Airtel to offer 3.75G Internet service
Airtel has announced the introduction of the fastest mobile Internet in Rwanda, with the launch of its 3.75G platform in the country.
According to the company, the 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 devices. It is the same technology that is being rolled out in Europe and the USA, the latest and fastest 3G available.
“The technology on our 3.75G network will give our customers the opportunity to interact with data in a different way,” explained Marcellin Paluku, the country manager of Airtel Rwanda. “This is why Airtel doesn’t see 3G as a product but a platform that enables the community to expand its social and commercial horizons, alongside the rest of the world.”
He added that the platform will allow customers to combine the potential of the internet with the convenience of cellular phones and other devices. “It will enable fast access to the Internet for social networking, creating, accessing and sharing learning content like e-books and music,” Paluku explained. “For the small and medium business, it will enable the entrepreneur to embrace a highly mobile way of working with high speed access to email and Internet and it will allow large companies to increase productivity through vastly enhanced mobile Internet speeds.”
Airtel has teamed up with world-class service provider, Ericsson, to ensure seamless rollout of the 3.75G network. “We see mobile broadband as key to realizing our vision of the Networked Society,” said Lars Linden, head of Ericsson sub Saharan Africa. “The new technology will enable Airtel to meet its desire to provide its customers with the most advanced solutions and quality browsing experience to its customers in Rwanda and Africa.”
The new 3.75G network will initially be available to Airtel customers in Kigali, but will become available to other parts of the country over the course of the month.
Initially, Airtel will offer customers 1 GB free every day for the first two weeks, until July 17. Afterwards, the rates will be 20 francs per MB from 6 am to midnight, and 10 francs during the six night hours.