Nokia Networks has announced that it was selected by Safaricom as one of the Kenyan operator’s partners to modernise and expand its 2G and 3G network infrastructure and to help roll out LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) technology, which was launched last month. Safaricom, the country’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, is first deploying 4G services in Nairobi and Mombasa, before expanding the network to major towns over the coming months. Safaricom’s CEO, Bob Collymore, said: ‘This project marks an important milestone in our journey toward a modern and energy-efficient network that’s capable of delivering world-class voice and data services to our customers. It clearly underlines our focus on having the most advanced network in Kenya.’ Nokia Networks is supplying its compact Single RAN Advanced platform based on the high-capacity, scalable and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies. The contract also includes the provision of the vendor’s Subscriber Data Management solution and implementation of its cloud-ready OSS system NetAct, as well as network planning and optimisation, network implementation and system integration.