Safaricom selects Nokia to expand its network infrastructure

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Safaricom, selected Nokia Networks as one of its partners to modernize and expand its 2G and 3G network infrastructure and to help launch the first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in Kenya.

The network launched in December 2014 will offer peak speeds of up to 100 Mbps, which is more than twice the speed offered on 3G technology.

Carrier aggregation is a key feature of LTE-Advanced, enabling operators to create larger, virtual carrier bandwidths for services by combining separate spectrum bands, thus boosting network capacity and speed as well as performance.

Safaricom’s customers will be able to download and upload files faster as well as enjoy buffer free audio and video streaming.

Safaricom will roll out 4G services in Nairobi and Mombasa first before introducing to major towns over the coming months.

The deal, at a glance, involves the following:

Core modernization with its ATCA-based Liquid Core portfolio for Mobile Softswitch (MSS) andEvolved Packet Core (EPC)

Supply of compact Single RAN Advanced platform based on the high-capacity, scalable and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station* for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies

Supply and expansion of its Subscriber Data Management** solution

Implementation of its cloud-ready OSS systemNetAct

Expert services including Network Planning and OptimizationNetwork Implementation and System Integration as well as hardware, software and competence development services

Bob Collymore, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom, said: “This project marks an important milestone in our journey toward a modern and energy-efficient network that’s capable of delivering world-class voice and data services to our customers. It clearly underlines our focus on having the most advanced network in Kenya.”

Bernard Najm, Vice President and Head of Middle East and Africa, Nokia Networks, said: “With this ambitious network modernization, we provide Safaricom with the highest quality network in Kenya. Our cutting-edge solutions and services help Safaricom offer a truly rewarding service experience to its customers.”

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