Nokia Networks to deploy LTE in Rwanda

04 September 2014 | Kavit Majithia


Nokia Networks has been selected by olleh Rwanda Networks (oRn) – the joint venture between KT and the Government of Rwanda – for the vendor to provide radio and core network services.

The managed services agreement is designed to build the nation’s first LTE network, and the public-private partnership puts Rwanda on course to build a resilient telecoms network infrastructure.

“This is a defining moment for Rwanda and its citizens,” said Peter Jeon, CEO of oRn. “In addition to opening up a whole new world of data services, this LTE network will also be a strong proof point of our commitment to enabling and empowering the people of this country.”

Nokia Networks will deliver the LTE network using its high-performance and scalable Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station and Evolved Packet Core (EPC).

The operator’s network will also be managed and optimised by Nokia’s NetAct network management system, and the company will also provide a suite of managed services including network implementation, planning, optimisation, systems integration and network operations.

“As well as from placing Rwanda on the global LTE roadmap, this initiative also has the potential to radically alter the current communications landscape in the country,” said Sudesh Maharaj, customer team head, growth Markets, Central and West Africa at Nokia Networks.