Huawei-five: Ooredoo leaves other vendors hanging, chooses Chinese for 5G country quintet

9 Mar 2020

Qatar-based Ooredoo Group announced on Saturday (7 March 2020) its selection of China’s Huawei Technologies as its strategic partner to fully enable 5G networks and services across five countries – Kuwait, Oman, Indonesia, Tunisia and the Maldives – over the next five years. Ooredoo will leverage Huawei’s 5G SingleRAN radio solution with advanced Massive MIMO technology, and 5G Cloud Core solution with a convergent platform to achieve a full digital transformation and modernisation of its existing mobile networks, a corporate press release disclosed.

5G network services and devices were launched earlier by Ooredoo in Kuwait via collaboration with Huawei (following a multi-vendor 5G launch by Ooredoo Qatar) and the mobile operator says it is currently speeding up the delivery of more network stations to be 5G-ready in Kuwait and Oman, offering around 100 times faster download speeds than 4G networks. In 2020, Ooredoo will launch 5G commercial services in additional countries across its group footprint.

Ooredoo’s release stated that it will meet growing data traffic demands, and deliver quality mobile broadband and fixed-wireless experiences, via Huawei’s high-speed, low-latency 5G advanced technology, adding that the two companies will share global best practices in multi-standard single-architecture 5G deployment with higher capacity and lower energy consumption.

Waleed Al Sayed, Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer and CEO of Ooredoo Qatar, said: ‘With Huawei’s leading 5G network solution, we will be able to improve our network’s operation efficiency and provide limitless opportunities to our customers. Users will enjoy a more streamlined and personalised experience and businesses will be empowered to develop the smart, connected cities of the future.’ Ryan Ding, Executive Director of the Board at Huawei, said: ‘Through this strategic partnership, we will support Ooredoo to achieve high 5G performance services for consumers, households and vertical industries.’

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