Airtel Kenya recently extended its partnership with Swedish telecoms gear maker Ericsson to enable 4G connectivity in Kenya.
Under the partnership, Ericsson will deploy its Radio Access Network and packet core products for 4G to enhance voice and data quality for Airtel subscribers.
As part of this project, Ericsson will deploy its Kathrein Mobile Communication Antenna portfolio while the Ericsson Network Manager, will help Airtel in integrating various network elements into a single platform for better management.
Ericsson’s RAN and Packet Core solutions will not only provide 4G coverage to Airtel Kenya’s subscribers but it will also drive enhanced use cases in both consumer and enterprise segments, Ericsson said in a joint statement. Ericsson’s technology will further make the network ready for 5G deployment 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,” said Prasanta Das Sarma, CEO at Airtel Kenya.
“Together with Airtel, we will implement this project and establish an advanced LTE network in Kenya, providing Airtel’s customers with an enriched experience – both in the consumer and business segments. Through this partnership, we reaffirm our ambition to set ‘Africa in motion’ by partnering with Airtel to grow and support an increasingly digitized society in Kenya,” said Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa.
ETTelecom reported that India’s Bharti Airtel recently renewed its 4G network expansion contract with Swedish gear vendor Ericsson for eight telecom circles in India, a move which will help the telecom operator prepare for the deployment of 5G technology in the next few years.