Ooredoo Group and existing partner Huawei have signed a five-year global frame agreement for the supply of radio, core and transport products and solutions, covering Qatar, Indonesia, Algeria, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Tunisia, Myanmar and Maldives. The agreement will see Ooredoo leveraging Huawei’s Radio System, with end-to-end network support. Key technologies in use include Huawei’s Blade AAU radio unit, Cloud Core solution, Transport system and Cloud Infrastructure solutions. Ooredoo Qatar previously used Huawei to deploy its fibre broadband network and the advanced streaming platform to provide 4K/8K HD video at recent major sporting events, delivering Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality services. Huawei’s Radio System also facilitated the nationwide 5G rollout at Ooredoo Kuwait, with the operating company also working with Huawei to deploy advanced Massive MIMO radios enabling Ooredoo Kuwait to introduce its Supernet digital experience.
Separately, Nokia has been selected by Ooredoo Group to supply 5G CPEs and a whole-home mesh Wi-Fi solution to residential and enterprise customers. The Nokia Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) and Wi-Fi solutions will enable Ooredoo to create additional revenue streams through new offers, such as smart home services and Internet of Things (IoT), and deliver services that demand more bandwidth such as gaming and HD video streaming, a press release states. Christian Friedrich Linhart, Ooredoo Group Chief Procurement Officer, said: ‘Nokia’s FastMile 5G devices will allow us to extend the reach of our 5G wireless network into the home environment to enable Smart Home and IoT connectivity for customers.’