Angola’s new mobile operator, Africell, has signed a multi-million Euro deal with Nokia to set up 5G ready services in the capital Luanda. The deal significantly expands the footprint of both companies Africa.
Through the agreement, Africell will benefit from Nokia’s AirScale Single Radio Access Network (S-RAN) to be deployed across 700 sites in Luanda to concurrently support 2G, 3G and 4G services, and be 5G-ready.
Africell will also leverage Nokia’s latest cloud technologies to achieve cost efficiency gains from shared infrastructure, as well as improved control and flexibility which enable differentiated services to both people and businesses.
Commenting on the deal, Rajiv Aggarwal, Head of CEWA Market Unit at Nokia, said, “Africell wants to ensure the best quality of services with high-performance network from the day one. And it wants to launch services for both individual subscribers and enterprise customers with an option to deploy 5G services in the future.”’
Nokia says its AirScale platform can be seamlessly upgraded to support 5G networks through a software update. In addition, the company will deploy its Nokia AirFrame data centre solution to run any cloud-based application with ease, microwave transmission network Wavence to support advanced packet networking, and NetAct network management system to enable consolidated network view for improved network monitoring and management.
As part of the network rollout, Nokia will also deploy cloud-native Cloud Packet Core, 3G Core, Voice Core, and Registers for the voice and data core network software, enabling Africell to achieve a high degree of flexibility for responding to changing customer demands by scaling the various network functions according to the traffic experienced, the telco says.
Nokia also will leverage its services expertise for the network planning, optimization, installation and care to launch the services faster and ensure the quality of services.
Also commenting, Younes Chaaban, Chief Technical Officer at Africell, said, “Africell is a competitive and highly differentiated player in the African telecoms market. Our vision is to offer superior voice and data services in an expanding footprint across the continent. To achieve this, we need reliable technology partners whose network technologies and support services give us the best platform from which to serve our own customers. Nokia is the right partner for us in Angola and we are excited to work with them to build world-class mobile networks.”
Africell provides mobile network coverage and related technology services to over 12 million subscribers in four African countries (Sierra Leone, The Gambia, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda). The company was recently awarded a licence to operate in Angola which becomes its fifth market in Africa.