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Bharti Airtel on Thursday said that alongwith SoftBank Mobile, it has successfully conducted field trials of a technology that provides cost-efficient 3G phone services using a communications satellite as a transmission line. The field trial was conducted in actual environment in Kenya.
“This technology is important to the development of mobile phone networks in rural areas in Africa and other areas where commercialisation of such operations is challenging,” Bharti Airtel Africa chief technical officer Bayan Monadjem said in a statement.
With this trial, Bharti Airtel and SoftBank Mobile validated technologies and methods for providing communication services using a communications satellite in rural areas at a low cost.