Econet partners Ericsson in network upgrade programme

ECONET Wireless Zimbabwe has selected Ericsson as the sole supplier for the company’s Core network upgrade programme.


In a statement yesterday, Ericsson said the collaboration would allow Econet’s customers faster and more reliable mobile services.

Econet wants to upgrade its network to the latest systems and technologies.

“The deal will see the companies working together to simplify and upgrade the existing 2G/3G/4G/LTE networks, future proofing it for the rapid mobile expansion in the country,” the company said.

Econet Wireless group chief technology officer Bernard Fernandes: “We have chosen our trusted long-term partner Ericsson to accompany us on this journey and look forward to the ability to launch new products and quality services to our customers.”

Ericsson said building on the company’s existing long-term partnership, the new scope would rationalise and upgrade the Core network as well as introduce the latest Ericsson network architecture.

“Econet is the market leader in Zimbabwe and this project will give them one of the most advanced Core networks on the continent, providing them far more capacity to manage and scale their network,” Ericsson Zimbabwe, country manager Pieter Goosen said.

The agreement include a complete multi-access Evolved Packet Core with Evolved Packet Gateway on SSR 8020, SGSN-MME and Service-Aware Policy Controller as well as Mobile Switching Centre and Media Gateway.

The deal also include close integration between policy and charging functions, which would enable Econet to reduce time-to-market for new offerings and increased personalisation capabilities.

“In the Harare area, which currently carries more than half of all traffic on the network, the project will also upgrade the radio access network (RAN) to include Ericsson’s multi-standard RBS 6000 family of base stations for macro and small cell networks,” the company said.

Econet is the largest telecommunication company in Zimbabwe with 9,2 million registered subscribers.

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  1. Thats good Econet but umbogadzirirsai ECONET SHOP ye muGweru pa corener 7th street. Zvinhu hazvina kumira mushe. We are made to stand for long hours in a very long line and the staff does not communicate ne macustomers kuti whats really taking place. There is a lady who was a cashier on SAT 22 NOV haaaa she is very rough even to elders haana kana respect. She is always angry, you cant ask them anything vanodada sitereki vanhu venyu vokun ku Gweru. Patakatanga kupopota ndopakazouya another guy to say ahh our system is down so vanoda mirai vasingakwanise endai henyu. Is that good PR for a company as big as Econet.T he only better staff yenyu ndevaya from the other side kwe Ecocash or zve malines chete otherwise ava vekubanking hall havaite vese zvavo.In GWERU queue yepa ECONET is known even though muri imi mune largest subscriber base mu Zim tibateiwo mushe kwete kuti abaiwa ngabuude tsiro ne nungu mumwena mumwe, PLIZ tinzweiwo chichemo chedu uye tipndureiwo panyaya iyi

    Avery worried Econet Customer

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  2. I totally agree with you Dindo. Service at that Gweru branch has gone down drastically since they changed management and staff. When the shop first opened there was commitment to serving customers even though the branch was busy, staff was efficient and service was one of the best. Please Econet pull up your socks or risk losing business

    1. aiwa asi ndakamboenda pana 7th econet wireless pedyo nekwamugabe greenwood park the shop is packed but kune tukomana tunomhanya mhanya they do their best to help …there have the zeal ..the ladies smile most times ..even when the chips are down the supervisor kapfupiso kano mhanya mhanya …i had an encounter ndanetseka ne internet the young man who works in the far right akandi sorter ndikasekerera dai ndaiva ne mari ye lunch ndaimusiyira

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