Alfa deploys Nokia AirScale base stations; plans VoLTE this year

19 Mar 2018

Lebanese cellco Alfa has announced it is deploying Nokia’s ‘5G-ready’ AirScale base stations, which will enable it to introduce new services later in 2018 including VoLTE, whilst it also claims that it will upgrade its network to LTE-Advanced Pro. Alfa and Nokia have also signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to develop Internet of Things (IoT), small cells and automation solutions.

Alfa – which launched LTE in May 2013 and upgraded to LTE-A in August 2016 – added that it plans to ‘gradually shut down’ its 2G network and refarm the spectrum for LTE services. CEO Marwan Hayek said: ‘We are delighted to work with Nokia on this major deployment as part of our aggressive roadmap to install 500 new 3G, LTE and LTE-A sites before end of next year and our digital transformation strategy through which we are eyeing to be among the first operators to commercially launch 5G.’

Lebanon, Alfa (MIC 1), Nokia