Smile Communications has signed a five-year multi-country deal with Ericsson for its 4G/LTE networks in Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria and – later – in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).
In a statement, Tom Allen, Group COO of Smile Communications said, “We regard Ericsson as more than a vendor, we are long term partners focused on delivering on the Smile promise to be the broadband provider of choice in Africa and to ensure that our customers fully benefit from the internet world.”
Ericsson provides telecommunications managed services, manages networks for multiple operators worldwide and provides managed services for networks that serve more than 1 billion subscribers.
Fredrik Jejdling, President Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa says: “We are excited to be delivering this service to Smile as it further extends our partnership with the operator in the region. Bringing with us our expertise as global HSPA and LTE leaders.”
The deal enables Smile Communications to focus on its core business and improve operational efficiency.