Airtel Zambia chooses Ericsson to transform RAN

Ericsson to transform 2G sites, swap out existing 3G sites
Fredrik Jejdling, head of region Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa
Fredrik Jejdling, head of region Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa
Fredrik Jejdling, head of region Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa
Fredrik Jejdling, head of region Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa

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With a plan to optimize the subscriber experience and strengthen its market leadership, Airtel Zambia has extended its partnership with Ericsson with a new contract to cover the transformation of Airtel's radio access network (RAN) infrastructure in every major region of Zambia. The contract covers equipment, software and range of professional services, including project management, systems integration and support. It also covers the transformation of existing 2G infrastructure, swap out of existing 3G sites.

Ericsson will provide equipment from the Ericsson radio system family. Peter Correia, managing director, Airtel Zambia, says: "We are committed to offering our customers the best user experience. Partnering with Ericsson who are performance and technology leaders to upgrade our network, ensures that we continue to deliver a wide selection of best in class customized services with excellent quality to our customers, transforming the way they live, work and play."

Fredrik Jejdling, head of region Ericsson sub-Saharan Africa, says: "We are excited by the opportunity for inclusion and empowerment that increased connectivity extends to Africa and Zambia. This agreement builds on our long-term strategic business relationship with Airtel, while delivering a superior network performance to Airtel Zambia's subscribers and supporting part of Africa's growth story."

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