Qatari telecommunication operator Ooredoo has announced a major partnership with technology giant Ericsson that will see the two entities working together to ensure an unrivaled 5G experience for fans at the major football event in Qatar in 2022.
The partners will provide network optimization and event management and 5G connectivity in eight stadiums across six cities, as well as in dedicated fan zones, airports, and places of attraction.
The progress towards 5G connectivity at the stadiums has been enabled by Ooredoo and Ericsson’s ongoing 5G-focused country-wide network modernisation programme, with the two entities deploying new technology towards the goal of nationwide 5G coverage.
The partnership will see Ericsson and Ooredoo Qatar managing 5G radio access network (RAN) operation performance across the network through Ericsson Managed Services solutions.
Football fans will be able to enjoy the connectivity experience benefits even sooner as Ooredoo Qatar and Ericsson are also teaming up on event network management for a regional tournament in Qatar from 30 November to 18 December 2021.
Sheikh Mohammed Bin Abdulla Al Thani, Deputy Group Chief Executive Officer and Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Qatar said: “Expectations are running high for the major football tournament in Qatar in 2022, making it even more important for us to leverage the full potential of 5G. As a global pioneer of the fifth generation technology, we aim to deliver seamless experiences to visitors as well as spectators and provide a highly digital, immersive, and intelligent Qatar 2022 tournament experience to our subscribers.”
Fadi Pharaon, President of Ericsson Middle East and Africa, says: “After equipping Qatar’s stadiums with the best-in-class Ericsson Radio System, we are thrilled to partner with Ooredoo to bring our sports event management and network operations expertise to Qatar. We look forward to powering a fully 5G-enabled football tournament, leveraging the combination of extensive capacity, high speed, and low latency that will enable us to deliver interactive, digital, and immersive sporting experiences to football fans. Through our expertise and experience, we aspire to support our customers around the world to deliver exceptional, high-performance, digital and immersive fan experiences at major sporting events.”