Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of Indian telecommunication multinational, Bharti Airtel, has launched its first commercial Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in Seychelles, confirming the growing need for better internet services across Africa.

The 800 MHz network based on FD-LTE will ‘more than meet the growing customer demand for mobile broadband services, whilst delivering superior network performance.’

“It will (also) enable an enhanced mobile experience and reliable services, and will facilitate new and exciting opportunities for businesses, the society and the people in the country,” Danny Fure, Vice President of Seychelles, said while launching the network.

Airtel is expected to deploy the network to about 10,000 LTE subscribers in the first phase of the roll-out, giving its customers improved smartphone experience with faster web browsing, downloads and improved quality of service.

“Besides offering rich content, Airtel’s 4G will allow superfast access to High Definition (HD) video streaming, multiple chatting, instant uploading of photos and much more,” said Amadou Mahamat Dina, Airtel Seychelles Managing Director.

The telecommunication service provider has selected Swedish technology infrastructure manufacturer, Ericsson, as its network partner for the 4G programme.

Airtel Africa joins the growing number of operators offering improved internet services like 4G in Africa. Providers like MTN, Orange and Etisalat are already offering similar services across top African markets.

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