Vodacom Tanzania is ready to launch 4G mobile broadband services in the country following a successful Long Term Evolution (LTE) trial in Dar Es Salaam.
The operator used Nokia Siemens Networks’ single Radio Access Network (RAN) together with Liquid Core technology to conduct their LTE trial. The trial also made use of the Nokia Siemens Network’s Circuit Switched Fall Back (CSFB) voice call system, which will enable LTE mobile phones to fall back on Global System for Mobile (GSM) and 3G if necessary.
To consolidate management, monitoring and operation of Vodacom Tanzania’s LTE trial, Nokia Siemens Networks implemented its NetAct network management system.
“Vodacom is committed to bringing world-class LTE technology to Tanzania. This will contribute to the development of the country’s information and communications technology (ICT) industry and provide ultra-fast data services on par with leading LTE services around the world,” said Rene Meza, Managing Director of Vodacom Tanzania.
Meza added: “we selected Nokia Siemens Networks because of its proven capability in refarming 1800 MHz spectrum for LTE. Its advanced radio and core platforms made the trial possible, and the excellent results convinced us that we can roll out a reliable and high-quality LTE network.”
“Our advanced Flexi Multiradio Base Station was a natural choice for this trial as it is capable of seamlessly supporting multiple technologies on a single platform. Our radio and core platforms used in the trial provided extremely reliable network connections for faster throughput that improves customer experience,” said Pete Beadle, the head of the Vodacom customer team at Nokia Siemens Networks.