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Nokia to deploy Africell's new 5G-ready network in Angola

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Nokia and Africell have signed a major deal to deploy a new 5G-ready network in Angola.

Africell was granted a license to operate in Angola in February, becoming the country's fourth telecoms operator.

Nokia said in a statement on Monday that it will deploy its network technologies to Africell to provide 2G, 3G and 4G services, starting in the capital city Luanda.

Africell said it plans to launch operations in Angola by the end of 2021, expanding its existing network in Africa.

The US-owned mobile operator already has over 12 million customers in four African countries: Uganda, Sierra Leone, The Gambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Both groups are looking to expand their footprints in Africa.

For the new network in the capital, Nokia said it will deploy its AirScale Single Radio Access Network (S-RAN) across up to 700 sites to support concurrently 2G, 3G and 4G services, and be 5G-ready.

The Finnish vendor said it will also deploy its data center solutions to run cloud-based applications in Angola; a microwave transmission network; a network management system; and Nokia's IP routers for access, aggregation, backhaul and core.

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