Bharti Airtel, a telecommunications services provider with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa, has said that it has undertaken an end-to-end network transformation program across its mobile operations in 16 African countries.
The program, which is the largest of its kind on the African continent, in partnership with Ericsson involved a comprehensive upgrade and expansion of network elements on all of Airtel's African operations, including switching, radio, network management, data, charging, and consumer-services platforms and systems.
This network transformation program, under which Ericsson has deployed latest wireless technologies, will enhance Airtel's network capacity and robustness and help deliver best-in-class services to customers at affordable rates.
It also makes the company's networks fully ready for next generation services that include high speed data and value added services.
In addition, a full upgrade of the charging platforms across all operations was implemented introducing the latest version of Ericsson's Charging System, enabling Airtel to offer subscribers new and innovative value-added services such as mobile wallets.
Eben Albertyn, Chief Technical Officer, Airtel Africa noted that the customer is at the core of everything they do. "The implementation of this transformation program will enable us to further enrich our customer experience across the region.
Ericsson's systems integration organization delivers more than 1500 systems integration projects per year in multi-vendor and multiple-technology environments. Projects range from single-solution integrations to end-to-end solution transformation projects such as this one.
Lars Lindén, head of Ericsson Sub-Saharan Africa, explained that in the transition to a Networked Society in Africa, operators are facing growing challenges in meeting the rapidly evolving demands of consumers. "The focus of this project was transforming our networks to meet current and future consumer demands."