Nokia to Build 5G Network in Qatar
Ooredoo, Qatar’s leading communications provider, has agreed a deal with Nokia for the development of a 5G cloud native network, supporting consumers and businesses in Doha.
According to a statement, the cloud-based architecture on which Nokia’s network will be based is scalable, agile and flexible, as well as suitable for supporting mission-critical communications between machines.
The solution will feature a range of different applications, such as the Nokia AirFrame datacentre, CloudBand management tool and Virtualized Network Functions (VNFs).
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Ooredoo is said to be a worldwide leader in the 5G ecosystem, using the advanced capabilities of the technology to test a number of use cases, including aerial taxis and drones.
The company is now waiting for 5G-ready devices to become more widely available before rolling out a new series of commercial services.
Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: “The modernization of our core network will enhance our capabilities to innovate with new services.
“Our 5G network will open the flood-gates for machine learning, automation and micro-services use-cases for consumer and business customers in the country.”
Bernard Najm, head of the Middle East Market Unit at Nokia, also commented: “We are excited to partner with Ooredoo Qatar to set up a 5G core network that is truly 'cloud native' from the ground up, not just an evolution of current core solutions.
“Our solution supports all flavours of mobile access network technologies and enables our customers to bring new 5G services to market rapidly. The solution provides the low latency, high throughput and content-rich services that will support Ooredoo Qatar's business goals immediately and well into the future.”