Airtel Selects Ericsson To Upgrade Its 4G Network, Makes It 5G Ready

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Airtel has today announced that they have selected the Swedish network provider Ericsson to modernize its 4G network in Kenya.

The deal was signed in August 2020 and it is aimed at Airtel subscribers experiencing enhanced quality of voice and data on their 4G network.

Airtel Kenya’s network will leverage on Ericsson’s Radio System and Packet Core solutions for driving enhanced used cases in consumer and enterprise segments. They also say that Ericsson’s technology shall make 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.


The modernization deal aims to provide robust connectivity in rural areas and facilitate e-commerce platforms. It will involve the simplification and upgrade of the existing network and future proof it for the anticipated rapid mobile expansion in the country. Interestingly, this follows an announcement where they are pushing Airtel Money on Jumia at checkout.

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


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