Vodacom Tanzania Readies 4G Rollout

Vodacom Tanzania has completed a 4G/LTE  trial in Dar Es Salaam, using Nokia Siemens Networks’ (NSN) Single RAN (radio access network) and Liquid Core technology. The trial also used NSN’s Circuit Switched FallBack (CSFB) voice call system, enabling LTE mobile phones to fall back to GSM and 3G networks for voice calls. The trial was successful, and Vodacom Tanzania says it is now in a perfect position to launch 4G mobile broadband services in the country.

“Vodacom is committed to bringing world-class LTE technology to Tanzania,” said Vodacom Tanzania managing director, Rene Meza. “This will contribute to the development of the country’s information and communications technology industry, and provide ultra-fast data services on a par with leading LTE services around the world. We selected Nokia Siemens Networks because of its proven capability in refarming 1800 MHz spectrum for LTE. Its advanced radio and core platforms made the trial possible, and the excellent results convinced us that we can roll out a reliable and high-quality LTE network.”

NSN provided its Single RAN platform, based on its energy-efficient Flexi Multiradio Base Station. The company also provided its Evolved Packet Core (EPC) platform, including Flexi NS (network server), Flexi NG (network gateway) and Liquid Core based SGSN (serving GPRS support node). The company also used its NetAct network management system to enable consolidated monitoring, management, and operation of Vodacom Tanzania’s trial network.