Bharti Airtel enables Kenya Airways MVNO

Bharti Airtel and Kenya Airways have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enable the airline to become a mobile virtual network operator (MVNO).

Airtel will host Kenya Airways as an MVNO on its network in the country, in a new move for the African region which is designed to enhance mobile penetration and enable the delivery of value-added services.

“We are greatly encouraged by the shared vision with Kenya Airways and the common urgency to find solutions that will enable travelling customers stay connected to their loved ones and businesses while they travel,” said Christian de Faria, CEO at Airtel Africa.

Kenya Airways’ MVNO services will include SIM card issuance, billing and customer care. They will run on Airtel’s unused capacity, ensuring Airtel maintains its own network quality and speed.

“At Kenya Airways, we are now moving towards a strategic direction that affords us an opportunity to meet our guests’ needs aboard our aircraft and also extend the same brand value to their communication needs through an affordable option,” said Titus Naikuni, MD and CEO at Kenya Airways.

The MoU was signed by de Faria and Naikuni at the Kenya Airways headquarters in Embakasi, Nairobi, and is still subject to regulatory approval.

Kenya’s mobile market is set for a further shake-up with the potential arrival of three new mobile operators, as reported last month.

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