Qatari multinational telecommunications firm Ooredoo Group and Nokia signed two agreements as part of a strategic partnership intended to drive Ooredoo’s digital transformation and enhance experiences for its customers.
According to a press release from the mobile company operating across the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia, the partnership aims to enable exploration of future areas of collaboration, strengthen the business engagement.
"Enhancements to customer experience would include access to the latest technology solutions and innovative digital product offerings such as smart home services and Internet of Things (IoT)," it said.
Aziz Aluthman Fakhroo, Managing Director, Ooredoo Group, said: “Ooredoo launched the world’s first commercial 5G network in 2018 and this partnership with Nokia is allowing us to keep ahead. 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. We believe this solution will greatly enhance our customers’ Internet experience across our global footprint.”
Under the new Group Framework Supply Agreement (GFSA), Ooredoo's operating companies will be able to access the latest technology developments and will benefit from Nokia’s position as a global technology innovator, said the release.
From a 5G perspective, the GFSAs will enable access to Nokia’s vast global experience and research and development power, driving the development of new use cases to monetise investments.
Pekka Lundmark, President and Chief Executive Officer at Nokia, said, “We are excited to continue delivering robust networks to Ooredoo’s customers. We want to accelerate the benefits of Nokia’s technology – including 5G – for consumers in the Middle East, North Africa, and Southeast Asia, and enable businesses to digitalise and innovate with new services. The move to 5G will drive digital transformation and innovation across industries, communities, and public services, and we are proud to continue supporting Ooredoo Group on this journey.”