Safaricom has deployed Ericsson’s Wi-Fi technology to support the upgrade and expansion of its converged mobile network infrastructure to reduce mobile traffic congestion in the city.
The deal will see Ericsson deploy its Wi-Fi technology for the first time on the Safaricom network as well as expand and enhance the mini link microwave transmission network to enable Safaricom to optimize its use of spectrum resources while enhancing 3G services, and boosting broadband app coverage for customers in selected densely populated areas.
In a statement, Thibaud Rerolle, Director, Technology, Safaricom said: As we move into an era where the customer experience is re-defining our networks, this development will place us in an optimal position to continue to grow our data footprint, especially in heavily populated areas such as the CBD, in the most cost-efficient manner.
Ericsson’s technology supports capacity growth and the use of new frequency bands such as V and E bands and as well transports voice and data traffic from the radio access to the core network, enhancing the capacity of the mobile transmission network to cope with increased traffic in the radio network.
The Wi-Fi solution is expected to complement Safaricom’s existing 3G network and ease the load on the 3G resources through traffic offload to Wi-Fi in selected areas. In addition, the Broadband Network Gateway (BNG) based on SSR 8010 is deployed by the service provider as the first aggregation point in the Carrier Grade Wi-Fi network.
“We are proud to support Safaricom in their continuous bid to stay ahead of the market, ensuring the best services for their customers. Our leading mobile broadband, Wi-Fi and IP solutions will enable Safaricom enhance their mobile broadband services cost-effectively and quickly,” said Robert Rudin, Country Manager, Ericsson Kenya.