Ericsson has partnered with multinational wireless communications engineering company SkyMax Network, in a move to construct a next-generation 5G broadband network and deliver digital services across sub-Saharan Africa.
Under the deal SkyMax will tap the vendor for network supplies, rollout and optimisation or managed services, said Ericsson in a statement.
SkyMax will also share its high-speed data network technology ‘5G Digital Service Delivery Platform’ with mobile operators to spur the development of broadband networks in the region.
Meanwhile, Ericsson will explore opportunities within the partnership for business and technology solutions within radio access, mobile transport network solutions, core network, and managed services.
SkyMax president and CEO Wilfrid Aissi noted that sub-Saharan Africa is rapidly becoming “data-centric” which brings connectivity constraints to the developing market.
“Over the last two years, we have collaborated with Ericsson to bring the best offerings to Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on accelerating 5G adoption to drive financial and social inclusion while reducing carbon dioxide emissions and increasing energy efficiency. With this MoU, we look forward to more collaboration and synergy between the two companies that will accelerate the digitization of the region,” said Aissi.
Ericsson VP and head of south and east Africa Todd Ashton added: “The work we have done together with SkyMax over the last two years has further convinced us that Ericsson’s continuous Research & Development focus and leadership in 5G is providing the specific solutions needed to increase economic growth and financial inclusion while accelerating adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Africa.”