Following last week’s announcement that operator Togocom is deploying the first 5G network in West Africa, Nokia has announced that it will be supplying 5G equipment and services for the new network, which launched in Togo's capital city Lomé last week.
This is a three-year deal to deploy 5G across the country. The deal also sees legacy 2G, 3G and 4G networks enhanced.
The deal sees Nokia provide equipment from its AirScale portfolio, including AirScale Base Stations and AirScale massive MIMO Adaptive Antenna solutions. This will, says Nokia, help to support the increasing demand for data services from Togocom’s subscribers.
Nokia is also supplying its AirScale Micro Remote Radio Head (RRH) solution to meet the demand for capacity and reliable coverage both indoors and outdoors. In addition, Togocom is deploying the Nokia AirFrame data centre solution to support cloud-based applications necessary for future telco networking.
The deployment of 5G monetization, data management and digital operations software solutions is also part of the deal as are digital deployment, network design, optimization and technical support services.
As for indoor coverage, Togocom will use the increased capacity of its new 5G network to connect fixed subscribers using the Nokia FastMile 5G gateway. The solution is easy for subscribers to install, delivering ultra-fast broadband speeds to homes while using Wi-Fi to connect devices within the home.
Nokia is a long-term partner of Togocom and has previously supplied equipment for its 3G and 4G networks.