Airtel Uganda has partnered with Badili Africa, a prominent re-commerce startup specializing in refurbished smartphones, to accelerate smartphone penetration as well as expand internet access to Ugandans across the country.
The partnership between Badili Africa and Airtel Uganda is a strategic move aimed at growing access to the opportunities of the Internet. This joint effort is a testament to Badili’s commitment to providing affordable alternatives and promoting sustainability through the reuse of electronics.
The increasing demand for smartphones in Uganda underscores the need for innovative solutions to provide affordable alternatives to consumers — a challenge Airtel Uganda and Badili Africa are aiming to solve, making reliable smartphones even more accessible. Notably, Airtel Uganda already has such partnerships with other major device dealers including Watu, EasyBuy, dlight, and Mkopa — thus Badili Africa becomes their newest partner.
Commenting on the partnership, Airtel Uganda’s Chief Commercial Officer, Mr. Amit Kapur said, “This partnership with Badilli Africa will enhance access to affordable smartphones, allowing more people in Uganda to stay connected, access information, and engage in the digital world.” Adding, “This is our commitment to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal 9 of increasing access to information and ICTs.”
Rishabh Lawania, CEO and Founder of Badili Africa expressed enthusiasm about the partnership. “We are excited to join forces with Airtel Uganda to bring high-quality refurbished smartphones to the people of Uganda.” “We aim to make technology accessible to everyone while promoting sustainability through the reuse of devices,” he added.
This partnership is expected to have a significant impact on Uganda’s smartphone market — making it easier for consumers to upgrade their mobile devices without having to spend a lot, contributing to a more connected and sustainable future for the region.
Under this partnership, Airtel Uganda Customers can trade in their old phones, top up and acquire any Badili-offered smartphone, and get a 100% bonus on weekly and monthly data bundle purchases. This will also make it possible for Badili and Airtel Uganda to retrieve old smartphones from the environment and dispose of them responsibly.