Operator Africell, which already has a presence in Sierra Leone, The Gambia, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, has announced plans to deploy a brand-new 5G-ready network in Angola with the help of vendor Nokia.
In fact 5G is only part of the story. Nokia has announced that it has signed a deal to deploy its network technologies to Angola’s new mobile telecommunications operator to help it to provide 2G, 3G and 4G services in the capital city Luanda.
However, for the new network in the capital, Nokia will deploy its AirScale Single Radio Access Network (S-RAN) across up to 700 sites not only to support 2G, 3G and 4G services concurrently, but also to be 5G-ready.
Nokia points out that its AirScale platform can be seamlessly upgraded to support 5G networks through a software update. In addition, Africell will deploy the Nokia AirFrame data centre solution to run any cloud-based application, along with the microwave transmission network Wavence to support advanced packet networking, and the NetAct network management system to enable consolidated network view for improved network monitoring and management. Nokia’s IP routers for access, aggregation, backhaul and core will also be part of the deployment plans.
Nokia will also deploy cloud-native Cloud Packet Core, 3G Core, Voice Core, and Registers for the voice and data core network software, which, it says, will enable Africell to achieve a high degree of flexibility for responding to changing customer demands by scaling the various network functions according to the traffic experienced.
As part of the core network solution, says Nokia, its Policy Controller provides scalability, flexibility and performance for Africell’s diverse range of services. Nokia also will leverage its services expertise for the network planning, optimization, installation and care.
African mobile technology company Africell confirmed earlier this year that it had finalised a deal that gives it a mobile telecommunications operator’s licence in Angola – making it the country’s fourth operator.