Qatar’s Ooredoo selects Nokia to deploy 5G service in Algeria & Tunisia

By Arya M Nair, Official Reporter
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Nokia, a Finnish multinational telecommunications, information technology, has been selected by Qatar’s Ooredoo Group to upgrade its existing radio access networks (RAN), as well as deploy new sites in Algeria and Tunisia. 

This will improve the network performance and help Ooredoo Group to prepare for the launch of 5G services in the future. In addition, Nokia will modernize Ooredoo’s IP network, and modernize and extend its Fiber-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in Tunisia. These initiatives will transform Ooredoo Group’s networks by enhancing the mobile user experience thanks to better data speeds and capacity.

Nokia will deploy its latest, energy-efficient AirScale portfolio including base stations supporting multiple generations of radio technology from 2G, 3G and 4G to 5G, massive MIMO Adaptive Antennas for urban and wide-area coverage, dual-band Remote Radio Heads (RRH), as well as AirScale indoor Radio (ASiR) small cell solution for seamless indoor coverage. These solutions will deliver an enhanced mobile user experience with high bandwidth, ultra-fast speeds and low latency.

Under the deal, Nokia will replace the existing radio network for Ooredoo Tunisia, as well as expand the network with the addition of new radio sites. Nokia will increase its share in Ooredoo Algeria’s network to almost 50 percent, and in Ooredoo Tunisia’s network to around 40 percent.

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Ahmad Al Neama
Group Regional CEO Ooredoo Group

“Nokia has been our technology partner for many years and has been a part of our network evolution. Under this renewed partnership, we are taking our network to a new level of transformation to further improve our network performance and service experience for our customers. This will further empower our customers in Algeria and Tunisia for knowledge, business, entertainment and make them competitive for a whole new lifestyle in the digital age.”

Nokia will also provide its AirFrame and CloudBand Application Manager (CBAM) solution for the network upgrade and deployment in Algeria and Tunisia. In addition, in Tunisia, Nokia will deploy its 7750 Service Router for the modernization of Ooredoo’s IP network and its GPON fiber broadband solution to upgrade the existing FTTH network, increasing its share in these domains to 100 percent in Ooredoo Tunisia’s network.

Mr. Amr K. El Leithy, SVP, of the Middle East and Africa Market, Nokia, said that “Our vision is to create technology that helps the world act together. To realize this vision, we deliver secure, reliable and sustainable networks today, and work with valued operators such as Ooredoo Group to create the digital services and applications of the future. We are proud to be part of these large-scale network modernization and expansion projects with Ooredoo in Algeria and Tunisia to unleash rich digital experiences and new value-creation opportunities.”

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