Airtel Africa has selected Swedish equipment maker Ericsson to modernize its 4G network in Kenya.
Ericsson announced that the network modernization deal was signed in August 2020, and the planned modernization will simplify and upgrade the existing network while future-proofing it for the anticipated and rapid expansion of mobile connectivity in the country.
"Robust and secure communications are an essential component of a digital society 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.
With Ericsson Radio System and Packet Core solutions, Airtel Kenya's network will have 4G coverage, while driving enhanced use cases in both the consumer and the enterprise segments. Ericsson technology will also get the network in Kenya ready for 5G deployment.
"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," added Fadi Pharaon, president of Ericsson Middle East and Africa.
As part of this project, Ericsson will deploy its Kathrein Mobile Communication Antenna portfolio, which will provide additional enhancements to the network. Ericsson Network Manager will also be used to support Airtel in managing the network by integrating various network elements into a single platform.
— The Staff, Connecting Africa