Nokia upgrades Orange’s African network to 4G in seven countries

Nokia is upgrading much of Orange’s African footprint to LTE using its SingleRAN architecture, in one of the continent’s largest 4G roll-outs, covering 60m subscribers in seven countries.

SingleRAN replaces legacy 2G and 3G systems with a unified 2G/3G/4G network that also comes with Nokia NetAct network management software plus services, designed to streamline overall network operations.

To support this three-year modernization project, Nokia has set up a dedicated West and Central Africa Support Center for Orange in Ivorian capital, Abidjan. It will modernize about 11,000 radio sites in Egypt, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Senegal, Mali, Guinea-Bissau and Niger.

Orange says it has already lowered operational costs and started to offer 4G services in all the countries except Niger, and it is also enhancing 3G services with an average throughput boost of 85%. The upgrade is designed to boost the range of services it can offer, especially to boost ARPU, and to cope with a 90% increase in traffic across the seven countries.

Yasser Shaker, CTIO of Orange MEA, said in a statement: “We needed to ensure a smooth evolution of our network while launching 4G in all countries where it was possible”; while Jean Marc Vignolles , COO at Orange MEA, added: “We are committed to enriching the lives of our subscribers by providing innovative technology solutions. With Nokia’s proven technologies we can realize new efficiencies as we enhance coverage and the subscriber experience.”