Ooredoo picks Huawei for 5G rollouts in five countries

TeleGeography CommsUpdate: Qatar-based Ooredoo Group announced on Saturday 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.

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