Oman’s leading mobile network operator Vodafone Oman has signed an agreement with Swedish multinational networking and telecommunications company Ericsson to deploy, manage, and maintain a new 4G/5G core and radio access (RAN) greenfield network in the Sultanate.
According to the statement, Ericsson will provide a complete core network solution based on Ericsson Cloud Core, NFVI, and Cloud VoLTE as well as an end-to-end transport network solution. The greenfield network comprises other Ericsson Radio System products and solutions like the antenna-integrated radio and Ericsson Spectrum Sharing.
The company stated that the end-to-end solution range will deliver a cost-effective, energy-efficient, and flexible layered architecture design to support 5G from network launch. Further, Ericsson Voice over LTE (VoLTE) services will be available to Vodafone customers.
“Our focus is to ensure that we offer our customers a wide range of differentiating services that will add value to their lives, as well as redefining customer service in the country. As part of this partnership, we are also joining hands to develop and build the capacity of Omani youth in the areas of technology and information. Our goal is to offer customers an exceptional customer experience as well as upscale the Omani youth, to ensure that Vodafone is able to meet its commitment of bringing superior quality network and mobile communications to the people of Oman through Omani local talent in the long term.”
“This collaboration will lead to Vodafone launching its new mobile broadband service and providing Oman with an additional nationwide mobile network. We are pleased to implement the latest in radio access and core technologies, as well as utilizing the latest in automation, and artificial intelligence software to run the network and secure great user experience,” commented Mr. Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa.
Further, both companies have signed a five-year management services agreement. This will result in the data-driven network, IT operations, and optimization powered by artificial intelligence (AI), allowing Vodafone to improve customer experience, increase efficiency, and encourage innovation, according to the company.
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