Ooredoo inks pact with Nokia to accelerate its digital transformation

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Official Reporter
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Qatari multinational telecommunications company Ooredoo Group has signed two agreements with Finland-based multinational telecom company Nokia to drive its digital transformation and enhance customer experiences.

The agreement intends to enable exploration of future areas of cooperation, deepen business engagement to support Ooredoo’s vision, and improve the experience of its consumers.

According to the statement, “Enhancements to customer experience would include access to the latest technology solutions and innovative digital product offerings such as smart home services and the Internet of Things (IoT).”

Furthermore, customers will have access to the most up-to-date device portfolios, the greatest levels of security and dependability, as well as improved connectivity and network speeds when using Ooredoo’s services.

“The new Group Framework Supply Agreement (GFSA), representing the continuation of the long-standing contractual relationship that already exists between the two parties, will cover several categories in Networks for the supply of, among others, RAN, core and transport products and services, as well as Nokia’s latest radio technology, the AirScale radio portfolio that Ooredoo deploys in some markets already,” the company said.

The new GFSA will be implemented across the whole Ooredoo Group and will be valid for five years. The amendment to the GFSA for devices will cover customer premise equipment for 4G, 5G, and fixed. This arrangement could last three years and will initially cover Ooredoo’s operating firms in Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Tunisia, the Maldives, and Iraq.

Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo
Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo
MD – Ooredoo Group

“We were delighted to welcome the Nokia team to our Headquarters in Doha. Ooredoo launched the world’s first commercial 5G network in 2018 and this partnership with Nokia is allowing us to keep ahead. Nokia’s FastMile 5G devices will allow us to extend the reach of our 5G wireless network into the home environment to enable Smart Home and IoT connectivity for customers. We believe this solution will greatly enhance our customers’ internet experience across our global footprint.”

Mr. Pekka Lundmark President and Chief Executive Officer at Nokia said, “We are excited to continue delivering robust networks to Ooredoo’s customers. We want to accelerate the benefits of Nokia’s technology including 5G for consumers in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia, and enable businesses to digitalize and innovate with new services. The move to 5G will drive digital transformation and innovation across industries, communities, and public services, and we are proud to continue supporting Ooredoo Group on this journey.”

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