Tigo and Ericsson to accelerate digitalisation in Senegal

sea 2900621 640Ericsson will upgrade the service provider’s legacy network infrastructure and expand mobile broadband coverage across the West African nation. (Image source: lievenvanhoofonzea/Pixabay)Tigo Senegal has selected Ericsson for its nationwide network modernisation project as it looks to accelerate digitalisation in the expanding Senegalese market

The terms of the new three-year deal cover more than 1000 existing sites including the latest Ericsson Radio System (ERS) technology to refresh legacy infrastructure, roll out LTE across the country, and modernise and expand Tigo’s mobile backhaul network with Ericsson’s MINI-LINK, according to a press release by Ericsson.

Ericsson will also provide Cloud Packet Core and Cloud Data Management and Policy solutions for the modernisation of Tigo’s core network to reduce OPEX and simplify the introduction of new user services. Additional solutions include Ericsson’s Mobile Packet Backbone Network (MPBN) and OSS migration to Ericsson Network Manager.

Mass Thiam, CEO of Tigo, said, “Senegal is on the brink of a huge digital transformation which will open up new business opportunities and revitalise the nation’s economy.”

“To enable and speed up this process, Tigo, with Ericsson as its partner, is rapidly upgrading our legacy network systems to deliver the quality, capacity and overall network performance that our enterprise and subscriber customers demand,” he added.

Rafiah Ibrahim, head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, commented, “Ericsson’s best-in-class LTE solutions will secure Tigo’s network performance and quality while delivering a differentiated experience to their subscribers.”

“By improving both indoor and outdoor network coverage, Tigo will be able to deliver digital services including mobile data and mobile financial services across the entire Senegalese market,” Ibrahim concluded.

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