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SkyMax Network and Ericsson sign MoU for next-generation 5G network in Sub-Saharan Africa

SkyMax Network and Ericsson sign MoU for next-generation 5G network in Sub-Saharan Africa

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SkyMax Network Limited (SkyMax), a multinational wireless communications engineering company and Ericsson have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to create a partnership aimed at building a next generation 5G broadband network, inclusive of a digital services delivery platform, across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

Under the MoU, Ericsson will be SkyMax’s trusted partner for network supply, rollout and optimisation and for managed services. Ericsson will explore partnership opportunities in end-to-end business and technology solutions including Radio Access and Mobile Transport network solutions, core network and provisioning systems, Business Support Systems and Managed Services including Cognitive Software network optimisations and Business Consulting Support.

Wilfrid Aissi, President and Chief Executive Officer of SkyMax, said: “SkyMax is committed to bringing solutions to the challenges facing Sub-Saharan Africa, developing new services opportunities and revolutionizing the data-centric market in the region. Over the last two years, we have collaborated with Ericsson to bring the best offerings to Sub-Saharan Africa with a focus on accelerating 5G adoption to drive financial and social inclusion while reducing carbon dioxide emissions and increasing energy efficiency. With this MoU, we look forward to more collaboration and synergy between the two companies that will accelerate the digitisation of the region.”

SkyMax’s 5G Digital Service Delivery Platform (5G DSDP) is its high-speed data network that offers diverse offerings such as network slicing, ultra-low latency, Internet of Things (IoTs), Edge Computing, cloud computing, cloud telephony and Network Exposure Function or NEF (NEF enables third-party developers and enterprises to create and tailor their own network services on-demand on SkyMax 5G DSDP), all of which create a host of new opportunities.

SkyMax intends to increase the development of broadband networks in SSA by sharing its 5G DSDP with incumbent service providers by using its 5G network slicing technologies.

In SSA, SkyMax plans to launch SkyMax Entrepreneurship Development (SED) to develop its private 5G network for new markets and applications with limitless possibilities. SkyMax will train and certify service providers, individuals and businesses so they can best take advantage of the value private 5G will bring to areas such as e-agriculture, smart buildings and Smart Cities.

These entrepreneur partners will be able to develop their own private 5G businesses on SkyMax 5G DSDP for revenue sharing.

As part of the MoU, SkyMax will also be able to tap Ericsson’s world-class technologies and global deployment experience in network design, network management and market development.

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