Telma Madagascar has selected Ericsson to upgrade its core and radio network, as part of a national next-generation upgrade as it moves towards 5G.
Under the agreement, Ericsson will provide core network expansion, network optimization services and software upgrades of both Telma’s core and the radio access network. The upgrade will provide more capacity and peak throughput to enhance network experiences for Telma customers, as well as advancing the move towards commercial 5G in high population areas.
The deal spans the latest radio access and transport products from the Ericsson Radio System portfolio, including the MINI-LINK 6600, to provide 5G-ready backhaul. Ericsson will also deliver enhanced business support systems and a virtualized core solution supporting Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and Voice over Wi-Fi (VoWi-Fi) services.
The deal will see an additional 2,000 mobile sites being added to Telma’s network to boost its nationwide network coverage ambitions.
Patrick Pisal Hmida, CEO, Telma Telecom Malagasy said, “At Telma, we seek to deliver affordable, high-quality and easy-to-use broadband internet access and communications services to our customers in Madagascar. Ericsson is helping us achieve that goal.”
Nora Wahby, Head of Ericsson West Africa and Morocco said, “We will continue to pave the way and provide a cutting-edge mobile broadband experience for subscribers and ease Telma’s move to 5G.”