Nokia sets up Africa’s first 5G FWA network slicing

Telecoms giant Nokia has teamed up with Kenyan mobile network operator Safaricom to set up the first Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) network slicing on a live 5G network in Africa.

The trial was set up using a multi-vendor network environment and included radio access network (RAN), transport and core as well as software upgrades to a range of Nokia’s products in Kenya.

This successful pilot marks the first time that 4G/5G network slicing has been achieved in Africa. Network slicing enables operators to divide their networks into multiple virtual slices that can be optimised for specific applications or services based on security levels. The solution supports LTE, 5G NSA, and 5G SA technologies with slice service continuity between the networks.

Ramy Hashem, head of the Safaricom team at Nokia, said: “It is great to have successfully completed this pilot with Safaricom, which is a huge step forward in providing Safaricom with state-of-the-art connectivity.

“Early experience of new slicing technology is invaluable in understanding the new business opportunities it enables. Nokia was the first vendor to offer a slicing solution and we are looking forward to continuing our partnership with Safaricom in providing world-class 4G and 5G network slicing services to its customers.”

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