help accelerate the growth opportunities presented by 3G technology,” Airtel Africa CEO Christian de Faria said in a statement. Airtel now has 3G licences in all its 17 African nations and commercially operational in 15, with Niger and Chad in progress. Also Read - Airtel vs Vi vs Jio: Best prepaid plans with 3GB daily high speed data
The granting of the 3G network licence by telecom regulator Autorite de Regulation Multisectorielle (ARM) will allow Airtel Niger to offer new services such as high speed mobile Internet, video-telephony and music downloads. Also Read - 4G spectrum auction: Reliance Jio comes out as highest bidder, Airtel follows
Africa is a key market for Airtel and the company is investing significantly to enabling small and medium enterprises (SMEs) benefit from or offer telecoms services across the region, the statement said.