By JAMES KUNDA? –
AIRTEL Business, the enterprise arm of Airtel Networks Zambia Plc and Thuraya Telecommunications Company of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), have signed a partnership aimed at providing technology-driven solutions to corporate and high value customers.
Airtel managing director Charity Lumpa said the firm was spearheading the convergence between satellite and mobile communications through the partnership with Thuraya to address the growing demand for innovative communications technology in Zambia.
Ms Lumpa said in a statement yesterday that the satellite solutions would play an integral part in complementing Airtel’s existing infrastructure and network coverage in Zambia.
‘‘This launch is timely as Airtel is investing over US$80 million in network upgrades, expansion and quality enhancement to increase our reach beyond existing coverage.
‘‘Not only are we leveraging the value of satellite technology; Airtel is also demonstrating our leadership as a well-rounded solutions provider,’’ Ms Lumpa said.
Airtel enterprise business director Muyunda Munyinda added that the firm was excited with the launch as it will eliminate existing limitations and complexities of terrestrial infrastructure, allowing the firm to provide solutions via satellite.
Airtel’s satellite services include the provision of Thuraya satellite phones and mobile satellite broadband terminals that help users to quickly set up field offices, track fleets or access to corporate networks from any location in rural areas and beyond the borders.
Customers are always connected, whether via data or through voice.