Vodacom chooses Nokia for 5G services in South Africa

Nokia has deployed 5G radio, core and fixed network solutions across South African operator Vodacom’s network.

Vodacom is using Nokia’s 2G, 3G, 4G and fiber access networks, as well as 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) and mobile broadband services.

Nokia is providing its AirScale, Fastmile and Subscriber Data Management (SDM) / Home Subscriber Server (HSS) products to Vodacom to boost its service offering and deliver increased operational efficiencies.

Vodacom will also use Nokia’s FastMile 5G gateway to offer FWA broadband services in areas not presently served by a fibre network.

The South African telecommunications service provider is also using Nokia’s mesh Wi-Fi solution.

The technology director at Vodacom South Africa, Beverly Ngwenya, said, “We are committed to providing the most innovative products and highest quality service to our subscribers. 5G technology allows us to deliver ultra-fast mobile networks and support entirely new use cases as we move into the 4IR era. Nokia has been our network partner for more than two decades, and its latest technology solutions are now helping us to deliver superior 5G services.”

The President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, Tommi Uitto, said, “From our 26-year relationship with Vodacom we understand that South Africa is a highly competitive market, with end-users expecting continent-leading services and applications. We are proud to have successfully executed this important network deployment, enabling Vodacom to deliver broadband capabilities.”