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Nokia and Safaricom complete 5G slicing trial

NAIROBI, Kenya – Nokia has announced that it has successfully piloted its 4G and 5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network slicing with mobile operator, Safaricom on its live commercial network.

This is the first-time 4G/5G network slicing has been successfully achieved in Africa. The trial utilized a multi-vendor network environment and included RAN, transport and core as well as software upgrades to a range of Nokia's products and services.

The successful trial demonstrates that Safaricom is now poised to support new types of enterprise network services, including fast lane Internet access and application slicing. In addition, Nokia is enabling secured FWA slice connectivity to enterprise locations, as well as to private or public application clouds.

The multi-vendor pilot which took place in Kenya's Western Region, strengthens the strategic partnership between the two companies, with Nokia already providing a wide variety of services and solutions.

Network slicing enables operators the ability to divide a network into multiple virtual slices, which can be optimized for a specific target application or service.

The end user of each network slice can then be serviced with different priorities, routing, levels of network performance and security capabilities. Slices can be managed and deployed in minutes, and each one has key performance indicators used for service assurance.

"We are proud to have hosted Africa's first successful pilot of 4G/5G FWA slicing on our network, and looking forward to tailoring our service offerings to individual customers and industries, to meet their needs for high-speed connectivity precisely and without unnecessary cost. Nokia's expertise has been key to this success, and we anticipate many more strategic wins in this area as our business expands," said James Maitai, network director at Safaricom.

"It is great to have successfully completed this pilot with Safaricom, which is a huge step forward in providing Safaricom with state-of-the-art connectivity. Early experience of new slicing technology is invaluable in understanding the new business opportunities it enables," added Ramy Hashem, head of Safaricom customer team at Nokia.

"Nokia was the first vendor to offer a slicing solution and we are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Safaricom in providing world-class 4G and 5G network slicing services to its customers."

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