New Delhi, September 8 : Bharti Airtel today said that it has been awarded a license by the Rwanda Utilities Regulatory Agency to operate 2G and 3G GSM mobile services in that country. With this license, the Company’s footprint across the African continent will expand to 17 countries. Rwanda is amongst the fastest growing telecom markets in Africa. According to the National Statistics Institute of Rwanda, the mobile penetration in the country was 38.4%, as of July 2011.
Bharti Airtel plans to invest over USD 100 million in its operations in Rwanda over the next three years. The Company’s operations will also generate direct and indirect employment opportunities in the country.
Since its foray into Africa, Bharti Airtel has made significant strides with the successful launch of the ‘Airtel’ brand, bringing its eco-system of global partnerships for IT, Network and Customer Care and introduction of affordable tariffs and innovative products. Going forward, the Company plans to leverage big opportunities in 3G voice & high speed wireless broadband and mobile commerce.