Ericsson partners Econet to launch 5G in Zimbabwe, upgrades TMCEL’s mKesh

AFRICA – Econet Wireless Zimbabwe, has partnered with Ericsson to launch 5G services in Harare, Zimbabwe, in a significant milestone for the Zimbabwe Stock Exchange-listed mobile network operator and in light of Econet’s digital transformation journey.

Ericsson will support Econet with its latest energy-efficient and high-performing Radio Access Network (RAN) and 5G Evolved Packet Core (EPC) solutions for 5G deployment in the capital Harare.

The solutions will boost Econet’s capacity and user experience with significantly faster network speeds, which are up to 10 times the speed of 4G technology.

The new, superfast, fifth generation broadband technology, 5G is set to present new opportunities for Econet’s consumer and business customers by offering services such as Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) for homes, small enterprise businesses and schools, among other enterprise customers in Zimbabwe.

The technology will also broaden access to financial inclusion in Zimbabwe’s urban and rural areas.

Ericsson’s common Network Functions Virtualization Infrastructure (NFVI) platform aims to help Econet achieves a smooth migration experience from 3 and 4G networks, as the company rolls out 5G in Zimbabwe.

With a partnership spanning over two decades, Ericsson remains committed to helping Econet build a robust digital infrastructure in Zimbabwe and driving digital transformation across the country.

Ericsson to upgrade TMCEL’s mKesh

Mozambique’s TMCEL selected Ericsson to upgrade its existing mobile money service, mKesh, by implementing Ericsson Wallet Platform and the solution is now live.

Ericsson Wallet Platform, Ericsson’s mobile financial Services solution, is a leading financial services platform built on the latest security technologies and open architecture framework principles. More than 300 million people worldwide currently use Ericsson Wallet Platform solutions, delivered by communications service providers.

Ericsson Wallet Platform is aimed at empowering financial management, including for people who don’t have access to traditional banking services. It will deliver easy-to-use financial services to TMCEL Mozambique customers through the ability to store, transfer and withdraw money, pay merchants and utility providers, use financial services such as savings and loans.

The upgrade of the existing mobile financial service solution, mKesh, to Ericsson Wallet Platform will make it easier for TMCEL’s customers to make fast and easy-to-use financial transactions on a next-generation mobile financial service.

The mKesh upgrade project is an important milestone in Mozambique’s digital transformation and economic development program and a key enabler for connecting and supporting new emerging industries in the country.

Ericsson’s extensive experience across Africa and technology leadership position in offering the most advanced and innovative Mobile Financial Services will enable future ready technologies and digital transformation and will accelerate financial inclusion in the country.

MTN deploys Ericsson’s solution

MTN Global Sourcing and Supply Chain (GSSC) has successfully deployed the Ericsson Customer Order Dashboard (ECOD) solution from Ericsson.

The solution has yielded increased business efficiencies through end-to-end visibility of MTN’s orders and delivery process and providing a digitized supply chain system which is key to MTN’s digital transformation journey and rapid adoption of industry 4.0 practices.

ECOD is the result of active collaboration between Ericsson and MTN Supply Chain. It is a global application that has been tailored to suit the service provider’s specific requirements.

Working together on the planning and designing phases, the custom-made tool is being enhanced further to add more features that improve user experience through regular feedback sharing during implementation. 

With the implementation of the solution, near real-time visibility of orders statuses is now possible, in addition to monitoring estimated times of arrival (ETAs) and shippers’ information.

Ericsson is committed to enabling business and consumers alike to grow in the context of Africa’s economy and landscape. Partners since 1994, the ECOD solution is an example of how Ericsson and MTN are #goodtogether in adoption of systems and solutions which optimize business processes and increase efficiencies.

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