08 Mar Africa: Orange starts rolling out 4G in Africa with Nokia
Orange is rolling out a Nokia single radio access network and network management technology across seven African countries in a three-year modernization project aimed at preparing for the launch of 4G services. Nokia announced that it has set up a dedicated West and Central Africa Support Center for Orange to facilitate the deployment. In one of the largest LTE roll-outs in Africa, Nokia will modernize around 11,000 radio sites in Egypt, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Niger.
Leveraging Nokia’s Single RAN technology and modernization services, Orange will be able to support existing 2G and 3G subscribers while enhancing speeds and coverage as it launches 4G services. With deployment underway, Orange has already lowered operational costs and launched new 4G services in Egypt, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. The company is also enhancing 3G service with an average 85-percent increase in throughput, and is experiencing a 90-percent increase in traffic across the seven countries, Nokia said.
Nokia is delivering a full set of services, including alarm, performance and configuration monitoring, as well as corrective actions on the radio installed base, while speeding implementation and optimizing the network. As part of the deal, Nokia Care Services will ensure that service level agreements are met.
In addition, the Nokia NetAct network management system will allow Orange to maintain network efficiency, stability and performance. The support centre will also serve as a gateway for the future introduction of advanced solutions and technologies serving IoT, smart cities and other use cases in Africa.