Pair team with LTE deployment in Gabon
Airtel Gabon has selected Ericsson as its sole supplier for the deployment of a new LTE network. The agreement also includes transformation of Airtel Gabon’s existing mobile radio access and core network infrastructure.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will install its multi-standard radio base station the RBS 6000, which supports GSM/EDGE, WCDMA/HSPA, and LTE in a single cabinet. Ericsson’s RBS 6000 ensures Airtel’s customers can continue to enjoy the best possible network throughout the country.
Christian de Faria, CEO at Bharti Airtel Africa, said: “Mobile broadband data is a key driver for economic growth in Gabon. The LTE launch will ensure our customers have the highest speeds and best experience available.”
Upgrade of capacities and packet functionalities, to support LTE requirements, will be done for the installed base of MINI-LINK TN microwave equipment. The contract covers equipment, software and a range of professional services, including project management, systems integration and support.
Fredrik Jejdling, Ericsson president for sub-Saharan Africa, commented: “With this agreement, we further strengthen our long term strategic business relationship with Airtel by supporting them in meeting their commitment to excellent services to their subscribers in Gabon. As a global LTE leader, Ericsson will bring to bear our extensive capabilities in delivering high performance LTE services to customers.”
Ericsson continues as a preferred partner to Airtel Gabon, and is the existing supplier of their circuit switched and packet core networks, along with existing 2G and 3G radio networks. The end to end LTE network that Ericsson is deploying includes an upgrade of the packet core network to a multi-access Evolved Packet Core, supporting 2G, 3G and LTE.