Algérie Télécom partners with Nokia for North African LTE
21 May 2014 |
Algérie Télécom and Nokia have deployed a commercial LTE network in Algeria, claimed to be the first of its kind in North Africa.
Nokia deployed its single RAN advanced solution for the roll-out and Algérie Télécom subscribers are now expected to benefit from improved coverage and high-speed services.
Azouaou Mehmel, president and CEO at Algérie Télécom Group, said that the deployment followed a notable increase in subscribers across Algeria, as well as a surge in demand for high-speed broadband services.
“We wanted to fulfil these demands by building an LTE network with the latest technology available on the market,” Mehmel said. “With our longstanding partner, Nokia, we carried out our first successful LTE trial, and the company became our first choice for building a superior LTE network.”
Nokia’s single RAN is based on its Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station, and the vendor also deployed its NetAct cloud solution for efficient network management.
“We know that Algérie Télécom wants to provide their customers with services at par with those provided by leading LTE operators around the world, and trust that our advanced radio access infrastructure enables them to do exactly that,” said Igor Leprince, SVP, MEA networks at Nokia. “Our award-winning, energy-efficient, compact base station reduces capital and operating costs while our comprehensive global services competence ensured a speedy roll-out of the project.”
In May this year, Algérie Télécom signed an agreement with Ericsson for a VoLTE-enabled network in the country.