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Ericsson to supply Zimbabwe with fast network equipment

Staff writer ▼ | November 26, 2014
Ericsson has been selected as the sole supplier by Zimbabwe's largest provider of telecommunications services, Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, for the company's core network upgrade programme.
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The deal will see the companies working together to simplify and upgrade the existing 2G/3G/4G/LTE networks, future proofing it for the rapid mobile expansion in the country.

The agreement includes a complete multi-access Evolved Packet Core with Evolved Packet Gateway on SSR 8020, SGSN-MME and Service-Aware Policy Controller as well as Mobile Switching Centre and Media Gateway.

It also includes close integration between policy and charging functions, which will enable Econet to reduce time-to-market for new offerings and increased personalization capabilities.

In the Harare area, which currently carries more than half of all traffic on the network, the project will also upgrade the radio access network (RAN) to include Ericsson's multi-standard RBS 6000 family of base stations for macro and small cell networks.

Econet Wireless is a provider of telecommunication services with 9,2-million registered subscribers. The company offers solutions in mobile wireless, internet access and charging solutions as well as overlay services such as Ecofarmer, Ecocash and HPS.

Econet launched its network in 1998, and has grown to be the largest provider of telecommunications and payment solutions in Zimbabwe.


 

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