A Nokia single radio access network is being rolled out in seven African countries in a three-year modernisation project to prepare the launch of 4G services.
To facilitate the deployment, Nokia has set up a dedicated West and Central Africa Support Centre for Orange.
Around 11,000 radio sites will be modernised in Egypt, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Niger. Leveraging Nokia’s Single RAN technology and modernisation services, Orange will be able to support existing 2G and 3G subscribers while enhancing speeds and coverage as it launches 4G services.
The company is also enhancing 3G service with an average 85% increase in throughput and is experiencing a 90% increase in traffic across the seven countries.
From the dedicated Orange support centre in the Ivorian capital, Abidjan, Nokia is leveraging its expertise to deliver full set of services, including alarm, performance and configuration monitoring, as well as corrective actions on the radio installed base.
As part of the deal, Nokia Care Services will ensure that service level agreements are met, thus ensuring flawless communications. In addition, the Nokia NetAct network management system will allow Orange to maintain network efficiency, stability and performance.
The support centre will also serve as a gateway for the future introduction of advanced solutions and technologies serving IoT, smart cities and other use cases in Africa.