Dubai’s Nedaa & Nokia ink MoU to explore innovative 5G network slicing

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Officials from Nedaa and Nokia during the signing ceremony.

Nedaa, the security network provider of the Dubai government, and Nokia have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in order to explore innovative 5G network slicing for smart city and public safety use.

The MoU will explore opportunities to upgrade Nedaa’s telecommunications network across Radio Access Networks (RAN) and core by leveraging 5G technology with Nokia’s innovative technologies.

According to the statement, “5G network with end-to-end slicing functionality will help Nedaa deliver improved public safety and smart city services to concerned organizations and citizens, as well as lay the foundations for more advanced services such as metaverse.”

The MoU sets a framework for upgrading the existing network capabilities and introducing agile as well as advanced services to government organizations based on secure and reliable networks.

Mr. Mansoor Bu Osaiba, Chief Executive Officer of Nedaa, said that, “Nokia is a global technology leader and our long-standing and trusted partner. We are now looking forward to leveraging Nokia’s proven 5G expertise to help us maximize the benefits of the technology upgradation and to provide innovative services to our users. Our efforts to upgrade our networks to next-generation network capabilities paves the way for futuristic services such as metaverse.”

Nokia will also carry out a technology competence development program covering training and knowledge transfer to Nedaa employees.

Mr. Kamal Ballout, Head of Enterprise, China, India, the Middle East, and Africa, at Nokia, said, “Security providers across the world are adopting 5G technology to improve their services. Network slicing is an exciting addition to the capabilities of 5G networks, enabling critical communication customers in different industry sectors to benefit from dedicated virtual network slices that enable secure, high-performance, private wireless connectivity.”

Nedaa’s network already utilizes Nokia’s infrastructure and can support many of the requirements for mission-critical networks.

“However, with the introduction of 5G, Nedaa will be able to support enhanced services for public safety and management of vital operations, such as immersive applications for first responders, connected and automated vehicles, video surveillance and remote control as well as manage thousands of connected devices, sensors and IoT applications,” as per the company.

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