Airtel launches 3G service in Congo

Airtel becomes the first operator to deploy 3G network in the country.
Airtel is the first operator to launch 3G in the Republic of Congo. (AFP/Getty Images)
Airtel is the first operator to launch 3G in the Republic of Congo. (AFP/Getty Images)

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Bharti Airtel has launched the first 3G service in the Republic of Congo.

Airtel said that it is using the “latest global HSPSA+ technology” in Congo, allowing subscribers to benefit from maximum download speeds of 21Mbps.

Airtel did not specify which parts of the country have 3G coverage, although analysts say it is likely to be limited to parts of the capital city, Brazzaville.

“This is the first 3G license issued in central Africa and the second amongst the French-speaking African nations, after Senegal,” the company said in a statement.

Airtel gained entry into the Congolese market last year through its acquisition of Zain’s African operations in 2010. Airtel also has a mobile operation in the Democratic Republic of Congo, which shares a border with the Republic of Congo.

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