Airtel and Nokia to rollout 5G network in Kenya

Nokia has been selected by African mobile operator Airtel Kenya as part of a three-year deal to equip the country’s capital, Nairobi, with 4G-compatible broadband equipment and 5G.

Eventually, this installation will cover hundreds of sites and will include upgrading the coverage of existing 2G, 3G and 4G radio access networks (RANs) in various urban, semi-urban areas, highways, tourist sites, business districts … and the rest of Kenya.

The solutions deployed will allow Airtel Kenya to provide its subscribers with enhanced connectivity and capacity benefits, including voice and data services, while reducing complexity and improving profitability, the Nokia statement said.

The CEO of Airtel Kenya, P. D. Sarma, said, “We are in the midst of rolling out our network to enhance coverage along with modernization of our data network that will help us to deliver improved, high-speed data services to our customers. This will allow our customers seamless coverage enhancing their browsing experience further. We are excited to partner with Nokia on this project. Its technology portfolio improves our network quality considerably and also allows us to move to 5G services in the future.”

On the other hand, the head of CEWA market unit at Nokia, Rajiv Aggarwal, added, “This is an exciting deal in an exciting market. We are proud to supply Airtel Kenya with our comprehensive AirScale portfolio and support the operator with its efforts to deliver the best possible connectivity experiences to end users in Kenya. In a maturing market, we look forward to helping Airtel execute its strategy in the short-term as well as set it on the path to 5G services.”