How Airtel Africa’s fibre bandwidth service sets out to transform digital innovation, economic growth

Airtel Africa Group CEO, Segun Ogunsanya, Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal Bharti and Airtel Kenya MD Ashish Malhotra. - Photo | ITWeb

What you need to know:

  • The bandwidth service is set to meet the growing demands for wholesale data in the continent.

Dar es Salaam. Airtel Africa has launched Telesonic Limited, which is a fibre bandwidth service which is set at helping to bridge the digital divide and unlock various opportunities across the continent.

The bandwidth service is set to meet the growing demands for wholesale data in the continent as it offers submarine cable solutions and comprehensive terrestrial fibre by leveraging ground fibre assets and submarine cable systems.

Chief Executive Officer for Airtel Africa Group, Mr Segum Ogunsanya says Telesonic Limited will address Africa’s needs for the digital revolution by providing cutting-edge fibre-optic solutions that will empower businesses, education, healthcare, and communities.

“There is no doubt that Africa is experiencing a digital revolution with a surging demand for data across various sectors, especially by the continent’s growing youth population,” reads part of the statement released on Thursday, February 8, 2024.

“Our investment in Telesonic Limited signifies not only a technological advancement, but also a catalyst for progress, connecting people and ideas across borders,” he adds.

Telesonic will start offering products such as national and international leased line, dedicated internet access, IP and IP transit services as well as multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) services through its network of over 75,000 kilometres of terrestrial fibre across Airtel Africa’s 14 markets.

Furthermore, the statement says, plans are underway to establish local entities in key markets where Airtel Africa operates to oversee all fibre assets and manage the operational aspects of the wholesale business.

The initiative was expected to have a long-term positive impact across Africa by improving the quality of life for communities and boosting national economies.