Vodacom has acquired the services of Nokia to provide high speed 5G services for its South African customers.
In a press release, Nokia said that Vodacom is using their 2G, 3G, 4G and fibre access networks, as well as 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) and mobile broadband services.
As part of the deal, Nokia is supplying its AirScale, Fastmile and Subscriber Data Management (SDM) / Home Subscriber Server (HSS) products to Vodacom to enhance its service offering.
Nokia’s AirScale radio network product portfolio will enable Vodacom to deploy 5G services across several spectrum bands, including the new 3.5 GHz, 2.6 GHz and 700/800 MHz bands which will be auctioned by South African regulator (ICASA) before the end of March 2021.
Vodacom will also use Nokia’s FastMile 5G gateway to offer FWA broadband services in areas not currently served by a fiber network.
“We are committed to providing the most innovative products and highest quality service to our subscribers, 5G technology allows us to deliver ultra-fast mobile networks and support entirely new use cases as we move into the fourth industrial revolution era. Nokia has been our network partner for more than two decades, and its latest technology solutions are now helping us to deliver superior 5G services.”said Beverly Ngwenya, technology director at Vodacom South Africa.
“Our AirScale 5G and Fastmile fixed wireless access portfolio helps service providers across the globe to build robust and reliable networks to address the growing demand for high-speed broadband services. We understand that South Africa is a highly competitive market, with end-users expecting continent-leading services and applications,” said Tommi Uitto, president of mobile networks at Nokia. “We are proud to have successfully executed this important network deployment, enabling Vodacom to deliver those sought-after broadband capabilities.”he added.