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After years and years of users complaining of bad network coverage, Airtel Africa is now expanding its strategic partnership with Ericsson to upgrade its 4G coverage in Kenya.

Via Ericsson’s Radio Access Network (RAN) and packet core products for 4G, Airtel subscribers will experience an enhanced quality of voice and data.

The network modernization deal was signed in August 2020 and 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.

Ericsson says the modernization deal will simplify and upgrade the existing network while future-proofing it for the anticipated and rapid expansion of mobile connectivity in the country.

Airtel Kenya’s network will now be expected to have better 4G coverage while driving enhanced use cases in both the consumer and the enterprise segments.

As part of this project, Ericsson will deploy its Kathrein Mobile Communication Antenna portfolio which will provide additional enhancement to the network. The technologically advanced network management system, Ericsson Network Manager, will also be utilized to support Airtel in seamlessly managing the network by integrating various network elements into a single platform.

Ericsson technology will also get the network in Kenya ready for 5G deployment.

“Robust and secure communications are an essential component of a digital society in Kenya. We are firmly anchored to the strategy of delivering reliable connections across the country and are looking forward to expanding the high-quality mobile broadband services to our subscribers.” Prasanta Das Sarma, CEO at Airtel Kenya said while welcoming the new deal.

“Together with Airtel, we will implement this project and establish an advanced LTE network in Kenya, providing Airtel’s customers with an enriched experience – both in the consumer and business segments. Through this partnership, we reaffirm our ambition to set ‘Africa in motion’ by partnering with Airtel to grow and support an increasingly digitalized society in Kenya.” Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, stated.

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