UAE’s du & Intel unite to enable digital transformation of organizations

By Shilpa Annie Joseph, Desk Reporter
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du, the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC) has unveiled a new plan to prototype and launch an innovative solution for the leading telecom provider’s 5G Standalone (SA) private network.

According to the statement, these innovation-focused initiatives will be bolstered by a strategic partnership with Intel, which will provide critical technologies such as Intel’s FlexRAN software, Intel Smart Edge Open, Intel Distribution of OpenVINO toolkit, and the next-generation Intel Xeon D CPU, among others.

The new enterprise connectivity solution, which will feature a RAN Intelligent Controller (RIC) and a cost-effective open source 5G core network, is designed to help du’s enterprise and government customers lower their total cost of ownership and speed the digitization process.

Further, it will provide unprecedented levels of security required in Industry 4.0, smart city, smart transportation, hospitals, and other segments primed to benefit from transformative 5G effects.

Saleem AlBlooshi
Saleem AlBlooshi
Chief Technology Officer

“From a du standpoint, we are excited about this innovative collaboration with Intel, which will undoubtedly help us to realize the full potential not only of 5G, but also next-generation intelligent edge services where our 5G SA private network is concerned. For many years, Intel has continuously demonstrated its vast technological capabilities for enabling end-to-end solutions. As such, we look forward to welcoming this level of innovative expertise as we welcome a new cutting-edge solution to our network, with Intel Smart Edge Open among the Intel portfolio solutions certain to contribute as we provide a competitive offering in an increasingly dynamic market.”

Ms. Renu Navale, Vice President of Network Platform Group at Intel said that, “This collaboration with du represents a strong desire to accelerate the possibilities of 5G and Edge computing through standalone private networks.”

“Moving forward, we look to create prototypes that bring to market reliable, secure, and affordable platforms powered by next-gen Intel Xeon D processors and Intel Smart Edge Open for the du 5G SA private network, which is already an established accelerator for enterprise customer’s digital transformation aspirations nationwide. This partnership will enhance du’s efforts to support the digital transformation aspirations of its enterprise customers across the UAE,” commented Ms. Navale.

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