Rwandan mobile operator olleh Rwanda Networks, (oRn), a joint venture between KT Corporation and the Government of Rwanda, has chosen Nokia Networks to provide the radio and core network as well as managed services to build the nation’s first commercial LTE network.
This Public Private Partnership has put Rwanda on the fast track towards setting up a robust and reliable telecommunications infrastructure, Nokia said.
“This is a defining moment for Rwanda and its citizens. In addition to opening up a whole new world of data services, this LTE network will also be a strong proof point of our commitment to enabling and empowering the people of this country,” said Peter Jeon, CEO of oRn.
“A strong track record in similar deployments, coupled with cutting-edge technology expertise and capabilities, made Nokia Networks a natural choice as our partner for this ground-breaking project. We will work together to accelerate the arrival of the latest communications technologies in Rwanda.”
Under the terms of the agreement, Nokia Networks will deliver the LTE network using its high-performance and scalable Flexi Multiradio 10 base station and evolved packet core (EPC).
The radio system modules will be housed in a centralised base station hotel, and the related RF units will be distributed into the antenna sites. The EPC includes the company’s Flexi Network Server (Flexi NS) and Flexi Network Gateway (Flexi NG).
Additionally, Nokia Networks will provide its software for Subscriber Data Management (SDM), including One-NDS and its Home Subscriber Server (HSS).
oRn’s network will be managed, monitored and optimized by Nokia’s consolidated NetAct network management system. Nokia Networks will also provide a full suite of managed services such as network implementation, planning and optimisation, systems integration and network operations.
Not only will the entire OSS be managed by Nokia Networks, but care services, including hardware, software and competence development services, will also be delivered to ensure seamless operations and a smooth rollout.
“As well as from placing Rwanda on the global LTE roadmap, this initiative also has the potential to radically alter the current communications landscape in the country,” said Sudesh Maharaj, customer team head, Growht Markets, Central and West Africa at Nokia Networks. “This contract underlines oRn’s faith in our capabilities to deliver on its vision to launch commercial LTE services in Rwanda.”