09 March 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Nokia and Orange Middle East and Africa (MEA) are deploying a single radio access network and network management technology across seven African countries.
The roll out of the new technology will happen as part of a
three-year modernisation project to prepare for the launch of
4G services. In addition, Nokia has set up a dedicated west and
central Africa support centre for Orange.
Speaking on the announcement, Jean Marc Vignolles, chief
operating officer at Orange MEA, said: "We are committed to
enriching the lives of our subscribers by providing innovative
technology solutions. With Nokia's proven technologies we can
realize new efficiencies as we enhance coverage and the
The project will form one of largest LTE rollouts in Africa
with Nokia set to modernise approximately 11,000 radio sites in
Egypt, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and
Niger. Using Nokia’s single RAN technology
and modernisation services, Orange will be able to support
existing 2G and 3G subscribers while optimising speeds and
coverage as it launches 4G services.
Deployment is already underway and Orange has already
lowered operational costs and launched new 4G services in
Egypt, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau.
It has also enhanced its 3G services by increasing throughput
by an average of 85% and is reporting 90% increase in traffic
across those seven countries.
"We needed to ensure a smooth evolution of our network while
launching 4G in all countries where it was possible and Nokia
was the best partner to pave that way," said Yasser Shaker,
CTIO of Orange MEA.
Based at its Orange support centre in the Ivory Coast
capital of Abidjan, Nokia is using its expertise to deliver a
full set of services, including alarm, performance and
configuration monitoring, as well as corrective actions on the
radio installed base, while optimising the network to ensure
that the 60 million Orange subscribers experience consistent
high-quality service. The support centre will also serve as a
gateway for future solutions and technologies such as: IoT,
smart cities and other use cases in Africa.
"We have a longstanding relationship with Orange in Africa
and are thrilled to take this relationship to the next level
with this agreement, said Amr El-Leithy, head of Nokia MEA.
"Our proven technology and services will enable Orange to
proactively manage the data explosion and develop new revenue
streams. Orange will also be able to offer new services that
take advantage of enhanced broadband speeds to enrich the
Under the scope of the deal Nokia Care Services will ensure
that all service level agreements are met and the Nokia NetAct
network management system will allow Orange to maintain network
efficiency, stability and performance.
Jean Marc Vignolles,