Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.


Tigo Senegal Plans Network Boost with Ericsson

Article Image
Tigo Senegal's new owners are investing in the mobile operator's network and have chosen Ericsson as the preferred radio access technology supplier.

The operator, which has more than 3 million customers, was sold by Millicom to a consortium called Saga African Holdings in May this year for an undisclosed sum following a sometimes fraught divestment process that saw Millicom cancel its original sale agreement with Wari. (See Wari, Tigo Lock Horns Over Cancelled Senegal Deal.)

Now the operator has selected Ericsson for a three-year network modernization project that will involve the upgrade and expansion of the mobile infrastructure covering more than 1,000 sites. Tigo Senegal will deploy the latest version of the Ericsson Radio System (ERS) to bring 4G LTE capabilities to the whole network (as well as supporting 2G, 3G, NB-IoT and Cat-M1 connectivity) and install the vendor's MINI-LINK microwave backhaul technology.

In addition, the operator will deploy Ericsson's Cloud Packet Core and Cloud Data Management and Policy solutions in its core network, use the Ericsson Network Manager software as its new operational support system, and also source transport network equipment from the vendor, which earlier this year announced Juniper Networks and ECI Telecom as its primary packet and optical equipment partners. (See Ericsson Links 5G Hands With Juniper & ECI, Snubs Cisco & Ciena.)

The Tigo Senegal and Ericsson teams line up to sign their network modernization deal.
The Tigo Senegal and Ericsson teams line up to sign their network modernization deal.

"Senegal is on the brink of a huge digital transformation which will open up new business opportunities and revitalize the nationís economy," noted Mass Thiam, CEO of Tigo Senegal. "To enable and speed up this process, Tigo, with Ericsson as its partner, is rapidly upgrading our legacy network systems to deliver the quality, capacity and overall network performance that our enterprise and subscriber customers demand," he added.

ó Ray Le Maistre, Editor-in-Chief, Light Reading for Connecting Africa.

Innovation hub


Ghana's regulator declares Starlink operations illegal

The National Communications Authority (NCA) of Ghana has announced that the operation of SpaceX's satellite Internet service, Starlink, is illegal in the country.


Liquid appoints ex-Cell C exec Lerato Pule as its CFO

Pan-African digital infrastructure provider Liquid Intelligent Technologies has appointed former Cell C exec Lerato Pule as its new chief financial officer.

More Innovation hub

Latest video

More videos

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

Sponsored video

More videos

Africa Tech Perspectives


Uber's Marjorie Saint-Lot on inclusion and sustainability in Africa

Uber's Country Manager for Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire, Marjorie Saint-Lot, shares how the ride-hailing company is approaching public-private partnerships, environmentally friendly initiatives and gender inclusion in Africa.


The 100 most influential African leaders in 2023

A new report from Africa Tech Festival and Connecting Africa puts a spotlight on the top 100 African leaders in the telecoms and technology sector in 2023.


Deep dive into East Africa's tech startup ecosystem

New survey reveals a lack of access to investors, reliance on international VCs and global recession trends as the biggest barriers for East African tech startups to access funds.

More Africa Tech perspectives

Partner perspectives

All Partner Perspectives

Guest Perspectives


Omdia View: September 2023

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in September 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included more 5G spectrum licenses, vendor and operator strategies, and partnerships – that and more in this month's Omdia View.


Omdia View: August 2023

By Omdia Analysts

Highlights in August 2023 in the Middle East and Africa included a commercial 5G launch from Ethio Telecom and the signing of a virtual wheeling agreement between Vodacom South Africa and Eskom – that and more in this month's Omdia View.

More Guest Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign Up
Tag id I-0000192