du IP Core Network Modernisation and Expansion

du IP Core Network Modernisation and Expansion

UAE-based telco du is collaborating with Cisco to build a future-proof network.

The aim is to support du’s rapid transformation into a digital service provider. du is part of the Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (EITC). Cisco notes that demand for more bandwidth is rising exponentially as consumers and businesses embrace new digital applications, services and technologies. In order to meet this demand, du is replacing its existing IP core network with a scalable and 5G-ready infrastructure that will reduce network complexity and enable it to become a more agile and flexible market player.

du selected Cisco IP core network to modernise, expand and complete a seamless migration to virtualised and native cloud architecture. The network modernisation will increase the capacity of the core network to 24 Terabytes per node, making du’s network ready for ultra-broadband services. This enables du to offer next-generation digital services pertaining to augmented reality (AR) and virtual reality (AR), in addition to other new applications and services made possible by 5G.

“du is already supporting the realisation of the UAE’s Vision 2021 by empowering the digital economy and driving Dubai’s transformation into a smart city. 5G is going to play an important role in that,” observed Saleem Al Blooshi, EITC’s Chief Infrastructure Officer. “5G is a phased approach and we will continue with trials until we officially launch it. With the deployment of a more scalable and agile network, we will be well-placed to support 5G, smart city services, the IoT and other new, innovative digital services.”

“By working with Cisco, du’s 5G-ready network will deliver a more virtual and far more scalable infrastructure that forms the foundation for future solutions and new business opportunities,” added Ali Amer, Cisco’s Managing Director of Global Service Provider for Middle East and Africa.

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