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Airtel Launches Faster Internet Service

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    AIRTEL Tanzania yesterday launched 3.75G mobile platform, which promises to change how subscribers experience the web on internet-enabled cell phones.

    "The 3.75G technology will give our customers the opportunity to interact with cellular technology in a different way," said Airtel Tanzania Managing Director, Mr Sam Elangalloor in Dar es Salaam at a press conference.

    He added: "This is why Airtel doesn't see 3.75G as a product, but rather as a platform that enables our subscribers to experience data better." He said the improved technology will enhance multimedia functionality, high speed mobile broadband and internet access, allowing users to make video calls, watch live TV, send and receive emails and download music from the handheld devices.

    Telecommunications is one of the continent's fastest growing industries with a rapidly expanding cellular phone market that now includes internet access, mobile banking and mobile commerce. Statistics by McKinsey & Co, a global research company, show that there are currently about 400 million mobile subscribers in Africa.

    With this in mind, he said Airtel has remained committed to deepening its network coverage, bringing communication opportunities o rural populations that, until now, have been left out of the telecommunications revolution in Africa.

    Mr Elangalloor said the expansion plan will work in tandem with the availability of 3.75G to ensure that Airtel can provide Tanzania with a level of internet access that can help bridge the digital divide.

    He said although it is widely accepted and recognized that giving people access to basic telecommunications is critical for development, such move is still lacking by many on the continent. "Thus, communication should be a basic right, not a privilege because connecting the unconnected population - through telecommunications - will enhance social, cultural and commercial participation," he said, adding:

    "The 3.75G platform will allow subscribers to combine the enormous potential of the internet with the convenience of cellular phones," said Mr Elangalloor. Depending on the device type of the user, once connected to the 3.75G network, the device will display 3.75G, HSDPA,WCDMA or HSPA, he said.

    He said Airtel will be rolling out its data network across all its markets with the objective of building the largest 3.75G network across the continent and will continue to provide convenient and innovative services to all.

    Source: Daily News - March 14, 2012

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