Airtel Seychelles has partnered with Ericsson to deploy a nationwide 4G LTE 800MHz network to meet growing customer demand for mobile broadband services, representing Indian parent group Bharti Airtel’s first commercial LTE network in Africa. Services over the network will be commercially launched by the end of this year, utilising the Swedish vendor’s LTE core and access technologies. The agreement includes equipment, software and support services, as well as incorporating multi-standard radio base station equipment from the Ericsson RBS 6000 range, LTE RAN software and upgrading existing 2G and 3G access network software. A press release states that ‘the network is expected to cover 10,000 LTE subscribers in the first phase and will greatly enhance connectivity giving Airtel’s customers an improved smartphone experience, with faster web browsing, downloads and improved quality of service.’ Amadou Dina, country manager, Airtel Seychelles said: ‘We are committed to enriching the lives of our subscribers, this means putting the customer experiencing at the heart of everything we do. LTE transforms the mobile broadband user experience, providing superior data speeds needed for services such as internet TV, mobile video blogging, online video games and the mobile office environment.’ Fredrik Jejdling, head of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa said: ‘This further demonstrates our commitment to our long term strategic business relationship with Airtel.’
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