Safaricom selected Nokia Networks as one of its partners to modernize and expand its 2G and 3G network infrastructure and to help launch the first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in Kenya. The network launched in December 2014 will offer peak speeds of up to 100 Mbps, which is more than twice the speed offered on 3G technology.
Fast down- and uplink, no buffering while streaming
Carrier aggregation is a key feature of LTE-Advanced, enabling operators to create larger, virtual carrier bandwidths for services by combining separate spectrum bands, thus boosting network capacity and speed as well as performance. Safaricom’s customers will be able to download and upload files faster as well as enjoy buffer free audio and video streaming.
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Safaricom will roll out 4G services in Nairobi and Mombasa first before introducing to major towns over the coming months.
Deal details at a glance:
Core modernization with its ATCA-based Liquid Core portfolio for Mobile Softswitch (MSS) and Evolved Packet Core (EPC)
Supply of compact Single RAN Advanced platform based on the high-capacity, scalable and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station* for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies
Supply and expansion of its Subscriber Data Management** solution
Implementation of its cloud-ready OSS system NetAct
Expert services including Network Planning and Optimization, Network Implementation and System Integration as well as hardware, software and competence development services
Bob Collymore, Chief Executive Officer, Safaricom said: “This project marks an important milestone in our journey toward a modern and energy-efficient network that’s capable of delivering world-class voice and data services to our customers. It clearly underlines our focus on having the most advanced network in Kenya.”
Bernard Najm, Vice President and Head of Middle East and Africa, Nokia Networks,said:“With this ambitious network modernization, we provide Safaricom with the highest quality network in Kenya. Our cutting-edge solutions and services help Safaricom offer a truly rewarding service experience to its customers.”
Safaricom was the first operator in Kenya to roll out mobile data services in 2003 on a 2G network, and was the first company in 2008 to launch a 3G network. Nokia is Safaricom’s long-term and reliable partner since Day 1 of Safaricom’s operations.