Airtel Africa Expands Africa’s Fibre Network

Airtel Africa has introduced a new venture, Airtel Africa Telesonic Limited [Telesonic] to enhance wholesale data services across the continent with state-of-the-art fibre bandwidth services. Telesonic is set to utilize extensive ground and submarine cable networks to support the increasing need for data connectivity in Africa, offering a mix of terrestrial and submarine cable solutions.

The company is making strides to establish subsidiaries in key markets to manage its fibre assets and wholesale operations efficiently. This move is anticipated to significantly benefit African communities by improving access to quality services, thereby supporting economic growth and enhancing the quality of life.

Telesonic boasts a vast network of over 75,000 kilometers of terrestrial fibre and has also invested in the 2Africa submarine cable system, which is expected to be the most extensive submarine cable network, connecting 33 countries across Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. The project aims at bolstering connectivity between Africa and Europe, with a special focus on enhancing sectors such as education and healthcare through better access and efficiency.

The range of services Telesonic plans to offer includes national and international leased lines, dedicated internet access, and various network services designed to meet the diverse needs of its customers across Airtel Africa’s 14 markets.

Segun Ogunsanya, Airtel Africa’s Group CEO, emphasized that the establishment of Telesonic is a commitment from Airtel Africa to fuel Africa’s digital transformation. By providing advanced fibre-optic solutions, Telesonic aims to empower various sectors, bridge the digital divide, and stimulate innovation and economic growth across the continent. This initiative reflects Airtel Africa’s dedication to leveraging technology for progress, connecting people and ideas beyond borders.

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