4G LTE Frequency Bands
Airtel is the largest telecommunications provider and mobile network operator in Madagascar. The company was founded in 1997 as Madacom until the group's acquisition by Celtel in 2006. The network was rebranded to match its new owners until 2008 when it became Zain Madagascar. Kuwaiti-owned Zain offloaded the business until to Airtel in 2010.
The company has provided 2G GSM services over 900 and 1800 MHz since August 1997 and 3G UMTS over B1 (2100 MHz) since July 2012. Airtel later added U900 services as part of its African Network Excellence program. Airtel received a licence to begin constructing its 4G network in September 2015. 4G LTE services were launched in November 2017, expected to be using B3 (1800 MHz) due to the company holding 24.4 MHz of spectrum in the band.
4G LTE Network Information
Details on LTE network deployments are shown below. Data are often incomplete due to commercial nature. Consult dossier text for further details.
|Evolution||Status||Active [Launched 2017-11]|
|Max. MIMO||Max. Modulation|
|LTE Band||Channel Width||Status|