Ooredoo launches 4G on NSN network
Qatari operator Ooredoo has today launched its 4G mobile broadband service in Doha, Qatar, after partnering with Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) for the LTE network implementation.
The 4G service is designed to deliver speeds between three and six times faster than the existing 3G service.
“Mobile broadband use in Qatar is growing at a dramatic pace and so is subscriber demand for faster mobile broadband,” said Waleed Al Sayed, COO at Ooredoo.
“With the support of our long-standing partner NSN, our LTE network delivers truly satisfying super-fast 4G services for bandwidth-hungry customers in today’s data-dominated world.”
NSN is Ooredoo’s sole supplier and its voice call solution, Circuit Switched Fall Back (CSFB), has reportedly enabled Ooredoo’s 4G customers to make voice calls on the 3G network, while using text and data services on the LTE network.
“With our LTE infrastructure, Ooredoo’s LTE network raises the bar for data services in the country and the operator can keep pace with the surge in smartphone adoption and bandwidth-intensive applications and services,” said Qais Esrawee, head of sub-region at Nokia Siemens Networks.
“Nokia Siemens Networks’ radio network platform saves not only energy and space with its compact nature, but also capital costs for Ooredoo, as our radio access network is future-proof and runs 2G, 3G and 4G (LTE) services concurrently on the same platform.”
In a statement, NSN said that it is looking towards deploying VoLTE services for 4G customers on the LTE network.
Earlier this month, NSN partnered with Singaporean operator, M1, to modernise its mobile network.