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Huawei and Safaricom Kenya Deploy Next-Generation Mobile Softswitch

April 23, 2010 • Mobile and Telecoms

Fang Zhaojiang, Director Marketing at Huawei

Telecommunication network solutions provider Huawei has announced the deployment of a next-generation advanced telecom computing architecture (“ATCA”) mobile softswitch for Kenya’s Safaricom network.

“The ATCA softswitch solution represents a critical step in the evolution towards an All-IP converged network as it makes possible the consistent delivery of rich and compelling telecom services anytime, anywhere”, said Jin Huang, Vice President of core network, Huawei.

The Kenyan operator is currently aiming to develop an all-IP network, enabling the construction of a high-performance and cost-efficient mobile core network.

The deployment of Huawei’s mobile softswitch enables Safaricom to reduce transmission costs, improve service quality and upgrade its network to allow for better convergence, real-time monitoring, fault location and automatic recovery functions.

Safaricom is a telecom provider, launched through a joint venture between Vodafone UK and the government of Kenya. Safaricom has a subscriber base of over 15 million and offers mobile and fixed voice and data services on a variety of platforms: 3G network, fibre optic cable footprint and WIMAX technology.

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