Nokia successfully pilots Africa’s first 5G fixed wireless slicing trial with Safaricom

Nokia on Monday announced that it has successfully completed Africa’s first fixed wireless access (FWA) network slicing deployment on a commercial 4G and 5G live over RAN, transport and core network with mobile operator Safaricom.

The multi-vendor pilot took place in the western region of Kenya and it shows that the African operator is now ready to support new types of business network services, including fast internet access and slicing apps.

“It is great to have successfully completed this pilot project with Safaricom, which represents a great step forward in providing Safaricom with state-of-the-art connectivity. First experience of the new slicing technology is invaluable in understanding the new opportunities it enables,” said Ramy Hashem, head of the Safaricom customer team at Nokia.

According to Nokia, network slicing allows operators to divide a network into multiple virtual slices, which can be optimized for a specific target application or service. The end user of each network slice can then be served with different priorities, routing, network performance levels and security capabilities.

The pilot showcased a number of solutions, including Nokia’s AirScale 4G/5G base stations, NetAct network management and assurance system, and Nokia’s FastMile 4G/5G CPE.

“We are proud to have hosted Africa’s first successful 4G/5G FWA slicing pilot project on our network, and we look forward to tailoring our service offerings to individual customers and industries, to meet precisely and cost-free unnecessary to their high-speed connectivity needs. Nokia’s expertise has been key to this success, and we anticipate many more strategic wins in this area as our business grows,” said James Maitai, Network Director, Safaricom.

Elna M. Lemons