Bharti Airtel wins 3G and 4G licences in Chad

14 April 2014 | Sophie Donoghue


Bharti Airtel has announced that its Chadian subsidiary has been awarded 3G and 4G licences by the country’s government.

The latest announcement extends the Indian telco’s 3G footprint to 16 countries, and extends its African footprint to 17.

"The granting of Chad's first license is an important milestone towards the development of the telecommunications infrastructure, and will facilitate better internet access for the social and business community," Airtel said in a statement.

Earlier this year the Chadian government announced that it is in the process of privatising its state-owned telecoms company, Groupe SOTEL.

The government of Chad plans to sell 80% of its shares in Groupe SOTEL, in a bid to improve connectivity services across the country.