18 October 2019
Telecom Malagasy (Telma) chief executive officer Patrick Pisal-Hamida announced to the press the signing of a US$100m commercial contract with Ericsson, spanning the 2019-2023 period.
Under the agreement signed last July, the Swedish technology company will provide Telma with extension, optimisation and software upgrade services for its main network and radio access network to increase capacity and peak throughput.
Signed by Patrick Pisal-Hamida and Nora Wahby, customer unit head of Morocco and West Africa at Ericsson, the four-year agreement provides for the deployment of 2,000 mobile sites that will enable Telma to complete its network coverage of the country.
There are also plans to deploy 4.5G then 5G sites in high density areas.
With increased capacity, higher data rates and lower latency, Telma customers will benefit from high quality online services, including HD video games and network games.
Pisal-Hamida said the investment is in line with Telma’s ambition to “provide all users in Madagascar with affordable, high-quality and easy-to-use broadband internet access and communication services.
“Telma is focused on creating a network for people on the move who can now be assured of a good connection on their phones, tablets and laptops across Madagascar,” he added.