Swedish vendor Ericsson has announced the extension of its partnership with Airtel Zambia, following the inking of a new agreement covering the transformation of the Zambian operator’s radio access network (RAN) infrastructure in ‘every major region of the country’. The new contract between the two companies covers equipment, software and range of professional services, including project management, systems integration and support, while also covering the transformation of Airtel’s existing 2G infrastructure and the swapping out of existing 3G sites. Under the deal, Ericsson will provide equipment from the Ericsson Radio System family which is ‘flexible to changing demands on the road to 5G with multi-standard, multi-band and multi-layer technology’, with the vendor claiming that this will enable energy-efficient and cost-effective operations while allowing Airtel to meet growing subscriber demands for better and faster mobile internet connectivity.
Commenting on the extended partnership, Peter Correia, managing director at Airtel Zambia, said: ‘We are committed to offering our customers the best user experience. Partnering with Ericsson who are performance and technology leaders to upgrade our network, ensures that we continue to deliver a wide selection of best in class customized services with excellent quality to our customers, transforming the way they live, work and play.’