Africell preparing to upgrade to 5G-ready networks across Africa

10 May 2021

Africell Holding is preparing to upgrade to 5G across the continent, in a bid to keep up with some of its African competitors. The group signed a multi-million US dollar agreement with wireless transport solution provider Aviat Networks, which will upgrade Africell Holding’s telecom networks and prepare them to migrate to the 5G when needed.

“With escalating demand for high-speed mobile Internet services in our markets, and with 5G in our sights, we sought an approach that offers us fast deployment, maximum flexibility, and lowest TCO,” said Younes Chaaban, CTO at Africell Holding. “Aviat’s backhaul and DCSG solution was the clear choice to meet all these challenges and support the rapid network growth of our transmission network well into the future.”

The deployment of the solutions will begin in Q2-2021.

A delegation from Africell Holding  recently visited Gambia, expressing its commitment to making the necessary investment to improve the quality of its service in the country. Furthermore, the telecom operator, which already has a presence in the DRC, Gambia, Sierra Leonne, and Uganda, will soon enter the Angolan market. 

The 5G-ready telecom networks will help Africell Holding to meet the growing connectivity demand across Africa. The telco is equipping itself to meet the new competition that is emerging in the ultra-broadband segment. Being 5G-ready will also aid Africell Holding is increasing its chances of growing its subscriber base, market share and revenues. 

In March, Africell underwent a significant group reorganisation. At the time. Ziad Dalloul, founder and CEO of Africell, said: “The group reorganisation is a significant moment for Africell. The changes enacted certify us as a company with bold growth plans, a thoroughly international perspective, and the highest standards of governance and compliance.”