Nokia and Ooredoo Qatar sign three-year network expansion agreement to meet ever-increasing high-speed data demands
Nokia will provide 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, LTE-Advanced radio and core technologies, and services to upgrade Ooredoo Qatar's nationwide mobile broadband network
Customers in Qatar will enjoy highest possible mobile Internet speeds
Doha, Qatar - 03 May 2016
Nokia and Ooredoo Qatar have signed a three-year agreement under which Nokia will upgrade and expand Ooredoo's existing mobile broadband network across the country to meet ever-growing subscriber demands.
With one of the most vibrant economies in the Middle East, Qatar needs to meet rising data demands sparked by surging smartphone use. Under its Supernet initiative, one of the most significant network evolutions in the country's history, Ooredoo Qatar is already using Nokia's LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) carrier aggregation technology to offer subscribers with compatible mobile devices up to 375 megabits-per-second speeds in busy areas of Doha, Qatar's capital and most populous city. In a recent demonstration, the companies achieved peak data rates close to 600 Mbps.
Under the new agreement, Nokia will deploy its leading 2G, 3G, 4G LTE, LTE-A radio and core network technologies and services expertise. This will allow Ooredoo Qatar to expand the Supernet service across the country and deliver the highest speeds and quality to a growing customer base.
Waleed Al-Sayed, Chief Executive Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, commented: "We continue to enhance the Ooredoo Supernet to deliver the best possible Internet experience, working with a range of international technology leaders such as Nokia. By deploying these cutting-edge technologies from Nokia, we will continue to actively boost network performance from 2G through to LTE-A, and deliver a host of social, financial and business benefits for Qatar."
Bernard Najm, vice president and head of the Middle East Market Unit, Nokia, said: "This is another important development in our relationship with Ooredoo Qatar, and we continue the successful deployment of LTE technology across the country. Our mobile broadband technology allows service providers to keep pace with fast-growing customer data demands now and into the future."
Details at a glance:
2G, 3G, 4G LTE, LTE-A radio network based on Nokia Flexi Multiradio 10 Base Station technology
Core network elements including Evolved Packet Core (EPC) with Home Subscriber Server (HSS)
Nokia NetAct operations support system across all radio technologies and core for full visibility and easy network management
Nokia network planning, optimization and implementation services together with Care, hardware and software services
Picture of the signing ceremony - left to right: Yousuf Abdulla Al Kubaisi, COO, Ooredoo Qatar, and Bernard Najm, vice president and head of the Middle East Market Unit, Nokia.
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Under the Supernet initiative, Ooredoo Qatar is focused on providing the most innovative and ultrafast 4G+ services to customers with the aim of making Qatar one of the world's most connected countries.
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Ooredoo is a leading international communications company delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses across markets in the Middle East, North Africa and Southeast Asia. As a community-focused company, Ooredoo is guided by its vision of enriching people's lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential. Ooredoo has a presence in markets such as Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Algeria, Tunisia, Iraq, Palestine, the Maldives, Myanmar and Indonesia. The company was named "Most Innovative Company of the Year - MEA Region" at the 2015 International Business Awards.
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