Alcatel-Lucent Wins LTE Rollout Contract in Somalia
Published on: 20th May 2014
The Somalian mobile network operator, Somtel has awarded a contract to Alcatel Lucent for the deployment of a LTE based 4G network.
The exact scope of the contact is unclear, but understood to involve 70 locations that have been identified for the upgrade.
"Somtel was the first operator to invest in 3G in Somalia over three years ago and today we are celebrating another first as we become the first operator to launch the country's LTE network. Already, several LTE sites are being tested while data cards and LTE-enabled devices are also under trial," said aeed Dauleh, board member, Somtel.
Tony Wood, country senior officer, Alcatel -Lucent East Africa said that the Somalia contract joins other deployments being done by Alcatel-Lucent in the region, including Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda as well as a scheduled deployment in Ethiopia.
Somalia currently has an estimated 1.5 million mobile subscribers, while Somtel has 33 per cent market share in the country. Somtel is part of the Dahabshiil Group.