After successful pilot of LTE (long term evolution) in Dar Es Salaam by Vodacom Tanzania and Nokia Siemens Networks are now in a perfect position to launch super fast 4G mobile broadband services in Tanzania.
According to Rene Meza, managing director, Vodacom Tanzania,“Vodacom is committed to bringing world-class LTE technology to Tanzania. This will contribute to the development of the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry and provide ultra-fast data services on par with leading LTE services around the world.”
Meza added, “We selected Nokia Siemens Networks because of its proven capability in reframing 1800 MHz spectrum for LTE. Its advanced radio and core platforms made the trial possible, and the excellent results convinced us that we can roll out a reliable and high-quality LTE network.”
The choice for Nokia Siemens was due to its advanced Flexi Multiradio Base Station can seamlessly supporting multiple technologies on a single platform.
Pete Beadle, head of Vodacom customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks said: “Our radio and core platforms used in the trial provided extremely reliable network connections for faster throughput that improves customer experience. With our Single RAN multi-technology platform, Vodacom can prepare its network for a smooth launch of LTE services and protect its investments today and tomorrow.”
Vodacom Tanzania recently conducted a 4G trial using Nokia Siemens Networks’ Single RAN (radio access network) and Liquid Core technology. Vodacom also used Nokia Siemens Networks’ Circuit Switched FallBack (CSFB) voice call system to enable LTE mobile phones to fallback to GSM and 3G networks for voice calls.
Nokia Siemens Networks provided its Single RAN platform based on its award-winning, compact and energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The company also provided its Evolved Packet Core platform, including Flexi Network Server, Flexi Network Gateway and Liquid Core based serving GPRS support node.
Apart from its Mobile Softswitching (MSS) for managing traditional voice calls, Nokia Siemens Networks’ CSFB voice call system enables LTE smartphones to fallback to GSM and 3G networks for users to enjoy voice calls along SMS and ultra-fast data services.