Thuraya, Airtel Africa Ink Partnership Deal

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WASHINGTON — Mobile Internet services provider Airtel Africa will market Thuraya Telecommunications Co. products and services in 17 African nations under a partnership agreement between the companies announced March 31.

Under the agreement, mobile voice and broadband services from Thuraya’s satellite network will be made available to Airtel Africa customers in remote or rural areas, the companies said.  

Financial terms of the arrangement were not disclosed.

“Thuraya’s partnership with Airtel Africa is a very positive development in bridging the digital divide in Africa,” Samer Halawi, chief executive of Dubai-based Thuraya, said in a prepared statement.

“Thuraya’s satellite services will be combined with the reliable, high-quality voice calls and broadband access that our customers are accustomed to experiencing in our urban centers,” added Christian de Faria, chief executive of Airtel Africa, a subsidiary of telecommunications provider Bharti Airtel of New Delhi, India.