Airtel Africa has unveiled Airtel Africa Telesonic Limited, a novel undertaking aimed at transforming the wholesale data market in the continent
Telesonic will harness Airtel Africa's extensive ground and undersea cable assets to meet the surging demand for data services, offering a mix of terrestrial fiber and undersea cable solutions tailored for the wholesale segment.
With intentions to establish local entities in key markets throughout Africa, Telesonic seeks to streamline the management and operational aspects of its wholesale business. This strategic approach is expected to yield enduring advantages not only for the telecommunications industry but also for the broader African community, enhancing the quality of life and fostering economic growth.
Telesonic's network spans over 75,000 kilometers of terrestrial fiber, extending Airtel Africa's presence across its 14 markets. Additionally, the company has strategically invested in the 2Africa submarine cable system, an ambitious initiative poised to redefine connectivity between Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. As the most extensive submarine cable project interconnecting 33 countries across these regions, 2Africa promises unparalleled connectivity, with anticipated substantial impacts on sectors such as education and healthcare by enhancing access and efficiency.
Telesonic's array of services encompasses national and international leased lines, dedicated internet access, IP and IP transit services, and MPLS services. This comprehensive portfolio underscores Airtel Africa's dedication to nurturing a digitally empowered Africa.
Segun Ogunsanya, Airtel Africa's group CEO, underscored the significance of the initiative, stating, "The establishment of Airtel Africa Telesonic Limited underscores Airtel Africa's commitment to addressing Africa's requirements for the digital revolution through the provision of cutting-edge fiber-optic solutions." He further emphasised the importance of bridging the digital divide, particularly for the continent's burgeoning youth population, and unlocking opportunities for innovation and economic development.