Ericsson is the primary vendor for the Nigerian LTE radio network, leveraging the multi-standard RBS 6000 family of base stations and the compact and fully integrated AIR Antennas. It is also providing a complete Evolved Packet Core network including Evolved Packet Gateway and Mobility Management Entity. Smile and Ericsson have a three-year network deployment agreement to develop over 1,100 LTE sites across the country; under the terms of the deal, Ericsson is responsible for the project management, system integration, interoperability testing, network design and implementation.
‘At Smile Communications, we seek to deliver affordable, high-quality and easy-to-use broadband internet access and communications services to our customers and in Nigeria, Ericsson is helping us do this,’ commented Tom Allen, Smile Group chief operating officer, adding: ‘With successful commercial operations since 2013, we are very excited to formally announce today the commencement of our services and the beginning of a cross-country rollout. We are starting in Lagos and will lay our footprints in other major cities across the country shortly.’