India’s Bharti Airtel is partnering with Finnish phone maker Nokia on the sale of communications services in Africa, reports Dow Jones Newswires.
Under the contract signed this week, Bharti Airtel (New Delhi, India) will reportedly sell Nokia (Helsinki, Finland) services that include mobile-phone software and an internet browser.
Customers will be able to pay for the products through their normal billing arrangements with Bharti Airtel.
The Indian operator plans to launch the services in Kenya before introducing them to other East African markets.
The deal could help Bharti Airtel to increase revenue from the use of data services.
Bharti Airtel entered the African market in 2010 when it acquired the African operations of Zain (Kuwait City, Kuwait) in a deal valued at about $10.7 billion.