(Ecofin Agency) - Swedish company Ericsson, which specializes in the supply of fixed and mobile telephone, data telecommunications systems, and equipment, will upgrade Airtel Kenya's 4G network. A contract - unveiled on October 7, 2020 - has been signed with the mobile operator, a branch of the Indian telecom group Bharti Airtel.
The modernization agreement will simplify and enhance Airtel Kenya's existing network while preparing it for a potential increase in demand for mobile broadband connectivity in the country. It is in line with the 'Kenyan Digital Economy Blueprint Vision 2030', which aims to provide robust connectivity across the country, particularly in rural areas, and facilitate e-commerce.
As part of the project, Ericsson will deploy its Kathrein mobile communication antenna portfolio, which will provide further enhancements to the network, while the technologically advanced network management system, Ericsson Network Manager, will also be used to help Airtel integrate various network elements into a single platform for better management.
These solutions are not only expected to improve telecom services for individuals and businesses but also to make Airtel's network ready for 5G evolution in Kenya.
Prasanta Das Sarma, CEO at Airtel Kenya says: “We are firmly anchored to the strategy of delivering reliable connections across the country and are looking forward to expanding the high-quality mobile broadband services to our subscribers.”