Ooredoo hires Ericsson to modernise network for 5G

19 February 2021

Ooredoo Group has hired Ericsson to modernise the operator’s networks across its global portfolio, including its operations in Algeria and Tunisia.

In a statement, Ericsson said the five-year-long partnership will let Ooredoo use its 5G radio, core and transport products and services, a move it said would open the door for end-to-end 5G support “to digitally transform and modernise” Ooredoo’s mobile networks.

This agreement also includes Ericsson’s cloud infrastructure and cloud communication offerings. 

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani, deputy managing director of Ooredoo Group, said that the agreement with Ericsson will allow the company “to provide the latest digital solutions enabling communities to enjoy the best of the Internet, including by connecting more remote areas, supporting startups digitally and providing immersive experiences for sports fans at upcoming mega sports events ”.

The Swedish gear-maker said the timeframe for new services to appear on the market will be “significantly” shortened following the tie-up, while also enhancing Ooredoo’s network performance.

This deal builds on previous collaboration between the pair, as Ericsson’s Radio System is already live in several Ooredoo operations, including for Qatar’s nationwide 5G coverage.

The agreement also covers the group’s units in Qatar, Indonesia, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Tunisia, Myanmar and Maldives.