The Republic of Seychelles has become the first country in Africa in which Bharti Airtel has deployed its 4G LTE network services to deliver super-fast wireless broadband connectivity to users. With the roll-out, the nation has also become one of the first in sub-Saharan Africa to get this cutting-edge technology.
Airtel has said that this network is currently being expected to be able to cover 10000 LTE (Long Term Evolution) subscribers during its first phase. According to The Economic Times, the company has announced in a statement that it has been launched on the FD-LTE standard.
A new nationwide LTE 800MHz network has been used as the base infrastructure for this project by Airtel. While stressing on the fact that the Indian telecom operator already has the widest 3G footprint in Africa with its presence in 17 countries, the company’s CEO of Africa, Christian de Faria, has said that they are ‘delighted to now provide leadership in setting the technology standard for 4G services in Africa by rolling out this cutting edge LTE network.’
Bharti Airtel is the largest telecom operator in India, and it first introduced 4G services in the country via dongles and modems using TD-LTE technology back in April 2012. While this release took place in Kolkata, Bangalore became the next city to get the facility and was followed by Pune, Chandigarh, Mohali and Panchkula.
Moreover, Airtel recently made a purchase of Wireless Business Services Private Limited which led to the company getting control of 4G licenses and spectrum in the telecom circles of Delhi, Haryana, Kerala and Mumbai. It has hence acquired quite a large LTE footprint in India ahead of the 4G boom that is set to take place soon.