Ericsson has announced the signing of a multi-year agreement with Safaricom, Kenya’s largest mobile operator by subscribers, to support the upgrade and expansion of its converged mobile network infrastructure. Under the terms of the agreement, Ericsson will deploy Wi-Fi technology for the first time on the Safaricom network, as well as expand and enhance the MINI-LINK microwave transmission network, enabling subscribers to enjoy improved quality for mobile broadband services. Deployment of the Wi-Fi solution will allow Safaricom to optimise its use of spectrum resources while enhancing 3G services, and boosting broadband app coverage for customers in selected densely populated areas. Ericsson’s MINI-LINK microwave products and IP portfolio will enable Safaricom to seamlessly migrate to an all-IP transmission network that supports future technologies and the operator’s five-year network evolution strategy. The Ericsson SSR 8000 family also provides Safaricom with a highly scalable, consolidated platform for both fixed and mobile services for IP/MPLS routing.
‘As we move into an era where the customer experience is re-defining our networks, this development will place us in an optimal position to continue to grow our data footprint, especially in heavily populated areas such as the CBD, in the most cost-efficient manner,’ commented Safaricom’s director of technology, Thibaud Rerolle.