UAE-based operator du has selected Ericsson to deploy 5G radio access network (RAN) products and solutions as part of a major network expansion and modernisation.
A unit of EITC (Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company), du’s RAN 5G network transformation strategy is in line with the United Arab Emirates’ vision 2021 to create a knowledge-based, sustainable economy.
The transformation will enable du to address new business opportunities and diverse 5G use cases, including Enhanced Mobile Broadband (eMBB), Fixed Wireless Access (FWA), massive Internet of Things (IoT) and ultra-reliable low-latency (URLL) innovative applications across enterprise and industry verticals such as smart cities, manufacturing and health.
Following the 2021 deployment, which includes Ericsson AI-powered 5G network optimisation services utilising cognitive software, du and its customers will benefit from a 5G RAN network that will enhance versatility, improve capacity, increase cost efficiency and future-proof technology developments.
Fahad Al Hassawi, Acting CEO of du, said: “The technological evolution continues to accelerate at unprecedented speed, and it is our responsibility to ensure those we serve can capitalize on every related benefit and opportunity. With a next-generation 5G radio network, du will deliver newfound capabilities and further support the UAE’s digital transformation agenda.”