service provider Bharti Airtel has joined hands with handset maker Nokia
to provide new Nokia X smartphone across 17 countries in Africa from
mid-April this year, a company statement said on Thursday.
Bharti Airtel has operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.
is yet another first from Airtel and Nokia. As Africa's largest
Internet provider, we are excited that Airtel customers in 17 countries
will be amongst the first in the world to enjoy a unique combination of
Nokia's stunning design and user experience integrated with a wide range
"In addition, Nokia X will come with data bundles
for our customers to access their favourite social sites and chat
applications," Andre Beyers, Airtel Africa's chief marketing officer,
"Consumers can enjoy their favourite apps and the most
popular Microsoft Internet and cloud services, wrapped-up on a
smartphone that holds-on the Nokia promise," said Timo Toikkanen,
executive vice president, mobile phones, Nokia.
seven major telecom operators across Africa and Middle East, including
Bharti Airtel and Vodafone Group, announced they will share their
network infrastructure, with the objective of providing Internet to
rural communities and driving down the cost of mobile services.
The seven operators include Bharti Airtel, Etisalat Group, MTN Group, Ooredoo Group, Orange, Vodafone Group and Zain Group.
participating operators have made this commitment to providing Internet
and mobile broadband access to unserved rural communities and driving
down the cost of mobile services for all sections of the population.
operators collectively manage 76 mobile network operations across 47
countries in Africa and the Middle East, where many of the unconnected
population live in rural areas, it said.