Ericsson and Axian Telecom strengthen their partnership at Mobile World Congress 23

Ericsson (NASDAQ:ERIC) and AXIAN Telecom have strengthened their partnership at Mobile World Congress 2023 in Barcelona, ​​​​Spain. The two companies announce a partnership to modernize AXIAN Telecom operations in Madagascar, the radio access network (RAN), microwave transport infrastructure and core networks of Telma Madagascar.

Deploying future-proof solutions for 4G and 5G deployment from the Ericsson Radio Access Network (RAN) portfolio will deliver faster and more reliable mobile services across Madagascar while reducing network energy consumption and enhancing the 5G ecosystem. Ericsson’s microwave portfolio is a key component in modernizing Telma Madagascar’s network. With its market-leading MINI-LINK 6600 family of microwaves, Ericsson offers a cost-effective and versatile solution for the mobile transport network. The modernization also includes the expansion and upgrade of the existing IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), Virtual User Data Consolidation (UDC), Virtual Billing and Virtual Switching.

The two companies also announce the rollout of 5G and the modernization and expansion of the existing 4G network across Tanzania through AXIAN Telecom’s office in the country, Tigo Tanzania. 5G is now being rolled out in Dar Es Salaam, Dodoma and Zanzibar and will be gradually rolled out across the country in strategic locations.

Ericsson is currently upgrading Tigo Tanzania’s existing 4G network with RAN products and microwave solutions (MINI-LINK 6000). Leveraging the latest energy efficient products from the 5G Ericsson Radio System portfolio, Tigo’s network will be expanded and upgraded to increase network capacity and provide the benefits of a fast and reliable connection.

In both Madagascar and Tanzania, AXIAN Telecom continues to implement its Data4All strategy to offer both consumers and businesses the best network experience and aims to achieve 100 percent 4G coverage in these two countries in the near future .

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Hassanein Hiridjee, CEO of AXIAN Telecom, says: “Strengthening our partnership with Ericsson is a further step in our commitment to offer best-in-class network experiences in our markets. As part of our partnership, we will drive digitization across Madagascar and Tanzania, increasing network capacities and offering faster speeds to our customers. We look forward to deploying more agile networks that will actually lead to digital inclusion across Africa.”

Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “We are pleased to strengthen our partnership with AXIAN Telecom by deploying the latest network solutions together with Telma Madagascar and Tigo Tanzania. We are also proud to witness the rollout of 5G in Tanzania. Our longstanding partnership will continue to thrive through our commitment to provide scalable and sustainable technologies for AXIAN Telecom to improve user experience and drive digitization in their countries of operation.”

The modernization also includes the implementation of Ericsson’s Cognitive Software portfolio while expanding coverage and speed to ensure fast data access across Madagascar and Tanzania. Ericsson will optimize the networks through the use of AI-powered technologies, assess future network needs through active monitoring and predictive forecasting, and meet the increasingly critical performance requirements while increasing network performance and improving user experience.

To stay ahead of the increasing demand for mobile broadband services, AXIAN Telecom is making significant investments in its network infrastructure to improve broadband internet access, enhance the delivery of connected services and transform the daily lives of the communities in which it operates .


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AXIAN Telecom is a pan-African telecommunications service provider operating in nine markets through its subsidiaries and affiliates in Tanzania, Madagascar, Togo, Uganda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Senegal, Réunion, Mayotte and the Comoros. The company operates in three major business segments, offering wireless and fixed networks as well as digital infrastructure and mobile financial services. AXIAN Telecom is Africa’s 7th largest mobile operator with around 36 million customers and a market disruptor that has been expanding through active acquisitions and extensive network investments since 2015.

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