Ooredoo Group has selected Nokia to upgrade its existing radio access networks (RAN), as well as deploy new sites in Algeria and Tunisia.
This will improve network performance and help Ooredoo prepare for launching 5G services in the future. In addition, Nokia will modernise Ooredoo’s IP network, and upgrade and extend its Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in Tunisia. These initiatives will transform Ooredoo’s networks by enhancing the mobile user experience with 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 Ooredoo Tunisia’s existing radio network, as well as providing new radio sites to expand it. Nokia will increase its share in Ooredoo Algeria’s network to almost 50%, and in Ooredoo Tunisia’s network to around 40%.
The vendor 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 modernisation of Ooredoo’s IP network and its GPON fibre broadband solution to upgrade the existing FTTH network, increasing its share in these domains to 100% in Ooredoo Tunisia’s network.
Ahmad Al Neama, Group Regional CEO at Ooredoo Group, said: “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 competitive for a whole new lifestyle in the digital age.”
Amr K. El Leithy, SVP, Middle East and Africa Market, Nokia, said: “We deliver secure, reliable and sustainable networks…and work with valued operators such as Ooredoo Group to create the digital services and applications of the future.”