Nokia has agreed to deliver its comprehensive network technologies to Africell, Angola’s new mobile telecommunications operator, to provide 2G, 3G, and 4G services in Luanda, it’s capital. According to a press release, the agreement considerably expands both companies’ footprints throughout Africa.
According to the companies, by implementing a brand-new network, Africell will use the newest cloud technologies to realise cost savings via shared infrastructure and enhanced control and flexibility, allowing for differentiated services for both people and businesses.
Nokia’s AirScale Single Radio Access Network (S-RAN) will be deployed over up to 700 sites throughout the capital for the new network, which will support concurrent 2G, 3G, and 4G services and be 5G-ready.
Through a software update, Nokia can effortlessly upgrade AirScale’s technology to accommodate 5G networks. In addition, Nokia will deploy the Nokia AirFrame data centre solution, which will make it simple to run any cloud-based application. Furthermore, the Wavence microwave transmission network will support advanced packet networking and the NetAct network management system, providing a consolidated network view for improved network monitoring and management.
The network rollout will allow Africell to respond to changing consumer demands by scaling the various network functions according to the traffic experienced. In addition, Nokia will implement cloud-native Cloud Packet Core, 3G Core, Voice Core, and Registers for the voice and data core network software.
As part of the core network solution, Nokia Policy Controller delivers scalability, flexibility, and performance for Africell’s diverse range of services. Nokia will also leverage its network planning, optimisation, installation, and maintenance experience to launch faster and higher-quality services.
“In the African telecoms sector, Africell is a competitive and highly differentiated company,” noted Younes Chaaban, Africell’s CTO. The company’s goal is to provide quality voice and data services to a growing number of customers across the continent. To do so, they will need dependable technology partners whose network technologies and support services provide Africell with the most refined platform for serving clients. In Angola, Nokia is the appropriate partner for the organisation and is looking forward to collaborating to construct world-class mobile networks.”