Nokia has enabled ultra-fast 5G services for Vodacom South Africa’s customers by deploying its 5G radio, core and fixed network solutions across Vodacom’s network. Vodacom is using Nokia’s 2G, 3G, 4G and fibre access networks, as well as 5G fixed wireless access (FWA) and mobile broadband services.
Nokia is supplying its AirScale, Fastmile and Subscriber Data Management (SDM) / Home Subscriber Server (HSS) products to Vodacom to enhance its service offering and deliver increased operational efficiencies.
Nokia’s AirScale radio network product portfolio will enable Vodacom to deploy 5G services across several spectrum bands, including the new 3500 MHz, 2600 MHz and 700/800 MHz bands which will be auctioned by the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) before the end of March 2021. It will help to manage the increased demand for data services during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The 5G network rollout is in line with South Africa’s broadband policy of building infrastructure by 2030 for an inclusive knowledge economy which supports the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR).
Vodacom will also use Nokia’s FastMile 5G gateway to offer FWA broadband services in areas not currently served by a fibre network. The solution is easy for subscribers to install, delivering fibre like speeds to homes while using Wi-Fi to connect devices within the home. Vodacom is also using Nokia’s mesh Wi-Fi solution, which improves user experience by creating a seamless Wi-Fi coverage area while reducing the time and complexity required to install and manage the WiFi network.
Nokia’s cloud-based SDM software and HSS will be rolled out to securely manage subscriber data and services in a centralized hub. Vodacom South Africa will also utilize Nokia’s NetAct network management system, which is cloud-agnostic and meets customer demands for software-only delivery. It can be deployed on the same data center platforms as existing IT and network systems for increased agility and lower operational costs.
Beverly Ngwenya, Technology Director at Vodacom South Africa, said: “We are committed to providing the most innovative products and highest quality service to our subscribers. 5G technology allows us to deliver ultra-fast mobile networks and support entirely new use cases as we move into the 4IR era. Nokia has been our network partner for more than two decades, and its latest technology solutions are now helping us to deliver superior 5G services.”
Tommi Uitto, President of Mobile Networks at Nokia, said: “Our AirScale 5G and Fastmile fixed wireless access portfolio helps service providers across the globe to build robust and reliable networks to address the growing demand for high-speed broadband services. From our 26-year relationship with Vodacom we understand that South Africa is a highly competitive market, with end-users expecting continent-leading services and applications. We are proud to have successfully executed this important network deployment, enabling Vodacom to deliver those sought-after broadband capabilities.”
FiamWifi Launch Community WiFi Network In Ikoyi Obalende LCDA
Fiam WiFi, Nigeria’s newest telecommunications company providing internet via hot spots to underserved communities has partnered with Ikoyi Obalende Local Council Development Area (LCDA) to launch a community Wireless fidelity (WiFi) network.
The community WiFi network through Hot Spots to underserved communities will provide internet access to residents who are unable to pay the exorbitant fees charged by incumbent telecom operators.
Fiam WiFi has a strategy focused on driving down cost of delivery and ensuring integration into the communities it serves by actively driving digital inclusion through partnerships with healthcare, educational providers of content as well as public sector organisations.
Speaking on the partnership, the executive chairman of Ikoyi Obalende LCDA Hon Faud Atanda-Lawal said, “We are pleased to partner with Fiam WiFi to provide a community WiFi network in Ikoyi Obalende LCDA.
“WiFi hotspots will be installed in Obalende, Ijeh Market and Dolphin High Rise. This further drives my administration’s successes in our five focus areas of the UN’s SDGs particularly Target 9c to significantly increase access to ICT and provide universal and affordable access to the internet.”
The founder & CEO of FiamWiFi, Akin Marinho said, “with millions of Nigerians priced out of the data market by incumbent operators, we are pleased to partner with Ikoyi Obalende LCDA to provide a free and paid-for service of internet to the residents of Ikoyi Obalende LCDA.
“We believe that with our pricing that is clear simple and transparent at N200 for 1GB of data without validity or expiration period, we are providing affordable access to the internet,” Marinho added.
