Safaricom and Nokia Networks to launch Kenya’s first LTE-A network

Safaricom and Nokia Networks to launch Kenya’s first LTE-A network

Kenya’s Safaricom has selected Nokia Networks for the roll-out of what is claimed to be the first LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) network in the country.

Nokia Networks will also upgrade and expand Safaricom’s existing 2G and 3G network infrastructure.

The LTE-A network will be designed to offer peak speeds of up to 100Mbps and Safaricom will initially roll out the 4G services in Nairobi and Mombasa. 

“The project marks an important milestone in our journey toward a modern and energy-efficient network that’s capable of delivery world-class voice and data services to our customers,” said Bob Collymore, CEO at Safaricom. “It clearly underlines our focus on having the most advanced network in Kenya.”

Carrier aggregation is a key feature of LTE-A, enabling operators to combine separate spectrum bands in a bid to boost capacity and speed as well as performance. 

Nokia Networks will deploy its Single RAN Advanced platform based on the Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for the 2G, 3G and 4G technologies.

“With this ambitious network modernisation, we provide Safaricom with the highest quality network in Kenya,” said Bernard Naim, VP and head of Middle East and Africa. 

“Our cutting-edge solutions and services help Safaricom offer a truly rewarding service experience to its customers.”

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