Africell, Nokia sign Luanda network rollout deal

13 Jul 2021

Nokia has signed a deal to deploy radio access and core network technologies for Angola’s new mobile entrant Africell to provide 2G, 3G and 4G services in the capital city Luanda. Nokia will deploy its AirScale Single Radio Access Network (S-RAN) across up to 700 sites to support concurrent 2G, 3G and 4G services, and be 5G-ready – supporting seamless upgrades to 5G via software updates. In addition, Nokia will implement its AirFrame data centre solution supporting cloud-based applications, microwave transmission network Wavence to support advanced packet networking, and NetAct network management system to enable consolidated network view for improved network monitoring and management. Furthermore, Nokia’s IP routers for access, aggregation, backhaul and core will provide scalable backhaul and fast, reliable service deployment. As part of the network rollout, Nokia will also deploy cloud-native Cloud Packet Core, 3G Core, Voice Core, and Registers for the voice and data core network software, enabling Africell to achieve a high degree of flexibility for responding to changing customer demands by scaling the various network functions according to the traffic experienced, a press release highlighted.

Nokia’s Rajiv Aggarwal said: ‘Africell wants to ensure the best quality of services with high-performance network from day one. And it wants to launch services for both individual subscribers and enterprise customers with an option to deploy 5G services in the future. We are excited to provide our multi-standard Single RAN radio technology, along with cloud-native core and IP technologies to achieve Africell’s goals.’

Having signed its formal licence contract with the Angolan government at the start of February this year, Africell is aiming to launch commercial mobile network services in December.

Angola, Africell (Angola), Nokia