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Nokia Networks, Ooredoo Qatar sign deal to deploy small cells for more capacity, coverage in hotspots

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  • Deal follows successful field trial in complex hotspots
  • Nokia Networks' high-capacity small cells will enhance Ooredoo's macro network for better customer experience
  • Nokia Networks offers comprehensive analysis, design and planning to optimize traffic in urban indoor and outdoor areas

Doha, Qatar -  26 August 2015

Nokia Networks has won a deal with Ooredoo Qatar to deploy its small cells in hotspots across the country. The agreement follows a trial using Nokia Networks' LTE and 3G small cell solution in high-traffic indoor and outdoor locations in the capital Doha, including the historic Souq Waqif area. Nokia Networks' services experts first identified the key hotspots using advanced planning and analysis tools. Nokia Flexi Zone small cells were then discreetly installed in strategic locations such as café and restaurant rooftops to ensure additional capacity, coverage and better network availability, as well as reduce latency.

Small cells complement macro networks
Nokia Networks' small cell base stations have the same software and processing capabilities as macro base stations, but require less space* and can be deployed more easily and in a highly cost-efficient manner. With Flexi Zone small cells complementing its existing 4G macro network, Ooredoo Qatar will be able to provide enhanced voice and data services to its customers even in the most crowded indoor and outdoor areas.

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Solutions at a glance:

  • Nokia Flexi Lite 3G and Nokia Flexi Zone 4G micro base stations optimized for indoor and outdoor micro cell deployments
  • Nokia Flexi Zone 4G pico base stations for high-quality indoor coverage
  • Nokia NetAct for consolidated network management across small cells and the macro layer
  • Network planning and optimization, design and implementation services to identify hotspots and ensure a smooth, speedy rollout for high network quality  

Waleed Al Sayed, Chief Operating Officer, Ooredoo Qatar, said: "Our customers demand high-quality services, even in complex hotspots and crowded urban zones. Nokia Networks small cells will enable us to provide just that: more capacity, higher availability and reduced latency. We chose Nokia Networks because the company proved that it can ensure the best network performance."

Bernard Najm, Vice President and Head of Middle East and Africa, Nokia Networks, said: "This deal marks an important step forward in our longstanding partnership with Ooredoo Qatar, an operator intensely focused on delivering top quality services to its customers. Nokia's advanced mobile broadband solutions will help Ooredoo achieve its goal of enriching people's lives and supporting the Qatar National Vision of boosting the knowledge-based economy."

Did you know?
Ooredoo Qatar's vision and work have led Qatar into this decade as one of the best-connected countries in the world. The operator is currently focused on providing the most innovative services, including ultrafast 4G+ services, to its customers. It recently announced the launch of Ooredoo SuperNet, one of the most significant network evolutions in Qatar's history.

In its journey to provide ultrafast mobile broadband services, Ooredoo Qatar selected Nokia Networks as sole supplier to build its LTE radio and core network in 2013. During the 2014 International Telecom Union (ITU) World Telecom Conference in Doha, Ooredoo Qatar, Nokia Networks and China Mobile showcased record-breaking speeds of 4.1 Gbps over an LTE network. Ooredoo Qatar and Nokia Networks have a shared vision of bringing the latest mobile broadband innovations to residents of Qatar through 5G and beyond.

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TAGS: Customer experience, Flexi Zone, network capacity, network coverage, Nokia Networks, Ooredoo, small cells.  

About Ooredoo
Ooredoo is Qatar's leading communications company, delivering mobile, fixed, broadband internet and corporate managed services tailored to the needs of consumers and businesses. 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.

About Nokia
By focusing on the human possibilities of technology, Nokia embraces the connected world to help people thrive. Our three businesses are leaders in their fields: Nokia Networks provides broadband infrastructure, software and services; HERE provides mapping, navigation and location intelligence; and Nokia Technologies provides advanced technology development and licensing. www.nokia.com  

Nokia Networks, which provides broadband infrastructure, software and services, operates at the forefront of our industry. From the first ever call on GSM to the first call on LTE, we have set the pace of innovation, a record that continues with future technologies such as 5G. Together with our operator customers, who serve close to 5 billion subscribers, we are embracing the opportunity of the connected world and helping to solve its challenges.
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* Compact miniature base station variants allow for unobtrusive site installations that blend in with the surroundings.

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