FiamWifi and Ikoyi Obalende LCDA launch a community WiFi network in Ikoyi Obalende LCDA
Commenting on the Partnership The Executive Chairman of Ikoyi Obalende LCDA Hon Faud Atanda-Lawal “we are pleased to partner with Fiam WiFi to provide a community WiFi network in Ikoyi Obalende LCDA, WiFi hotspots will be installed in Obalende, Ijeh Market and Dolphin High Rise. This further drives my administrations successes in our 5 focus areas of the UN’s SDG particularly Target 9c to significantly increase access to ICT and provide universal and affordable access to the internet.”
Akin Marinho Founder & CEO of FiamWiFi “with millions of Nigerians priced out of the data market by incumbent operators were are pleased to partner with Ikoyi Obalende LCDA to provide a free and paid for service of internet to the residents of Ikoyi Obalende LCDA, we believe that with our pricing that
is clear simple and transparent at N200 for 1GB of data without validity or expiration period, we are providing affordable access to the internet.”
ATCON, FG Push for Realisation of 70% Broadband Penetration
The Association of Telecommunications Companies of Nigeria (ATCON), federal government are set to brainstorm on how to realise the 70 per cent broadband penetration set in the new national broadband plan 2020-2025.
The maiden virtual event which holds on Thursday March 25, 2021, will seek the buy-in of the various sub-groups under the membership of ATCON to ensure that the new Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 is adequately positioned to deliver its ultimate purposes for the generality of Nigerians more quickly and strategically.
A statement signed by ATCON’s president, Ikechukwu Nnamani and its publicity secretary, Wole Abu, stated that ATCON will review and provide insightful approaches and solutions along with Ministry, NCC, NITDA and State Governments as to what needs to be done to support various programmes and projects that are earmarked for the successful implementation of the previous National Broadband Plan under past ministers.
According to the statement, the strategic objectives virtual forum will complement the various strategic activities already embarked upon by the Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy; and to achieve the set target of Broadband penetration in Nigeria with great speed.
It will also leverage on the wide spectrum of ATCON sub-group for effective participation in the new Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 by giving them the opportunity to access the plan and suggest various ways to speed up the realization of the established target by the government.
Also, it will help serve as a veritable platform to galvanize the needed input that reflect the thinking of the telecom and ICT sector; and create an opportunity to review the relevance of the Nigerian policy environment vis-a-vis the telecom operating environment.
Key stakeholders expected at the virtual forum include Dr. Isa Ali Ibrahim Pantami, Honourable Minister, Federal Ministry of Communications and Digital Economy, who is expected to deliver the Principal Keynote Address on ‘Enhancing the contributions of sub-sector in the Nigerian national broadband plans through enabling policies’.
Prof Umar Garba Danbatta, EVC/CEO, Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC); Mr Kashifu Inuwa Abdullahi, Director-General/CEO, National Information Technology Development Agency (NITDA) and Engr Aliyu Aziz Abubakar, Director-General/CEO, National Identity Management Commission (NIMC) would share their respective commission’s and agency’s perspective via a paper presentation on ‘Aggregating the potentials of the sub-sector to meet the new broadband set target of 70%’.
Each sub-sector is seen as an integral part of the entire ecosystem of the Nigerian telecom and ICT sector hence, selected representative of various subgroups would be expected to make a presentation on how the new National Nigeria Broadband Plan 2020-2025 is impacting the subsector and list what can be done to make the plan realizes its set target on or before the stated period.
ATCON said some of the sub-sectors/sub-groups that their inputs would be collated which are germane to the implementation of the new Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025 are Towers/Base Stations Providers, MNOs, Over The Top (OTT) Players, Value Added Services Providers (VAS), Metro-Fibre Operators, Submarine/Undersea Cable Operators.
The rest are: Internet Services Providers (ISP) – Wholesale Segment, Data Centre Operators, Internet Services Providers (ISP) – Retail Segment, Digital Skills/Capacity Building, FINTECH/e-Commerce Operators, Cloud Computing, Manufacturers’ Representative, Satellite Operators, eGovernment Services Providers and Equipment Dealers.
“We are confident that this special engagement would enable us to carry out the industry mapping with respect to the new Nigerian National Broadband Plan 2020-2025. This very important strategic and flagship event would serve as a veritable platform for the key stakeholders in the telecom and ICT sector to brainstorm and proffer solution for the realization of the new set target of 70% of Broadband Penetration more expediently,” ATCON concluded.
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