Nokia and Orange Middle East & Africa (Orange MEA) are rolling out a Nokia single RAN and network management technology across seven African countries in a three-year modernisation project to prepare for the launch of 4G services. In one of the largest LTE rollouts in Africa, Nokia will modernise around 11,000 radio sites in Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Niger. With deployment underway, Orange has already launched 4G services in Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Mali, Senegal and Guinea-Bissau. The company is also enhancing 3G service with an average 85% increase in throughput and is experiencing a 90% increase in traffic across the seven countries. Nokia Single RAN Advanced technology provides 2G, 3G and 4G LTE support, to simplify network installation and reduce operational expense, power and footprint. Yasser Shaker, CTIO at Orange MEA, said: ‘We needed to ensure a smooth evolution of our network while launching 4G in all countries where it was possible and Nokia was the best partner to pave that way.’
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