Ericsson and Axian Telecom announced a deal at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2023 to increase network capacity and offer faster and more reliable connections across Madagascar and Tanzania.

In Madagascar, the Swedish equipment manufacturer will modernise the radio access network (RAN), microwave transport infrastructure and core networks of Axian’s local unit Telecom Malagasy (Telma), deploying future-proof solutions for 4G and 5G deployment as well as cost-efficient and versatile components from its MINI-LINK 6600 microwave portfolio. The modernisation also includes the expansion and upgrade of existing IP Multimedia Subsystem (IMS), virtual User Data Consolidation (UDS) and virtual charging and virtual mediation solutions.

The two companies also confirmed the launch of 5G and the modernisation and expansion of the existing 4G network across Tanzania through Axian Telecom’s operations in the country, Tigo Tanzania. 5G is now launched in Dar Es Salaam, Dodoma, and Zanzibar and will be gradually rolled out across the country at strategic locations. Ericsson is currently upgrading Tigo Tanzania’s existing 4G network with RAN products and microwave solutions while also deploying the latest energy-efficient products from the 5G Ericsson Radio System portfolio to increase network capacity. Axian Telecom noted it continues to roll out its Data4All strategy, providing the best quality network experience for consumers and businesses alike and aiming to reach 100% 4G coverage in those two countries in the near future.

Hassanein Hiridjee, Chairman of Axian Telecom, commented: ‘Strengthening our partnership with Ericsson is a step further in our commitment to providing top-notch network experiences across our markets. Under our partnership, we will be boosting digitalization across Madagascar and Tanzania, increasing network capacities, and providing enhanced speeds to our customers. We are looking forward to the deployment of more agile networks that will indeed bring about digital inclusion across Africa.’

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