Airtel selects Nokia for Nairobi network upgrade

1 Dec 2020

Nokia has announced that it has been selected by Airtel Kenya in a three-year deal to modernise and expand its network in Nairobi with 4G and 5G-ready hardware from its AirScale portfolio. Deployment, which began in June, will cover hundreds of sites and include upgrading existing 2G, 3G and 4G radio access network (RAN) coverage in urban, semi urban, highways, tourist spots and central business districts in Nairobi and the rest of Kenya. The work will also offer Airtel Kenya the option to transition to 5G when necessary.

The Finnish vendor is supplying Airtel Kenya with its AirScale Single RAN (S-RAN) portfolio for both indoor and outdoor coverage, including base stations and radio access products. The improved network will provide higher data speeds using additional 4G spectrum bands and provide access to secure, high speed and reliable data services. Nokia will also deploy its cloud-agnostic NetAct software solution to securely manage Airtel’s networks.

‘We are in the midst of rolling out our network to enhance coverage along with modernisation of our data network that will help us to deliver improved, high speed data services to our customers,’ noted P. D. Sarma, CEO at Airtel Kenya, adding: ‘This will allow our customers seamless coverage enhancing their browsing experience further. We are excited to partner with Nokia on this project. Its technology portfolio improves our network quality considerably and also allows us to move to 5G services in the future.’

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