Orange to Modernize 11k 2G/3G Sites in Africa with Nokia Single RAN to 4G LTE

Orange to Modernize 11k 2G/3G Sites in Africa with Nokia Single RAN to 4G LTE Image Credit: Nokia

Orange Middle East & Africa will be rolling out a Nokia single radio access network and network management technology across seven African countries in a three-year modernization project to prepare for the launch of 4G services.

To facilitate the deployment Nokia has set up a dedicated West and Central Africa Support Center for Orange.

In one of the largest LTE rollouts in Africa, Nokia will modernize around 11,000 radio sites in Egypt, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Niger. Leveraging Nokia's Single RAN technology and modernization services, Orange will be able to support existing 2G and 3G subscribers while enhancing speeds and coverage as it launches 4G services.

With deployment underway, Orange has already lowered operational costs and launched new 4G services in Egypt, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau, said Nokia. The company is also enhancing 3G service with an average 85-percent increase in throughput, and is experiencing a 90-percent increase in traffic across the seven countries.

As part of the deal, Nokia Care Services ensure that service level agreements are met, thus ensuring flawless communications. In addition, the Nokia NetAct network management system will allow Orange to maintain network efficiency, stability and performance. The support center will also serve as a gateway for the future introduction of advanced solutions and technologies serving IoT, smart cities and other use cases in Africa.

Jean Marc Vignolles, COO, Orange MEA
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 subscriber experience.

Amr El-Leithy, Head of the MEA Market, Nokia 
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 subscriber experience.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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