SIERRA LEONE – Orange has partnered Ericsson, a Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company to launch 4G network in the capital of Sierra Leone, Freetown.

The launch aims to provide the capital residents with fast and reliable 4G network access.

With the partnership, Orange will use Ericsson Radio System products and solutions to offer 4G in 60 sites, which is designed for low latency and fast mobile broadband in a cost and energy-efficient manner.

This will work by optimizing use of frequency bands and realizing fiber-like access speeds over the air to offer customers with online services, including HD video and network games.

“Today marks a new era for mobile broadband in Sierra Leone. The 4G launch will bring consumer’s mobile experience to a whole new level – with higher speeds and reliable broadband access,” said Aminata Kane Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Sierra Leone.

“Thanks to our successful cooperation with Ericsson we can offer 4G to our customers, facilitate network planning and maintenance and allow for smooth introduction of new IP-based services.”

Orange also revealed plans to continue the Ericsson Radio System rollout across Sierra Leone.

This will enable Orange to serve everything from 2G to 5G, through a risk-free implementation of a series of building blocks.

The solution enables Orange to deploy and evaluate new features, in high-traffic areas, before rolling them out more widely.

Ericsson Radio System, with its end-to-end portfolio of hardware, software and services will help Orange Sierra Leone get quality mobile broadband performance smoothly and profitably.

“Ericsson and Orange have a longstanding partnership and today we continue our successful journey by bringing 4G to Sierra Leone.

Our Ericsson Radio System will enable our partner Orange to continue delivering a superior end-user experience for both existing and future subscribers,” said Rafiah Ibrahim, Head of Ericsson Middle East and Africa.