November 20, 2017

Airtel Nigeria taps Ericsson to modernize and expand its network

Paul AdepojuNov 13, 20172min

Telecoms giant Airtel Nigeria today announced it has signed a three-year contract with Ericsson to modernize and expand its packet core network, paving the way for even faster mobile broadband services and enhanced user experience for its subscribers.

In a statement made available to TechCity by the telecoms giant, it said the Ericsson Evolved Packet Core and other range of solutions that had already been delivered will provide increased reliability and scalability to the Airtel network making it even more flexible in meeting the growing demand for new services.

“Not only will these solutions optimize the uptake of mobile broadband, but it will also support enterprise services and form a secure platform for virtualization and network slicing enabling other advanced services such as 4G Massive IoT and 5G,”Airtel stated.

Commenting on the development, Awadhesh Kalia, CTO, Airtel Nigeria says: “As the Smartphone Network, we are constantly investing to ensure that we deliver on our promise of a seamless broadband experience for our customers. With the completion of the first phase of this project, we have already begun to see the transformation in our networks.”

Jonathan Adams , Head of Ericsson South and East Africa says: “As a longstanding partner, we are aware of Airtel’s unyielding commitment to delivering excellent services to their customers. Through this partnership, we will be deploying a comprehensive, reliable and future-proof suite of solutions that offers quicker time to market of new offerings and superior network performance.”

Paul Adepoju

Paul ADEPOJU is a Nigerian freelance journalist, managing editor, blogger and published writer (3 books already). He has vast experience working with various media organizations in Africa, Asia, Europe and America. He covers stories on various genres and for various audiences. He is the managing editor of HealthNewsNG.com which is Africa’s leading health news website; he also manages IBPulse.com, a city blog that focuses on happenings in his home town of Ibadan, southwest Nigeria. He has won several awards including Nigeria’s Vanguard Newspaper’s Young Nigerian Making The Difference award; a certificate of recognition from UNESCO and Goi Peace Institute in Japan; a finalist at the International Press Institute’s Young Nigerian Journalist of the Year award; and was the only African finalist in the NetImpact/FedEx Global Access Essay Competition.



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