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Mobile operator Africell buys 5G-capable technology from Nokia in Angola

Mobile operator Africell announced Monday it has contracted Nokia to supply network technology with the capacity to offer fifth generation 5G mobile services in Angola, where it is expected to start operating later this year.


In a statement, the operator says it will initially use Nokia's network equipment with technology to offer voice and data services in 2G, 3G and 4G, but with the capacity to be upgraded in the future to the more modern and faster fifth mobile generation 5G.

Nokia will also provide 'data center', microwave transmission network and network management system solutions.

Africell believes that the use of the latest cloud technologies will benefit with greater cost efficiency in the use of shared infrastructure, as well as control and flexibility that enables it to offer differentiated products and services.

"Our vision is to offer superior voice and data services in an expanding area across the continent. To achieve this, we need trusted partners whose network technologies and support services provide us with the best platform to respond to our own customers," said Chief Technical Officer, Younes Chaaban.

Africell was the winner of the international public tender for the fourth universal mobile license in Angola, launched by the Angolan government with the aim of reforming the sector and contributing to the further development of its economy.

The operator has promised a high-speed, data-centric mobile network and affordable smartphone phones, similar to its operations in Uganda, Sierra Leone, Gambia and the Democratic Republic of Congo, where it has an estimated 12 million customers.

The group, with US capital but managed from London, has promised to invest "several hundred million dollars" in infrastructure and services and to start operating in 2021, estimating that in the next five years it will create 6,500 jobs in Angola.


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