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Indian telecom major Bharti Airtel’s Airtel Congo in partnership with Chinese telecom giant Huawei on Wednesday launched Smartphone Huawei 4 Africa, aimed at upgrading the information architecture in Congo.
Huawei official Zeng Zhiwei said in the capital city of Brazzaville that the phone, already available in other Airtel markets has made a welcome debut in Congo with services like 3.75G. Bharti Airtel has operations in 17 African nations.
India’s Bharti Airtel entered into a definitive agreement with the Warid Group to acquire its Congo operations in November last year. The acquisition made Airtel the largest mobile operator in Congo Brazzaville with around 2.6 million customers.
The price of the new smartphone has been fixed at 119,000 CFA Francs (around $250). Huawei has said earlier that the 4Afrika Initiative should make tens of millions of smart devices available across the continent in the next couple of years.
“The new Huawei 4 Africa is a solution that will enable every worker, even if he is outside his office, to remain connected to the office and continue with his activities, continue with his business and respond to all his e-mails in record time,” Zeng said.
Huawei began its operations in the Republic of Congo in 2007. Huawei had in 2013 unveiled a bespoke Windows-run smartphone exclusively available in Africa. The customised device was launched in partnership with Microsoft as part of its new 4Afrika Initiative.
Bharti Airtel is the world’s fourth largest telecom operator by revenue. Africa accounts for close to 30 per cent of revenue at Airtel.
TBP and Agencies