Ooredoo selects Nokia for 5G network development
Ooredoo Qatar has selected Nokia to build a 5G cloud native core network to support delivery of enhanced mobile broadband services, including aerial drones.
Nokia will deploy its systems in Ooredoo's datacenters, marking another step towards the roll out of 5G services in Qatar's capital city of Doha.
Nokia’s cloud-based architecture combined with Ooredoo’s core network will make it more scalable and suitable for extreme mobile broadband and machine communication services.
One of the most anticipated innovations Ooredoo is involved in is the worlds-first self-driving 5G connected aerial taxi (featured in the video below) — a large drone-like vehicle big enough to transport two people to a destination up to 20 minutes away with a 130 Km/h speed.
Nokia AirFrame, CloudBand, voice and Cloud Packet Core VNFs, and Nuage Networks Software Defined Network (SDN) are being deployed in Ooredoo’s core network.
Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi, COO, Ooredoo Qatar, commented: "The modernization of our core network will enhance our capabilities to innovate with new services.
“It will also help us to meet additional demands for high-speed data services in general as well as bursts in demand, particularly in upcoming mega sporting events.
“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, said: "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 flavors 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."
Ooredoo recently partnered with Colt to announce the launch of Ooredoo’s Cloud Connect service, which enables business customers to scale innovation with global cloud providers.