India’s Bharti Airtel has launched a new network, dubbed ‘Africa Connect’ to enhance international connectivity on the continent and support the growing demand for data services in the group’s 17 African markets, Human IPO writes. Africa Connect consists of integrated fibre and satellite networks, with 42 points of presence (PoP) throughout Airtel’s African footprint. CEO of global business at Bharti Airtel, Ajay Chitkara, commented on the development: ‘Africa Connect is in consonance with our underlying theme to serve one of the fastest growing data markets in the world. Africa is also emerging as an economic hub and we are uniquely poised to connect the continent to the rest of the world and fully serve the growing bandwidth demand. Our full suite of integrated telecom offerings, together with our end-to-end service modules, will help expand our access to high growth markets in the region and consolidate our efforts of making India as a hub for global internet traffic.’ The Africa Connect system interconnects with Airtel’s landing station in Mumbai, allowing access to additional submarine and overland cable routes. Further, the new network is bolstered by network-to-network interfaces (NNIs) with more than 25 local partners.
Andre Beyers, chief marketing officer at Airtel Africa, added: ‘With Africa seeing a significant jump in the growth of data and connectivity this initiative will help us in meeting the bandwidth requirements and diverse needs of our customers. The Africa Connect network will be a major catalyst as the continent moves into the next phase of digital growth and enhance the growth of internet and data services.’