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11/16/2020 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 11/16/2020 07:04

Ericsson sees strong momentum in Sub-Saharan Africa

Ericsson sees strong momentum in Sub-Saharan Africa

A series of contracts in Cameroon, Tanzania and Congo, among others, highlight Ericsson's growing footprint in Sub-Saharan Africa as communications service providers move to strengthen their networks and cater to demand for enhanced mobile services. Find out more here.

Nov 16, 2020

These figures reflect the rapid growth of mobile connectivity across the region, as consumer demand for enhanced mobile services continues to grow and forward-thinking communications service providers are already securing their role in this dynamic market.

Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: 'Technology brings an unprecedented opportunity to address the challenges of sustainable economic development and improve the livelihood of people in Africa. The latest data shows that Africa is one of the fastest growing mobile markets and reiterates the need for a more efficient technology, higher data rates and availability of ample spectrum. Mobile and fixed networks are key components of critical national infrastructure to sustain and evolve emerging economies during remote work times.'

Momentum grows

A slew of recent wins for Ericsson highlight the company's growing footprint in the region as service providers strengthen their networks to meet growing demand from consumers and enterprises.

In November 2020, Ericsson announced network modernization contracts with service providers in Cameroon, Tanzania and Congo, to boost network performance and manage subscribers' growing data demands.

MTN Cameroon entered into a multi-year contract with Ericsson to modernize its existing mobile radio and core network, and support upgrades to LTE. The initial phase will see the modernization of the radio network in Yaoundé, the capital of Cameroon. Subsequently, Ericsson will modernize the existing radio access network (RAN) infrastructure from 2G to 4G in other regions of Cameroon.

Both Airtel Tanzania and Airtel Congo selected Ericsson to deploy cloud core technology solutions, based on Ericsson Cloud Packet Core and Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI), across their networks. The innovative solutions will help Airtel to address the consistent increase in data traffic, quickly introduce new services, simplify operations and maintain high performance network requirements.

Expanding footprint in 2020

The latest announcements from November 2020 add to an already strong 2020 for Ericsson in the region. In June of this year, Telma Madagascar switched on its 5G commercial network - powered by Ericsson - to offer subscribers high-speed services enabled by the new generation of mobile connectivity.

At the southern tip of the continent, MTN South Africa went live with commercial 5G in Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth on June 30. Ericsson was announced as an MTN South Africa vendor in November 2019, to deploy products and solutions spanning its radio access network (RAN) Ericsson Radio System, transport and 5G Core network portfolios. Ericsson will also deploy Ericsson Spectrum Sharing.

In October 2020, Airtel Africa expanded its strategic partnership with Ericsson to enable 4G coverage in Kenya. With Ericsson's Radio Access Network (RAN) and packet core products for 4G, Airtel subscribers will experience enhanced quality of voice and data. The network modernization deal, signed in August 2020, is in line with the 'Kenyan Digital Economy Blueprint Vision 2030' which aims to provide robust connectivity in rural areas and facilitate e-commerce platforms.

Recent news from Ericsson in Africa:

Telma and Ericsson launch commercial 5G services in Madagascar

MTN and Ericsson launch live 5G network in South Africa's cities Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth

Ericsson 5G commercially live with MTN in South African cities

Airtel selects Ericsson to modernize its 4G network in Kenya

MTN and Ericsson commence Network Managed Operations in Benin

More information:

Ericsson Mobility Report

Ericsson 5G

Ericsson Radio System