Airtel Africa, the African division of Indian telco Bharti Airtel, has selected Nokia to supply its Integrated SIM (iSIM) Secure Connect technology in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model. The deal is part of Airtel Africa’s wider digitalisation efforts to offer its customers 5G and IoT-based on-demand services, the Finnish vendor noted. According to Nokia, its iSIM Secure Connect technology provides service providers and enterprises the capability to securely manage M2M and and consumer device subscriptions for iSIM and embedded SIM (eSIM)-enabled devices. Airtel Africa and Nokia completed a successful pilot project of the technology at the end of 2022 and deployed iSIM Secure Connect in Nigeria earlier this month. Airtel Africa is now planning to roll out the solution to another ten markets over the next year.
Commenting on the agreement, Airtel Africa CTO Razvan Ungureanu was quoted as saying: ‘We are very pleased to expand Airtel and Nokia’s long-standing partnership in this new area. Nokia iSIM technology gives us new network capabilities, including in the areas of verification and authentication services, while allowing us to offer new network service that our customers are increasingly looking for.’
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