Airtel Africa is to expand its strategic partnership with Ericsson to enable 4G coverage in Kenya using Ericsson’s radio access network (RAN) and packet core products for 4G.
The network modernization deal, signed in August 2020, is, says Ericsson, in line with the Kenyan Digital Economy Blueprint Vision 2030, which aims to provide robust connectivity in rural areas and facilitate e-commerce platforms.
Ericsson adds that the modernization deal will simplify and upgrade the existing network while future-proofing it for the anticipated rapid expansion of mobile connectivity in the country – in particular getting the network in Kenya ready for 5G deployment.
Fadi Pharaon, president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “Together with Airtel, we will implement this project and establish an advanced LTE network in Kenya, providing Airtel’s customers with an enriched experience – both in the consumer and business segments.”
As part of this project, Ericsson says 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.