Mobile broadband modernisation underway for Tanzanian operator

A leading operator in Tanzania is modernising its GSM and 3G networks nationwide to improve performance and capacity, with the aim of providing more reliable, faster mobile broadband services.

Under a five-year contract, Nokia Siemens Networks is implementing its Single RAN (radio access network) platform for Vodacom Tanzania’s network modernisation and expansion. In addition, the vendor is deploying additional GSM and 3G base stations to expand coverage.

“It’s our key priority to constantly improve the quality of service for our customers by increasing our network capacity, performance and coverage across the country,” said Dana Bakker, manager of executive operations, Vodacom Tanzania.

“Vodacom required a radio access platform that can increase spectral efficiency and network capacity, and reduce capital and operating costs as well as energy consumption,” said Gideon Geyser, head of customer team Vodacom Tanzania at Nokia Siemens Networks.

Under the contract, Nokia Siemens Networks is implementing its Single RAN platform based on its Flexi Multiradio Base Station. This platform will replace Vodacom’s existing GSM and 3G base stations. This multi-technology platform is able to run GSM, High Speed Packet Access (HSPA) and LTE, and can be defined to roll out a particular technology with a simple software update.

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