Algérie Télécom and Nokia launch North Africa’s first commercial LTE network

Nokia’s LTE solutions enables record high 150 Mbps broadband speed for Algerian subscribers after supplying its radio equipment for the majority of the LTE network, including capital city Algiers

Algérie Télécom and Nokia launch North Africa’s first commercial LTE network

Nokia has deployed North Africa’s first commercial LTE network in Algeria for the state-owned operator, Algérie Télécom. Algérie’s subscribers can now enjoy world-class LTE broadband service experience with high speed services and improved coverage, thanks to Nokia’s LTE solutions including its Single RAN (radio access network) Advanced and comprehensive services.

“We had a huge demand for ultra-fast broadband network and greater coverage as the number of broadband subscribers was rapidly growing across the length and breadth of Algeria,” said Azouaou Mehmel, president and CEO of Algérie Télécom Group. 

“We wanted to fulfill these demands by building an LTE network with the latest technology available on the market. With our long-standing partner, Nokia, we carried out our first successful LTE trial, and the company became our first choice for building a superior LTE network. We are satisfied with the quality and speed of the rollout, and are impressed by Nokia’s services expertise.” 

“We know that Algérie Télécom wants to provide their customers with services at par with those provided by leading LTE operators around the world, and trust that our advanced radio access infrastructure enables them to do exactly that,” said Igor Leprince, senior VP, MEA, Networks, Nokia. 

“Our award-winning, energy-efficient, compact base station reduces capital and operating costs while our comprehensive global services competence ensured a speedy rollout of the project.”

Under the contract, Nokia provided its single RAN Advanced solution based on its high-capacity, scalable Flexi Multiradio 10 base station for the majority of the LTE network. In addition, it deployed its cloud-ready NetAct for efficient network management across technologies.

The company’s comprehensive services including network planning and optimization, network implementation, and care services such as hardware and software services ensured the speedy and smooth rollout.

In addition, Nokia provided a security solution, which included a solution from Juniper Networks, in order to protect both the operator’s network assets and end users’ privacy.

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