Econet, Ericsson in five-year deal

HARARE - Econet Wireless (Econet) — Zimbabwe’s largest mobile company — has awarded Swedish communications technology and services provider, Ericsson, a five-year contract to upgrade its network.

The deal, whose worth was undisclosed,  will see Econet upgrading its current 2G/3G/4G/LTE networks, preparing and future proofing it for rapid expansion.

“We have chosen our trusted long-term partner Ericsson to accompany us on this journey and look forward to the ability to launch new products and quality services to our customers,” said Bernard Fernandes, Econet’s chief technical officer.

Building on the companies’ existing long-term partnership, the new scope will rationalise and upgrade the core network as well as introduce the latest Ericsson network architecture.

The agreement includes a complete multi-access evolved packet core with evolved packet gateway on SSR 8020, SGSN-MME and service-aware policy controller as well as mobile switching centre and media gateway.

It also includes close integration between policy and charging functions, which will enable Econet to reduce time-to-market for new offerings and increased personalisation capabilities.

In the Harare area, which currently carries more than half of all traffic on the network, the project will also upgrade the radio access network (RAN) to include Ericsson’s multi-standard RBS 6000 family of base stations for macro and small cell networks.

“Econet is the market leader in Zimbabwe and this project will give them one of the most advanced Core networks on the continent, providing them far more capacity to manage and scale their network,” said Pieter Goosen, the Ericsson Zimbabwe Country Manager.


Comments (5)

Thumbs up son of the soil and one of our most revered living heroes.You have once again done your country proud.

carson Macate - 25 November 2014

i think its high time we Zimbabwean businesspeople should interact and exchange notes each one in his area to help develop our country.counting on our heroes like Strive Masiyiwa to help their fellow countrymen to develop

carson Macate - 25 November 2014

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