MTN inks deal with Nokia for network boost in South Africa

MTN South Africa partnered with Nokia to modernize its network, enhance connectivity and voice services. The operator believes that this move puts it on a strong path to 5G evolution.

MTN South Africa will be leveraging Nokia’s 5G infrastructure and IMS for its Voice over Broadband, Voice over WiFi, and Voice over LTE (VoLTE), a digital service over its LTE wireless high-speed data network. Through this strategic and longstanding partnership between the two companies, MTN is also able to expand this modernization to its networks in other African countries.

Giovanni Chiarelli, Chief Technology and Information Officer at MTN South Africa, commented on the collaboration saying: “With Nokia cloud-native IMS, MTN has a strong path to 5G. This deployment allows us to provide customers the highest quality and fastest connectivity, including superior voice connectivity through VoLTE. Nokia is our longstanding partner and has been integral for us to bring the industry’s best services and products to our users and enhance customer experience”.

On the other hand, Raghav Sahgal, President of Cloud and Network Services at Nokia, also expressed his excitement saying: “We are proud to be delivering MTN South Africa its 5G infrastructure. Communications service providers need to successfully transform themselves into Digital Service Providers that are capable of offering customers fundamentally new user experiences. By adopting a cloud-based network foundation through Nokia, MTN enhances the customer network experience, as well as ensures much-needed flexibility and lower network management costs”.