InformAfrica – Airtel Africa has taken yet another huge step towards building the largest 3G network across Africa with the launch of its new 3.75G mobile internet network in Malawi and Madagascar.
Airtel Madagascar announced today the launch of its mobile 3.75 platform contributing towards building the largest 3.75G network across Africa. The launch of the platform promises profound changes to how subscribers in the region experience the web on internet-enabled devices.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, Airtel also introduced its 3.75G platform in Malawi, which is the fastest speed and most widely covered mobile internet in the country. It’s an upgrade from the current 3G data service to a 3.75G network, a third generation mobile network which offers fast information transfer.
The improved technology is said to 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.
There are currently about 400 million mobile subscribers in Africa, according to data from McKinsey & Co, and 2.5 million are currently with Airtel Madagascar. Telecommunications has become one of Africa’s fastest growing industries with a rapidly expanding cellular phone market that now includes internet access, mobile banking and mobile commerce.
Africa, especially the West and Central region, has witnessed a dramatic increase in mobile broadband connections in the last decade, with much of the growth attributed to the surge in mobile broadband adoption in Nigeria.
Both Nigeria and Ghana’s regulatory environments have helped in creating one of the most dynamic broadband markets in sub-Saharan Africa, with over 150 market participants and massive terrestrial infrastructure development. However, advanced technologies such as 3.75G networks in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Gabon will lead mobile broadband subscriptions to outpace fixed broadband connections in these two countries over the next 5 years.
Mobile operators such as Airtel, Vodafone, MTN and the likes are expected to improve their quality of services through continuous infrastructure investment, such as network capacity upgrade and deployments of new technologies; develop innovative solutions such as cyber cafés for broadband services targeting the mass market and focus on enterprise solutions.