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Airtel partners with Ericsson to upgrade its 4G network in Kenya


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Airtel Africa has announced a partnership with Ericsson to enable modernization of 4G network and coverage in Kenya. With Ericsson’s Radio Access Network (RAN) and packet core products for 4G, Airtel subscribers will experience an enhanced quality of voice and data.

The network modernization deal that was signed back in August 2020, is in line with the ‘Kenyan Digital Economy Blueprint Vision 2030’ which aims to provide robust connectivity in rural areas and facilitate e-commerce platforms. The modernization deal will simplify and upgrade the existing network while future-proofing it for the anticipated and rapid expansion of mobile connectivity in the country.

With Ericsson Radio System and Packet core solutions, Airtel network in Kenya will have upgraded 4G network coverage, while driving enhanced uses in both the consumer and the enterprise segments. Ericsson technology will also get the network in Kenya ready for 5G deployment.

“Robust and secure communications are an essential component of a digital society in Kenya. We are firmly anchored to the strategy of delivering reliable connections across the country and are looking forward to expanding the high-quality mobile broadband services to our subscribers.” Prasanta Das Sarma, CEO of Airtel Kenya said.

“Together with Airtel, we will implement this project and establish an advanced 4G network in Kenya, providing Airtel’s customers with an enriched experience- both in the consumer and business segments. Through this partnership, we reaffirm our ambition to set ‘Africa in motion’ by partnering with Airtel to grow and support an increasingly digitalized society in Kenya.” Fedi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa said.

As part of this project, Ericsson noted that it will deploy its Kathrein Mobile Communication Antenna portfolio which will provide additional enhancements to the network. The technologically advanced network management system, Ericsson Network Manager, will also be utilized to support Airtel in seamlessly managing the network by integrating various network elements into a single platform.

Source: Ericsson Press Release

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