Airtel and IBM collaborate to improve ICT infrastructure in 2011 in Africa
18 January 2011
Telephone operator Bharti Airtel, which has a presence in 16 African countries, has just announced its 2001 action plan to improve its telecommunications infrastructure in Africa.
The group is to collaborate with IBM in modernizing its network and to manage the IT and services technology, reports a press release from the group published last week.
IBM will introduce advanced technologies such as voice access to the web – enabling users to access and to share information via the telephone network.
The enterprise also makes provision to deploy a content management system to offer multimedia content such as music and video via mobile telephones.
Finally, Bharti has entered into strategic partnerships with Ericsson, Huawei and NSN in order to improve the quality of the network on the African continent and expand the availability of 2G and 3G technologies.
These partnerships will "make telephony accessible and affordable to everyone in Africa, even in the most remote areas", explained the group's CEO Manoj Kohli in the press release.