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Airtel embarks on 5G, IoT services rollout

from OKORO CHINEDU in Lagos, Nigeria
LAGOS – AIRTEL Africa has taken another step in its efforts to offer customers fifth-generation technology (5G) and internet of things (IoT)-based on-demand services.

The telecommunications and mobile money services provider has selected Nokia’s iSIM Secure Connect technology, in a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) delivery model, as part of that drive.

Nokia’s integrated SaaS SIM (iSIM) Secure Connect technology provides communication service providers and enterprises with the capability to securely manage machine-to-machine and consumer device subscriptions for eSIM- and iSIM-enabled devices.

Nokia and Airtel completed a successful pilot project at the end of 2022.

Nokia has already supported Airtel in deploying iSIM Secure Connect earlier this month in Nigeria. Airtel now plans to roll out the solution in ten other African markets over the next year.

“Nokia iSIM technology gives us new network capabilities, including in the areas of verification and authentication services, while allowing us to offer new network service that our customers are increasingly looking for,” said Razvan Ungureanu, Chief Technology Officer and Information Officer at Airtel.

Nokia envisions a world that is more productive with the digitalization capabilities it builds for its operator customers.

The company lauds its iSIM capabilities as enabling faster service delivery and time-to-value to clients.

“With these capabilities, we are proud to help Airtel in Africa expand its digitalization efforts and provide its customers with new on-demand services, transforming their lives,” said Rajiv Aggarwal, Head of Central, East and West Africa Market Unit at Nokia.

Offering services in 14 countries in the continent, Airtel Africa is majority owned by the Indian telecommunications company, Bharti Airtel.

– CAJ News

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