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Telecom service provider Bharti Airtel has partnered with mobile giant Nokia to distribute the new Nokia X smartphone across 17 countries in Africa in April this year, according to a company statement
Seven operators, Etisalat Group, MTN Group, Ooredoo Group, Orange, Vodafone Group and Zain Group as well as Bharti Airtel have announced that they will share their network infrastructure.
"This is yet another first from Airtel and Nokia. As Africa's largest Internet provider, we are excited that Airtel customers in 17 countries will be amongst the first in the world to enjoy a unique combination of Nokia's stunning design and user experience integrated with a wide range of services,” said Andre Beyers, Airtel Africa's chief marketing officer.
"In addition, Nokia X will come with data bundles for our customers to access their favourite social sites and chat applications," Beyers added.
The operators manage 76 mobile network operations across 47 countries in Africa and the Middle East, where many of the population reside in remote areas, Airtel said.
Bharti Airtel has operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa.