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Ooredoo and Ericsson Partner for 5G Global Expansion

By Luke Bellos

The era of 5G is officially off and running in 2021, and telecommunication companies across the globe are wasting no time adapting to the evolution.

Today, Ooredoo and Ericsson announced the signing of a five-year strategic partnership for enhancing the digital capabilities of all 10 of Ooredoo’s operating countries across the globe: Qatar, Indonesia, Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Tunisia, Myanmar and Maldives. The partnership will include the supply of 5G radio, core and transport products and solutions, which will permit end-to-end 5G support to digitally transform and modernize Ooredoo’s existing mobile networks across its operations.

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani, Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Group, says: “Ericsson is bringing state-of-the-art global technologies to the countries we operate in, which enables us to provide the latest digital solutions for communities to enjoy the best of the internet, including connecting the most remote areas, supporting startups digitally and providing immersive experiences for sports fans at upcoming mega-sporting events.”

The agreement includes the use of Ericsson Radio System, including MINI-LINK 6000 products that are capable of 10Gbps, Ericsson Cloud Core, Cloud Infrastructure and Ericsson Cloud Communication solutions. Although Ericsson Radio System is already deployed and live in several of Ooredoo’s operating companies, the infrastructure is being adapted for 5G using the 4G/5G Ericsson Spectrum Sharing solution.

“5G as a platform for innovation will speed up Ooredoo’s journey towards digital transformation,” says Fredrik Jejdling, Executive Vice President and Head of Business Area Networks at Ericsson. “It will fuel new use cases that cater to evolving consumer and enterprise demands. It is with great pride that we strengthen our collaboration as we continue supporting Ooredoo’s ambition of delivering high-performing networks and superior user experience.”

As Ooredoo looks to expand into more advanced multimedia services, this new agreement could point toward an ongoing collaboration as 5G continues to boom through the telecommunications space.

Edited by Maurice Nagle

Editor, SmartCity

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