Airtel Africa has signed a network modernization deal with Ericsson to enable 4G coverage in Kenya.
Airtel Kenya will use Ericsson’s Radio Access Network (RAN) and packet core products for 4G to ensure enhanced quality of voice and data for Airtel subscribers.
The network modernization deal, signed 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.
Ericsson said 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.
Prasanta Das Sarma, CEO of Airtel Kenya, said: “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.”
Fadi Pharaon, president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “We will implement this project and establish an advanced LTE network in Kenya, providing Airtel’s customers with an enriched experience”
Ericsson 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.