Finnish vendor Nokia has confirmed that under the terms of a contract with Algerie Telecom it has provided its Single RAN Advanced solution based on its high-capacity, scalable Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station for the ‘majority’ of the latter’s LTE network. Having also deployed its cloud-ready NetAct for efficient network management across technologies, Nokia claimed that its other services, such as network planning and optimisation and network implementation, had helped ensure a smooth and speedy network rollout. Finally, Nokia said it had also provided a security solution, which included a solution from Juniper Networks, in order to protect both Algerie Telecom’s network assets and end users’ privacy.
‘We had a huge demand for ultra-fast broadband network and greater coverage as the number of broadband subscribers was rapidly growing across the length and breadth of Algeria,’ said Azouaou Mehmel, Algerie Telecom Group president and CEO, adding: ‘We wanted to fulfil these demands by building an LTE network with the latest technology available on the market. With our long-standing partner, Nokia, we carried out our first successful LTE trial, and the company became our first choice for building a superior LTE network.’
Meanwhile, China’s ZTE has highlighted its part in the network rollout, saying that as one of the ‘main solution providers for Algerie Telecom’s FDD-LTE network’ it was responsible for infrastructure in 14 provinces, including the capital city Algiers.
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, earlier this month Algerie Telecom introduced fixed-wireless Long Term Evolution (LTE) services to business subscribers, ahead of a planned consumer launch. According to a company press release at that date, the operator said it had deployed 200 ‘eNodeB’ sites across the country’s 48 wilayas (provinces), with plans to install 2,000 LTE-enabled base transceiver stations (BTS) by end-2015.